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First Officer

Job ID: 106604
Location: USA Military Sealift Command (MSC) Vessels Worldwide
Salary: 72,512 per Year
Status: Full Time
JobLevel: Mid Career
Company: Military Sealift Command
Contact: CIVMAR

Job Description
Announcement #: 14-104-01EX
Title, Series,
Grade (Code)
First Officer WM 9905-28
Base Salary: $72,512 Per annum
Type of
Excepted Service Career-Conditional
Opening Date: February 24, 2014 Closing
Open continuously with
periodic cut-offs
Location: Military Sealift Command (MSC) Vessels Worldwide
Who May Apply: Open to all qualified United States citizens who are not
currently employed with Military Sealift Command (MSC) as
civil service mariner (CIVMAR) employees. Relocation
expenses are not authorized for this position.
Duties: The First Officer is responsible for the effective and
efficient operation of the Deck Department. Incumbent is
required to manage and supervise Deck Department
resources; be proficient in the performance of handling
various types of cargo and/or navigational equipment,
methods, and techniques; and serve as the Training
Officer, Damage Control Officer, Security and Safety
Officer aboard ship. Masters and Department Heads may
add to these duties to clarify specific shipboard tasks.
Everything in this Position Description is considered to
be an essential function of this position. Performs
other duties as assigned.
Must be a United States citizen of at least 18 years of
age and possess and maintain a valid:
1. U.S. Passport with a minimum of seven (7) months
remaining of expiration date.
2. Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
card with a minimum of ten (10) months remaining of
expiration date.
3. United States Coast Guard (USCG) Merchant Mariner’s
Document (MMD), or Merchant Mariner’s Credential (MMC),
with a minimum of ten (10) months remaining of expiration
date with the following endorsement(s):
1. Must possess current and valid:
• USCG Merchant Mariners Document (MMD) or Merchant
Mariner Credential (MMC) endorsed as: Any
Unlicensed Rating in the Deck Department, or Able
Seaman - Unlimited.
• USCG License endorsed as: Chief Mate of Steam and
Motor Vessels of Any Gross Tons Upon Oceans (or
higher), and Radar Observer – Unlimited.
• STCW Certificate endorsed as: CAPACITY as - Chief
Mate, or Master; STCW may not include limitations
of validity on vessels operating in the GMDSS
system, or aboard ARPA or radar-equipped vessels.
• A Federal Communications Commission GMDSS Radio
Operator's License/certificate.
Applicants who meet the minimum eligibility requirements
described above will be further evaluated. Documented
knowledge, skills, and abilities, education, training,
and awards contained in the application package and
resume will be reviewed and rated to determine the degree
to which applicants possess the required knowledge,
skills, and abilities listed below that are essential to
perform the duties and responsibilities of the position
for which applications are being considered.
1. Knowledge of navigation and bridge watch keeping
equipment, methods and techniques and ship
handling practices.
2. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to
include using shipboard computer systems and
3. Ability to interpret and analyze shipboard
information, make decisions, plan, organize,
supervise, manage, and evaluate the work of
4. Knowledge of shipboard safety and security
programs including lifesaving and firefighting
equipment, methods and techniques.
5. Knowledge of cargo operations including those
involving dry stores, munitions, petroleum
products and HELO operations (VERTREP), ROLMS/OIS
ammunition management and Qual/Cert program.
6. Knowledge of towing and salvage.
Although not required for consideration, candidates that
hold Tankerman PIC (person in charge)/DL (dangerous
liquids), or the appropriate towing credentials as
specified in 46 CFR 15.805(a)(5), Towing Officers
Assessment Record (TOAR), possess credentials or
certificates demonstrating proficiency with unusual and
technical shipboard operations systems and programs such
as Dynamic Positioning (DP)systems, salvage operations,
cable operations, command ship operations, or foreign
naval auxiliary operations shall provide that
Related MSC, military, and/or commercial experience,
etc., will also be part of the rating process.
Conditions of
1. CIVMAR positions are subject to drug urinalysis
2. Able to obtain and maintain security clearance
eligibility and assignment to a sensitive position.
3. Able to successfully pass the physical examinations
(arranged by MSC) and maintain MSC medical
requirements. Participate in vaccine immunization;
including a tuberculosis (TB) screening test is also
required. TB screening is not provided at the MSCarranged
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. 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.
