From a NOAA full bird Captain:
Dated: June 24th, 2014
As many of you know, there is a nationwide shortage of marine engineers and other wage mariners that has affected our ability to fill vacancies within the fleet, especially licensed engineering positions. In an attempt to compete with the private sector we will soon be placing additional recruitment notices in maritime publications and newspapers, in addition, we have reinstituted recruitment and relocation incentives for new hires.
Along with the other proposals we have currently under consideration to attract wage mariners to NOAA I ask that you, as an individual employee and an ambassador for NOAA, assist by notifying other potentially qualified candidates of our need for wage mariners.
Since Wage Marine employees are Excepted Service employees, NOAA is not required to use OPM’s competitive hiring examination process and, as a result, can accept resumes directly from an individual. This streamlined process will provide Marine Operations much quicker access to applicants and reduce the time in the application and selection process.
To assist in making this streamlined process a reality, Marine Operations has established an e-mail address where applicants can submit their resume for screening or to which you can forward resumes. The e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions or need additional information to provide to potential applicants, please contact Tom Martin at 757 441-3865 or at email@example.com.