Marine Operator (New Orleans, LA)

As part of a Career Progression Group, vacancies may be filled from this recruitment as an (Marine Operator 1, Marine Operator 2 or Marine Operator 3) depending on the level of experience of the selected applicant(s). Please refer to the ‘Job Specifications’ tab located at the top of the LA Careers ‘Current Job Opportunities’ page of the Civil Service website for specific information on salary ranges, minimum qualifications and job concepts for each level.

Salary ranges are listed below for the various positions.
Starting salary depends upon qualifications:

Marine Operator 1  $22.52/hr.
Marine Operator 2  $24.10/hr.
Marine Operator 3  $27.60/hr.

Applicants must possess the appropriate level of US Coast Guard license (Boater Safety Course) in order to be considered for this vacancy. If you have not completed a course please visit: STATE –APPROVED BOATER SAFETY COURSES to obtain certification before applying for this position. 


Port NOLA offers competitive benefits that prioritize safety, health and wellness for our employees. Employees have access to the following benefits:

  • Medical / Dental / Vision Insurance
  • Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Medical and/or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Life Insurance options
  • Long Term Disability Plan
  • State of Louisiana LASERS state pension program
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 plan) with employer match
  • Paid Louisiana State Holidays; and paid Annual and Sick Leave
  • Wellness Center located in the Port Administration Building
  • Ship Shape Wellness Program

No Civil Service test score is required in order to be considered for this vacancy.

To apply for this vacancy, click on the “Apply” link above and complete an electronic application, which can be used for this vacancy as well as future job opportunities. Applicants are responsible for checking the status of their application to determine where they are in the recruitment process. Further status message information is located under the Information section of the Current Job Opportunities page.

*Resumes WILL NOT be accepted in lieu of completed education and experience sections on your application. Applications may be rejected if incomplete.*

For further information about this vacancy contact:
April McKnight
Port of New Orleans / Human Resources
P.O. Box 60046
New Orleans, LA 70160




Possession of the appropriate level of US Coast Guard license for the vessel and duties assigned.

Possession of a current Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) must accompany license when required by the US Coast Guard for duties performed.


Job Concepts


To train, while assisting a higher level Marine Operator, in the operation and piloting of uninspected marine vessels.

Direct from a Marine Dredge Captain or comparable supervisor. Alternative reporting relationships may be approved by DSCS.
State agencies with uninspected marine vessels.
Differs from Marine Operator 2 by the absence of independent responsibility for piloting an uninspected marine vessel.
Differs from Marine Masters by the assignment of duties on board an uninspected marine vessel, as defined by United States Coast Guard regulations.


Examples of Work

This position is in the Inspection/Sounding department of the Port of New Orleans Maintenance Division and reports directly to the Port Facility Maintenance Foreman.
This position serves as a Port of New Orleans, Marine Operator 3 in facilitating Dredge operations and maintenance as part of the Dredge department.

This position participates in the required PORT training program and obtains additional training in order to facilitate the efficient performance duties and/or required tasks. This is a safety sensitive position that requires random drug screening throughout the year.

The incumbent is required to possess and maintain a valid Louisiana Driver’s License, Class E and be knowledgeable and capable of the safe operation of various types of equipment required to fulfill the needs of the position and the PORT. The incumbent is required to have knowledge of the use if a VHF radio, which requires proper radio etiquette. The incumbent shall utilize a telephone, cell phone, two-way communication device, computer, and e-mail to facilitate communications if required. The incumbent must be able to perform duties many times without direct supervision and be knowledgeable enough to interpret unforeseen conditions as they may arise.

25%      OPERATES MACHINERY: Includes, but is not limited to: operates uninspected mechanically powered vessel upon inland waters of Louisiana. Indirect supervision is exercised over Marine Operator 1. Performs a variety of preventative maintenance requirements to assure marine vessel reliability.

25%     PRE-SURVEY PROCESSING: Includes, but is not limited to: creates DREDGEPACK    reference lines and matrix files as requested for daily dredging operations. Sets up files for storage of dredge locations and dredging data. Updates DREDGEPACK software and dongle (key) for dredge as needed. Trains Dredge Reed personnel how to operate, troubleshoot and solve any problems pertaining to the operation of DREDGEPACK software and hardware. Continues to be available for any technical advice as needed. Trains Harbor Police personnel on CODA underwater inspection equipment hardware and software including set-up and operation of equipment. Trains Harbor Police personnel how to troubleshoot and solve any problems with the CODA system and continues to be available for advice as needed.

20%     SURVEY: Includes, but is not limited to: performs daily hydrographic soundings of depth elevations of water throughout the Port’s facilities. Performs daily water born inspections of the Port’s fendering systems, substructures, bridges, and all other Port facilities located on the river and the Inner Harbor Navigational Canal. This includes pile surveys throughout the Port’s facilities and to locate any possible damage to structures or any maintenance repairs that may be needed. Engages in joint surveys with the Port’s engineers, various marine surveyors and insurance consultants on damage claims to the Port’s facilities.

15%     POST-SURVEYING PROCESSING: Includes, but is not limited to: responsible for volume calculation of dredging, pre and post dredge surveys, data processing and preparing survey contour charts and cross sectional sheets using Hypack Max Software. Establishes, configures and calibrates all survey equipment. Creates reports and processes pictures of the damaged fender systems and enters entire inspection reports into the computer terminal for processing of daily inspection charts. Uses specialized technical software, global positioning systems, sonar systems and echo sounders to provide data for the production of nautical charts and maps. The production of these charts and maps are used by both the Port’s dredging and docking departments for the safe berthing and docking of marine vessels.

10%     DREDGE ASSISTANCE: Included, but is not limited to: coordinates work stations with dredge operations department to maintain proper water depth conditions.

5%        OTHER DUTIES, INCLUDING EMERGENCY SUPPORT: Incumbent is required to perform a variety of tasks and assignments, as directed by the supervisor, necessary to fulfill the mission of Inspection Department and/or Port Maintenance Division.

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