Marine Vessel Operator

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About Us

At Baffinland, we work and live beyond the Arctic Circle, mining iron ore at our Mary River Property, located in the Qikiqtani Region of Nunavut on Baffin Island; one of the world’s most captivating and seldom seen destinations. We are a unique company with a strong management who have amassed specialty experience on northern mining projects through all phases of Inuit consultation, permitting, construction and operation. Our workforce brings together the modern practice of safe, sustainable mining and the enduring value of a traditional culture, which is rapidly advancing. The result is a work and community experience you won't find anywhere else. We are looking for people ready to share, build, and grow with our company.


Reporting to the Milne Port Environmental Coordinator, the Marine Boat Operator operates the research vessel, a 30 foot aluminum landing craft vessel (twin 250-hp outboards) to assist consultants in their marine programs. The individual will also provide training to the Inuit boat assistants on the safe and proper operation of the Research Vessel. This role involves managing logistics to execute various environmental monitoring programs as required under Baffinland’s permits.

Main Accountabilities

• Ensuring the vessel is operated and everyone on board of the vessel is following BIM’s policies and procedures;
• Checking weather conditions and making decisions on when it is not safe to operate;
• Communicating with Milne Port Capitan’s prior to starting their day and upon completion with scope of activities for the vessel;
• On stand by for emergency response activities in Milne Port; man over board, spill response etc.
• Ensure the vessel is fit for operation, all pre and post op inspections are completed on the vessel, zodiacs and reporting any deficiencies to supervisor;
• Perform basic maintenance tasks such as refueling and leak checks and reporting deficiencies
• Communicating with the Environmental Coordinator on daily requirements, preventative maintenance requirements and tasks;
• Working directly with BIM Consultants on behalf of Baffinland;
• Provide training to Inuit employees on safe and proper boat operation;
• Daily check ins on progress or concerns with the Environmental Coordinator;
• Attending daily morning tool box talks with Site Environment/Consultants.
• Addressing concerns by identifying short-term and long-range issues and recommending options and courses of actions in regards to boat operation and program execution
This list is not intended to be all-inclusive. Other duties may be required.

Main Qualifications

• Must hold a valid Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP) or higher certification such as a Masters, Limited for a vessel of 60 gross tonnages or more.
• Driver’s license
• Marine Digital Radio Operators Certificate (ROC-M)
• Marine Emergency Duties (MEDS) A3, (Small Domestic Vessel – Basic Safety SDV-BS)
• Dive Accident Management and O2 provider certificate is an asset
• Must have a minimum of 5 years of vessel experience on a vessel of equivalent type and size (26-32’) operating in similar cold saltwater conditions
• Must have experience involving operating with up to 8 passengers.
• Experience with multi-tasking and working with multi-disciplinary project teams
• Experience tending divers and participating in dive operations considered an asset
• Spill response at sea, Oil Pollution Prevention Response experience considered and asset
• Experience with vessel and engine maintenance (working with Baffinland’s site operations team to prepare the vessel for safe operations).
• Experience working with onboard hydraulic systems such as davit winch systems, A-frame winch systems, and associated operating controls. Mechanical aptitude (Mechanical, Hydraulic, Electrical) is an asset.
• Digital Literacy skills: Knowledge of digital tools and technology. Proficient with standard office software such as Microsoft Office.
• Communication skills: Ability to communicate clearly and effectively both written and verbal, for conveying ideas, instructions, and information to colleagues, external parties, and superiors.
• Leadership/Management skills: Ability to organise and direct workflow, operations, and employees Ability to motivate others, provide guidance, and set team direction, while creating an environment that lets employees work efficiently and productively
• Strong ability to act as a safety leader in the field
• Strong understanding of Transport Canada Regulations (Eg. Collision Regulations)


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