Job Overview

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.  

The vacancy is being concurrently advertised under merit promotion procedures for status applicants under announcement 13-1775-SE-AM-M.  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 DHS/ U.S. Coast Guard, Force Readiness Command, (FORCECOM), Exercise Support Division (FC-ES),  Alameda, CA. 

Duties

The incumbent serves as an exercise planner with the U.S. Coast Guard, Force Readiness Command (FORCECOM).  The incumbent will be responsible for providing technical assistance that will help ensure that each National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (PREP) and the Area Maritime Security Training and Exercise Program (AMSTEP), and other CG-led contingency exercise provides conditions under which federal Departments and agencies and regional, state, and local governments and industry can test, exercise, and evaluate plans, procedures, and systems to ensure each contingency plan is valid.

Being a CG civilian makes you a valuable member of the CG team. Typical work assignments include:

  • Initiating, planning, coordinating, producing and executing a total package of simulation exercises and unannounced drills that will provide feedback to the National Response System (NRS) on oil spill response preparedness, area maritime security committees on maritime security preparedness; as well as other contingency communities
  • Identifying plan inconsistencies, developing or conceiving cost-effective solutions to problems or areas of inefficiency and providing recommendations to team leader/supervisor
  • Facilitating and participating in interagency meetings or conferences during the exercise development cycle
  • Developing and maintaining contacts with federal, state and local agencies, industry representatives and other organizations with interest relating to PREP and AMSTEP, as well as other contingency communities 
  • Participates in the day-to-day administration of an exercise planning team, working cooperatively with personnel assigned to the team for each exercise evolution
  • Keeping abreast of new methods and developments in specialty fields as they affect program areas 
  • Incorporating latest developments and strategic advances into new exercise plans
  • Maintaining familiarity and liaison with the appropriate national and regional level intergovernmental preparedness planning entities and programs