Job Overview


Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position: This position requires service aboard the Class 1 Hopper Dredge McFarland which is owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is home ported at the Fort Mifflin Dock in Philadelphia. The McFarland is in a ready reserve status and operates on the Delaware River 70 days per year. The remainder of the year is spent on performing maintenance or periods at the shipyard. The ship may also be called out to perform emergency dredging along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. Regular tour of duty is 15 consecutive work days, followed by 13 days off. Residence on board the dredge during the work period is a necessary condition of employment. While the dredge is operating, subsistence and quarters are provided free of charge. Transportation to and from the dredge is at the employees expense. When the dredge is operating in the Delaware River, access to and from Philadelphia International Airport is minutes from the Ships Home Dock which is located at the Fort Mifflin Project Office. Access from major roads is also within minutes (I-95 & I-76). Parking is provided at the Fort Mifflin field office for all Crew Members.

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Who May Apply:

U.S. Citizens and ICTAP eligible candidates


Duties: Serves as a Boatswain aboard a Seagoing Hopper Dredge. Incumbent is responsible for the planning, assigning crew to jobs, directing the maintenance, upkeep and repair of deck machinery, dredging equipment and related systems, rigging, steel work and ship's gear. Oversees mooring, anchoring, boat launching and retrieving. Supervises activities of the deck crew which consist of the Marine Mechanics and Dredge Helpers. Uses acetylene and electric welding equipment to perform simplified types of structural welding throughout the vessel. maintains or oversees the maintenance of lifesaving and firefighting equipment.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Upto 5% travel to attend training

Relocation Authorized

  • No