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Militray Sealift Commanf
Norfolk, Virginia, United States
6 days ago


The First Officer is a Civil Service Mariner (CIVMAR) 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, in contested or uncontested environments.

As the Deck Department Head, the First Officer is responsible for the safe, effective and efficient 
management and supervision of deck department employees. Ensures sound fiscal management and 
adherence to budget guidelines by deck department employees. Has a thorough knowledge of the CMPI 
and DHAMS.  Serves as the ships’ safety officer, training officer, damage control officer, vessel 
security officer, oil spill coordinator and (may be) gas free engineer.  On ships without a Master, 
OIC/Chief Mate is the Officer in Charge (OIC) of the

entire CIVMAR contingent onboard regardless the disparity between formal pay rate designators.

As second in command of the ship, is directly accountable to the Master for all matters pertaining 
to management, operation, care, safety, and physical condition of deck department operations and 
keeps the Master informed in those areas.  Keeps abreast of all ship’s business matters and acts on 
behalf of the Master when he/she is not available.  Maintains a functional understanding of ship’s 
mission, operations, command relationships, and operational reports. Acts as a Command Duty officer 
(CDO) in charge of the Shipboard Reaction Force (SRF) and fire parties on ships so organized.  
Performs emergency duties as assigned by the Master and reflected on the Station Bill.

Responsible for the proper planning, loading, stowage and discharge of cargo and maintenance of the 
ship in a safe and stable condition.  Prior to sailing, inspects the ship to ascertain there are no 
structural defects and that hatches, side ports, cargo gear, cargo and equipment are secured 
properly.  Using Ship Automated Maintenance Management (SAMM) prepares and submits deck department 
repair list.  Submits a list of Voyage Repair Requests (VRR’s) to the Chief Engineer for 
maintenance and repair of deck related items that are beyond the capabilities of ship’s force and 
require outside industrial assistance.
Monitors the progress of VRR’s; inspects repairs made by shore side personnel and makes reports of 
inspections to the Master and Chief Engineer.

Ensures equitable distribution of overtime; ensures subordinates maintain proper hygiene, grooming 
and uniform standards; exercises disciplinary control over subordinates and initiates disciplinary 
actions IAW CMPI 750; recognizes and rewards subordinates’ work- accomplishments and achievements 
using the awards program; conducts career counseling, arranges training, monitors personnel career 
progressions, and encourages upgrading of licenses and documents; and prepares MAP/Promotion 
Evaluation Reports as required. Must be able to effectively use applicable shipboard software 

As AT/FP Officer, issues orders to and ensures training of crewmembers to provide force protection, 
physical security of government property, and security awareness for classified documents and 
materials. Ensures maintenance of a continuous gangway watch to control personnel and material coming aboard or 
leaving the ship. Acts as Qual-Cert Board member on board ships with the program.  Presides at deck 
department safety meetings, presents progress reports of outstanding and new safety items and 
recommendations. Maintains a safety library and keeps personnel and department heads informed on 
current safety procedures and developments. Oversees Ships Safety Management System (SMS) 
administration and compliance as Safety Officer. Makes SMS reports as required.

Towing and salvage First Officers shall be TOAR endorsed or tow qualified and have experience in 
towing and salvage. First Officers should be competent ship handlers capable of docking, undocking 
and mooring without tug assistance. They should have superior leadership skills working with Mobile 
Diving and Salvage Units (MDSU), foreign Navy, and VIP personnel. Towing and Salvage Mates must be 
proficient at shipboard medical care and have knowledge of the US Navy Tow Manual.

Ensures continuing application of and compliance with EEO laws, regulations, and policies.
Masters and Department Heads may add to these duties to clarify specific shipboard tasks.  
Everything in this Position Description is considered to be an essential function of this position. 
 Performs all other duties as


Must be a United States citizen of at least 18 years of age and possess and maintain a valid:
1. U.S. Passport with a minimum of seven (7) months remaining of expiration date.

2. Transportation Workers Identification Card and/or Department of defense (DOD) Common Access Card 
(CAC) with a minimum of ten (10) months remaining of expiration date.

3. United States Coast Guard (USCG) Merchant Mariner’s Credential (MMC), with a minimum of ten (10) 
months remaining of expiration date, with the following endorsement(s):

•    Any Unlicensed Rating in the Deck Department, or Able Seaman - Unlimited.
•    USCG License endorsed as: Chief Mate of Steam or Motor Vessels of Any Gross Tons upon 
Oceans (or higher), and Radar Observer – Unlimited.

4•    STCW Certificate endorsed CAPACITY as: Chief Mate, or Master; STCW may not include 
limitations of validity on vessels operating in the GMDSS system, or aboard ARPA or radar-equipped 
•    A Federal Communications Commission GMDSS Radio Operator's License/certificate.

Desired Experience:
•    Nautical Institute Unlimited Dynamic Positioning Officer (DPO) and/or Offshore 
Service Vessel Dynamic Positioning Authority (OSVDPA) Class A DPO certification with a minimum 3 
years remaining before expiration or sufficient Unlimited Dynamic Positioning sea time for renewal.

•    Recent Dynamic Positioning and towing experience within 3 years.

•    Experience with the following operations: AHTS/OSV operations; towing operations; 
subsea construction; DP diving operations; government special missions, or cable ship operations.

•    Recent High Speed Craft experience within 3 years.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 57916391
  • Location:
    Norfolk, Virginia, United States
  • Position Title: First Officer-Mixed Work Schedule (part ttime)
  • Company Name: Militray Sealift Commanf
  • Job Function: Seagoing
  • Job Type: Part-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Salary: $81,241.00 (Yearly Salary)

The U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command is the premier provider of ocean transportation to the Department of Defense. Our civil service careers offer job security, training and accelerated career advancement opportunities. It could be your opportunity to travel the globe with a rewarding maritime career.

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