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Job Title:  Junior Unlicensed Engineer, WM-9954-00
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Job Announcement Number:  OMAO-MOC-2013-0003

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$44,285.00 to $45,246.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, February 05, 2013 to Monday, September 30, 2013
Mixed Tour - Permanent Appointment in the Excepted Service.
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Open to all U.S. 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 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.
One Year Trial period may be required.
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 requirements of the organization.
There is no guarantee that you will be assigned to any particular vessel or geographic location. Your duty location will be determined by your home of record. Current duty locations are Norfolk, VA; Charleston, SC; Woods Hole, MA; Pascagoula, MS; Newport,OR; Kodiak, AK; Ketchikan, AK; Honolulu, HI; San Diego, CA.  Salary will be determined by duty locations and vessel classification.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must hold current Merchant Mariners Document with appropriate endorsement.
  • This is a Drug Testing Designated Position.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  • Must be able to obtain and hold a U.S. Passport


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The individual selected for this position will;
*Perform engineering systems maintenance and repair work.
*Have overall responsibility for engineering systems that may be assigned to him/her.
*Keep required records, logs, and reports. Stands engine room watches at sea or in port as required. As engineer-in-charge directs the activities of assigned engineering watch personnel.
*Stand security watch and/or quarterdeck watch.
*Assist in ship fueling operations.
*Perform other mission-related duties as assigned including duties related to safety of the vessel and personnel.


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Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the NOAA Wage Mariner Qualifications Handbook.

There is no occupational or positive education requirement for this position.
You may substitute Education for 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 from each month of experience for a maximum of one year.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  Applicants must have one year of experience as an Oiler and/or Engine Utilityman for a total of 2 years of experience. Experience must have provided the applicant with 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.
Applicant must possess a current valid USCG Merchant Mariners Credential or Document endorsed with the Unlicensed Junior Engineer or Qualified Member of the Engine Department (QMED) - any Unlicensed Rating in the engine department.
Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal service.  Specialized experience for this position is defined as: experience performing engineering systems maintenance and repair work.  Standing engine room watches at sea or in port as required.
NOTE: Your resume must document specialized experience and support your responses to the vacancy questions.


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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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 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: Jonathan Ford, Human Resources Assistant at 816-426-7838.


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.
This position does not require proof of higher education; if you are using education to substitue for specialized experience, you must submit an unofficial transcript.
**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, the number of hours worked per week, your salary, and grade of any federal position/s held.  Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). 
** REQUIRED A copy of current United States Coast Guard (USCG) Merchant Mariners Document (MMD)or Credential endorsed with Unlicensed Junior Engineer or Qualified member of the Engineer Department (QMED)- any unlicensed Rating in the Engine Department. Applicants must include all applicable USCG licenses. It is your responsibility to provide adequate proof that you meet the above requirements. Inadequate or illegible information could result in non-qualification and loss of consideration.  Include the page showing your endorsement and the page showing the expiration date.
**REQUIRED For Veterans Preference 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. 
**REQUIRED 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.


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.). 

Additional Duty Location Info

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