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Job Title:Training Instructor (Firefighter), GS-1712-9 (Open to US Citizens) JAC

Department:Department Of Transportation

Agency:Maritime Administration

Job Announcement Number:MARAD.HQ-2013-0069

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$47,448.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, March 20, 2013 to Friday, April 05, 2013




Full Time - - Permanent




1 vacancy - Swanton, OH, USView Map


Applications will be accepted from any U.S. citizen. A separate job announcement is being advertised for applicants eligible for status consideration. Current and former status employees and veterans who qualify under VEOA are encouraged to also apply to announcement: MARAD.HQ-2013-0066


The Maritime Administration is the agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation dealing with waterborne transportation. Its programs promote the use of waterborne transportation and its seamless integration with other segments of the transportation system, and the viability of the U.S. merchant marine. The Maritime Administration works in many areas involving ships and shipping, shipbuilding, port operations, vessel operations, national security, environment, and safety.

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) operates a Fire Training Center in Swanton, Ohio. The center is used to provide education and training for the US merchant mariners and maritime related shoreside personnel to develop their skills and knowledge in the prevention and suppression of fires, including tactical training in the specialized field of fire control, and rescue aboard merchant ships. The duty station is at the MARAD Fire Training Center in Swanton, Ohio. The Center is part of the Great Lakes Gateway Office, under the Office of Intermodal System Development at the Maritime Administration.
You will serve as a training instructor both for classroom activities and field exercises. You will provide complete instructions to approved candidates for firefighting training, under an established curriculum. The facility and position is under the general administrative guidance of the Director of Gateway Offices and reports directly to the Supervisory Firefighting Instructor on a daily basis.

This ideal candidate for this position has experience as a firefighting training instructor both in the classroom and in the field.


  • Must be a US citizen and meet specialized experience requirement
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date
  • Provide all required documents by closing date
  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days
  • Announcement also advertised to status applicants: MARAD.HQ-2013-0066
  • Position IS NOT telework eligible.


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As a Training Instructor (Firefighter), you will:

  • Conduct firefighting programs to meet the firefighter performance requirements of the industry-wide organizations concerned with waterborne commerce and fire prevention including all field training and formal academic classroom instruction which is prerequisite to the practical field exercises.
  • Monitor, evaluate, and coordinate, if necessary, relevant fire prevention and control techniques used by other industry training facilities to assure continued viability of MARAD’s training program.
  • Lecture, demonstrate and follow through, by instructing students during the field evolutions, in the proper use of extinguishing equipment.  Ignite in a safe and timely manner, combustible liquids which are used in the mock-ups when demonstrating how to correctly extinguish certain types of shipboard fires.
  • Comply with federal, state, and local regulations concerning smoke abatement, water retention, and chemical disposal; and keep abreast of any changes in requirements which affect operations.
  • Accept the important responsibility of caring for the safety of human life in close proximity to “live” fire.  Ensure that established safety procedures are followed by students.  Maintain constant guard to prevent accidents and when such do happen, keep burns and injuries as superficial and/or minor as possible.  Summon expert medical advice and obtain assistance with dispatch when needed.


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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the education or experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

LEVEL To qualify on Education, you must have: To qualify on Experience, you must have one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:
GRADE 9 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree OR master's or equivalent graduate degree
  • Experience providing field and formal academic classroom instruction that meets the firefighter performance requirements of the industry concerned with waterborne commerce and fire prevention.
  You can also qualify based on a combination of education and experience
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.



  • Selective Service: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • Probationary Period: You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • Government Travel Card - You must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment. If unable to obtain and/or retain a card, you may be subject to removal. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.


If you meet  the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of four categories: Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze, which is based upon your responses to the vacancy questions. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference that have provided supporting documents will receive selection priority over non-veterans. The top rated applications will be reviewed for the quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. If your resume does not support the specialized experience or if your application does not support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your final rating may be modified and/or you may be disqualified from consideration.

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Benefits include health and life insurance, annual and sick leave, and retirement benefits. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal Employees here.


Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition.


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You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
  • To begin, click the Apply Online button on the job announcement.
  • Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
  • You may review your saved application(s) at
If you are having difficulty applying online, send an email to or call us at (202)366-1298.


The following documents must be provided by the close date:
  • RESUME - Showing relevant experience and education and fully supporting the required specialized experience.
  • TRANSCRIPTS - verifying that you meet the stated education requirements,  if  you are qualifying based on education.
  • VETERANS: In order to be considered as preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  If you are claiming compensably disabled preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference,  SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference.  Additional information on veterans' preference is available in the Vet's Guide at:
  • SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS: If requesting concurrent consideration for: Noncompetitive  Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility, (e.g. military spouse or persons with disabilities), you must provide appropriate supporting documentation such as PCS orders describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability, etc.  For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or" Persons with Disabilities NC appointments. Documents are only required if requesting non-competitive consideration.
  • DISPLACED EMPLOYEE PLACEMENT DOCUMENTS: - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP/ICTAP</A>.  You must submit ALL of the FOLLOWING: your most recent performance appraisal, the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency and your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade.  To receive priority consideration, you MUST be deemed well qualified for this vacancy (falling in the Gold Category).

Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position.


Automated Staffing Office
Phone: 202-366-1298
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
Submit Application and Documents Online
1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


You may check your application status into by logging into your USAJOBS account. Within two weeks of the closing date, your application will be reviewed and rated. Ratings will be determined based on the documents and information received by the closing date. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If you are selected for an interview, the hiring manager will contact you directly. Once a hiring decision is made, we will notify all applicants of their final status.

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