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Vessel Employment


Career Opportunities in the Pacific Fleet

Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO), offers excellent career opportunities for civilians in the Pacific Fleet.

Immediate openings exist for shipboard personnel. To find out about current vacancy announcements and to apply, please access the Automated Commerce Employment System, ACES. If you are unable to apply via ACES please notify the Human Resources contact listed on the vacancy announcement.

> For positions requiring certifications, licenses or endorsements, you will be asked to submit copies with your on-line application. Veterans will be asked to submit a copy of their DD-214 (and SF-15 w/VA letter for 10pt preference) to qualify for veterans preferance. All positions require drug screening, background investigations and medical & dental exams.

For information on U.S. Coast Guard licenses and endorsements, click here.

Applications will be accepted ONLY for open vacancy announcments.

YOU MUST BE A U.S. CITIZEN TO APPLY

Civilian career opportunities on board the research vessels include Deck Officer positions, Engineering Department , Deck and Deck/Fishing, Survey and Steward Department positions. The qualifications for each position are described below.

For more information on the west coast fleet, click here.

For information on civilian opportunities with the Atlantic Fleet, click here.

For information on opportunities in the NOAA Commissioned Corps, click here.


ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

DESCRIPTION OF WORK: The Engineering Department is responsible for performing the following functions: operating all of the ship's engineering systems, such as propulsion, fuel, electric power, refrigeration, ventilation, air-conditioning, and sanitation; maintaining all engineering systems in the ship and its boats; providing general engineering support for all departments and ship operations; maintaining inventories of equipment, tools, parts, and consumable supplies; and preparing fueling plan and conducting fueling operations in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, and good marine practice.

LICENSE AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT - LICENSED PERSONNEL

RATING QUALIFYING LICENSE
(Must have appropriate HP)
YRS. EXP.
Chief Engineer
CH/E - UNL
1 as 1st AE
CH/E - LTD Oceans*
1st Asst. Engineer
Those qualifying for CE and: 1 as 2nd AE
1 AE - UNL
2 AE - UNL
3 AE - UNL
CH/E - LTD N.C.**
AE - LTD *
2nd Asst. Engineer Those qualifying for 1AE and: 1 as 3rd AE
CH/E - LTD N.C. *
AE - LTD *
3rd Asst. Engineer
Those qualifying for 2AE and:
none
DDE - UNL HP *

* Tonnage limitations will not be disqualifying.

NOTES ON LICENSES:

For 2nd Assistant Engineer and above, must have experience standing watches as engineer in charge, directing the activities of assigned engineering watch personnel and performing engineering systems maintenance and repair work.
For 3rd Assistant Engineer, license of appropriate horsepower is sufficient to meet qualifications. Licenses for uninspected fishing vessels and mobile offshore drilling units (MODUS) will not be qualifying for NOAA.

MILLER FREEMAN DIESEL 2200 HP CLASS II
RAINIER DIESEL 2400 HP CLASS II
MCARTHUR DIESEL 1600 HP CLASS III
** KA'IMIMOANA DIESEL 1600 HP CLASS III
* DAVID STARR JORDAN DIESEL 912 HP CLASS IV
**TOWNSEND CROMWELL DIESEL 800 HP CLASS IV
JOHN N COBB DIESEL 500 HP CLASS V

*HOMEPORT SAN DIEGO CA
**HOMEPORT HONOLULU HI


ENDORSEMENT AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS - UNLICENSED PERSONNEL

RATING ENDORSEMENT YEARS EXPERIENCE
Junior Engineer JE or above 2
Oiler Oiler or above 1
Wiper None 0

The following are unlicensed ratings not in the normal line of promotion:

RATING ENDORSEMENT YEARS EXPERIENCE
Fireman None 6 months as wiper or above
Engine Utilityman Oiler or above 6 months as oiler

" QMED-Any Rating" endorsement is minimally qualifying for all unlicensed engine room ratings; however, years of experience requirements must still be met.

Oiler, Fireman: Experience may have been acquired in the performance of recognized trades which include duties aboard ship or in the trades associated with operation of heavy propulsion machinery or stationary engines such as locomotive, power plant, steam generators, etc. Must possess a valid USCG endorsement for Oiler.

Engine Utilityman: Experience must show knowledge of small engines and/or general mechanical ability. Must possess a valid USCG endorsement for Oiler, and six months experience as an Oiler.

