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What is the salary of a NOAA Corps Officer?

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NOAA Corps Officers are paid on a military pay scale. The pay amount is based on rank, time in service, marital status, and where you live. 

For more information click on Pay and Benefits

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If I am a retired service member, can I join NOAA Corps?

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Retiring from any of the other six uniform services makes an applicant ineligible for appointment.

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What will I do at my first duty station?

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All officers completing Basic Officer Training Class will serve up to 3 years stationed aboard one of NOAA's research vessels. General duties include familiarization with assigned ship and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs); Performing inport Officer of the Deck (OOD) duties; Standing navigational watches as Junior Officer of the Deck (JOOD), typically in a "4 hours on, 8 hours off" schedule; Performing collateral duties as assigned (i.e. correcting navigational charts, tracking imprest fund, environmental compliance, safety and damage control, etc.)

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What are NOAA Corps vision requirements?

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An applicant must have normal color vision, an uncorrected visual acuity no worse than 20/400 in each eye, and their vision must be correctable to 20/20.

NOAA Corps medical standards are based on the requirements for officer candidates set forth in the United States Coast Guard medical manual for commissioned officers. Any potential disqualifying conditions will be addressed using an Individualized Assessment process.

For more information click on eligibility requirements

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What is the age limit to join NOAA Corps?

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For original appointments, a commissioned officer candidate must be able to complete 20 years of active commissioned service before their 62nd birthday.

For more information click on eligibility requirements

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Does NOAA Corps have any summer jobs, internship or co-op opportunities?

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NOAA Corps does not currently offer summer jobs, internship, or co-op employment programs. However, some civilian NOAA programs have a limited number of such opportunities depending on your specific interests. 

For more information click on NOAA Careers and NOAA Volunteer Opportunities

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Who may attend NOAA Diving Center courses?

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NOAA employees, NOAA contractors, NOAA volunteers and other federal, state, and local government employees may apply to attend NOAA Diving courses. Classes are not open to the general public.

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What forms must I submit to be medically cleared to dive?

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All NOAA Divers must submit:

You can view a comprehensive list of all required forms, training, and activities for NOAA Divers in the NDP diving page

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Where can I find information on dive pay?

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Contractors can find out about dive pay from their employers.

Dive pay for federal employees is explained in NOAA's Administrative Order (NAO) 202-532A.

NOAA Corps Officers can find information in the NOAA Corps Directives

 

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Can NOAA Corps officers donate unused leave under the leave transfer program?

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In 1988, Congress passed a law providing a way for federal employees to share leave. The intent is that if a federal employee - or a family member - experiences a medical emergency, and as a result misses more work days than are covered by his or her own leave, they can avoid the additional hardship of lost income by using leave hours donated by others. You can learn more about this program at the DOC Human Resources website or the NOAA Workforce Management site.

There are some exceptions to the policy. Although NOAA Corps officers are federal employees, commissioned officer leave is governed by different laws than civilian leave. NOAA Corps officer leave is therefore not included in the leave transfer program.

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