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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
United States Coast Guard
Position Title:
Marine Inspector Training Officer, GS-1801-13 (MITO)
Open Period:
04/19/2016 - 05/03/2016


GS - 1801 13
USD $100,246 - USD $130,325
Work Schedule:
Full-time - This is a full-time position.
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

San Francisco, CA, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
USCG Applicant Support


Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
This vacancy is open to all U.S. Citizens and is being advertised under delegated examining procedures.

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Security Clearance Required:
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
This is a permanent appointment.
Marketing Statement:
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 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.


This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Coast Guard, Pacific Area (PACAREA), District Eleven, Sector San Francisco, in San Francisco, CA.
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:

Relocation/PCS is authorized.

Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

This position requires occasional travel.


The incumbent will serve as a Marine Inspector Training Officer (MITO), responsible for implementation and management of the unit's Marine Inspector/Port State Control Officer (MI/PSCO) training program, and serves as a Senior Marine Inspector (SMI) providing technical expertise and training leadership in the compliance duties of marine safety, vessel inspection, pollution prevention and vessel manning laws, regulations, treaties, and international conventions. 

Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team. Typical work assignments include:

  • Developing and maintaining written, unit-level MI/PSCO training program guidance and procedures in alignment with applicable Coast Guard District, Area and Headquarters-level directive.
  • Performing sufficient marine inspections and port state control examinations to maintain currency, and expertise at the subject matter expert (SME) level.
  • Setting qualification goals and timelines, and tracking trainee progress towards certification or recertification of MI/PSCO competencies.
  • Chairing the unit MI/PSCO Qualification Board. Recommending qualification of personnel to the unit's MI/PSCO certification authority.
  • Conducting technical reviews of vessel's plans, safety management systems and operating systems to determine compliance with regulations and applicable standards.
  • Instructing and conducting all inspections required on vessel navigation, intra-vessel communication, alarm, lifesaving, fire fighting, and pollution prevention systems.

Qualifications and Evaluations

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • The position requires a valid state driver's license.
  • Applicant is required to meet the physical requirements of the position.
  • Education Requirements:
    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.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. For further information on the evaluation of foreign education, refer to the U.S. Department of Education's web site at click here
    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:
    1. Knowledge and experience in using training databases and computer-based competency certification and management systems.
    2. Knowledge of the marine industry and the specialized area of marine vessel inspection.
    3. Knowledge of the laws, treaties, conventions, regulations, and directives relating to vessel navigation, vessel inspection, vessel manning, and pollution prevention.
    4. Knowledge of classification society rules, standards of industry and professional engineering societies.
    5. Ability to train personnel, and determine through written and oral examinations, that personnel possess the knowledge and skills necessary to make correct decisions regarding confined space entries required for the performance of marine inspections of U.S. vessels, and examinations on foreign vessels.
    If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
    1. Best-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate high proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all Selective Placement Factors (SPF) and appropriate Quality Ranking Factors (QRF) as determined by the job analysis.
    2. Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates acceptable proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all SPFs and appropriate QRFs as determined by the job analysis.
    3. Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate basic proficiency in most of the critical competencies, including all SPFs and appropriate QRFs as determined by the job analysis.

    If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. 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.
    AT THE GS-13:  Applicant must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service.  Examples of specialized experience include: Training and qualifying unit personnel as marine inspectors and port state control examiners from resident training to on the job qualification programs, independently conducting, and/or serving as a team leader, marine inspections, on a variety of vessels (i.e., passenger, pleasure, commercial, freight, floating facilities, drilling units); determining compliance with laws, regulations, and applicable standards, existence of proper vessel documentation and certification, safe and proper operating order of systems (navigation, communication, alarm, lifesaving, firefighting, and pollution prevention systems) and machinery, and soundness and acceptable parameters of vessel structures; identifying hazardous conditions and violations; prescribing corrective measures; and writing analytical reports. Applicants must also show experience providing technical expertise and training to junior inspectors, providing input to program planning, and assisting on special, more complex projects (ex.- inspections of foreign vessels).       