Junior Engineer: Experience must indicate a good understanding of auxiliary equipment operation and repair. Experience does not necessarily have to have been gained aboard ship but should show competence in those types of equipment with which he/she will normally work aboard ship. Must possess a valid USCG endorsement for Junior Engineer, and one year as an oiler and/or engine utilityman.

QUALITY OF EXPERIENCE

One year of the required years of experience must have been at the next lower rating aboard a NOAA vessel or other comparable position, except for the Fireman and Engine Utilityman ratings, which is 6 months.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE

Successful completion of a senior high school with 4 half-year courses in mathematics, physics, mechanical drawing or drafting, general science, shop mathematics, machine shop, auto mechanics, or other related courses may be substituted for six months experience.

Successful completion of full time study in related subjects at a vocational school above the high school level may be substituted on the basis of one month for each month of experience for a maximum of one year.


DECK DEPARTMENT

DESCRIPTION OF WORK: The Deck Department is responsible for performing the following functions: maintaining ship exterior and interior spaces; maintaining and operating deck machinery and boats; mooring and anchoring the ship; loading; unloading; and stowing supplies and equipment; and standing watches. The Deck Department performs mission-related activities, such as rigging, deployment, and retrieval of oceanographic and hydrographic systems including moorings, towed arrays, buoys, side-scan sonar sensors, CTD systems, nets, tows, and other sampling devices. They may also build, rig, and maintain mission-related shore side facilities such as electronic navigation towers, tide gauges, and visual stations.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS - DECK

RATING YEARS EXPERIENCE
Ordinary Seaman/General Vessel Asst. 0
Able Seaman 1
Deck Utilityman/Seaman Surveyo 2
*Boatswain Group Leader 3
Chief Boatswain 5

*Not in normal line of promotion

Experience includes such activities as: small boat handling; ship maintenance and upkeep; line handling and warping during berthing and departing movement of vessels; and handling of deck equipment and supplies.

QUALITY OF EXPERIENCE - DECK

In general, one year of the required years of experience must have been at the next lower rating in the normal line of promotion aboard a NOAA vessel or other comparable position. The full text of NOAA qualifications for deck positions is available at the EASC, Human Resource Division Office.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE - DECK (OTHER)

Successful completion of high school may be substituted for six months of the required experience. Each successfully completed year of full time study in an institution above high school level in navigation, seamanship, and/or other maritime studies, may be substituted for six months experience. Part-time study is prorated. Substitution may be made only through the ratings of Deck Utilityman and Seaman Surveyor.

LICENSES/ENDORSEMENTS - DECK

Applicants or employees above the rating of Ordinary Seaman or General Vessel Assistant must have a U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner's Document endorsed for Able Seaman-Unlimited, Able Seaman-Limited, Able Seaman-Special, or equivalent endorsement as specified in title 46 C.F.R. Section 12.05-7(c) and (d). Endorsements for Able Seaman-Offshore Supply Vessel, Able Seaman-Sail or Able Seaman-Fishing Industry are not qualifying.


DECK (FISHERMAN)

DESCRIPTION OF WORK: The Deck Department is responsible for performing the following functions: maintaining ship exterior and interior spaces; maintaining and operating deck machinery and boats; mooring and anchoring the ship; loading; unloading; stowing supplies and equipment; and standing watches. On fisheries research vessels the Deck Department is also responsible for performing the following: handling, deploying, and recovering a variety of standard and experimental fishing gear and associated scientific equipment; constructing, assembling, maintaining, and repairing fishing gear; and landing, disposition, and processing of the catch.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS - DECK (FISHERMAN)

Rating Years of Experience
Ordinary Fisherman 0
Fisherman 1#
Skilled Fisherman 2
*Lead Fisherman 3
Chief Boatswain (Fisherman) 5

NOTE:
* Not in normal line of promotion
# At least six (6) months of this experience must have been performing fishing activities.

Experience includes such activities as: small boat handling; ship maintenance and upkeep; line handling and warping during berthing and departing movement of vessels; and handling of deck equipment and supplies. At the Fisherman rating and above, experience must include: fishing gear handling, construction or assembly, and repair, including net mending, aboard either commercial fishing vessels or fishing research vessels. Demonstration of the needed skills may be required.

