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Marine Operations


Job Announcement Number


Job Availability Date Range

February 3, 2020 to January 31, 2021

Job Series

WM 9927

Job Grade


Salary Minimum


Salary Maximum


Appointment Type

Excepted Service

Who May Apply

Open to all qualified United States citizens who are not currently employed with NOAA as wage mariner employees. Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Job Duties

Fisherman will perform small boat handling; ship maintenance and upkeep; line handling and warping during berthing and departing movement of vessels (including coiling and splicing of line and a demonstrated knowledge of basic knots, bends, and hitches); handling of deck equipment and supplies (the safe proper operation of cranes, davits, A-frames, stern ramps, winches, and anchor windlass). Fishing gear handling, construction or assembly, and repair, net mending (net mending includes goring, yorking, trimming and mending holes.)

Stand watches as required.

Perform other mission related duties as assigned, including duties related to the safety of the vessel and personnel.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

1.  Applicant must be a United States citizen of at least 18 years of age.

2.  Possess a current and valid United States Coast Guard Merchant MarinersCredential endorsed with:

           •Able Seaman (Special, Limited, or Unlimited) *

3.  Must have at least six (6) months of specialized Fishing experience. **

4.  Applicant must meet physical requirements prior to appointment.

5.  Applicant must pass drug testing prior to appointment.

6.  Applicant must be able to obtain and hold a US Passport.

7.  Must meet Federal suitability standards.

8.  Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (

*Applicants who demonstrate highly desirable fishing experience and/or skills may be waived the required AB endorsement.  If hired on a waiver, employee must sign an agreement that he/she will obtain a qualifying AB endorsement (Special, Limited, or Unlimited) within one (1) year of appointment or be reduced to Ordinary Seaman/Ordinary Fisherman.  Applicants hired under the AB endorsement waiver are still required to possess at least an entry level Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC).

**Specialized experience defined as small boat handling, ship maintenance and upkeep; line handling, stand watches, handle, deploy and recover of a wide variety of fishing gear and associated scientific equipment.

Conditions of Employment

As a conditional of employment, your position will be a Mixed Tour position. Mixed Tour of duty is a combination of full time, part time and intermittent work schedules which allows the best utilization of resources based on the work requirements of the organization. You will be required to sign a Mixed Tour Agreement.

Once selected, you may be sent to any vessel nationwide. There is no guarantee that you will be assigned to any particular vessel or geographic location, however, your duty location will be determined by your home of record or ship’s home port. Duty locations are Norfolk, VA; Charleston, SC; Woods Hole, MA; Pascagoula, MS; Newport, OR; Kodiak, AK; Ketchikan, AK; San Diego, CA; Honolulu, HI; Davisville, RI; New Castle, NH. Home duty location will determine base salary.

A one year Trial period may be required.

Appointment to a Testing Designated Position.

Evaluation Criteria

Applicants who meet the Minimum Eligibility Requirements described above will be further evaluated. Documented knowledge, skills, and abilities along with experience, education, training, and awards contained in the application package and resume will be reviewed and rated to determine

The Knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) are as follows:

1.  Ability to perform general maintenance and repair on-deck equipment.

2.  Knowledge of shipboard safety, including lifesaving and firefighting equipment, methods and techniques.

3.  Knowledge of watchstanding (helmsman, bridge watch, lookout, etc.).

4.  Skill in deploying and recovering small boat/launches and equipment.

5.  Knowledge of auto trawling systems (pelagic and demersal) including initial setup system parameters.

6.  Skill in mending, repairing, and/or building trawl nets.

To earn the highest rating possible, you are encouraged to submit detailed information in response to the KSAs listed above. This is an open continuous announcement. Applications will be considered as vacancies occur.

How to Apply

Email resumes to

Fax resumes to (757) 441-6495.

Any questions may be directed to the Marine Personnel Branch via email at

Job Notes

Failure to provide the 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; removed after beginning work; or subject to fine, imprisonment (U.S. Code, title 18, section 1001), or other disciplinary action.

NOAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

All applicants meeting minimum qualifications will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.


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