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Marine Operations

Hydrographic Chief Survey Technician

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Job Availability Date Range

June 14, 2018 to June 30, 2018

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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

Hydrographic Chief Survey Technician serves on a ship, 29 foot survey launch, small boat, and/or field party engaged in oceanographic or survey operations, performing activities including: Configure, operate and troubleshoot multibeam sonars, singlebeam sonars, side-scan-sonars, Moving Vessel Profilers (MVP), and attitude and positioning systems; Annotate records and record data using the above mentioned equipment; Manage staging and set-up during preparations for and at the completion of oceanographic and survey operations, such as tide gauge installations, horizontal control equipment installations or sound velocity measurements;  Manage, in conjunction with ship command, the preparation, installation, deployment and recovery of oceanographic and/or survey equipment and instruments; Process oceanographic and/or survey data; Write and/or review descriptive reports and data acquisition and processing reports; Create, maintain, and implement departmental Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs); Review safety practices and conditions in the department and onboard the ship, and recommend appropriate improvements; Manage survey department personnel; Manage hydrographic survey projects with Operations Officer(s) for quality and timeliness; Participate in required emergency drills and operations and serve as ”Person in charge” as needed; 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. Must have One (1) years of experience at the Hydrographic Senior Survey Technician level or equivalent work engaged in the hydrographic field and Four (4) years of experience in a survey related field including: hydrography, oceanographic research, or other related field. Experience may include work in a survey related field, including land surveying, hydrology, oceanographic research, or similar related field.

  3. Applicant must meet physical requirements prior to appointment.

  4. Applicant must pass drug testing prior to appointment.

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

  6. Must meet Federal suitability standards.

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

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.

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. Knowledge of software systems, such as HYPACK, Triton ISIS, MapInfo, ArcInfo, ArcView or Caris.

  2. Ability to operate any of the following types of hydrographic equipment: Recording echo sounder, side scan sonar, multi-beam sonar, recording CTD.

  3. Skill in computer, oral, and written communication.


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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