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Marine Operations

Survey Technician

Job Announcement Number


Job Availability Date Range

February 3, 2020 to January 31, 2021

Job Series

WM 9901

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

Survey Technicians serve on a ship, launch, or field party engaged in oceanographic and/or fishery research operations performing such activities as: operating and monitoring instruments, including annotating records and recording data; assist in the staging and set-up during preparations for, and at the completion of oceanographic or fishery research. Performs oceanographic or fisheries observations, measurements, and calculations, assisting in the preparations, installation, deployment and recovery of oceanographic or fishery research equipment and instruments. Manage of shipboard scientific computing systems and processing oceanographic or fishery data. 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) year of experience at the Assistant Survey Technician levelor equivalent or Three (3) years of experience engaged in oceanographic orfishery research operations.
Successful completion of a 4-year college degree that included at least 10 credit hours in computer science or related classes such as Computer Cartography, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), or Auto-Cad, or 4-year college degree with a science or engineering or computer (Information Technology) degree.
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, for oceanographic and survey dataacquisitions.
2. Knowledge of procedures for collection and maintenance of fishery, survey,and/or ecosystem data.
3. Ability to troubleshoot scientific instruments during ship operations.
4. 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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