Tender Operator

Norfolk, Virginia
Jan 08, 2021
Jan 16, 2021
Full Time


This is a public notice flyer to notify interested applicants of anticipated vacancies. Applications will NOT be accepted through this flyer. Interested applicants should review the "How to Apply" section of this flyer for more information on how to be considered. This flyer will be used as positions become available. There may or may not be actual vacancies filled from this flyer.

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  • Operates up to 68 foot twin diesel powered survey/patrol vessel in all phases of automated hydrographic surveys/debris collection by starting, stopping, and changing courses in accordance with computerized or visual identification of targets.
  • Supervises, instructs, and directs deckhands and other boat crew in their operations, safety and activities.
  • Directs crew members during special operations such as the rigging and deploying of sampling equipment, side scan sonar equipment, deploying buoys for marking obstructions and any anchoring operations that are required,
  • Maneuvers vessel in path of drifting objects, collecting material and floating debris with a hydraulic crane with a two-ton capacity.
  • Patrols waterways within the District's jurisdiction on alert for violations of Section 13 of the River and Harbor Act (33 USC 407), illegally placed fishing structures and unpermitted structures.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Business travel up to 10% may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • All Army personnel will comply with safety regulations, occupational safety and health standards and other safety directives and orders.
  • This job requires a valid U.S. Coast Guard 100-Ton Masters License with radar endorsement. It also requires a valid state driver?s license
  • This position is required to be screened under the civilian drug abuse testing program. Periodic urinalysis will be required to test for drug abuse. Incumbent must also sign DA form 5019-R "condition of employment.


This announcement uses the Certain Personnel of the DoD Workforce direct hire authority to recruit and appoint qualified candidates to certain positions in the competitive service.

Who May Apply: US Citizens

In order to qualify, you must meet the experience requirements described below. 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. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document .

Minimum Qualifications (Screen Out Element): Ability to do the work of a Tender Operator without more than normal supervision. Operate single or twin screw diesel vessel up to 68 feet in length in length including the ability to recognize hazards to navigation; work as a team to conduct hydrographic survey; and to take debris on deck or under tow. - Failure to meet this Screen Out Element will result in an ineligible rating.

Physical Effort: The small craft operators occasionally lift and carry parts and equipment weighing 23 kilograms (50 pounds) or more. Assistance is usually available with heavy or bulky equipment. 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: The small craft operators work on deck, exposed to sun, wind, spray, rain, and ice during year around operations. They are exposed to the possibility of falling overboard, thus a life jacket is worn at all times. Other protective devices such as foul weather Gear, safety shoes and ear protectors may be required. Possible injuries include sprains or broken bones caused by falls on deck.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

    This announcement uses the Certain Personnel of the DoD Workforce direct hire authority to recruit and appoint qualified candidates to certain positions in the competitive service.
  • 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.
  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • This is a Career Program (CP) 24 - Transportation and Distribution Management position.
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
  • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
  • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

As vacancies occur, the Human Resources Office will review your resume to ensure you meet the hiring eligibility and qualification requirements listed in this flyer. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume, along with your supporting documentation.

If, after reviewing your résumé and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

Veterans and Military Spouses will be considered along with all other candidates.

If selected, you may be required to provide additional supporting documentation.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

Your complete application includes your resume and other documents which prove your qualifications and 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.

1. Your resume:
  • Your resume may be submitted in any format and must support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
  • 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 may be marked as incomplete and you may not receive consideration for this position.
  • For additional information see: What to include in your resume .
2. Other supporting documents:
  • Cover Letter, optional
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.

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