Job Overview


NOAA Wage Mariners operate and maintain research ships and conduct survey sampling and fishing operations in direct support of NOAA's diverse environmental information products, environmental stewardship services and applied scientific research.

Wage Mariners add a seaman's know-how to NOAA's scientific research by directly participating in the operations and handling of scientific gear in the tumultuous ocean environment. Having a career as a NOAA Wage Mariner is to be an integral part of understanding the condition of the ocean and atmosphere. 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 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. FIRST CUT-OFF DATE IS 2/19/2013. 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. This position is in the Excepted Service and will be filled with a permanent mixed tour work schedule. A mixed tour of duty 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. When there is an increase or decrease in the workload, your work schedule is subject to change and your scheduled hours are subject to being reduced. Salary will be determined by duty location and vessel classification. 

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.

A one year Trial period may be required. 


The individual selected for this position will;

*Perform and assist in preparation for and at the completion of oceanographic and/or survey operations.

*Serve on a ship, launch, or field party engaged in oceanographic or survey operations; operates and monitors instruments; annotates records; and records data.

*Perform oceanographic and/or survey observations, measurements, and calculations.

*Prepare install, deploy and recover oceanographic and/or survey equipment and instruments. Maintains, calibrates, and makes minor repairs to oceanographic and/or survey instruments.

*Collect and process oceanographic and/or survey data.

*Annotate, copy, file, and care for field records and samples.

*Maintain department work and storage areas in a clean and orderly condtition, including scrubbing decks, cleaning, painting, sweeping, swabbing, etc. Takes inventories of supplies and equipment. Loads and off-loads supplies and instruments.

*Stands watches, including quartermaster and security watches as required. Handles mooring lines. Performs other mission-related duties as assigned, including duties related to the safety of the vessel and personnel.

  • Additional Duty Location Info

    Many vacancies in the following locations

    • Ketchikan, AK, US
    • Kodiak, AK, US
    • San Diego, CA, US
    • Honolulu, HI, US
    • Woods Hole, MA, US
    • Pascagoula, MS, US
    • Newport, OR, US
    • Charleston, SC, US
    • Norfolk, VA, US