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Ordinary Seaman Advancement Program

Category :
Shoreside Operations
$27,037 Per annum
Full Time
Entry level
Announcement #: 19-163-02EX
Title, Series, Grade (Code) Ordinary Seaman Advancement Program (OSAP) (163)
Base Salary: $27,037 Per annum
Type of Appointment: Excepted Service Career-Conditional
Opening Date: February 11, 2019 Closing Date February 26, 2019
Location: Military Sealift Command (MSC) Vessels Worldwide
Who May Apply: All United States citizens and current Military Sealift Command Civil Service Mariner (CIVMAR) eligible to apply under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA).   Active Duty Service Members (ADSMs) must submit a certification (i.e., statement of service) at the time of application which certifies that the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted.  
Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.
Duties: The Ordinary Seaman are civil service mariners (CIVMARs) employed by the Navy to serve the Military Sealift Command (MSC) onboard naval auxiliaries and hybrid-manned warships worldwide, in peace and war. MSC exists to support the joint warfighter across the full spectrum of military operations.  MSC provides on-time logistics, strategic sealift, as well as specialized missions anywhere in the world, contested or uncontested environment. 

The Ordinary Seaman (OS) is an unlicensed entry level member of the Deck Department crew.  Performs work pertaining to general maintenance, repair, sanitation, and upkeep of material, equipment, and areas that are the responsibility of the Deck Department. General maintenance consists of, but is not limited to: chipping, scaling, scraping, priming, painting, sounding and or cleaning of the ship’s hull, decks, superstructure, cargo gear, smokestack, rescue boats, lifeboats and or life rafts, emergency and damage control gear, and working aloft.  Performs traditional shipboard marlinespike seamanship duties that include the splicing of wire rope, as well as synthetic and natural fiber lines, reaving and unreaving blocks and falls, overhauling and maintaining both standing and running rigging, cargo loading, discharging, shoring, lashing, and rigging cargo nets, slings, ladders, boat fenders, tricing pendants and gangways.  This includes sweeping, scrubbing, sougeeing and conducting wash downs in general, and the sorting and proper disposal of trash and garbage. 

Selected candidates will be placed in the Ordinary Seaman Advancement Program (OSAP) for on-the-job training and work experience.  Candidates will receive training including Rating Forming Part of Navigational Watch (RFPNW), Able Seaman in Lieu Course, and Lifeboat in Lieu Course and up to 120 Navigational Watches.

Candidate must sign a 36-month service agreement and required to obtain the Merchant Marine Credential (MMC) endorsed as Able Seaman Unlimited, Able Seafarer Deck, and RFPNW.  These endorsements require 1080 days (three years) of deck service on vessels as assigned by the Marine Placement Specialist and sea service is expected to be completed within four years from the date of the signed OSAP agreement.  Upon completion of program requirements participant will become eligible for consideration for permanent promotion from Ordinary Seaman to Able Seaman (AB).  Selection will be contingent on the successful completion of an administrative review (medical, security, discipline, etc.), and a review of supervisory evaluations and input regarding performance and readiness for permanent promotion to AB.  An authorized AB position must be available in order for the promotion to be effected.

Failure to comply with the program requirements within the allotted time may result in termination from employment.

Must be eligible to have access to, handle, and be qualified in small arms in accordance with OPNAVINST 3591.1.

Everything in each Position Description is considered to be essential functions of the position.  Perform other duties as assigned.  
Minimum Eligibility Requirements: Must be a United States citizen of at least 18 years of age and possess and maintain a valid and current:
1. U.S. Passport with a minimum of seven (7) months of expiration date.
2. Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) and/or Department of Defense (DOD) Common Access Card (CAC) with a minimum of ten (10) months remaining of expiration.
3. USCG Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) endorsed as Ordinary Seaman, or above with a minimum of ten (10) months remaining from expiration date. 
Evaluation Criteria: Applicants who meet the minimum eligibility requirements described above will be further evaluated. Documented knowledge, skills, and abilities, education, training, and awards contained in the application package and resume will be reviewed and rated to determine the degree to which applicants possess the required knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below that are essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position for which applications are being considered.
1. Ability to perform general maintenance and repair on deck equipment.

2. Knowledge of shipboard safety, including lifesaving and firefighting equipment, methods, and techniques.

3. Knowledge of cargo operations, including such items as dry stores, munitions, petroleum products and helicopter operations (VERTREP).

4. Ability to operate UNREP gear and equipment (winches, cranes, booms, Material Handling Equipment (MHE), etc.).

Related MSC, military, and/or commercial experience, etc., will also be part of the rating process.
Conditions of Employment CIVMAR positions are subject to drug urinalysis testing.
Able to obtain and maintain security clearance eligibility and assignment to a sensitive position.
The Ordinary Seaman sailing on MSC Government Owned, Government Operated (GOGO) vessels is required to use Fall Protection Arrest System (FPAS) safety equipment in order to carry out essential functions of their rating or position. Therefore, the incumbent is required to maintain a mass body weight of no more than 295 Pounds.
Able to successfully pass the physical examinations (arranged by MSC) and maintain MSC medical, dental and mental requirements. Participate in vaccine immunization; including a tuberculosis (TB) screening test is also required. TB screening is not provided at the MSC-arranged medical examination, but can usually be obtained from your personal medical provider or free at any local public health clinic. If you have previously had a positive TB skin test (i.e. a CONVERTER or REACTOR), another skin test is not required. You must instead provide the medical department written proof that you have completed treatment with medicine (i.e. INH), or that you have started treatment with medicine, or that such treatment is not warranted as determined by competent medical authority.
Attend and successfully complete all mandatory training courses, including personal survival, which requires the ability to float in the water for a minimum of sixty (60) seconds.
Be ready, willing, and able to physically perform the duties of this position worldwide at all times.
Be ready, willing, and able to work in a shipboard environment and wear protective equipment worldwide at all times.
Participate in direct deposit/electronic funds transfer as the standard method of payroll payments.
Able to pass the English language competency test.
Capable of speaking, understanding, reading and writing the English language.
Must be eligible to have access to, handle, and be qualified in small arms in accordance with OPNAVINST 3591.1.


a. The tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to report to any of the scheduled appointments, fails the physical examination, fails the language competency test, fails the drug test, fails to disclose employment information, fails to report to new employee orientation, or is unable to obtain a security clearance.
b. On a case-by-case basis, an applicant who accepts a tentative offer of employment will be required to provide a VA Rating Decisions and/or Office of Worker’s Compensation Program (OWCP) Scheduled Awards.

Military Sealift Command

Job Location

6353 Center Drive building 8, Suite 202
Norfolk, VA, 23502

Job Manager/Contact

Work Phone : 757-341-4610
6353 Center Drive, Building #8, Suite 202
Norfolk, VA, 23502
United States