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Job Title:  Second Cook WM-9973/00
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Job Announcement Number:  OMAO-SHIPS-2013-0021

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$36,193.00 to $36,986.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 to Wednesday, October 02, 2013
This is Mixed Tour Work Schedule. - Permanent position in the Excepted Service.
MANY vacancies in the following location(s):
Ketchikan, AK, USView Map
Kodiak, AK, USView Map
San Diego, CA, USView Map
Honolulu, HI, USView Map
Woods Hole, MA, USView Map
More Locations  (5)
* 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 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. New hires are assigned to NOAA's Marine Operations Center. 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.



FIRST CUT-OFF DATE IS April 15, 2013


NEXT CUT-OFF DATE IS June 15, 2013

NEXT CUT-OFF DATE IS July 15, 2013

NEXT CUT-OFF DATE IS August 15, 2013

NEXT CUT-OFF DATE IS September 15, 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. Salary will be determined by duty location and vessel classification. Note: A one-year trial period may be required.


  • Applicants must be able to pass medical and physical requirements.
  • This is a Drug Testing Designated Position (TDP).
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must possess a current Food Protection Manager Certification.
  • Must be suitable for Federal Employment.
  • Must possess a current U.S.C.G. Merchant Mariner Credential or Document.


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The individual selected for this position will: Plans and prepares menus: orders, prepares and serves food; maintains galleys, messes, storage areas, living areas and other assigned interior spaces in an orderly and sanitary condition; provides clean linens; maintains inventories of mess provisions and other supplies. Perform other duties related to the safety of the vessel and personnel. The incumbent will be required to perform shift work.


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Applicants must have one (1) year of general experience. General experience may have been acquired as a messman and galley helper when it includes serving food, cleaning galley messes, pantry, refrigerators, range, and mess equipment. This experience may be gained aboard a ship or in restaurants, etc.

Substitution of education for experience: Course work successfully completed in a military, vocational or other culinary school above the high school level may be substituted for experience on a month-for-month basis. Other directly related course work, such as community college courses may be substituted on the basis of 30 semester/45 quarter hours for nine (9) months of experience.

To obtain a current United States Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Credential/Document go to the following website:

To obtain a Food Protection Manager Certification go to the following website:

There is no educational requirement for this position.

A current, unexpired, United States Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Credential/Document with a endorsement for food handling and a current Food Protection Manager Certification.


Applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements will be further evaluated on their responses of the specific questions in the vacancy announcement, and will receive a numerical score based on the responses, which will be validated by human resources and/or the subject Matter Expert against the information provided in your resume. Failure to substantiate your responses within the resume may result in your not being considered for this position.

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Please list any Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping of Seafarers (STCW-95) training/certification you have received in your QuickHire resume. 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. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; or you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be fined or jailed. The Department of Commerce does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service System or have an exemption. If selected, confirmation of registration status is required.


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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 USA JOBS website at USAJobs. To begin, click the "Apply Online" button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USA JOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USA JOBS account at USA JOBS 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: Shawnte Haythorne, Human Resources Assistant 206-526-6281 or email at between 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 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 - A current United States Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Credential/Document with a endorsement for food handling.  Provide pages showing the expiratration date and endorsement.

Required  - A current Food Protection Manager Certificate. 

ALL candidates must present official documents prior to selection. Please see for obtaining your Food Protection Manager Certification. 

Education. If using education as a substitute for experience, 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 course work. 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.


Jonathan Ford
Phone: 8164263044
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 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.).

Additional Duty Location Info

MANY vacancies in the following locations:
Ketchikan, AK, USView Map
Kodiak, AK, USView Map
San Diego, CA, USView Map
Honolulu, HI, USView Map
Woods Hole, MA, USView Map
Pascagoula, MS, USView Map
Newport, OR, USView Map
Davisville, RI, USView Map
Charleston, SC, USView Map
Norfolk, VA, USView Map

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