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Vessel Crew (Marine Operations)



Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Posted on Tuesday, March 14, 2023

SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.



  • Work closely with team leadership and vessel mates to perform necessary topside duties at sea and in-port to support space hardware recovery
  • Responsible for the cleanliness, vessel preservation and maintenance
  • Support a range of operations including, but not limited to: routine vessel rounds, mooring/unmooring vessels, laying, rigging, assisting with crane operations
  • Perform daily/weekly vessel on-deck operations while the vessel is offshore and in-port
  • Assist recovery missions, working with SpaceX recovery engineers and technicians


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC)/license
  • 1+ years of professional experience working in an offshore and/or vessel-based role


  • Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC)/license - Able Bodied Seaman/ AB Unlimited Tonnage or higher
  • Professional experience working with vessel navigation in accordance with United States Coast Guard (USCG) standards of training, certification, and watch-keeping (STCW)
  • Professional experience working offshore within a medical or fire-protection related role
  • Active/current US Coast Guard medical certificate/license
  • Previous experience as a cook/chef, or crane operator with an MMC credential
  • 3+ years of professional experience working in a role that deals with examinations or licensing-efforts with US Coast Guard (USCG) and/or American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) regulations
  • Knowledge of vessel management systems, safety management systems, and regulatory programs such as OPA 90, MARPOL, ABS, etc.
  • Willing to work outdoors and in maritime environments, and able to work flexible hours during mission support periods


  • Ability to pass Air Force background check for Cape Canaveral
  • Position requires a Merchant Mariner credential, which includes pre-employment and random drug testing in accordance with 46 CFR 16 and 49 CFR 40
  • Must be willing to travel to other SpaceX locations as necessary; role may require travel
  • 50-hour work week is typical, and may vary depending on site operational needs, flexibility is required


Pay range:

QMED/AB-E (28/28): $36,000.00 annual salary + $400.00 per day worked

AB (28/28): $36,000.00 annual salary + $400.00 per day worked

Crane Operator: $36,000.00 annual salary + $205.00 per day worked + $50/day extra for crane-specific role


  • To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, applicant must be a (i) U.S. citizen or national, (ii) U.S. lawful, permanent resident (aka green card holder), (iii) Refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157, or (iv) Asylee under 8 U.S.C. § 1158, or be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.