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Small Craft Operator

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Department of Defense
United States Citizens Permanent Full Time Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.
About the Position: Assigned to duty in the St. Marys River Section of the Soo Area Office with primary responsibility for the operation of vessels up to a 26 foot Survey Launch powered by two 225 horsepower outboard motors; these vessels are used for the purpose of conducting hydrographic, reconnaissance and surveys of rivers, harbors and channels in connection with before and after dredging inspections and strike and condition surveys.
Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens
SPECIAL NOTICE: PLEASE READ
If you are currently a permanent, Federal employee or have other federal appointment eligibility(s), please apply for this vacancy against SWGJ 1512 for status candidates.
Pre-employment Physical is Required Pre-employment Drug Test is Required
This is a developmental position with promotion potential to the target grade of XF-08. Position may be filled at either the XF-06 or XF-08 grade level.
Operates a Survey Launch as a member of a survey crew in connection with conducting before and after dredging soundings and condition surveys of rivers, harbors and channels at various locations.
Responsible for the operation and maintenance, navigation, and maneuvering of the vessels; for determining and following courses when making inspection trips; and when making surveys, for maintaining exact courses and speeds in swift or shallow water and under difficult weather conditions.
When operating the boat, maintains as far as possible a constant rate of speed on definite ranges between shore lines and in open water, regardless of condition of water or current. Holds boat within narrow limits when working on rough water. Steers boat alongside of moving plant or craft, and is constantly alert to avoid damaging the boat by contact with other craft, and objects.
Starts,stops, and steers vessel by operating controls in pilot house or helm requiring ability to maneuver the boat in all kinds of weather and at times on very rough open water.
Operates and steers boat on prescribed and accurate courses during process of taking water soundings by use of depth recorder (sonic sounding equipment, etc.), requiring skill and knowledge of survey work underway.
At the XF-06 grade the incumbent performs developmental assignments under closer than normal supervision. Assignments become progressively more difficult until the full performance level is reached. Noncompetitive promotion to the target job may be effected provided the incumbent is sufficiently experienced, meets all necessary qualification requirements for promotion to the target job, is performing the full scope of the major duties, and is functioning under the supervisory controls as stated in the target job description.
Promotion to the target grade level XF-5786-08, Small Craft Operator, requires that the incumbent successfully obtain and maintain a Michigan State Class A Commercial Drivers License (CDL) with a hazardous materials and tank endorsements.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION: To qualify, no specific length of experience or training is required, however, you must be able to demonstrate through information provided in your resume that you possess sufficient knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of this position without more than normal supervision.
SCREEN OUT ELEMENT: Ability to do the work of a Small Craft Operator without more than normal supervision. Applicants MUST meet this screen out element to be considered for this position. Applications will also be reviewed for:
1. Work Practices (includes keeping things neat, clean, and in order)
2. Ability to Drive Safely (Motor Vehicles)
3. Ability to Operate Assigned Vessel Safely (Non-Motor Vehicles)
4. Possession of Michigan Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with a hazardous materials and tank endorsements at the XF-08 grade level
RESPONSIBILITY: Works under the general supervision of the Chief, Facility Management Branch St. Marys River Section or the Chief Survey Party depending on the type of work to which assigned. Performs duties in accordance with established procedures, verbal instruction and motions and signals of supervisor who may be working along shore putting in targets and range markers.
PHYSICAL EFFORT: Physical exertion is required in lifting heavy parts, loading and unloading supplies and equipment, etc. Moderate effort is required during general maintenance work. Coordination of hands, eyes, body, and legs is needed to work safely on wet and moving decks, climbing up and down ladders, or transferring from one boat to another.
WORKING CONDITIONS: Works around moving machinery and floating plant, on open and protected waters, shallow and deep waters, and in all kinds of weather. Continuous standing, walking and stooping are required. Since work is over water, there is danger of drowning, although workers are required to wear life vests while working on or around open water. Because work is performed on a small boat, the danger of injury from collision with floating and submerged logs, drift, and other obstructions is present.
Other Requirements: Clickhere for expanded definitions.
Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
One year trial/probationary period may be required.
Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
Pre-employment Physical is Required.
Pre-employment Drug Test is Required.
Michigan State Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with a hazardous materials endorsement and a tank endorsement is required at the XF-08 grade level.
Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
Basis for Rating : Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.
Best Qualified. Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
Highly Qualified. Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
Qualified. Candidates in this category meet the minimum experience requirements for the announced position.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). If you are a Federal employee in the competitive service and your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority. See Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) for more information. Additional information about the program is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.
To apply for this position, you must complete the online questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) onFriday, September 26, 2014 to receive consideration.
To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete, log intoyour USAJOBS account, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application, log intoyour USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete .
It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan. Faxed documents must be completely transmitted by 11:59p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement.

The Department of the Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Your requests for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

The documents you are required to submit vary based on whether or not you are eligible for preference in federal employment. A complete description of preference categories and the associated required documents is in the Applicant Checklist (External).
As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.
Your resume :
Your resume may be submitted in any format.
If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent." It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.
If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.
If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents follow the directions located at: Faxing Applications and Documents The Vacancy ID is 1211616. You will need the questionnaire,View Occupational Questionnaire, to complete your faxed application

NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.

If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position.
If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.
The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "incomplete application" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.
The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program. In addition to your take-home pay, your comprehensive compensation/benefits package will include most of the benefits described inthe USAJOBS Resource Center.
Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitantinformation sheet.
You may claim military spouse preference, see the information in the Military Spouse Preference Under Delegated Examining Procedures information sheet.

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