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Job Title:  Hydrographic Assistant Survey Technician, WM-9901-45
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Job Announcement Number:  OMAO-SHIPS-2013-0003

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$36,901.00 to $37,712.00 / Per Year
Thursday, January 31, 2013 to Monday, September 30, 2013
Full time Mixed Tour position in the Excepted Service. - Permanent, Excepted Service, Mixed Tour of Duty
Many vacancies in the following location:
Location Negotiable After Selection, United States
Open to all qualified United States Citizens.


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!

Having a career as a Wage Mariner 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.
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 allow 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 geographic location, however, your duty location will be determined by your home of record.  Duty locations are Norfolk, VA; Charleston, SC; Woods Hole, MA; Pascagoula, MS; Newport, OR; Kodiak, AK; Ketchikan, AK; San Diego, CA; Davisville, RI.
Once selected, you may be sent to any vessel nationwide.  Salary will be determined by duty location and vessel classification.
Hydrographic Survey: Serving on a ship, launch or field party engaged in oceanographic or survey operations performing such activities as : operating and monitoring (fathometers, multibeam, singlebeam or side-scan-sonar) instruments, including annotating records(fathometer, sound velocity or multibeam) and recording data using the above mentioned equipment, assisting in the staging and set-up during preparations for, and at the completion, of oceanographic and survey operations (such as at tide gauges, horizontal control or sound velocity); assisting in the preparation, installation, deployment and recovery of oceanographic and/or survey equipment and instruments (such as at tide gauges, horizontal control or sound velocity); and processing oceanographic and/or survey data (from processing singlebeam, cleaning and filtering multibeam data, writing a Descriptive Report and creating field sheets using Geographic Information Systems.
A one year probationary period may be required.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  • Must be able to meet medical, dental and physical requirements.
  • This is a Drug Designated Position(TDP).
  • Must be able to obtain and hold a U.S. passport.


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The individual selected for this position will:

  • Serve on a ship, launch, small boat, or field party conducting hydrographic survey operations.
  • Operate and monitor instruments and equipment, conducts data acquisition, data quality control, data annotations, data review, data quality assurance, and data processing in support of hydrographic surveying operations.
  • Maintain oceanographic and/or survey equipment and instruments.  
  • Operate computer software programs for data acquisition and data processing problems, recognizes and reports computer or systems problems to supervisor.
  • Assist in preparation of equipment and supplies for tide or horizontal control field work and sound velocity data acquisition.
  • Assist in the compilation and management of survey data, preparation of reports, final data processing, and preparation of survey data for transmittal.
  • May serve as hydrographic Officer-In-Charge in field work as assigned. 
  • Work closely and in cooperation with Junior Officers to ensure that hydrographic duties of the survey department are carried out in a timely manner.
  • Maintain department work and storage areas, including cleaning, organizing, sweeping, swabbing, and other assigned duties.
  • Responsible for safety of personnel, vessel and equipment, pollution controls, and personnel oversight. Stands watches including security watch, or quartermaster watch as required.
  • Handle mooring lines and assists with mooring details and small boat operations as required.
  • Perform other mission related duties as assigned, including duties related to the safety of the vessel and personnel.


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You must have two years experience at the Hydrographic Junior Survey Technician level or equivalent work engaged in the Hydrographic field; or
1 year of experience as a Hydrographic Junior Survey Technician and 1 year of work experience equivalent to work engaged in the hydrographic field. 
Experience may include work in a survey related field, including; land surveying, hydrology, oceanographic research, or similar related field.
Substitution of Education for Experience; Completion of two years of college, or an Associates Degree, in science, engineering or computer related field that includes at least 10 credit hours in computer science or related classes such as Computer Cartography, GIS, or Auto-Cad may be substituted for two years of experience.

This position has no basic education or individual occupational requirement. 



We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.  If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions).  However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered.  The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.
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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.
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. 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.


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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: Cheryl Flayer, Human Resources Specialist/Assistant at 206-526-6888 or email at ­­­­­­­­­­­­­Cheryl.l.Flayer@NOAA.GOV.


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 including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. For work in the Federal service, please include the grade level for the position/s. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire.
*REQUIRED Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) documentation, if applicable.  For more information, please go to
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:
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.  Please refer to for more information. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. 
*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.
You are not required to submit official documents at this time; unofficial copies are sufficient. However, you must submit all the required documents or you may lose consideration for this vacancy.


Jonathan Ford
Phone: 816-426-3044
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
WFMO/Kansas City Staffing Division A
601 E 12th St
Room 1737
Kansas City, MO
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 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 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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