Video Engineer

Does the idea of exploring the world’s ocean using a custom 4.5-ton robot sound appealing?  We’re looking for a top-performing Video Engineer (U.S. citizenship required) to work with us, primarily on America’s flagship for ocean exploration — Okeanos Explorer.  The Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration is a 501c (3) non-profit organization dedicated to empowering the global underwater science community with the tools and expertise required to explore the greatest depths of the planet’s largest and deepest bodies of water.  We lead the deep submergence engineering activities for NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.

What you’ll do

  • Live aboard ocean-going vessel approximately four non-consecutive months per year exploring the world’s oceans
  • Operate and maintain all surface based video and satellite equipment associated with the ROV, Camera Platform and control room systems on the Okeanos Explorer
  • Develop, document and disseminate video best practices throughout the foundation
  • Adhere to the broadcast quality standards and guidelines set forth by SMPTE (The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) as well as the FCC (Federal Communications Commission). Participate in cruise planning/preparation, at sea cruise/science meetings, and post-cruise assessments
  • Demonstrate creativity and initiative in solving technical and operational problems.
  • Play a key role in a world-class group of engineers and explorers
  • Mentor students and/or junior personnel
  • Participate in telepresence based outreach and education will be required when requested.
  • Document any and all maintenance and repairs performed on the systems, maintain inventory reports of tools, spares and consumables needed, and document and modify all drawings pertaining to the approved design changes made to any and all systems.
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, and possess strong interpersonal skills to enable working as part of operations and development teams.

Skills and Requirements

  • Minimum of 5 years Broadcast Engineering experience, with preference of 10 years’ experience
  • High degree of professionalism at all times
  • Working knowledge of Telestream capture and file delivery systems (Pipeline and Vantage)
  • Working Knowledge of advanced computer networks and storage arrays
  • Working knowledge of EVS systems (IP director and X-Store)
  • Working knowledge of Adobe Premier and Final Cut
  • Ability to paint and shade video cameras
  • Ability to safely lift equipment and cables, and perform physical labor
  • Ability to troubleshoot and complex video systems from acquisition to transmission
  • Working knowledge of Rvon Adam and RTS intercom systems
  • Ability to operate and understand complex video and router systems
  • Working knowledge of IP encoding and encoders over satellite
  • Working knowledge of mobile sea based Sat systems (Sea-Tel Controllers, ect)
  • MUST BE A TEAM PLAYER and have the ability to work in a collaborative environment
  • Ability to work unsupervised, and be a self-starter
  • Ability to operate Hand Held ENG style Cameras
  • Membership in SMPTE desired


Candidate must have the ability to travel and be willing to spend approximately 3-4 months per year (average of 4-5 cruises lasting about 3 weeks each) offshore on an oceanographic research vessel.


Preference will be given to candidates holding an Associate’s or Bachelor level degree in Video Engineering or Electrical Engineering.


Commensurate with experience

To Apply

Please send CV and a cover letter to  indicating  your willingness to work at sea for 3-4 months/year, and why you are interested in working for the Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration.