Lead Marine Traffic Controller

Department of Defense Buzzards Bay, MA
* Duties

Help Duties Summary

About the Position:

As a Lead Marine Traffic Controller, you will provide administrative and technical managerial authority necessary for the Marine Traffic Controllers to accomplish their work. You will be responsible for training and monitoring a team of controllers that direct all marine traffic transiting the Canal. You will serve as a technical resource for all controllers providing guidance on vessel characteristics, limitations of water depth, vertical clearance at the bridges, etc.

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* Serve as Lead Marine Traffic Controller by leading other Marine Traffic Controller subordinates.

* Serve as trainer and coach to employees on proper work techniques, procedures and problem solving methods that helps ensure safe passage of vessels through the Canal.

* Serve as focal point for centralized communication and coordination for unusual transit requests and special events that are expected to impact navigation in the Canal.

* Communicate with and advise Canal Managers on personnel issues.

* Develop and maintain a work schedule for 24-hour coverage in the Control Room.

* Maintain a training curriculum for new Controllers and identify opportunities for continued training for seasoned controllers.

* Develop and maintain written Standard Operating Procedures (SOP?s) for the Marine Traffic Control Office.

* Serve as focal point for communication and coordination necessary for planning of railroad bridge movement operations.

* Help ensure efficient passage of rail traffic, while minimizing disruption to waterborne traffic.

* Works regular shifts as a Marine Traffic Controller as needed to maintain skills and fill in as needed.

* Ensures proper coordination for flood control operations at the hurricane barriers.

* Serve as focal point for decisions related to hardware, software and surveillance systems required for the Marine Traffic Control office.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


* Job family (Series)

2150 Transportation Operations

* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* This position requires the favorable completion of a basic background investigation before entering position.

* This position is subject to a pre-employment drug screening, and random drug testing thereafter.

* The position is required to work other than normal duty hours, which may include evenings, weekends, and/or holidays.

* This position has been designated as "Key" and shall not be vacated during a national emergency or mobilization as doing so would seriously impair the capability of the organization to function effectively.

* Moving expenses not authorized.

* Recruitment/Relocation/Retention Incentives not authorized.

* See additional information below.


Who May Apply: Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job. You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected. See Proof of Eligibility for an extensive list of document requirements for all employment authorities.

* Current Department of Army Civilian Employees

* Priority Placement Program (PPP), Program S (Military Spouse) registrant

In order to qualify, you must meet the experience requirements described below. 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. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

Specialized Experience:

To qualify at the GS-12 grade level: your resume must describe at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience is defined as meeting all of the following: (1) Coordinate Marine traffic control operations for water transportation; 2) utilize canal safety concepts to assess marine activity; 3) develop or revise existing marine traffic control policies and/or guidance; and 4) Monitor vessel movement through waterways.

Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:

* Decision Making

* Oral Communication

* Problem Solving

* Technical Competence

* Technology Application

Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent.

For GS-12: 52 weeks at GS-11