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We are currently restoring the steam tug Hercules to operating condition. There’s plenty of opportunities aboard the tugboat from painting and oiling, to deck work and polishing brass. With more experience volunteers can assist with work on the steam engine and boiler. This volunteer crew meets weekly on Wednesdays to work on the vessel.
HERCULES CHIEF ENGINEER OF STEAM/ MOTOR/ GAS TURBINE
The volunteer does the work of a USCG qualified Chief Engineer and specifically as one of the technical leaders for the operation of the steam boilers, engines and equipment on the historic steam tugboat Hercules.
The volunteer chief engineer shall demonstrate knowledge, qualifications and credentials in order to work in this position. The Volunteer Chief Engineer works under the direction of the Carpenter Forman and the Ship Preservation Manager and helps direct the work of a small team of National Park Service Employees and National Park Volunteers who comprise the operations and maintenance crew for this ship.
All work on the ship and all operations are dictated by and permitted by the National Park that is the ship’s steward.
The ship is currently a permanently moored exhibit vessel and does not travel from her berth. Operation of the scotch boilers, the historic triple expansion steam engine, and the steam driven machinery is done pier-side and is focused on both operational maintenance of the systems and public demonstration.
USCG Chief Engineer of Steam / Motor / Gas Turbine, or….
USCG Chief Engineer (Limited) of Steam / Motor / Gas Turbine
Verifiable experience with the operation of oil fired steam boilers (vintage) and operations and maintenance of marine (ship propulsion) steam engines.
The ability to commit to a minimum of 6 hours each Wednesday and for periodic multi-day “steam ups.”
An interest in and sympathy for the mission of responsible historic preservation of rare maritime treasures.
The position requires the capacity to perform or delegate all of the physical activities typical of maintaining and operating the systems of a complex large historic ship.
To be selected as an Active Volunteer Crew Member aboard the Hercules, the Time Commitment is a minimum of 8 hours per/ month for one-year.
The commitment is requested of both individual steam-team volunteers as well as for those qualified and selected as a Steam Engineer volunteers as well. The time commitment aids in ensuring everyone’s personal safety while in the performance of their volunteer duties aboard the historic tugboat.
Individuals selected as Hercules volunteer crew members must adhere to all park safety regulations and work procedures.
The team's goal is to return the steam tugboat back to its original glory, once more sailing throughout San Francisco bay.
All Active volunteers must record their service hours at the end of each shift aboard the tugboat in the Volunteer Time Sheet Log Book located inside the park ranger's office. At the end of each month the time sheets are collected with individual service hours being recorded for mandatory annual reports to the National Park Service Headquarters in Washington D.C.
If this position proves interesting to you and you wish to learn more about the opportunity, please call the park’s maritime Volunteers In Parks (VIP) office for more information.
Individuals are introduced you to the NPS uniformed supervisor/ manager of the area who will in turn schedules an interview to learn more of one’s interests, including pertinent knowledge, skills & abilities (KSA’s).
Initially, individuals are introduced to the Ships-Keeper or Manager for a scheduled interview to learn of the indiviudual's (KSAs) knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) and personal time commitment availability.
Should positions be available among the area’s volunteer team and the applicant agrees to a pre-determined time commitmentm, the individual then reports back to the Volunteers In Parks (VIP) office to complete mandatory government paperwork prior to any service can be completed for the park or program.
Once inducted into service, we're confident you'll find the position exciting and enjoy being a proud member of one incrdible active volunteer team serving in “America’s Only Floating National Park”.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Description: Housing is NOT provided for staff or volunteers