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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Diving Safety Officer, ZA-0018-4 (MAP) in Seattle, Washington

Summary This position is located in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO), Headquarters (HQ), with one vacancy in Seattle, WA. This position is also announced under vacancy number OMAO-HQ-2021-0005, which is open to all US Citizens or Nationals. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both. Responsibilities As a Diving Safety Officer, you will perform the following duties: Administer safety and occupational health activities for scientific and commercial diving operations. Contribute subject matter expertise for safety policies, procedures, and guidelines to ensure operations meet all safety requirements. Plan and execute dive unit safety inspections and goals to minimize hazards. Ensure dive units are in compliance and alignment with regulations. Perform internal compliance audits to assess unit readiness and ensure discrepancies are corrected. Examine data to address emerging issues and brief management. Analyze unit training records for compliance with certification requirements and suspend any dive unit found out of compliance. Inspect dive unit’s emergency equipment for compliance and suspend diving activities until deficiencies are corrected. Review safety incidents and conduct investigations. Identify causal factors through interviews record reviews, and analysis of sequence of events, and draft reports of investigation based on objective evidence. Make relevant safety recommendations and identify risk mitigation strategies based upon report of investigations. Requirements Conditions of Employment Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply. Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check. Must be suitable for Federal employment. Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable ( Time-in-grade/band must be met by closing date of announcement. This position requires a Moderate Risk Security Clearance. This position will be filled under the DOC Alternative Personnel System (CAPS). This system replaced the Federal GS pay plan and structure. Under CAPS, positions are classified by career, pay plan, and pay band.The ZA-4 is equivalent to the GS-13/14. NOTE: * A one year probationary period may be required.* Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.* This position is not in the bargaining unit. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/WORK ENVIRONMENT: The incumbent must obtain a NOAA diving certification and pass a NOAA Dive Physical, within two months of employment. The position requires up to 60 days of travel per year. The incumbent may have to be on ships to perform inspections of dive lockers and equipment. Typically works outside of an office in settings that include ships, small boats, marine environments, diving facilities, and remote locations and may be subjected to extreme temperatures. SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: In order to successfully perform the duties, the incumbent must possess a current and valid Diving Instructor Certification. Applicants must provide documentation with their application to support meeting this Selective Placement Factor.Your Application Materials must clearly demonstrate this. Failure to do so will result in your application being marked as ineligible. Qualifications Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at: There is no positive education requirement for this position.SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need not have been in the federal government.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.To qualify at the ZA-4 or GS-13 level: SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to theZA-3 or GS-12in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following: Analyzing diving operations to ensure program compliance with safety and occupational health requirements and regulations; Conducting risk assessments of operating procedures to identify hazardous practices and recommend solutions for improvement; Inspecting dive units for compliance with established safety and occupational health and safety standards or policies and to identify potential new hazards; and Preparing technical and/or analytical reports based on diving occupational and safety data. Education Substitution of education for specialized experience is not applicable to this vacancy. Additional Information CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management’s Career Transition Resources website at: applicants MUST submit the following documents:A copy of your specific RIF notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice).A copy of your SF-50 “Notification of Personnel Action”, noting current position, grade level, and duty location;A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; andAny documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents: A copy of your RIF separation notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; notice of disability annuity termination; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement;A copy of your SF-50 “Notification of Personnel Action” documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc;A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; andAny documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.NOAA participates in e-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.