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Civilian Employment Opportunities

NOAA Marine Operations regularly has openings for civilian mariners aboard NOAA's research vessels and for civilians working land based support positions.

To apply for job vacancies in support of the NOAA Fleet, you must register through the Federal Government’s Official Jobs website entitled USAJobs ( The links below lead to RSS feeds listing the current vacancies.

NOAA Ship Pisces

Civilian Vessel Jobs


Civilian Shore Jobs

Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

NOAA OMAO Civilian Position Information

NOAA Shore-base Civilian Positions:

NOAA OMAO employs a number of civilians to work at one of the two Marine Operations Centers and at the smaller port offices that assist the MOCs. Positions involve the performance of a number of duties including contracting, facility maintenance, administration, procurement, ship engineering, and IT.

Entry-Level Ship Position:

General Vessel Assistant (GVA) is the entry-level position for all departments. GVA is equivalent to Ordinary Seaman, Ordinary Fisherman, when assigned to the deck department and Wiper, when assigned to the engineering department.

Additional information is available at:

NOAA Marine Operations - Information about the NOAA Fleet

Please view our Wage Mariner recruitment videos below:

Snippets: Full video broken down into small 2-3 minute scenes. You can choose which scenes to see. Scenes are broken down as follows:

Department specific short versions, each approx 8 minutes:

Ship Positions we frequently recruit are:
  • Chief Marine Engineer
  • 1st Assistant Engineer
  • 2nd Assistant Engineer
  • 3rd Assistant Engineer
  • Junior Engineer
  • Engine Utilityman
  • Oiler
  • Wiper
  • General Vessel Assistant
  • Chief Boatswain
  • Boatswain Group Leader
  • Lead Fisherman
  • Deck Utilityman
  • Seaman Surveyor
  • Skilled Fisherman
  • Able Seaman
  • Fisherman
  • Ordinary Seaman
  • Ordinary Fisherman
  • General Vessel Assistant
  • Chief Steward
  • Chief Cook
  • Second Cook
  • General Vessel Assistant
  • Chief Survey Technician
  • Senior Survey Technician
  • Survey Technician
  • Assistant Survey Technician
Deck crew at work during buoy operations
COBB, fisheries research vessel, alongside in the fog Fishermen emptying the cod end for sampling
Recovering hydrographic survey launch TAO buoy deployment

For vessel job opportunities, you can request information at:

Phone: 757-441-3865


An online powerpoint presentation about working on a NOAA vessel is available.

Additional information is available at:

NOAA Workforce Management - Vessel Employment

Information on becoming a NOAA Corps Officer can be found at:

NOAA's Workforce Management Office can be found at:

NOAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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