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Job Title:  General Vessel Assistant WM9910-28
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Job Announcement Number:  OMAO-SHIPS-2012-0030

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

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$32,532.00 to $33,245.00 / Per Year
Monday, July 30, 2012 to Thursday, January 31, 2013
Mixed Tour. - Permanent Positions in the Excepted Service.
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All qualified United States citizens.


This position is in the Office of Marine and Aviation Operations. * A one year probationary period may be required. * Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized. * Must be suitable for Federal employment.

Having a career as a Wage Marine employee in NOAA is to be an integral part of understanding the condition of the ocean and atmosphere. NOAA Wage Marine personnel add a seaman's know-how to NOAA's scientific research by directly participating in the operation and handling of scientific gear in the tumultuous ocean environment. NOAA's fleet of 19 research ships operate world-wide in direct support of NOAA's diverse environmental information programs, environmental stewardship services and applied scientific research. The highly-skilled and technical workforce provides NOAA the ability to achieve success in the conduct of nautical charting, bathymetric mapping, fisheries research, ecosystem assessments, marine environment baseline assessments, coastal-ocean circulation, and oceanic and atmospheric research. Enjoy an exciting career while gaining experience and training to advance your mariner or personal credentials. 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 records. Duty locations are Norfolk, VA; Charleston, SC; Woods Hole, MA; Pascagoula, MS; Newport, OR; Kodiak, AK; Ketchikan, AK; Honolulu, HI; San Diego, CA; Davisville, RI. OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT. FIRST CUT-OFF DATE IS 08/16/12. 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. Salary will be determined by duty location and vessel classification. NOTE: Applicants who previously applied for this position under any earlier announcements for General Vessel Assistant MUST reapply.


  • 1. Medical and Dental exams are required prior to appointment.,
  • 2. Urinalysis for illegal drug use is required prior to appointment.,
  • 3. Must be a U.S. citizen.,
  • 4. Must be able to obtain and hold a US Passport.,
  • 5. Must possess a USCG Merchant Mariners Credential or Document.,
  • 6. Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (


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The General Vessel Assistant (GVA) is an entry rating.  The GVA may be utilized in the Deck, Engine and Steward Departments.  When utilized in the Deck Department, the GVA performs work described in the position for Ordinary Seaman or Ordinary Fisherman.  When utilized in the Engine Department, the GVA performs work described in the position description for the Wiper.  When utilized in the Steward Department, the GVA performs work as follows:  Prepares tables for meals and cleans up after meals. Serves meals and assists with the daily meal count logs. Washes dishes, silver, pots, pans and glassware. Maintains mess in a clean, orderly and sanitary condition. Cleans galley, pantry, refrigerators and storage areas as required; disposes of galley and mess garbage. Performs laundry duties as required. Assists in the handling and storage of mess provisions and other Steward Department supplies.  As required, assists in the galley, not to include cooking. When assigned to any department, the GVA performs other mission-related as assigned, including duties relating to the safety of the vessel and personnel.


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Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at:

This position requires a U.S.C.G. MMC/MMD endorsement.  Please visit


There are no experience requirements for this position.
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ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources Website. ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents: 1. A copy of your specific RIF notice; notice of your proposed removal for failure to relocate; notice of disability annuity termination; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement. 2. A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.; 3. A copy of your last performance appraisal including your rating; and 4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential. The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities: * Vet's Guide including information on VEOA, VRA, and 30% or more Disabled Veterans * Persons with Disabilities * ICTAP.


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Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue. If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by e-mail at or by phone at 866.656.6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET. For instructions on submitting your application in another format, please contact: Debra Decker, Human Resources Assistant at 206-526-6052 or email at between 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. PT no less than 24 hours before the posted announcement closing date.


A complete application consists of the following: - REQUIRED - Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume should also list your educational and work experience and must include the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment, the number of hours worked per week, your salary, and grade (for federal positions only). Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). - REQUIRED, If applicable, Veterans Preference documentation, If applicable, please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15, etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to: Veterans Information - REQUIRED, If applicable, Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation. See "Other information" - Education. If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. If the education requirement includes a specified number of credit hours in specific disciplines, your transcript must reflect the required coursework. You are not required to submit official documents at this time; unofficial copies are sufficient. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's Website. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.


Debra Decker
Phone: 206-526-6059
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
WFMO/Western Region Client Services Division
7600 Sand Point Way N.E.
Bldg. 1
Seattle, WA
Fax: 000-000-0000


You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at USAJobs and clicking on "Track Your Online Application." The four points of notification are: 1. Application Received or Application Incomplete; 2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met; 3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official); and 4. Selected or Not Selected By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).

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