|Coast Guard Enlisted Job Descriptions|
|Marine Science Technician (MST)|
MSTs conduct marine-safety activities such as investigating pollution incidents, monitoring pollution cleanups, conducting foreign-vessel boardings to enforce pollution and navigation safety laws, conducting harbor patrols for port safety and security, inspecting waterfront facilities and supervising the loading of explosives on vessels. They may be assigned to the National Strike Force for oil and hazardous-material response. MSTs are also the Coast Guards safety and environmental health experts ashore.
At sea, MSTs are assigned to the Coast Guard icebreaking fleet, and receive advanced training in weather and oceanography to provide support to scientists conducting research from CG icebreakers. A few MSTs can be found ashore conducting weather and oceanography-related duties, such as providing weather forecaster support for Air Station Kodiak, or acting as ice observers and forecasters for the International Ice Patrol.
A successful MST has an aptitude for math and science, and has the ability to read and understand federal laws and regulations. Successful MSTs have strong attention to detail skills for conducting investigations. An interest in the environment is also beneficial.
ASVAB Score Requirements: VE+AR OF 115 (MINIMUM MK OF 58)
Above Information Courtesy of United States Coast Guard