4. Attend and successfully complete all mandatory training
courses, including personal survival, which requires
the ability to float in the water for a minimum of
sixty (60) seconds
5. Be ready, willing, and able to physically perform the
duties of this position worldwide at all times.
6. Be ready, willing, and able to work in a shipboard
environment and wear protective equipment worldwide at
all times.
7. Entry-level positions require candidates to pass an
English language competency test.
8. Participate in direct deposit/electronic funds transfer
as the standard method of payroll payments.
9. Capable of speaking, understanding, reading and writing
the English language.
a. The tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if
the selectee fails to report to any of the scheduled
appointments, fails the physical examination, fails the
language competency test, fails the drug test, fails to
disclose employment information, fails to report to new
employee orientation, or is unable to obtain a security
b. On a case-by-case basis, an applicant who accepts a
tentative offer of employment will be required to
provide a VA Rating Decisions and/or Office of Worker’s
Compensation Program (OWCP) Scheduled Awards.
How to Apply: All applications for employment with Military Sealift
Command must be submitted through
To begin the process you must submit an Information
Request Form (IRF).
Your IRF submission will create a secure online profile
after which you will receive an email to verify your
account. Once verified, you will be able to complete the
application process. Applications for this position can
only be submitted during the announcement open period.
Please note the email address you create will be used by
the Command to correspond with you.
In addition to meeting the minimum conditions of
employment, you will be required to scan and upload .jpg
or .pdf files of the following documents:
1. Front and back of United States Coast Guard Merchant
Mariner’s Credential (MMC), Transportation Worker
Identification Credential (TWIC), United States Coast
Guard license, and/or STCW certificate, and U.S.
2. Relevant professional certificates as applicable for
this position i.e. American Culinary Federation (ACF),
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Universal, Global
Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), Security
Plus, etc.
3. If you are a current or former federal government
employee, a copy of your most recent Notice of Personnel
Action (SF-50).
4. If you served in the U.S. military service, you must
provide a copy of your Certificate of Discharge (DD-214)
that shows the type of discharge you received. This
information is located under the “Character of Service”
block of your DD-214. If you are claiming 10 points or
higher veteran’s preference you must provide supporting
documentation such as a completed Application for
Preference (SF-15)
Additional information on veteran’s preference is
available at You will also
be required to provide a copy of the VA Rating Decisions
upon accepting the tentative offer of employment.
5. Last five (5) years of performance evaluations (if
available) and training certificates applicable to the
position you are applying for.
6. Job related honors, awards, and special
accomplishments; for example, military, government or
recognized professional organizations related to the
maritime field and performance awards.
You will be able to upload and store versions of these
documents in your secure online profile. NOTE: It is the
applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the documents
scanned and uploaded are legible. You have the ability to
crop and view each document that is uploaded.
You will not be able to submit an application unless you
have uploaded the required documentation as indicated
Applicants may be interviewed prior to being selected for
How To Contact
If you require technical support, please use the support
tab located in the top right corner of the Start the
Process page
This will generate an email a message for you to submit
your issue. Emails will be responded to during business
hours M-F 0800 – 1700 CST.
If you have any questions regarding the position or to
follow up on an application submitted, please email us at or call our toll-free
recruitment hotline at 1-888-891-4072.
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.
In accordance with Section 9902(h) of Title 5, United
States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of
Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon
appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement
contributions or participation in the Thrift Savings
Plan, or a supplemental re-determined annuity for the
reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement
annuitants (i.e. retired under Section 8336(d) (1) or
8414(B) (1) (A) of Title 5, Unites States Code) appointed
to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to
retirement provisions of the new appointment as
appropriate. (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300 at
1. Previous security clearance issues (intents to deny or
the revocation of security clearances).
2. Debts.
3. Previous felony convictions where actual time was
served in jail for more than one (1) year.
Any questions relative to this issue should be directed
to the CIVMAR Support Center at 866-562-7672.
All applicants meeting minimum qualifications will
receive consideration without regard to age, sex, race,
color, religion, national origin, lawful political
affiliation, non-disqualifying disability, marital
status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or other personal
condition unrelated to the applicant’s basic ability to
perform satisfactorily. Please visit for more information.
Determinations of whether an accommodation is appropriate
shall be made by the agency as soon 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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