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Third Officer

Job ID: 100253
Location: USA
Salary: 50,202.00 per Year
Status: Full Time
JobLevel: Mid Career
Company: Military Sealift Command
Contact: Civmar Support Center
Address: 6353 Center Drive, Building #8, Suite 202
Norfolk, VA 23502
Phone: 877-JOBS-MSC

Job Description
Announcement #: 06-108-02EX

Third Officer (W), WM 9907-26 (108)

Type of Appointment: Excepted Service Career-Conditional

Opening Date: July 24, 2006 Closing Date: Open continuously with periodic cut-offs

Location: MSC Vessels Worldwide

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified United States Citizens.

This position works under the supervision of the Second Officer (Navigator) and Department Head, First Officer. Serves as a Deck Watch Officer and is responsible for the safe navigation of the vessel. Assists the Master and senior deck officers in carrying out their responsibilities. As directed/designated by the Chief Mate, makes timely and frequent inspection of all lifesaving equipment onboard the vessels, including lifeboats, life rafts and associated securing devices, and any other equipment. May be assigned collateral duties of Assistant Damage Control Officer, CBR-D Officer, or Special Services Officer.

Minimum Eligibility 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 with the endorsement(s) of “Any Unlicensed Rating in the Deck Department”
Licensing/Certifications Required:
- USCG License for Third Mate or higher, Steam or Motor Vessels, Oceans, any Gross Tons. Note: Current Cadet MMD’s will be accepted until graduation in lieu of license.
- Must possess a valid ARPA and GMDSS certificate.
- Valid STCW certificate (including Basic Safety Training).

Note: If you are requesting 10-point preference, you must provide DD-214 Certificate of Discharge (Member Copy 4), the SF-15 Application for 10-Point preference and a copy of your VA letter.
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 Plan, Organize, Interpret, and/or Analyze Information and Supervise the work of others.
2. Knowledge of Cargo Loading and Discharge Operations.
3. Knowledge of Current Navigation Methods and Equipment.
4. Knowledge of Shipboard Safety, Lifesaving, CBR-D, and Firefighting Equipment, and Programs.

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, veteran’s 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 Veteran’s 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

NOTE: FAILURE TO PROVIDE REQUIRED INFORMATION REQUESTED FOR THIS POSITION 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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