Marine Inspector, GS-1801-12
Department Of Homeland Security - Morgan City, LA

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Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

Apply for this exciting position to support the CG missions of safeguarding our Nation's maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe.

For over two centuries the The U.S. Coast Guard has protected the maritime economy and the environment, we defend our maritime borders, and we save those in peril. This history has forged our character and purpose as America's Maritime Guardian - Always Ready for all hazards and all threats.

The vacancy is being concurrently advertised under merit promotion procedures for status applicants under announcement 13-1584-HQ-TS-M. APPLICANTS WISHING TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER BOTH DELEGATED EXAMINING AND MERIT PROMOTION PROCEDURES MUST APPLY TO BOTH VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS.

NOTE: YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS DELEGATED EXAMINING VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT WILL ONLY ALLOW CONSIDERATION FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. WE CANNOT ELECTRONICALLY OR MANUALLY MOVE YOUR APPLICATION TO THE CONCURRENTLY ADVERTISED MERIT PROMOTION ANNOUNCEMENT. PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE APPLYING UNDER THE CORRECT ANNOUNCEMENT.

This position is located at the Outer Continental Shelf National Center of Expertise (OCSNCOE), Office of Quality Assurance and Traveling Inspectors (CG-54-TI), Director for Prevention Policy (CG-54), Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security, and Stewardship (CG-5), Deputy Commandant for Operations (DCO), United State Coast Guard, and is located in Morgan City, LA. This position will likely relocate to Houma, LA.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • This position requires travel.
  • The position requires a valid state driver's license.
  • This position requires a background investigation.
  • Applicant is required to meet the physical requirements of the position.

DUTIES: The incumbent will serve as a marine inspector (MI), performing inspection related activities, providing technical guidance, advice, and recommendations to Coast Guard Inspectors on matters related to inspections and examinations for facilities and vessels engaged in Outer Continental Shelf (OSC) activities. The incumbent also serves as the unit’s marine safety reference and documentation manager and as an associate instructor.

Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team. Typical work assignments include:
  • Reviewing, taking inventory of, and distributing industry and Coast Guard instruction and policy materials used by U. S. and foreign vessels to determine compliance with established offshore safety standards
  • Managing data storage processes to ensure a robust and accessible subject matter reference system
  • Serving as a civilian resident source for continuity of activities related to inspections, technical issues, special program support activities, and as a secondary inspection representative
  • Conducting annual and periodic inspections for certification (COI) and examinations leading to the issuance and/or endorsement of the Certificate of Compliance (COC) on board Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODUs) and floating offshore installations (FOIs)
  • Evaluating intricate hull systems, machinery, and special use equipment to determine compliance with regulations and policy
  • Participating in investigations of OCS vessel incidents, and providing input for post casualty causal analyses
  • Assisting in preparation of briefing papers, technical analyses, and option evaluations for the Officer-in-Charge, Marine Inspection, (OCMI) where inspection decisions may have broad impact on an industry, are controversial in nature, or are expected to be appealed to higher authority
  • Participating in the development of OCS course curriculum either by modifying existing commercial courses in collaboration with industry schools, or by developing in-house basic and advanced courses
  • Serving as subject-matter expert and repository of best practices for the issuance of Certificate of Inspections (COI) and Certificate of Compliance (COC) examinations
  • Monitoring and assessing inspections on facilities, and units engaged in OCS activities to ensure uniform application of regulations and policies
  • Responding to telephonic or written inquiries on matters of OSC inspections and examination procedures, or policy related to pending cases of COI inspections and COC examinations
  • Planning and executing all activities necessary to maintain the unit’s extensive resource library

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: GS-12: To qualify at this grade level, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 (in the federal sector). Examples of specialized experience include: reviewing, taking inventory of, and distributing industry and Coast Guard instruction and policy materials used by U. S. and foreign vessels to determine compliance with established offshore safety standards; conducting annual and periodic inspections for certification (COI) and examinations leading to the issuance and/or endorsement of the Certificate of Compliance (COC) on board Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODUs) and floating offshore installations (FOIs); evaluating intricate hull systems, machinery, and special use equipment to determine compliance with regulations and policy; participating in investigations of OCS vessel incidents, and providing input for post casualty causal analyses; assisting in preparation of briefing papers, technical analyses, and option evaluations for the Officer-in-Charge, Marine Inspection, (OCMI) where inspection decisions may have broad impact on an industry, are controversial in nature, or are expected to be appealed to higher authority; participating in the development of OCS course curriculum either by modifying existing commercial courses in collaboration with industry schools, or by developing in-house basic and advanced courses.

Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and ability to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line of work.

This position does not have a positive education requirement.

If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using the on-line assessment to place you in one of three categories. The necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities to perform this job are:

  • Knowledge of offshore oil and gas industry, OCS inspection and survey requirements, familiarity with prevailing developments and issues in drilling and production technology, and regulatory safety requirements
  • Knowledge of classification society rules, standards of industry and professional engineering societies
  • Skill in applying knowledge of a broad range of hull and equipment systems associated with stability, emergency life saving, fire protection, navigation, ventilations, watertight integrity, welding, pollution prevention, cargo containment and transfer, auxiliary machinery and equipment, diesel and electrical power systems, and pressure vessels
  • Ability to assist in the instruction of OCS basic and advanced courses
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing
  • If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

    1. Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
    2. Well Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
    3. Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

    Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for the position. Therefore, you must support your responses to the self-assessment questions by providing examples of past and present experience in your resume.

    Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they are qualified. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. For information on veterans' preference, click here.

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    BENEFITS: DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to www.dhs.gov/careers and select "benefits."

    OTHER INFORMATION: Please be aware that applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306. Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations e.g., an affirmative answer to a conviction of a felony.

    If you are selected for this position, you will be subject to a determination of your suitability for Federal employment.

    Recruitment incentives may be authorized.

    Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit Selective Service Registration

    Moving expenses will not be paid.

    All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

    All selectees are subject to an appropriate investigation.

    For Veterans' preference eligibility, visit Veterans' Employment Resources

    More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.

    The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors.

    USCG provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact 703-872-6307. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation

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