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Job ID: 100071
Location: USA
Salary: $20,951- 31,011 per Year
Status: Full Time
JobLevel: Mid Career
Company: CIVMAR Support Center
Contact: Military Sealift Command
Address: 6353 Center Drive, Building #8, Suite 202
Norfolk, VA 23502
Phone: 877-JOBS-MSC

Job Description
Announcement #: 06-163-01EX
Ordinary Seaman, WM-9928-07 (163)
Base Salary: $20,951- 31,011 Per annum
Type of Appointment: Excepted Service Career-Conditional
Opening Date: 9 January 2006 Open continuously with periodic cut-offs
Location: MSC Vessels Worldwide
Who May Apply: Open to all qualified United States Citizens.
Program Purpose: To assist in filling the additional shortages of AB positions, the Military Sealift Fleet Support Command (MSFSC) of the Military Sealift Command has established an Ordinary Seaman Advancement Program. This program is designed to bring experienced personnel and previous apprentice participants into the Command for up to 24 months of being mentored by the Civilian Mariner staff. The successful candidates would serve as Ordinary Seaman in the Deck Department aboard all classes of MSC civil service crewed ships, both at sea and in port. Comprising of several selections per quarter, the Program will provide on-the-job training and work experience for experienced individuals or those who have graduated from a Maritime Academy and have completed Basic Fire Fighting, First Aid, Personal Safety and Social Responsibility, and Personal Survival courses at USCG certified training facilities. The selected participants will receive Rating Forming Part of Navigational Watch (RFPNW) training, Able Seaman in Lieu Course, and Lifeboat in Lieu Course and up to 120 Navigational Watches. Upon completion of the 120 watches of Navigational time and receipt of AB-Limited endorsement, candidates may be non-competitively promoted to the position of an Able Bodied Seaman. This program will allow the individuals to learn about Civilian Mariner opportunities at MSC; gain perspectives about how Mariners perform their duties; and, gain sailing skills in an intellectually challenging environment.

Duties: In these positions, the individuals work under the direction of the Boatswain during regular operations and Deck Department Watch Officer during evolutions/watchstanding. The Ordinary Seaman stands watch while in port or at sea and performs routine deck department’s maintenance tasks such as cleaning, painting, and preserving the ship.
Duties Include:
??Assist in securing the ship for sea, observing the highest standards of good seamanship;
??Work aloft or over the side with a boatswain chair stage or manlift and supervise accordingly
??Perform traditional shipboard marlinespike seamanship duties such as splicing of wire rope, reaving and unreaving blocks and falls
??Cargo Loading/Unloading/Movement Operations; and
??Operating all lifesaving and damage control equipment aboard the vessel

Tenure and Duration Candidates selected for the OSAP program are offered positions as a Federal employee in the excepted service on a Career Conditional Appointment. All participants who will have met the US Coast Guard’s sea service requirement and obtained their AB-Limited endorsement before their not-to-exceed date, may be non-competitively promoted to the position of an Able Bodied Seaman. All participants must sign a two-year service agreement to obtain an AB–Limited endorsement and those who have not completed the requirements of the program within their not-to-exceed dates may be terminated from MSC.

Minimum Requirements
Must be a United States Citizen, minimum age of 18, possess a current U. S. Passport within 7 months of expiration, and a current United States Coast Guard Merchant Mariner’s Document (USCG MMD) within 10 months of expiration.

NOTE: Participants must also possess one of the Three Additional Qualifications:
Education: Successful completion of full time study in navigation, seamanship, and/or other
maritime studies in an accredited Maritime School
?Endorsement: Possess the following endorsements: Able Seaman (OSV), Able Seaman (FISH),
or Able Seaman (SAIL)