QUALITY OF EXPERIENCE - DECK (FISHERMAN)

In general one (1) year of the required years of experience must have been at the next lower rating in the normal line of promotion aboard a NOAA vessel or other comparable position. The full text of NOAA qualifications for deck-fishing positions is available at the EASC, Human Resource Division Office.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE - DECK (FISHERMAN)

Successful completion of high school may be substituted for six months of the required experience. Each successfully completed academic year of full time study in an institution above the high school level which offers a curriculum including "hands on" experience in such areas as net-mending, handling fishing gear, wire splicing and other fishing-related activities, may be substituted for six (6) months of the required experience for ratings up to and including Skilled Fisherman. Part-time study is prorated. Substitution may be made only through rating of Skilled Fisherman.

LICENSES/ENDORSEMENTS - DECK (FISHERMAN)

None Required


SURVEY DEPARTMENT

DESCRIPTION OF WORK: The Survey Department is responsible for performing the following functions: oceanographic and survey data acquisition and processing operations; technical assistance to program personnel; administering the safekeeping and transmittal of data; and maintaining oceanographic and survey instruments.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

Rating Years of Experience
Junior Survey Technician 1
Assistant Survey Technician 2
Survey Technician 3
Senior Survey Technician 4
Chief Survey Technician 5

Experience serving on a ship, launch or field party engaged in oceanographic or survey operations performing such activities as: operating and monitoring instruments, including annotating records and recording data; assisting in the staging and set-up during preparations for, and at the completion of, oceanographic and survey operations; performing oceanographic and/or survey observations, measurements, and calculations; assisting in the preparation, installation, deployment and recovery of oceanographic and/or survey equipment and instruments; and processing oceanographic and/or survey data.

QUALITY OF EXPERIENCE

One year of the required years of experience must have been at the next lower rating aboard a NOAA vessel or other comparable position, except for Junior Survey Technician. Experience to qualify for Junior Survey Technician positions must be evaluated using the experience requirements described above and the duties described in the work statement for Junior Survey Technician.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE

Thesuccessful completion of a high school curriculum which has included four half-year courses in any combination of the following subjects may be substituted for one year of experience: mathematics (algebra, geometry, trigonometry, etc.), surveying, chemistry, physics, computer science, or earth sciences. Academic study successfully completed in a school above high school level may be substituted for experience on the basis of one year of study for 9 months of experience, provided a minimum of six semester/nine quarter hours per year are shown in courses closely related to the duties of the position. The courses include engineering, physics, plane or advance surveying, geophysics, geography, navigation, engineering drafting or graphics, mathematics, oceanography, biology, cartography, chemistry, computer programming, etc. Part-time study is prorated. Education can only be substituted up to and including the Assistant Survey Technician rating.



STEWARD DEPARTMENT

DESCRIPTION OF WORK: The Steward Department is responsible for performing the following functions: planning and preparing menus; ordering, preparing and serving food; maintaining galleys, messes, storage areas, living areas, and other assigned interior spaces in an orderly and sanitary condition; providing clean linens; and maintaining inventories of mess provisions and other supplies.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

Rating Years of Experience
Messman/General Vessel Asst. 0
*Laundryman 0
Second Cook 1 year of general
*Cook Baker 1 year of specialized
Chief Cook 2 years of specialized
Chief Steward 3 years of specialized

*Not in normal line of promotion.

General experience may be acquired as messman and galley helper when it includes serving food, cleaning galley messes, pantry, refrigerators, range, and mess equipment. The experience may be gained aboard a ship or in restaurants, etc.

Specialized experience includes such activities as: general cooking and baking, food selection, preparation and serving (10 or more persons); dietetics; meal planning and scheduling; leading and training other employees in the preparation and serving of food; preparing required records and reports, etc.

For the rating of Chief Steward, the experience must include planning menus, ordering and purchasing food, inspecting and storing foodstuffs, maintaining inventories, preparing estimates for mess supplies, and the ability to supervise a group of employees.

QUALITY OF EXPERIENCE

Ingeneral one year of the required years of experience must have been at the next lower rating aboard an NOAA vessel or other comparable position. The full text of NOAA qualification for Steward Department positions is available at the EASC, Human Resource Division Office.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE

Course work successfully completed at a military, vocational, or other culinary school above the high school level may be substituted for experience on a month-for-month basis. Other directly related course work, such as community college courses, may be substituted on the basis of 30 semester/45 quarter hours for nine months of experience. Part-time study is prorated. No substitution may be made for more than one year of general experience and one year of specialized experience.

