Having a career as a Wage Marine employee in NOAA is to be an integral part of understanding the condition of the ocean and atmosphere. NOAA Wage Marine personnel add a seaman's know-how to NOAA's scientific research by directly participating in the operation and handling of scientific gear in the tumultuous ocean environment. NOAA's fleet of 16 research ships operate world-wide in direct support of NOAA's diverse environmental information programs, environmental stewardship services and applied scientific research. The highly-skilled and technical workforce provides NOAA the ability to achieve success in the conduct of nautical charting, bathymetric mapping, fisheries research, ecosystem assessments,marine environment baseline assessments, coastal-ocean circulation, and oceanic and atmospheric research. Enjoy an exciting career while gaining experience and training to advance your mariner or personal credentials.
The ships are run by a combination of NOAA Commissioned Officers and Wage Marine civilians. The Wage Marine personnel include licensed masters, mates, engineers, unlicensed members of the engine, stewards, and deck department. In addition, survey and electronic technicians operate and/ or maintain the ship's mission, communication and navigation equipment.
NOAA shipboard mariners have an excellent total compensation benefits package which includes health insurance (optional), life insurance (optional), paid annual leave, sick and shore leave, retirement plan, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan (similar to 401k). Annual Leave As a Federal employee, you will earn hours of leave per pay period, depending on years of service credited:
Federal Employee Health Benefits
To view all benefit information, please click on the link. http://www.wfm.noaa.gov/new_employee/empl_general.html#benefits
Minimum Requirements for Wage Marine positions:
If you do not possess a current USCG MMC, please visit the US Coast Guard's website to start your application at http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/.
All employees are hired in a permanent status, under the mixed tour agreement.
Relief Pool billets, you will be assigned to the Marine Operations Center, Relief Pool. This type of work is a combination of periods of full-time, part-time, and intermittent work schedule which allows the best utilization of the employee based on the work requirements of the organization. Mariners hired in the Relief Pool will need to be available for a minimum of 120 days (not all 120 days will be for sea time) between April 1 and November 30 each calendar year and will need to be able to commit to at least one 30 day (sea time) assignment for each calendar year. If you wish to sail more than 120 days per year, you most certainly can. As a Relief Pool mariner, you can experience multiple ships throughout the sailing season.
Full time billets are assigned to a specific vessel. As a full time employee you will be expected to work year around aboard the vessel, unless on leave/training, etc. As a full time employee, you should expect to be onboard the specific vessel 8-9 months per year.
Job Vacancies at Sea
NOAA Marine Operations regularly has openings for civilian mariners aboard NOAA research vessels in support of NOAA's mission.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens to be considered.
Job Vacancies on Land
HOW DO I SUBMIT MY APPLICATION / RESUME TO NOAA FOR WAGE MARINER POSITIONS?
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT ONCE I ACCEPT MY EMPLOYMENT OFFER WITH NOAA?
I HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED THAT I HAVE CLEARED THE HIRING PROCESS, WHAT IS NEXT?
I AM SCHEDULED FOR NEW EMPLOYEE ORIENTATION; DO I NEED TO PAY FOR MY TRAVEL TO NEO?
AM I REQUIRED TO PAY FOR LIVING ACCOMODATIONS DURING NEW EMPLOYEE ORIENTATION?
NEW EMPLOYEE ORIENTATION IS COMPLETED, NOW WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?
Frequenly Hired Positions
Wage Mariner recruitment videos:
Snippets: Full video broken down into 2-3 minute scenes.
Resources and Links
IF I AM HIRED, WHY DO I NEED TO SELECT HOMEPORT?
WHAT HOMEPORT LOCATIONS ARE THERE?
IF I AM HIRED BY NOAA, DO I HAVE TO RELOCATE TO THE SHIP’S HOMEPORT?
WHAT DETERMINES OVERTIME PAY?
HOW OFTEN WILL I GET PAID?
TRANSPORTATION WORKER IDENTIFICATION CREDENTIAL (TWIC)
MERCHANT MARINERS CREDENTIAL (MMC)
IF I POSSESS THE MMC AND SUBMIT MY APPLICATION, AM I GUARANTEED A JOB WITH NOAA?
ONCE SELECTED, HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET HIRED?
WHERE DOES NEW EMPLOYEE ORIENTATION TAKE PLACE?
WHAT IS COVERED AT NEW EMPLOYEE ORIENTATION?