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Job Title:  Marine Inspector (Apprentice), GS-1801-7 (FPL GS-12)
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  U.S. Coast Guard
Job Announcement Number:  13-1922-SE-PW-D

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$38,790.00 to $50,431.00 / Per Year
Friday, July 19, 2013 to Friday, August 02, 2013
This is a full-time position. - This is a permanent appointment.
2 vacancies - Texas City, TX, US  View Map

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.




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 13-1922-SE-PW-M.  APPLICANTS WISHING TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER BOTH DELEGATED EXAMINING AND MERIT PROMOTION PROCEDURES MUST APPLY TO BOTH VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS.  


This position is located in DHS, US Coast Guard, Sector Houston-Galveston, Inspections Division, Texas City, TX,

Selectee will be subject to pre-employment physical to ensure physical demands of position may be met and to preclude personal injury. Physical demands required in this position include climbing vertical ladders often 100 feet or greater in length; to enter confined spaces such as boilers, double bottom tanks/voids and cargo holds; to walk for prolonged periods in a stooped postion; and may require work on slippery platforms or scaffolding. Must also possess good sight and hearing to ensure that any regulatory deficiencies may be detected.

Travel is required and while most travel is by commercial vehicle or aircraft, the inspector must also possess a valid driver's license to drive various passenger vehicles to inspection and testing sites.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Applicant is required to meet the physical requirements of the position.
  • This position requires some travel.
  • This position requires a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI).
  • This position requires a valid state driver's license.
  • Incumbents are subject to the terms of a mobility agreement.


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This position serves as an Apprentice Marine Inspector under training to become a qualified Journeyman Marine Inspector in the commercial vessel safety program and lead for enforcement of marine safety, vessel inspection, pollution prevention, and vessel manning regulations.  This position will enforce compliance with treaties and international convention for U.S flag and foreign vessels that operate in U.S. waters.


The Civilian Apprentice Marine Inspector's (CAMI's) responsibilities are to become trained and qualified in a minimum of four marine inspection program competencies to meet the requirements of a Journeyman Marine Inspector and be moved into a Journeyman level position to serve as a civilian resident to a Sector or Marine Safety Unit's Prevention Department. This allows the Civilian Apprentice to expand their base knowledge and receive practical experience before qualifying as a Journeyman Marine Inspector and become a source for continuity of vessel inspection policies, technical issues, special program support activity and a primary inspection representative with the maritime industry as lead for the Officer-in-Charge, Marine Inspection.


The positions will be filled at the GS-7 grade level with developmental opportunity to ensure continued professional career growth of personnel to the journeyman marine inspector qualification level.  This will build the core foundation of subject matter experts and technicians for vessel inspections required for an effective Coast Guard management of the U.S. Commercial Vessel Safety Program. A CAMI must learn the basics of the Coast Guard's authorities for the Commercial Vessel Safety Program, its regulatory requirements, as well as international treaties and standards adopted by the U.S. and enforced on foreign vessels as well as its own flag, operating in U.S. waters. For all U.S. certificated vessels and support of port state control examinations of foreign vessels operating in the U.S, an individual assigned to this position completes training and becomes qualified to perform the following marine inspection functions:


- Conduct reviews of vessel's plans, safety management systems and operating systems to determine compliance with regulations and applicable standards.


- Determining that vessels being inspected have the proper documents and certificates on board and in effect.


- Capable of inspecting all required navigation, intra-vessel communication, lifesaving, fire fighting, emergency and pollution prevention systems on a vessel to ensure that they are operating properly and in compliance with applicable national and international standards.


- Capable of inspecting a vessel's hull, including the hull envelope, internal structural members, protrusions, fittings, appendages, special tanks, holding areas, special use structure (e.g., chemical tanks, proximity of certain operations to restricted vessel areas), and structural fire protection to ensure that they are in sound condition, that damage or deformity is within acceptable parameters for safe vessel usage, and that all hull systems are in compliance with applicable safety standards.


- Capable of inspecting vessel's machinery, including propulsion equipment, control machinery, auxiliary machinery, special deck, vessel pumping equipment, damage and fire control machinery, electrical and power general systems, piping, transfer and monitoring systems to ensure that they are in safe operating condition and are in compliance with applicable design, installation, and operational standards.


- The CAMI will be assigned on-the-job training after initial resident schools[P1]  to become experienced and qualified to conduct foreign vessel examinations under the treaty requirements of the SOLAS or other international conventions, or U.S. unilateral regulations and accords using technical knowledge and inspection procedures common to U.S. vessels and the standards applicable to the type of vessel and/or examination required. 


- The CAMI must be able to develop and exhibit the maturity necessary to understand the impact of the decisions made regarding safety compliance inspections and examinations on vessel operations the local industry and commerce by these decisions.


- The CAMI must learn to prepare administrative inspection reports, briefing papers, technical analyses, and option evaluations a well as pass qualification boards for numerous vessel inspection competencies.


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To qualify at the GS-07 level you must have one of the following:

A. 1 full year of graduate level education in a field directly related to this position OR Completion of all requirements for a bachelor's degree which meets at least one of the following SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT requirements. [Superior academic achievement is based on (1) class standing: you must be in the upper third of your graduating class in college, university, or major subdivision; (2) grade-point average: you must have a grade point average of (a) 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 as recorded on your official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of your curriculum; or (b) 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of required courses completed in your major field or required courses in your major field completed during the final 2 years of your curriculum [Grade point averages can be rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0, and 2.94 will round to 2.9; and (3) election to membership in a national scholastic honor society.] OR

B. One year of full-time specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal government that involved serving as an officer in training, mate, cadet or intern onboard commercial vessels, watch-standing, assisting with marine vessel inspections, etc. OR

C. A combination of the type of graduate education described in "A" and the kind of experience described in "B." To combine education and experience, first take the number of semester hours or equivalent earned towards a graduate degree and divide by 18 semester hours or equivalent. Then take the number of months of full-time experience and divide by 12 months. Add the percentages together. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.

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.


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: 

- Basic knowledge of the laws, treaties, conventions, regulations, and directives relating to vessel navigations, vessel inspection, vessel manning, and pollution prevention.

- Basic knowledge of the broad range of vessel hull and equipment systems associated with lifesaving, fire protection, navigation, ventilation, watertight integrity, welding, pollution prevention, inert gas systems, crude oil washing, cargo containment systems, and pressure vessels.

- Basic knowledge of a wide range of concepts, principles, and practices of a professional or administrative occupation and skill in applying this knowledge to difficult and complex work assignments.

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.
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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 and select "benefits."


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 703-872-6330.  Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation.


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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

    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.


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:
(Jobs) U.S. Coast Guard
Ofc of Civ Human Resources, CG-1211SE,
4200 WILSON BLVD STE 800 STOP 7130, ARLINGTON, VA 20598-7130


USCG Applicant Support
Phone: 866-656-6830
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
United States Coast Guard
Office of Civilian HR (CG-1211SE)
CGRC MS-7500
2300 Wilson Blvd, Suite 500
Arlington, VA
Fax: 000-000-0000


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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