LICENSES/ ENDORSEMENTS

None required.


DECK OFFICERS

DESCRIPTION OF WORK: Deck officers represent the authority on board and are responsible for the economical and timely execution of the scientific mission, the safe operation of the ship, and the safety and well being of the crew and passengers. The general responsibilities are as follows:

Master

The Master is in command of the vessel and is responsible for safe navigation and proper maintenance of the vessel, discipline of the crew, and safet6 of all persons aboard;2) efficient contribution of the vessel and its crew to the accomplishment of the vessel's mission; 3) all documentation necessary for proper vessel navigation, operation, and maintenance; and 4) establishing the ship's Standing Orders and for effecting the necessary arrangements to ensure compliance and execution.

First Officer

The first Officer is second in command of the vessel. In the absence or incapacitation of the Master, the First Officer assumes full command of the vessel with all attendant responsibilities. In addition, the Firs t Officer is responsible to the Master for the navigation of the vessel and supervises the deck department in repair, maintenance, and cleaning of the vessel and its deck gear. While standing watch, the First Officer is responsible for navigation and is in full charge of the vessel and crew. The first Officer may be assigned collateral duties in support of the management of the vessel.

Second Officer

The Second Officer is third in command of the vessel. While standing watch, the Second Officer is responsible for navigation and is in full charge of the vessel and crew. The Second Officer is responsible for ship's stores and maintenance of the chart files and other navigational aids and references. The Second Officer may be assigned collateral duties in support of the management of the vessel.

Third Officer

The Third Officer is forth in command of the vessel. While standing watch, the Third Officer is responsible for navigation and is in full charge of the vessel and its crew. The Third Officer may be required to serve as the Fire and Safety Officer. The Third Officer may be assigned collateral duties in support of the management of the vessel.

LICENSING AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

In accordance with the following table, applicants and employees must possess at a minimum, a valid U.S. Coast Guard License with an unlimited radar observer endorsement.

GREATERTHAN 1600 GROSS TONS

MASTER Master of Ocean Steam and Motor Vessels of Any Gross Tons
1st Officer Chief Mate of Ocean Steam and Mortor Vessels of Any Gross Tons
2nd Officer Second Mate of Ocean Steam and Motor Vessels of Any Gross Tons
3rd Officer Third Mate of Ocean Steam and Motor Vessels of Any Gross Tons


BETWEEN 501 AND 1600 GROSS TONS MASTER

MASTER Master of Ocean or Near Coastal (as appropriate) Steam and Motor Vessels of Not More than 1600 Gross Tons.
1st Officer Mate of Ocean or Near Coastal (as appropriate) Steam and Motor Vessels of Not More than 1600 Gross Tons.
2nd Officer Mate of Ocean or Near Coastal (as appropriate) Steam and Motor Vessels of Not More than 1600 Gross Tons.
3rd Officer Mate of Ocean or Near Coastal (as appropriate) Steam and Motor Vessels of Not More than 1600 Gross Tons.

BETWEEN 201 AND 500 GROSS TONS MASTER

MASTER Master of Ocean or Near Coastal (as appropriate) Steam and Motor Vessels of Not More than 500 Gross Tons.
1st Officer Mate of Ocean or Near Coastal (as appropriate) Steam and Motor Vessels of Not More than 500 Gross Tons.
2nd Officer Mate of Ocean or Near Coastal (as appropriate) Steam and Motor Vessels of Not More than 500 Gross Tons.
3rd Officer Mate of Ocean or Near Coastal (as appropriate) Steam and Motor Vessels of Not More than 500 Gross Tons.

LESS THAN 201 GROSS TONS MASTER

MASTER Master of Near Coastal Steam and Motor Vessels of Not More than 200 Gross Tons.
1st Officer Mate of Near Coastal Steam and Motor Vessels of Not More than 200 Gross Tons.
2nd Officer Mate of Near Coastal Steam and Motor Vessels of Not More than 200 Gross Tons.
3rd Officer N/A

One year of experience at the next lower level, or comparable experience, is required for Master, First Officer and Second Officer. No experience is required for Third Officer. Experience for First Officer and Master aboard fisheries research vessels shall indicate a knowledge of commercial and research fishing practices. Experience for First Officer and Master aboard hydrographic survey and oceanographic research vessels shall indicate a knowledge of research or survey ship operations.

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