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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.

Engineering

First Assistant Engineer

  • Grade: WM9932-06/11
  • Closes: 25 Sep 2015
  • Multiple Locations

Third Assistant Engineer

  • Grade: WM9934-01/07
  • Closes: 25 Sep 2015
  • Multiple Locations

Unlicensed Junior Engineer

  • Grade: WM9954-00
  • Closes: 25 Sep 2015
  • Multiple Locations
Deck

Able Seaman

  • Grade: WM9924-02
  • Closes: 25 Sep 2015
  • Multiple Locations

Fisherman

  • Grade: WM9927-18
  • Closes: 25 Sep 2015
  • Multiple Locations
Stewards
No current vacancies however, resumes can be submitted for future openings. Please check back periodically.
Survey
No current vacancies however, resumes can be submitted for future openings. Please check back periodically.
The ship's officers and crew provide mission support and assistance to embarked scientist from various NOAA laboratories as well as the academic community.

NOAA Marine Operations regularly has openings for civilian mariners aboard NOAA research vessels in support of NOAA's mission.
To apply for job vacancies submit your resume to WMApplicants@NOAA.gov or fax it to 757-441-6495.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens to be considered.

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Benefits

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:

  • Up to 3 years of Federal service, you will earn 4 hours of leave/per pay period.
  • 3-15 years of Federal service, you will earn 6 hours of leave/per pay period.
  • 15 or more years of Federal service, you will earn 8 hours of leave/per pay period.
Shore Leave

You will earn an additional 8 hours of leave for every 15 days away from your home port / more than 50 miles away.

Federal Employee Health Benefits

As a Federal employee, NOAA Wage mariners can elect health insurance (approx. 20 plans to choose from) including family coverage as well as life insurance options, vision and dental coverage.

To view all benefit information, please click on the link. http://www.wfm.noaa.gov/new_employee/empl_general.html#benefits

Requirements

Minimum Requirements for Wage Marine positions:

  • United States Citizen
  • Meet NOAA's medical standards for shipboard employment
  • Pass pre-employment drug test
  • Pass security investigation
  • Possess a valid and current United States Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Credential

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/.

Assignments

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.
To apply for job vacancies submit your resume to WMApplicants@NOAA.gov or fax it to 757-441-6495. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call us at 757-441-3865.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens to be considered.

Engineering

Deck

    Able Seaman

    • Grade: WM9924-02
    • Closes: 25 Sep 2015
    • Multiple Locations

    Fisherman

    • Grade: WM9927-18
    • Closes: 25 Sep 2015
    • Multiple Locations

Stewards

    No current vacancies however, resumes can be submitted for future openings. Please check back periodically.

Survey

    No current vacancies however, resumes can be submitted for future openings. Please check back periodically.
Job Vacancies on Land
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NOAA OMAO employs a number of civilians to work at one of the three 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.

As a shore-based civilian at NOAA you can also enjoy superior workplace training and excellent federal benefits.
To apply for one of our Civilian Shore Jobs simply submit your application at USAJobs.gov.

Hiring Process

HOW DO I SUBMIT MY APPLICATION / RESUME TO NOAA FOR WAGE MARINER POSITIONS?

  • Submit your resume to the email address: wmapplicants@noaa.gov
  • You may fax your resume to (757) 441-6495
  • Submit copies of your United States Coast Guard MMC to fax # (757) 441-6495

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT ONCE I ACCEPT MY EMPLOYMENT OFFER WITH NOAA?

  • After you accept the position offered, your information will be forwarded to our Medical Offices in Norfolk, VA and Newport, OR
  • You should expect to be scheduled for your medical examination at either the Marine Operations Center Atlantic, Marine Operations Center Pacific, or at the nearest Federal Occupational Health Clinic to your residence
  • Along with the medical examination, you are also required to take a pre-employment drug test and complete your required background investigation (eQIP) with fingerprints. All cost associated with testing will be paid by NOAA.

I HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED THAT I HAVE CLEARED THE HIRING PROCESS, WHAT IS NEXT?

  • You will be notified by a staff member of the Marine Personnel Branch, discussing your options for specific full time employment onboard one ship or as a member in the Relief Pool. Once agreed upon, you will be scheduled for New Employee Orientation.

I AM SCHEDULED FOR NEW EMPLOYEE ORIENTATION; DO I NEED TO PAY FOR MY TRAVEL TO NEO?

  • All new hires are required to either pay for their own way to Norfolk, VA or report to the nearest home duty station closest to your residence. Travel cost will not be reimbursed.
  • If you decide to report to the nearest port office, you will be required to swear-in and complete new hire paperwork, only then will NOAA pay for your flight to Norfolk, VA to attend NEO.

