Assistant Master, Towboat (DR)
Department of the Army - Colfax, LA
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 Organization:
The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Vicksburg District is one of 41 Army Corps
districts worldwide and one of six districts in the Corps’ Mississippi Valley Division
(MVD). The Vicksburg District provides quality engineering and other professional
products and services to develop and manage the Nations water resources needs in
an economically and environmentally sustainable manner. We provide a full range
of water resource products and services, including flood control, water supply,
navigation, emergency operations, environmental restoration, hydropower and
water quality, etc. Our coverage spans 68,000 square miles in Arkansas, Louisiana,
and Mississippi. Our goal is to be the Engineer of Choice for the 21st Century and
we are looking for the Best of the Best to join our team. For more information on
our organization, please visit our website at http://www.mvk.usace.army.mil
Who May Apply: US Citizens & ICTAP
Business travel conditions 20% (TDY)
Pre-employment & random drug testing required
Pre-employment & annual physical required
Moving expenses (PCS) are not authorized
Master of Towing Vessel Western Rivers License Required
Master of Towing Vessel, US Coast Guard License w/Radar Observer required
DUTIES: You will operate a twin-engine diesel powered tow boat, usually 65-105 feet in length, powered
by motors of 185-2,460 totals H.P. each, during either the day or night. Operate tenders in
transporting personnel, supplies and equipment to and from various points along the
Mississippi River, Red River Waterway and Ouachita-Black Rivers. The following are some of
the additional duties you will perform in this position:
· Tow barges and other floating plant, usually 1500-8400 tons, on both short and longrange
· Pilot towboat and controls operation of engines by means of pilothouse controls.
· Navigate and maneuver towboat in making and breaking tows and in shifting floating
plant at work-site.
· Operate near lock and dam and flood control structures for the purpose of performing
maintenance on and preventing damages to structures.
· Maintain radio communications with lock and dam personnel and commercial operators.
· Navigate and maneuver large tow boat for personnel involved in placing channel
markers and other aids to navigation
· Perform operator’s maintenance in accordance with established rules and regulations.
· Conduct preventative maintenance inspections and completes inspection reports.
· Responsible for maintaining engine room equipment and machinery on floating plants
and dismantling engines and sub-assemblies, etc.
· Assist the Section Chief in issuing and ordering operating supplies, tools, and
equipment necessary in maintenance of vessels.
· Supervise deckhands and lower grade operators not assigned to vessels in performing
maintenance and general housekeeping duties on vessels idle or in repair status.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: In order to qualify for this position you must meet the experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience.
SCREEN OUT ELEMENT: Your resume will be screened to determine if you meet
the following screen out element: Operate a towboat to tow barges and floating
plants safely during day and night time conditions and maintain radio
communications with lock and dam personnel.
You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency
(knowledge, skills, and abilities) in the following areas:
· OPERATION OF A TOW BOAT
· WORK PRACTICES
· ABILITY TO INTERPRET INSTRUCTIONS OR SPECIFICATIONS
· ABILITY TO OPERATE SAFELY
NOTE: This position requires a Master of Towing Vessel Western Rivers
License and a Master of Towing Vessels, United States Coast Guard License
with appropriate Radar Observer Certification. You must provide proof of
these licenses along with your application for this position to be
Working Conditions: Work is performed in an enclosed cabin while piloting the vessel. Work on deck and occasionally in cramped quarters when making repairs to deck and engines, there is danger of cuts, burns, and abrasions. There is exposure to traffic hazards especially in foggy weather and at night, and there is danger of falling overboard and drowning.
EDUCATION: There is no education requirement or substitution for this position.
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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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements. Your responses to the questionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences.
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.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. Well-qualified is defined as meeting all of the minimum qualification standards and eligibility requirements as well as possessing skills that clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. Under competitive delegated examining, an ICTAP eligible will be considered well-qualified if they attain an eligibility rating of 90 or higher, not including points for veterans’ preference. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM’s Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .
BENEFITS: The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:
· Comprehensive health and life insurance
· Competitive salaries
· Generous retirement programs
· Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
· Flexible work environment to include use of telework and alternate work schedules
· Paid employment related training and education
· Possible student loan repayment
· Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable
· Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job.
OTHER INFORMATION: Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. Annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They are not eligible for retirement contributions or to participate in the Thrift Savings Plan, nor to a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions 1400.25, Volume 300, at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives .)
Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement. [Delete this statement if this announcement will only be used to fill one position]
This position is Exempt/Non-Exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Nepotism: Under the provisions of 5 USC 3110, an individual may not be appointed into a position if the position is under the supervisory chain of command of a relative.