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

    National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): 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). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Benefits and Other Info

    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 and select “Employee Benefits.”
    Other Information:
    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. 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.

    If you are selected for this position, you will be subject to a determination of your suitability for Federal employment. All selectees are subject to an appropriate investigation as a condition of placement into this position. Certain investigation levels may automatically require a credit check after initial job qualifications have been met. For those positions that do not automatically require a credit check, it may later be required if the initial investigation surfaces a potential issue. Visit: OPM Mythbuster

    DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about your rights and responsibilities at click here 

    Recruitment incentives may be authorized.

    Moving expenses will be paid in accordance with appropriate regulations.  

    All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit.

    For Veterans' preference eligibility, visit Veterans' Employment Resources. Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility and to understand the documentation that would be required with your application, click on the links above and contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

    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.

    If you need a reasonable accommodation for the application and hiring process, please contact: HR SPEC PHONE # 202-795-6268. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    Applications (resume and job specific questions) for this vacancy must be received on-line by 11:59 p.m ET on the closing date of the announcement.

    There are several parts of the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application Resume Responses to on-line core questions Responses to on-line self-assessment Supporting documents, if requested High self assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume and/or supporting documents may impact you or eliminate you from consideration.

    Applicants who are claiming 5-point tentative preference are encouraged to submit a DD-214 Member 4 copy at the time of application. Claims for 5-point tentative preference will only be granted based upon documentation provided or if the claim is substantiated in your application. If you are unable to provide the necessary supporting documents for veterans preference at the time of selection it may impact your selection eligibility. Applicants who are claiming 10-point veterans preference are required to submit proof of eligibility. Refer to "Required Documents" section of vacancy announcement.

    If applying on-line poses a hardship to you, the Help Desk listed on the announcement will provide assistance to ensure that applications are submitted on-line by the closing date. You must contact the Help Desk prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance. Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET, excluding Federal holidays.
    Required Documents:
    30% Disabled Veterans must submit their Member Copy 4 DD-214 which includes Character of Service, if currently Active Duty you may submit a Statement of Service or Proof of Service letter; however, the statement MUST include Character of Service AND the VA Disability Letter with percentage of disability OR documentation of disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces which reflects a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more. 10-point preference will not be granted if appropriate documentation is not submitted with your application. If documentation is not provided you may receive 5-point tentative preference if substantiated in your application.

    Other 10 point Veterans Preference Eligibles must submit their Member Copy 4 DD-214 which includes Character of Service, if currently Active Duty you may submit a Statement of Service or Proof of Service letter; however, the statement MUST include Character of Service AND provide documentation of your other 10 point preference. 10-point preference will not be granted if appropriate documentation is not submitted with your application. If documentation is not provided you may receive 5-point tentative preference if substantiated in your application. For more information about veterans preference click here.

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles must submit proof of eligibility consisting of a copy of your agency notice and a copy of your most recent performance rating. If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. To be considered eligible under ICTAP, you must be placed in the well-qualified category for this position, as described above. For more information about ICTAP eligibility click here.

    A copy of your transcripts from an accredited college or university must be submitted at the time of application. If selected, official transcripts will be required. All documentation as outlined above must be received by the closing date of the announcement and must include the vacancy announcement number on the documents. A fax cover sheet will be provided to you from the system, with number and instructions to transmit the requested documents. The required documents will also be accepted by mail and must be received by the closing date of the announcement.

    The mailing address is (Jobs) U.S. Coast Guard, Ofc of Civ Pers, COMMANDANT (CG-1211W), ATTN CIVILIAN PERSONNEL US COAST GUARD, 2703 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR AVE SE, STOP 7912, WASHINGTON, DC 20593-7912.
    Next Steps:
    Once the announcement is closed, we will conduct an evaluation of your application and qualifications to determine your ranking. The most qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. To check the status of your application, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status," and then click "More Information." You may also opt to receive email notifications of application status changes by logging into your USAJOBS account and enabling notification alerts.

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