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Job Title:  Able Seaman
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Job Announcement Number:  OMAO-SHIPS-2012-0026

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$39,120.00 to $39,120.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 to Friday, January 04, 2013
This is a Mixed tour schedule. - Permanent positions in the Excepted Service.
few vacancies in the following location:
Location Negotiable After Selection, United States



Unlock secrets in deep oceans, track rapidly moving storms, operate state-of-the-art environmental satellites, chart the Nation's waterways, formulate models to forecast climate trends, protect and preserve our living marine's all in a day's work at the NOAA! Join a dedicated workforce committed to a vital mission: safeguarding the public, protecting natural resources, strengthening the economy. A career that makes a world of difference!

OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT FROM AUGUST 2, 2012-JANUARY 4, 2013.  FIRST CUT-OFF DATE IS August 16, 2012. APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE FIRST CUT-OFF DATE WILL BE CONSIDERED AS VACANCIES OCCUR. Once selected, you may be sent to any vessel nationwide. Your duty location will be determined by your home of record.


  • All qualified U.S. citizens.
  • Applicants must pass a background investigation.
  • Must have valid, current USCG MMD or MMC endorsed AB (Unlim, Lim, or Spec.)
  • Medical and dental exams required prior to appointment.
  • Urinalysis for illegal drug use required prior to appointment.
  • Must be able to obtain and retain a U.S. Passport.


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Duties include: 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. Serves as a survey and survey-support party member. Stand watches. Performs other mission-related duties as assigned, including duties related to the safety of the vessel and personnel as well as conducting fishing operations. All new hires are assigned to NOAA's Marine Operations Center. As a condition of employment, your position will be a Mixed Tour. Mixed Tour is a combination of full time, part time and intermittent work schedules which allows the best utilization of resources based on the work requirements of the organization. There is no guarantee that you will be assigned to any particular vessel or general geographic location, however, your duty location will be determined by your home of record. MOC duty locations are Norfolk, VA; Charleston, SC; Woods Hole, MA; Pascagoula, MS; Seattle, WA; Kodiak, AK; Ketchikan, AK; Honolulu, HI; San Diego, CA.


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Applicants must have one(1) year of experience. One year must have been at the next lower rating in the normal line of promotion aboard a NOAA or other comparable vessels. 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. SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: The successful completion of high school may be substituted for six (6) months of the required experience. Each successfully completed year of full time studies (beyond high school) level in navigation, seamanship, and/or other maritime studies, may be substituted for six (6) months of experience up to a total of one year.

Applicants MUST have a U. S. Coast Guard (USCG) Merchant Mariners Document or Merchant Mariners Credential endorsed for Able Seaman-Limited, Able Seaman-Unlimited, or Able Seaman-Special. You MUST fax a copy of the required license to be considered. Applicants MUST be able to obtain and retain a U.S. Passport. NOTE: Endorsements for Able Seaman-Offshore Supply Vessel, Able Seaman-Sail or Able Seaman-Fishing Industry are NOT qualifying.


Applicants who meet the Basic Qualification Requirements will be further evaluated on their knowledge, skills and abilities as reflected by their responses to the job-related questions in the online application. You will receive a numerical score based on your responses to the online questions. Your score will be compared with other applicants and the best scores will be referred to the hiring official.
To preview questions please click here.


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This is a full-time permanent position. Employed by a Federal Organization, you are eligible for benefits such as: A varied selection of cost- shared health insurance plans Life insurance coverage options Comprehensive retirement benefits A tax-deferred Thrift Saving Plan (401K) Annual Leave Paid Holidays You may be eligible for flexible work schedules Overtime Pay Compensatory Time Participate in a Flexible spending account Transportation Subsidy


Applicants must be able to meet physical requirements. A one year trial period is required. Must be able to obtain and retain a U.S. Passport. Salary will be determined by duty location and vessel classification. This is a Testing Designated Position (TDP). If selected you will be subject to random drug testing which is unannounced and can occur on any workday. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. Applications and faxed documents must be received by 11:59 pm eastern standard time of the closing date of the vacancy. If you are an eligible Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)applicant, you may apply for special selection over other applicants for this position. Individuals who have special selection priority rights under the CTAP or the ICTAP must be well qualified for the position. To be well qualified, applicants must meet all qualification requirements for the position, and when evaluated against the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) for the position, must be excluded from the minimally qualified category of applicants. If selected for this vacancy, you may be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. You may be required to sign and certify the accuracy of all the information in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; or you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be fined or jailed. The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable Accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service System or have an exemption. If selected, confirmation of registration status is required.


