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About the Position:
Serves as Oiler-Deckhand aboard powered vessels displacing up to 325 tons engaged in waterway maintenance on the Great Lakes. Primary duty is in engine room with secondary duty as deckhand when needed.

Who May Apply:

Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job.  You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected.  See Proof of Eligibility for an extensive list of document requirements for all employment authorities. 


Oils and greases diesel engines, electric motors, generators, pumps, bearings, gears, shafts, and other machinery and equipment aboard the vessel. Selects correct type of grease and oil required for the various machinery end equipment.

Under direction of master or Engineer operates main engine and auxiliary equipment including pumps, generators, air compressors, and other machinery such as winches or small auxiliary engines, including all deck equipment.

When required, handles mooring lines when docking, fastening lines to mooring post or to towing pits and over deck and dock ballards.

Performs general vessel maintenance duties and keeps boat in ship-shape condition. Maintains, repairs, cleans, and paints the deck, hull, super-structure, and storage areas.

Assists in making any general repairs aboard the vessel, including repairs to machinery and equipment.

Travel Required

  • 75% or Greater
  • Up to 80% TDY Business Travel may be required

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs may be authorized, subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations and an agency determination that PCS is in the best interest of the government. Recruitment or Relocation incentive may be authorized