Experience: Endorsement may be substituted with at least six months of sea experience that is
directly related to an Ordinary Seaman (such as military or maritime duties on ships or small boats) Substitute Education Applicants who wish to qualify based on job related education must submit a complete transcript or an for Experience itemized list that includes equivalent information from the transcript, (course title, semester/quarter hours and grade).
Note: If you are requesting 10-point preference, you must provide DD-214 Certificate of Discharge, the SF- 15 Application for 10-Point Preference and supporting documentation.
Evaluation Criteria: Applicants who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements described above will be further evaluated. Documented experience, education, training, and awards contained in the application package will be reviewed to determine the degree to which you possess the required knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) that are essential for successful job performance. A ranking determination will be conducted against the knowledge, skills and abilities to determine your qualifications as reflected by your responses to the following job related factors:
1. Ability to perform general maintenance and repair on-deck equipment
2. Knowledge of shipboard safety, including lifesaving and fire fighting equipment, methods and
3. Knowledge of Material Handling Equipment (MHE)
4. Ability to operate UNREP gear and equipment (winches, cranes, booms, MHE, etc)
To earn the highest rating possible, it is your responsibility to submit detailed information in response to the KSAs listed above. Evaluations, ship assignments, awards, training, education, commercial experience, etc., will also be part of the rating and ranking process

Employment Requirements:
MSC Civilian Mariner positions are subject to drug urinalysis testing, participation in vaccine immunization programs, require the candidate to pass a physical exam and obtain a security clearance. In addition to successfully completing the medical examination (arranged by MSC), a tuberculosis (TB) screening test is also required. TB screening is not provided at the MSC-arranged medical examination, but can usually be obtained from your personal medical provider, or free at any local Public Health Clinic. If you have previously had a positive TB skin test (i.e. a CONVERTER or REACTOR), another skin test is not required, but you must instead provide the Medical Department written proof that you have completed treatment with medicine (i.e. INH), or that you have started treatment with medicine, or that such treatment is not warranted as determined by competent medical authority. Entry-level positions require candidates to pass an English Language Competency Test. A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to report to any of the scheduled appointments, fails the physical examination, language competency test, drug test, lacks the certification requirements, or is unable to obtain a security clearance. MSC employees are required to participate in direct deposit/electronic funds transfer as the standard method of payroll payments. MSC employees are required to attend and successfully complete all mandatory training courses, including Personal Survival, which requires the ability to float in the water for a minimum of 60 seconds.
How to Apply:
ALL documents MUST be POSTMARKED by the cut-off or closing date of this announcement.

Candidates for this announcement must submit the following forms completed, signed and dated:
1. Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF 612) including social security number, US
Citizenship, veterans preference and previous federal employment. For forms visit
2. Responses to the job-related factors (KSA’s) identified in Evaluation Criteria above.
3. Declaration of Federal Employment (OF-306), including Applicant’s Statement of Selective
Service Registration Status. For Selective Service information, visit
4. A copy of the front and back of your current Merchants Mariners Document (MMD) with a
minimum of ten months of validity, US Passport with at least seven months of validity, and
licenses, certificates, etc.
5. If you are a current or prior federal government employee, you must include a Standard Form SF-50, Notice of Personnel Action that documents your government service.
6. If claiming Veteran’s Preference, you must provide supporting documentation (SF-15 Application for Preference, DD-214’s Member Copy-4, or VA Certificate verifying disability). Additional information on Veterans’ Preference is available at
Late and/or incomplete applications will not be processed. We will not return or copy applications and supporting documents once submitted. Applicants should make copies before submitting documents.

How To Contact Us: Please send completed packages to:
Military Sealift Command, CIVMAR Support Center,
6353 Center Drive, Building #8, Suite 202
Norfolk, VA 23502

If you have any questions, please email us at or call our toll free
Recruitment hotline at 877-JOBS-MSC (1-877-562-7672). Please also visit our website at
WILL ADVERSELY AFFECT YOUR ELIGIBILITY. Federal job applicants who make a false
statement in any part of the application could be turned down for the job; fired after beginning work; or subject to fine, imprisonment (U.S. Code, title 18, section 1001), or other disciplinary action.
Selection for this position will be made solely based on merit, fitness, and qualifications without regard to race, sex, color, creed, age, marital status, national origin, non-disqualifying handicap conditions, or any other non-merit factors. The agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities, where appropriate. Determinations of whether an accommodation is appropriate shall be made by the agency as soon as practicable, after the initial application process and shall be made with regard to all applicable statutes and regulations. If assistance is required to complete the application process, interested applicants should call our CIVMAR Support Center at the above number and refer to the “How to Apply” section of this announcement.
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