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If you are a new user to the USAJobs site and have never registered for an account; you will first need to create an account profile with your basic contact information and a resume to begin applying. You must be a registered USA Jobs user AND you must be signed-in to your account in order to apply for this vacancy. For help setting up an account, or for general help using USA Jobs, click here. Before you apply, please make sure you have read the entire vacancy announcement and are comfortable with the requirements stated here. If you have ANY questions, please contact the HR Assistant listed on this announcement before this announcement closes. Once you have gathered all of the required information and are ready to begin the application process, click the button "Apply to this Vacancy" at the bottom of the page. You will then be directed away from USAJobs to the NOAA Enterprise systems application site. Once you have reached Enterprise, you will be prompted to enter (or update) your contact information on file with us. You can then begin answering the questions in the application. When you are done with all of the questions on a single page, click "Next" and proceed to the next page. If you experience any difficulties with the Enterprise application site, help is available! If you have problems completing your on- line application, contact the Monster Hiring Management Help Desk at 1-866-656-6831 or by e-mail at . The help desk is available Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. You may call and leave a voice mail message at all other times. All required supporting documents will be collected electronically via the USA Jobs document portfolio feature. To upload a document in USAJOBS: Log-in at MY USAJOBS. Click on the Portfolio link found under the tabs near the top. Click browse and select a file stored on your computer to include in your portfolio. Files must be less than 2mb and can either be jpg, doc, or PDF format. Once you have selected your file, enter a name for the attachment, making sure to be as accurate in your description as possible. For example, Undergraduate Transcripts versus Graduate Transcripts. Once selected and named, click Upload. After you have successfully uploaded a document, you can click to View or Delete your document(s) at any time. You may also use the direct upload feature through the NOAA Enterprise Systems Supporting Documents page (instructions are listed on that page) or you may also fax documentation using the instructions provided in the Required Documents step of this job posting.


Your application may be considered INCOMPLETE if you do not submit all applicable required documents, which may exclude you from consideration. The documentation required for this vacancy is listed below. Note: Documentation requirements are based on vacancy requirements and individual applicant eligibility. Applicants may either Upload OR Fax supporting documentation. Do NOT do both. Either upload OR fax the documents you are submitting. Here is a list of the required documents for this announcement, if applicable: SF-50 - Current and/or former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility MUST submit a copy of their form SF-50B, Notification of Personnel Action. Veterans: If you are a veteran, you MUST submit a copy of your DD 214 (Member 4 Copy) Certificate of Release or Discharge (must reflect type of discharge received). If you are claiming veterans preference based on a disability, you MUST also submit documentation from the Department of Defense or the Department of Veterans Affairs verifying your service connected disability and a SF-15, Application for 10 point veterans preference. Special Appointing Authorities: If you are applying under the Special appointing authority, you MUST submit a copy of your Document showing eligibility to apply on announcements non-competitively. CTAP/ICTAP: If you are applying under CTAP/ICTAP you MUST submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action and RIF/CES notice dated within one year. TRANSCRIPTS (for Individual Occupational Requirements and/or Substitution of Education for specialized experience): Applicants MUST submit copies of their college transcripts for verification of the education requirements. Unofficial copies are acceptable, however, if selected you will be required to furnish official transcripts. It is your responsibility to provide adequate proof that you meet the above educational requirements. Inadequate or illegible information could result in non-qualification and loss of consideration. If using the Fax method, please submit your documents to the phone number appearing on the system generated fax cover sheet. Supporting documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time by the closing date of this job posting. You can upload documents or generate the fax cover sheet(s) when you register or update your information on the Department of Commerce application site which you access through the USAJOBS site. RETAIN THE FAX CONFIRMATION EMAIL AS PROOF OF SUCCESSFUL TRANSMISSION.


Cheryl Flayer
Phone: 206-526-6888
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
WFMO/Ecosystems Client Services Div
7600 Sand Point Way N.E.
Bldg. 1
Seattle, WA
Fax: 000-000-0000


Applicants will receive notification that their application has been received. Answers to the questions in your online application process will serve as the basis for your initial rating. You will receive a numerical score based on your responses to the online questions, which will be validated by a human resources specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information you provide in your online resume and/or by reference checks. The level of education, experience, and/or training you claim must be supported in your online resume. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you. A complete resume in your online application is required for consideration. Applicants may check the status of their application by accessing the USAJOBS website at Click on the MY USAJOBS tab and enter your User Name/Email and Password. Next, click on "MY Applications". Locate the job posting in question, and in the column (Applicant Status), click on the "More Information" link. From the NOAA Welcome Page, click the radio button "View Detailed Status of Applications with this Agency," then click the continue button, which takes you to "Current Applicant Status" page. The status will be listed under "Vacancy Status", with any additional information in the "Comments" section.

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