- Shipboard Officer / Personnel / Crew
- Employment type
- Full Time
- Mid Career
The Third Officer is a civil service mariner (CIVMAR) employed by the Navy to serve the Military Sealift Command (MSC) onboard naval auxiliaries and hybrid-manned warships worldwide, in peace and war. MSC exists to support the joint warfighter across the full spectrum of military operations. MSC provides on-time logistics, strategic sealift, as well as specialized missions anywhere in the world, in contested or uncontested environments.
The Third Officer is a member of the Deck Department. Serves as a deck Watch Officer and assists the Master and senior deck officers in carrying out their responsibilities; and in their absence may assume command of the ship. May be called upon to assist the Navigation/Operations Officer or Operations personnel with conducting various duties associated with communicating with military units. May be required to stand watch during naval operations that require the securing of electromagnetic navigation aids such as radar and bridge to bridge radio, or the extinguishing of navigational lights. May be required to maneuver and conduct Naval operations; these may include underway connected replenishment and vertical replenishment evolutions, tactical signaling, formation steaming, torpedo evasion tactics, and other plans. May be assigned collateral duties of Assistant Damage Control Officer, Chemical, Bioglogical, and Radiological Defense Officer, or Special Service Officer or others as directed.
As directed/designated by the Chief Mate: (1) makes timely and frequent inspection of all lifesaving equipment onboard the vessel, including lifeboats, life rafts and associated securing devices, and any other equipment; (2) performance duties of CBR-Readiness Officer, provides direct input to the First Officer about CBR training and readiness of the vessel/crew to counter all threats; keeps informed on all matters concerning radiacs, the ship’s fire main system and any other material condition reports having a direct impact on the ship’s CBR status.
Assists with the timely and accurate update of the ship’s navigational publication library and electronic chart system under the direction of the Second Officer (W). Make chart corrections or post chart correction cards only with the permission of the Master and under the supervision of the Second Officer (W). Must be able to effectively use applicable shipboard software applications. Must be able to use, inspect, and monitor all bridge navigation equipment using GMDSS. Must be able to properly communicate with radio telephone.
During at sea periods; (1) maintains the watch in accordance with USCG, COMSC, and the Master’s instructions or standing orders; (2) ensures that the Watch is properly trained in standard helm commands and lookout duties and; (3) respond to a steering casualty scenario, a man overboard incident, ship’s security violation, and emergency maneuvering situations.
Maintains a proper lookout and an accurate ship’s position at all times while on watch. Provides the Master information immediately about ship’s position, course, and speed, using any and all means available. Adheres to the Collision Regulations (COLREGS) Rules of the Road unless directed by the Master or Commanding Officer to divert from one or more of them for military operational reasons. Unless directed by the Master, maintains a continuous radar/surface plot of all surrounding traffic to a scale appropriate to the traffic situation. During periods of restricted visibility, heavy traffic, any emergency or when in doubt, contacts the Master, providing him/her ample time to survey the situation and make an informed decision.
During in port periods conducts the watch in a proper and safe manner, including the safe and appropriate lighting of the vessel at night. Maintains a proper security posture, properly tended mooring lines; and, an alert, attentive gangway watch. Ensure accurate communications between the Deck and Engine Watch so as to remain alert for conditions of fire or flooding, or any incidents that may hamper damage control efforts. Perform duties consistent with Federal, Local and Command oil and environmental pollution regulations whenever fuel is being transferred during his/her watch. As a deck officer must maintain a proper uniform IAW CMPI.
Ensures continuing application of & compliance with EEO laws, regulations and policies. Carries out EEO policies and communicates support of these policies to subordinates.
Everything in this Position Description is considered to be an essential function of this position. Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Eligibility Requirements: Must be a United States citizen of at least 18 years of age and possess and maintain:
- U.S. Passport with a minimum of seven months of expiration date.
- Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) and/or Department of Defense (DOD) Common Access Card (CAC) with a minimum of ten (10) months remaining of expiration.
- United States Coast Guard (USCG) Merchant Mariner’s Credential (MMC), with a minimum of ten months remaining of expiration date.
Position Specific Requirements:
- MMC endorsed as: Third Mate of Steam or Motor Vessels of Any Gross Tons Upon Oceans (or higher), and Radar Observer – Unlimited,
- MMC endorsed as: Any Unlicensed Rating in the Deck Department, or Able Seaman – Unlimited,
- STCW endorsed as - Officer-In-Charge of a Navigation Watch; STCW may not include limitations of validity on vessels operating in the GMDSS system, or aboard ARPA, ECDIS, or radar-equipped vessels.
- A Federal Communications Commission GMDSS Radio Operator's License/certificate.
Note: 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 information on the Employment Application form.
- Apply Instructions
How to Apply: All applications for employment with Military Sealift Command must be submitted through www.sealiftcommand.com/start-the-process.
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 (Eastern Standard Time). 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. Passport.
2. Relevant professional certificates as applicable for this position; Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).
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) www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf. Additional information on veteran’s preference is available at http://www.fedshirevets.gov/. 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 here.
Applicants may be interviewed prior to being selected for employment.
How To Contact Us: If you require technical support, please use the support tab located in the top right corner of the Start the Process page www.sealiftcommand.com/start-the-process. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (757) 341-4610 or (757) 341-4611, or our toll-free recruitment hotline at 1-877-562-7672 during the hours of 0700 to 2000 EST.
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.
Employment of Federal Civilian Annuitants: Selection of CIVMAR annuitants for MSC positions must be approved by the Director for Civilian Human Resources. Annuitants serve at the will of the appointing officer.
Benefits Information: 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, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or re-determined annuity for the reemployed period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e., retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8414(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United Stated 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 http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives.)
Annuitants are not eligible for recruitment and retention incentives.
YOU MAY NOT BE HIRED IF YOU FAIL TO REPORT:
1. Previous security clearance issues (intents to deny or the revocation of security clearances).
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.
MILITARY SEALIFT COMMAND IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.
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 www.msc.navy.mil/civmar/eeo.htm 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.