AM I REQUIRED TO PAY FOR LIVING ACCOMODATIONS DURING NEW EMPLOYEE ORIENTATION?

  • No. NOAA will have a contract hotel in place. The hotel’s name, location, and your reservation number will be sent to you via email days before you report to NEO. For new hires staying at the hotel, you will also receive food per diem. However everyone is strongly recommended to have enough funds to cover one / two weeks of meal expenses.
  • For new hires living within a 50 miles of Norfolk, VA, you will not be afforded per diem or hotel accommodations.

NEW EMPLOYEE ORIENTATION IS COMPLETED, NOW WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?

  • After NEO is completed, new hires requiring Basic Safety Training will stay an additional week to attend training. Any new hire not requiring Basic Safety Training will report to their assignment.
Frequenly Hired Positions

Engineering - Video

  • 1st Assistant Engineer
  • 2nd Assistant Engineer
  • 3rd Assistant Engineer
  • Junior Engineer
  • Oiler/ Wiper/ General Vessel Assistant

Deck - Video

  • Able Seaman
  • Fisherman
  • Ordinary Seaman/ General Vessel Assistant

Stewards - Video

  • Second Cook
  • General Vessel Assistant
Survey - Video
  • Survey Technician
  • Assistant Survey Technician

 

FAQ's

IF I AM HIRED, WHY DO I NEED TO SELECT HOMEPORT?

Wage Marine (WM) employees are required to elect a duty station upon initial hiring. The duty station defines the WM employee’s place of employment as a NOAA ship home port, rather than the ship itself. WM employee may elect either the NOAA homeport closest to their home or record (HOR) or, if a permanent employee, the homeport of the ship to which he or she is permanently assigned. This selection allows for a roundtrip plane ticket from the ship to elected duty station in case of emergency or Quality of Life (QOL) travel.

WHAT HOMEPORT LOCATIONS ARE THERE?

  • Kodiak, Alaska
  • Ketchikan, Alaska
  • Newport, Oregon
  • San Diego, California
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Pascagoula, Mississippi
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Norfolk, Virginia
  • Davisville, Rhode Island
  • Woods Hole, Massachusetts
  • New Castle, New Hampshire

IF I AM HIRED BY NOAA, DO I HAVE TO RELOCATE TO THE SHIP’S HOMEPORT?

No, you can live anywhere you want. It will be your responsibility to get to your home duty station so NOAA can pay for your trip to your ship assignment.

WHAT DETERMINES OVERTIME PAY?

Any work performed in excess of eight hours per day, Monday thru Friday, counts as overtime, along with any work performed on weekends or holidays.

HOW OFTEN WILL I GET PAID?

NOAA employees are paid every two weeks by direct deposit. All employees are required to use direct deposit. The official pay day for Department of Commerce employees are every other Thursday.

TRANSPORTATION WORKER IDENTIFICATION CREDENTIAL (TWIC)

The TWIC is required for mariners to receive their United States Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC). The TWIC provides U.S. maritime workers unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities and vessels. For TWIC information, please visit http://www.tsa.gov/stakeholders/transportation-worker-identification-credential-twic%C2%AE

MERCHANT MARINERS CREDENTIAL (MMC)

The Merchant Mariner Credential is issued by the United States Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center. All Wage Marine employees, with the exception of the survey department, are required to possess a current and valid MMC to apply and be considered for employment. For MMC information, please visit. http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/

PASSPORT

Personal (Blue) passports are not required. However all Wage Mariner employees are required to have an official U.S. Passport (Red). The Marine Personnel Branch and your ship will provide assistance in obtaining your U.S. (Red/Official Use Only) Passport.

IF I POSSESS THE MMC AND SUBMIT MY APPLICATION, AM I GUARANTEED A JOB WITH NOAA?

NOAA cannot guarantee everyone who applies employment. Selection of applicants will be based upon staffing needs, merit and following Federal regulations.

ONCE SELECTED, HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET HIRED?

Once selected the time between notification and your hire date will be determined by several factors. Our manning needs, passing medical, drug test, and the background check will all become a factor when you should expect to start employment. It is our goal to have you selected and successfully complete the hiring process and report for New Employee Orientation within 45-60 days.

WHERE DOES NEW EMPLOYEE ORIENTATION TAKE PLACE?

Currently all new hires will report to Norfolk, VA for new employee orientation (NEO) for NOAA. NEO is one (1) full week at our Marine Operations Center – Atlantic. NEO is typically scheduled for every other month or as operations dictate.

WHAT IS COVERED AT NEW EMPLOYEE ORIENTATION?

  • Complete new hire Federal paperwork
  • Security Brief
  • Federal Benefits Presentation
  • Medical Brief
  • Employee Relations Brief
  • Standards of Conduct
  • Travel Brief
  • Ships Visit / Orientation

NOAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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