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Job Title:Marine Inspector (Cruise Ships), GS-1801-12

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:U.S. Coast Guard

Job Announcement Number:13-1113-HQ-TS-D-R1

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$74,872.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, May 03, 2013 to Friday, May 17, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1801-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

This is a full-time position. - This is a permanent appointment.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

This vacancy is open to all U.S. Citizens and is being advertised under delegated examining procedures.  

For definitions of terms found in this announcement click here

JOB SUMMARY:

Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

Apply for this exciting position to support the CG missions of safeguarding our Nation's maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe.

For over two centuries the The U.S. Coast Guard has protected the maritime economy and the environment, we defend our maritime borders, and we save those in peril. This history has forged our character and purpose as America's Maritime Guardian - Always Ready for all hazards and all threats.  

 

**This is a RE-ADVERTISEMENT of vacancy announcement 13-1113-HQ-TS-D. Applicants MUST RE-APPLY to this announcement for consideration.**

The vacancy is being concurrently advertised under merit promotion procedures for status applicants under announcement 13-1113-HQ-TS-M-R1.  APPLICANTS WISHING TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER BOTH DELEGATED EXAMINING AND MERIT PROMOTION PROCEDURES MUST APPLY TO BOTH VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS.  

NOTE:  YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS DELEGATED EXAMINING VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT WILL ONLY ALLOW CONSIDERATION FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.  WE CANNOT ELECTRONICALLY OR MANUALLY MOVE YOUR APPLICATION TO THE CONCURRENTLY ADVERTISED MERIT PROMOTION ANNOUNCEMENT.  PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE APPLYING UNDER THE CORRECT ANNOUNCEMENT.  

 

This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, U. S. Coast Guard, Ft Lauderdale, FL.

 

The physical demands of marine inspection are significant. The Marine Inspector is required to climb vertical ladders, often 100 feet or greater in length, to enter confined spaces such as boilers, double bottom craft and cargo holds, to walk for prolonged periods in a stooped position, and to work at a considerable height above the ground (tank areas) or sea on slippery platforms or scaffolding or beneath deck below the water line. Marine Inspectors must have good sight and hearing to ensure that any regulatory deficiencies are detected and to preclude personal injury. The job requires moderate periods of lifting, pulling, reaching, standing, kneeling, crawling, etc.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • The position requires a valid state driver's license.
  • Position requires travel.
  • Applicant is required to meet the physical requirements of the position.
  • This position requires a background investigation.

DUTIES:

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The individual in this position serves as a Marine Inspector/Port State Control Officer and Center of Expertise Associate Instructor.

 

Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team.

 

As such, duties include:

  • Providing technical expertise and leadership in the enforcement of international and domestic marine safety, security and environmental protection standards related to foreign passenger ships, also referred to as cruise ships; and
  • Serving as a civilian resident Center of Expertise source for continuity of foreign passenger vessel examination policies, practices, technical issues, special program support activities, and a primary vessel examination representative with the segment of the cruise shipping industry responsible for shipboard safety.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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GS-12 level: Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the federal service.

 

Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular ability, skill, and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of this position.  Specialized experience involves conducting, and/or serving as a qualified team member or leader on, marine inspections or vessel surveys on the most complex vessels (e.g., foreign passenger vessels and high speed passenger ferries); etermining compliance with laws, regulations, and applicable standards, verifying the existence of proper vessel documentation and the certification and safe and proper operating order of systems (navigation, communication, alarm, lifesaving, firefighting, and pollution prevention systems) and machinery.


This position does not have a positive education requirement.

If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using the on-line assessment to place you in one of three categories.  The necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities to perform this job are: 

  • Ability to examine foreign passenger vessels embarking passengers in U.S. ports or visiting U.S. ports carrying U.S. citizens;
  • Skill in conducting the initial, annual and periodic examinations/inspections and Certificate of Compliance (COC) issuance as applicable on foreign passenger  vessels at Coast Guard Units as well as responding to verbal or written inquiries on matters concerning cruise ship issues;
  • Skill in conducting on-the-job training (OJT) and serves as a verifying officer for inspectors in the Sector Miami OCMI zone related to foreign passenger vessel examinations;
  • Knowledge of vessel inspection protocol, treaties, laws, regulations, and policies relating to cruise ships; and
  • Knowledge of substandard conditions on cruise ships in order to determine appropriate corrective action plans submitted by a vessel's representative including hull structural and structural closure repairs.
If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

1.     Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
2.    Well Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
3.    Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for the position. Therefore, you must support your responses to the self-assessment questions by providing examples of past and present experience in your resume.

Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they are qualified.  Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. For information on veterans' preference, click here.
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to www.dhs.gov/careers and select "benefits."

OTHER INFORMATION:

Please be aware that applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306.  Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations e.g., an affirmative answer to a conviction of a felony.

If you are selected for this position, you will be subject to a determination of your suitability for Federal employment.

Recruitment incentives may be authorized.

Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit Selective Service Registration.

Moving expenses will not be paid.

All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

All selectees are subject to an appropriate investigation.

For Veterans' preference eligibility, visit Veterans' Employment Resources.

More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or  other non-merit factors.

USCG provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact 703-872-6307.  Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications (resume and job specific questions) for this vacancy must be received on-line by 11:59 p.m ET on the closing date of the announcement.  There are several parts of the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application

    Resume
    Responses to on-line core questions
    Responses to on-line self-assessment
    Supporting documents, if requested

High self assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume and/or supporting documents may impact you or eliminate you from consideration.  

Applicants who are claiming 5-point tentative preference are encouraged to submit a DD-214 Member 4 copy at the time of application.  Claims for 5-point tentative preference will only be granted based upon documentation provided or if the claim is substantiated in your application.  If you are unable to provide the necessary supporting documents for veterans preference at the time of selection it may impact your selection eligibility.

Applicants who are claiming 10-point veterans preference are required to submit proof of eligibility.  Refer to "Required Documents" section of vacancy announcement.  

If applying on-line poses a hardship to you, the Help Desk listed on the announcement will provide assistance to ensure that applications are submitted on-line by the closing date.  You must contact the Help Desk prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance.  Hours of operation:  Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET, excluding Federal holidays.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

30% Disabled Veterans must submit an SF-15, DD-214 which includes Character of Service, if currently Active Duty you may submit a Statement of Service or Proof of Service letter; however, the statement MUST include Character of Service AND the VA Disability Letter with percentage of disability OR documentation of disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces which reflects a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more.  10-point preference will not be granted if appropriate documentation is not submitted with your application.  If documentation is not provided you may receive 5-point tentative preference if substantiated in your application.

Other 10 point Veterans Preference Eligibles must submit a DD-214 which includes Character of Service, if currently Active Duty you may submit a Statement of Service or Proof of Service letter; however, the statement MUST include Character of Service, and an  SF-15 along with the documentation specified on the reverse side of the form.  10-point preference will not be granted if appropriate documentation is not submitted with your application.  If documentation is not provided you may receive 5-point tentative preference if substantiated in your application.

For more information about veterans preference click here.

CTAP or ICTAP Eligibles must submit proof of eligibility consisting of a copy of your agency notice and a copy of your most recent performance rating.  Applicants who have special priority consideration rights under CTAP or ICTAP provisions must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority consideration.  CTAP or ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they attain a cut-off score of 85 or above.

For more information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility click here.

All documentation as outlined above must be received by the closing date of the announcement and must include the vacancy announcement number on the documents.  A fax cover sheet will be provided to you from the system, with number and instructions to transmit the requested documents.  The required documents will also be accepted by mail and must be received by the closing date of the announcement.  The mailing address is COMMANDANT (CG-1211HQ),
ATTN CIVILIAN PERSONNEL,
US COAST GUARD, 4200 WILSON BLVD STE 800 STOP 7130, ARLINGTON, VA 20598-7130.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

USCG Applicant Support
Phone: 866-656-6830
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: mgshelp@monster.com
Agency Information:
United States Coast Guard
4200 Wilson Boulevard
Suite 800, Stop 7130
Attn: Human Resource Service Center Headquarters
Arlington, VA
20598-7130
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the announcement is closed, we will conduct an evaluation of your application and qualifications to determine your ranking.  The most qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration.

To check the status of your application, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status," and then click "More Information."  You may also opt to receive email notifications of application status changes by logging into your USAJOBS account and enabling notification alerts.   

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Job Announcement Number:

13-1113-HQ-TS-D-R1

Control Number:

342978200