U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tender Operator in Norfolk, Virginia

Job Overview

Job Overview

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Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is an innovative, transformative organization providing engineering solutions to customers worldwide. Working at the Corps as a civilian employee means making a direct contribution to war fighters and their families; supporting overseas contingency operations; developing technology and systems that save the lives of soldiers and civilians; providing disaster relief; and protecting and enhancing the environment and the national economy.

About the Position:

This position serves as an Operations Branch-wide position. The incumbent will be assigned to Navigation Support and Survey Section rotating between the operation of patrol and survey vessels. As tender operator, incumbent will operate a diesel driven vessel in the waterways of Norfolk Harbor and Hampton Roads to include unprotected waters offshore and out of sight of land. Tender operator will manage a crew and ensure the safe and efficient operation of vessel and any equipment or debris taken onboard or in tow.

Who May Apply:

Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job. You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected. See Proof of Eligibility for an extensive list of document requirements for all employment authorities.

  • Current Civilian Employee with the Department of the Army
  • Current Permanent Department of Defense (DOD) - Civilian Employee (non-Army)
  • Current Permanent Federal Civilian Employee (non-DOD)
  • Former Federal Employee, eligible for reinstatement
  • Eligible due to Interagency Career Transition Program (ICTAP)
  • Eligible under Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA)
  • Eligible under Veterans' Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA)
  • Eligible for military spouse preference under Executive Order 13473
  • Priority Placement Program, Program S (Military Spouse) registrants referred through the Automated Stopper and Referral System (ASARS) for this position
  • Operates up to a 68 foot twin diesel powered survey or patrol vessel during all phases of automated hydrographic surveys and debris collection by starting, stopping, and changing courses in accordance with computerized requirements 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 into a hydraulic or electric winch or 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
Supervisory Status


Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Business Travel May be up to 10 percent
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Status Candidates, VEOA, ICTAP, Formal Federal Employees, Military Spouses

Questions? This job is open to 3 groups.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Inclement Weather Position
  • Requires lifting up to 50lbs
  • Long periods of standing, lifting, climbing, and walking on moving platform
  • Comply with safety regulations, Occupational Safety and Health Standards

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.

Screen Out Element: The ability to do the work of Tender Operator with no more than normal supervision. Applicants must meet this screen out element to be considered further. To meet the screen out element applicants should document experience in the following: Experience operating small towing vessels (less than 68 feet in length) on the waterways and perform numerous operational tasks but not limited to making or breaking up tows, maneuvering vessels in the path of drifting debris in order to collect debris by crane or taking under tow, maneuvering crane barges into place, planning voyages and determining logistics requirements, and piloting vessels on short transit assignments.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:

  • Ability to Operate Motor Vehicles
  • Knowledge with work practices (includes keeping things neat, clean, and in order)
  • Ability to interpret Instructions, Specification, etc. (related to mobile equipment operation)
  • Ability to operate safely (non-motor vehicle)
  • Ability to Drive Safely (Motor vehicles Vessels)
  • Reliability and Dependability as a Tender Operator

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.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT Incumbent of this position is enrolled in an ongoing pre-employment, annual and pre-termination medical surveillance program in accordance with established OSHA requirements.

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 Masters License and towing license or certification commensurate with the size and service of the vessel operated. It also requires a valid state driver's license.

This position has been identified as a critical position IAW AR 600-85. Incumbent 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." Failure to submit specimen or sign form will result in incumbent being subject to adverse action proceedings IAW appropriate regulations.

Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.

  • 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.
  • This position is covered by the Civilian Drug Abuse Testing Program. Applicant tentatively selected for appointment to this position will be required to sign a DA Form 5019, Condition of Employment for civilian positions identified as critical under the Drug Abuse Testing Program, or a Memorandum of Understanding(MOU) and pass urinalysis testing, as required, prior to appointment and periodically thereafter.
  • Incumbent of this position is enrolled in an ongoing pre-employment, annual and pre-termination medical surveillance program in accordance with established OSHA requirements. This job requires a valid U.S. Coast Guard Masters License and towing license or certification commensurate with the size and service of the vessel operated. It also requires a valid state driver's license.
Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.

The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "incomplete application" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.


The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program.In addition to your take-home pay, your comprehensive compensation/benefits package will include most of the benefits described in the USAJOBS Resource Center.

Other Information
  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitantinformation sheet.
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/474254500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-07-15 to 2017-07-28

Salary: $20.12 to $23.47 / per hour

Pay scale & grade: XH 08

Series: 5784 Riverboat Operating

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: SCER171742671986072

Control number: 474254500