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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

$22.35 to $26.06

Fountain City, WI

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$22.35 to $26.06 per hour

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XF 6

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Appointment type

Temporary - 6 Months


6 vacancies in the following location:

Fountain City, WI

Relocation expenses reimbursed


This job is open to

The public

U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S., and excepted service employees.

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US Citizens


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Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position:

The position(s) are Deckhand positions with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, Physical Support Branch. This announcement may be utilized for both Maintenance and Repair as well as the Dredge Goetz. These are temporary appointment(s) not to exceed six (6) months that may be extended depending on the workload.

Works on any of several special-purpose floating plant units consisting of a pipeline or dipper dredge, derrickboats and derrickscows, tugs and attendant plant engaged in maintenance dredging on the Upper/Lower Mississippi River and it's tributaries. Performs duties according to type and size of unit to which assigned.

Who May Apply: US Citizens

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1. Handles rope lines and steel towing cables while making up or breaking a tow, for fastening barges together when not in use, and for securing floating plant. Cares for, renews, and splices rope and cable, prepares light rigging, makes rope fenders. Obtains channel depths by use of lead line and sounding poles. Rigs objects to be lifted by placing and securing slings, taking special precautions with rocks or stones which may weigh 25 to 35 tons.

2. Connects, disconnects, repairs and replaces pipelines; assists in breaking up and making up tow. Removes obstructions from the cutterhead pump and pipelines. Disconnects shore pipe and secures on scows for removal to new location. Operates electric and steam winches and capstans. Greases sheaves, cables, winches and cutter shaft bearings. Assists in running cable from cutterhead to swing anchor as required during operations. Takes before and after dredging soundings.

3. Navigates scows to dumping ground to release load, starting and stopping gas engine to operate dump scow doors. Rows auxiliary work boat or operates outboard motor as required to transport personnel and supplies to work site, and to place and pick up buoys.

4. Cleans and lubricates deck machinery, working as helper to higher grade crew members in repair and overhaul of plant by dismantling and assembling equipment as directed. Repairs hand rails, walkways and other areas of vessel as assigned using tools such as wrenches, hammers, and saws.

5. Chips rust from deck, removes old paint by means of paint remover, putties holes and crevices. Applies prime and finish coats on exterior of boat including hull, superstructure and deck equipment, interior walls, doors, and furniture. Washes deck with water hose and performs general housekeeping work in quarters. Loads and stores supplies on vessel.

Performs other duties as assigned. May be assigned other essential duties during any lay-up from primary assignment.

Travel Required

75% or less - This position may or may not be on the Dredge Goetz - Travel up to 75%.

Supervisory status


Job family (Series)

5788 Deckhand

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Conditions of Employment

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.

Appointment is subject to the completion of a favorable suitability or fitness determination.

Direct Deposit of Pay is required.

This is an inclement weather position.

This is a mission essential position.

This is a temporary position intended to last six (6) months.

This position requires shift work to provide coverage on evenings, weekends, holidays, or special situations

Physical Examination

Drug Testing Program Requirement


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.

There is no specific length of training or experience required. However, you must be able to demonstrate, through experience shown in your written application materials that you possess the sufficient knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the work of this position without more than normal supervision.

Minimum Qualifications (Screen Out Element): Ability to do the work of an Deckhand The ability to perform common duties such as; makeup/break up tows by handling lines/cables to couple barges together and uncouple them using rigging, barge ratchets, wire chokers, cheater bars, shackles, deck winches, and synthetic mooring lines. Making minor repairs to equipment and performs preventive maintenance such as checking all oils and fluids, air filters, batteries, monitoring gauges, and monitoring track condition and tension. Maintenance and repair tasks utilizing mechanical or electrical equipment. Work under normal supervision of a work leader or journey-level employee who observes tasks in progress and upon completion to make sure they are properly performed without more than normal supervision. - Failure to meet this Screen out Element will result in an ineligible rating.

Ability To Do The Work Of The Position Without More Than Normal Supervision (Screen-out Element)

Ability to Drive Safely (Motor Vehicles) and Ability to Operate Safely (Non-Motor Vehicle)

Ability To Interpret Instructions, Specifications, etc. (related to mobile equipment operation)

Operation of Motor Vehicles

Reliability and Dependability as a Deckhand

Work Practices (includes keeping things neat, clean, and in order)


Performs all work assignments under the direct supervision of the Master of the vessel, Mate, Lead Deckhand, or other higher graded employee. Receives detailed directions for work to be performed but recurring duties are usually performed in accordance with various instructions and directions. Work is usually checked in progress for adequacy and compliance with instructions provided.


Physical effort is required in the handling of heavy equipment, and machinery. May lift up to 50 pounds or more. Work may involve long periods of standing, lifting, climbing, and walking.


Work is performed inside and outside with the preponderance of time exposed to heat, cold, rain and snow. There is exposure to paint fumes, to eye injuries while chipping paint and rust, to physical injury while lifting heavy objects or slipping on decks and other surfaces, overhead loads, or falling overboard and drowning.


May or may not be located on the Dredge Goetz.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application

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 Annuitant

information sheet.

You may claim military spouse preference.

Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

Moving expenses (Permanent Change of Station) is not authorized.

Further certification from this announcement may take place up to 90 days beyond the closing date of this announcement.

Defense National Relocation Program is not authorized.

Relocation or recruitment bonus is not authorized.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application package

(resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

Basis for Rating: Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. Best Qualified. Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements for the announced position.

Highly Qualified. Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements for the announced position.

Qualified. Candidates in this category meet the minimum experience requirements for the announced position.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). If you are a Federal employee in the competitive service and your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 90 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. Additional information about the program is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance


Required Documents

Required Documents

The documents you are required to submit vary based on whether or not you are eligible for preference in federal employment. A complete description of preference categories and the associated required documents is in the Applicant Checklist (External)

As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your 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.

Your resume: Your resume may be submitted in any format.

If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is most recent. It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.

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 will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.

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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How to Apply

How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the online questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 03/01/2018 to receive consideration

To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire (

Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account

, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account

and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

It is your responsibility to verify that your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.

The Department of Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Your requests for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

Agency contact information

Army Applicant Help Desk








St. Paul, MN


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Next steps

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.

Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations

or how to contact an agency.

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Financial suitability

Social security number request

Privacy Act

Signature and false statements

Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
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Company Profile
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approximately 37,000 dedicated Civilians and Soldiers delivering engineering services to customers in more than 130 countries worldwide. With environmental sustainability as a guiding principle, our disciplined Corps team is working diligently to strengthen our Nation’s security by building and maintaining America’s infrastructure and providing military facilities where our servicemembers train, work and live. We are also researching and developing technology for our war fighters while protecting America’s interests abroad by using our engineering expertise to promote stability and improve quality of life. We are energizing the economy by dredging America’s waterways to support the movement of critical commodities and providing recreation opportunities at our campgrounds, lakes and marinas.

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