Second Officer is a Civil Service Seaman (CIVMAR) employed by the Navy to serve Military Sealift Command (MSC) aboard Naval Auxiliaries and Hybrid Crew Warships around the world in peacetime as in times of war. MSC exists to support the joint combatant across the full spectrum of military operations. MSC provides ad hoc logistics, strategic sealift, as well as specialized missions anywhere in the world, in contested and non-contested environments.
Serves as a member of the Deck Department under the supervision of the First Officer. Assists the Master and First Officer in carrying out their responsibilities and duties and performs such duties as may be assigned to them, including assuming command of the vessel in their absence. Responsible for the dual function of navigator and operations officer.
As Navigation Officer, directly responsible to the Captain for the navigational responsibilities of the vessel. Serves as the direct supervisor of all Watch Officers and Watch Crews at sea and in port. Prepares a comprehensive voyage plan and briefs the Master and Officers of the Watch ensuring that the classified nature of the mission and specific information about the vessel’s voyages, movements and position is not indiscriminately revealed.
As Operations Officer (OPSO), responsible for planning operational tasks and port movements, operational naval message traffic, coordination of tactical maneuvers and ongoing communication, and helicopter control officer ( HCO). Member of the General Staff and Security Council. The OPSO is the designated position that replaces the officer in charge of the military detachment. He is the direct supervisor of the Chief of Operations. The OPSO provides key information to the captain and watch crew regarding the ship’s schedule, maneuvers and flight operations. The OPSO also works in conjunction with the Cargo Officer and the CIVMAR Supply Officer to ensure that all cargo developments are within reach of the ship’s crew and the ROC and POE.
Maintains the Library of Naval Warfare Publications and associated Naval Directives and Instructions.
Port movement planning for arrivals, departures, shifts and fuel loading dates/times with MSFSC SEALOG AOR, Battle or Strike Group Commander and Port Operations to include port pilots and tugs is a complex responsibility of OPSO and a major concern for the Master.
When acting as the senior watch officer, ensures that all standard sailing day work is completed by all watches and that operational checklists are maintained. Ensures event recordings on deck coincide with engine room recordings by synchronizing clocks at noon each current day and after each increment of daylight saving time. Maintains assigned docking compartment neat, clean and tidy.
The OPSO is responsible for maintaining verbal communications on the fleet tactical radio circuit during ongoing operational resupply to all ships receiving customers; and to provide direct communication with Navy customers in real-time Command Chat if required. Responsible for ensuring that the client vessel’s daily AKAI-6 CALL SIGNS and JANAP CALL SIGNS are provided to the Watch Mate along with any other relevant information so that the OOW can maintain knowledge of the situation.
As Second Officer (CARGO), inspects ship’s holds and cargo areas to ensure they are clean, dry and properly ventilated. Prior to loading or unloading, have all loading hoists operationally tested before rigging jibs; ensures that the booms are rigged and topped with prevention shrouds; that the loading gear is rigged in accordance with the design specifications; that the cargo spaces are suitably prepared to receive the type of cargo to be loaded; that the fixed loading lights on the masts and in the holds are functionally tested and that the portable loading lights are available and ready for use; that the installed cranes are ready for use. Ensures cargo is delivered in good condition and notes exceptions; takes the necessary precautions to avoid any theft, damage or loss during loading, transfer or unloading operations. Ensures winches, nets, slings, slings and other cargo handling equipment are inspected for safe operation before use while cargo is being worked on; and that the cargo is distributed according to the plan, well made up, marked and secured in place. On ships equipped with cranes ensures safe and efficient use.
During Vertical Replenishment (VERTREP), ensure proper helicopter cargo and personnel transfer methodology is utilized, cargo is properly organized and weighed, prepared for transfer, color coded, and transferred to the appropriate destination . Ensures that all VERTREP equipment is properly maintained and used. Serves as a flight deck officer (FDO) during VERTREP operations.
Ensures that cargo tanks are cleaned and that all safety precautions are observed, such as the use of non-sparking equipment; Butterworth temperature and pressure limitations; and that tanks are properly ventilated and free of gas, well lit and tested before crew members enter them. Train tank cleaning personnel in safety, emergency procedures and equipment. Ensures tank cleaning equipment is properly stored and maintained. Ensures fuel oil quality control standards are met in accordance with the Fleet Oiler Manual. May be assigned a gas-free engineer collateral obligation. OPSO can also serve as an Afloat Environmental Protection Coordinator (AEPC) and Public Relations Officer.
Collateral obligation: Upon receiving certification from the MSC Drug Free Workplace Program Coordinator, will be the alternate Collection Site Coordinator (CSC) for the Drug Free Workplace Program (DFWP) aboard ships without a Medical Services Officer (MSO). Will be the Respite Alcohol Technician (BAT).
Ensure continued enforcement and compliance with EEO laws, regulations and policies.
Everything in this job description is considered an essential function of this position. Performs all other assigned duties.
Minimum eligibility conditions: Must be a U.S. citizen at least 18 years old and own and maintain:
- US passport with a minimum of seven months expiration date.
- Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) and/or Department of Defense (DOD) Common Access Card (CAC) with a minimum ten (10) month expiration.
- United States Coast Guard (USCG) Merchant Marine Certificate (MMC), with a minimum of ten months remaining from the expiration date.
Job specific requirements:
- USCG license endorsed as: Second Mate of Steam or Motor Vessels of Any Gross Tones Upon Oceans (or higher) and Radar Observer Unlimited.
- MMC Approved As: Any Unlicensed Rating in the Deck Department, or Able Seaman Unlimited.
- STCW certificate endorsed as: Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch, or First Mate, or Captain; STCW may not include validity limitations on vessels operating in the GMDSS system, or on vessels equipped with ARPA or radar.
- Minimum of 18 months service in a permanent watch position as a Third Officer, as documented by CIVMAR HRMS for Civil Service experience, and/or as documented by USCG National Maritime Center records for Civil Service experience. private sector.
- A Federal Communications Commission GMDSS Radio Operator License – The above credentials and endorsements must be valid for at least seven months.
Although not required for consideration, applicants who hold the Tankerman PIC (Responsible Person)/DL (Hazardous Liquids), or the appropriate towing credentials as specified in 46 CFR 15.805(a)( 5), Towing Officers Assessment Record (TOAR), possess the credentials or certificates demonstrating proficiency in unusual and technical aircraft operations systems and programs such as Dynamic Positioning (DP) systems, rescue operations , cable operations, command ship operations or foreign naval auxiliary operations must provide this information.
MSC, military and/or related business experience, etc., will also be part of the scoring process.