Direct Hire Authority (DHA) Announcement
Operations Division
Navigation Section, Waterway Maintenance Unit
Seattle District

OPEN DATE: 08 AUG 2019


POSITION TITLE: SMALL CRAFT OPERATOR, XF-5786-07 $25.47 to $29.71 per hour

APPOINTMENT TYPE: Permanent position

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: All eligible for the Direct Hire Authority (DHA) for Certain Competitive Service Positions

DUTY LOCATION: Hiram Chittenden Locks, Seattle, WA

• Pilots and navigates a powered boat (26 feet and under in length) upon near-shore, inland and river waterways.
• Operates boat in shallow waters to collect and tow floating debris as directed by the Master of the Puget, when engaged in debris collection work.
• Assist the Puget crew with deckhand duties, consisting of debris removal and collection; rigging lines, cables and shackles; chain saw use and maintenance; assist in guiding crane operator and crane maintenance and assisting with maintenance of the Puget.
• Maintains ship’s log and service records.
• Maintains full U.S. Coast Guard safety compliance for vessels at sea and additional safety equipment as needed.
• Maintains the boat in operating condition at all times, and ensures the craft is protected from the elements when not in operation.
• Makes minor adjustments and repairs to all parts of engine and deck of the debris boat, as necessary, and performs maintenance painting to exterior and interior of boat, to include the same for the Puget vessel.
• Maintains and/or changes oil, replaces defective parts, and checks engine fluids, to include the Puget vessel.
• Performs house-keeping duties as required.


  1. Valid Driver’s License is required.
  2. Must obtain and maintain a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Boat License within 6 months of appointment.
  3. A U.S. Coast Guard 200 Ton Master Inland Vessel license, with unlimited radar certification must be obtained within 2 years of appointment.
  4. A 5 ton hydraulic crane license must be obtained within 6 months of appointment.
  5. Pre-employment AND Random Drug Testing required. This position meets the criteria as a Testing Designated Position under the Department of the Army Drug-Free Federal Workplace Program as supplemented by USACE Pamphlet 600-1-3 (AR 600-85 & G-1 memo dtd 27 Sep 2011).
  6. This position is in a medical surveillance program and is subject to pre-employment physical and subsequent physical exams.
  7. This position requires Temporary Duty Travel (TDY) 50% of the time.


XF-5786-07 Minimum Qualifications (Screen Out Element): Ability to do the work of a Small Craft Operator without more than normal supervision. Must have the ability to perform Small Craft Operator duties to include: operating a variety of boats, work boats, or towboats, ranging in size up to 26 feet in length, line handling and electronic navigation systems.

Failure to meet this Screen-Out Element will result in an ineligible rating.

Ability to Do the Work of the Position without More Than Normal Supervision (Screen-Out)
Ability to Operate Small Craft Vessels
Knowledge of Work practices (includes keeping things neat and in order)
Ability to Interpret Instructions, Specifications, Etc. (related to mobile equipment operation)
Ability to Operate Safely (Small Craft Operator)
Ability to be Reliable and Dependable as a Small Craft Operator
PHYSICAL EFFORT: This position requires lifting, bending, stooping, and carrying. The incumbent must be able to lift moderate to heavy equipment weighing up to 50 pounds. Physical effort is involved in operating controls and guiding and maneuvering the debris collection boat in close proximity to structures and other vessels. Incumbent must be able to see in low visibility conditions, and have depth and color perception in order to operate a boat.
WORKING CONDITIONS: Works inside and outside in all kinds of weather. Is subject to the danger of falling overboard and drowning. There is exposure to traffic hazards while working in the channel. Because work is performed on a small boat, the danger of injury from floating debris or rough seas is present, as is the hazard of sudden storms, rough water, tides, wind and abnormal currents. When making repairs to the boat, operator is exposed to injuries from operating machinery. Exposed to noise in excess of 80 decibels on a regular, recurring basis. There is exposure to fumes from the engine as well as from paints and solvents. Also, exposed to overhead hazards such as moving cranes, bridges and power lines.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: In order to be considered, please submit the following items via e-mail to


• Permanent Change of Station is NOT authorized.
• 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.
• Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
• Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
• Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
• Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
• Management may select at any grade level.
• Non-competitive promotion potential to the target grade.
• Recruitment or Relocation incentive MAY be authorized.

POINT OF CONTACT: Bradford Leland Schultz II,
(206) 764-3429
Chief, Waterway Maintenance Unit
Floating Plant Manager
Seattle District, United States Army Corps of Engineers

			Kelly Stanford,
			(206 764-3455

Administrative Officer
Operations Division, Seattle District, United States Army Corps of Engineers

Just curious. How is an unlicensed hire employed full time on a <26’ boat expected to obtain a 200 ton license with unlimited radar certification within 2 years of employment?

Hey Lee,

Looking for applicants with some sea time/100 ton license that will train/operate on the M/V Puget at 174 GRT and have the growth potential to get a 200 ton inland years down the road. License training is likely available.


That makes more sense. I didn’t see the possession of a 100 ton license requirement in the conditions of employment.

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Hi I saw one of these jobs posted in Aberdeen recently and wanted to know more about it. I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind sharing what you know with me. I live out of state right now I’m actually in Hawaii. I don’t work for the army corps of engineers. Please respond at your earliest convenience.

You do realize this topic is 2 years old. @captainbrad has not posted anything in over a year. The job you reference in Aberdeen (WA) appears to be no longer accepting applications.

This topic is closed.

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