Ocean Career: NOAA Physical Science Technician

This position is located in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Office of Coastal Survey (OCS) with one vacancy in New London CT; one vacancy in Gulfport, MS and one vacancy in Seattle, WA.


As a Physical Science Technician, you will perform the following duties:

  • Carry out, monitor, coordinate and control all aspects of shallow water hydrographic survey field operations to support routine nautical chart updates and rapid response to navigational emergencies.
  • Responsible for installation, integration, calibration and operation of hydrographic survey equipment and ensure small boat vessels meet operational safety standards; and acquisition, processing and analysis of survey data.
  • Acquire and analyze survey data, identify and correct data quality issues, equipment malfunctions, operational survey deficiencies. Recommend improvements to standard operating procedures.
  • Develop technical documents, including hydrographic survey reports and standard operating procedures and create geospatial information products to present and disseminate survey information; and conduct training in safety, vessel operations, and survey procedures.


This position requires the operation of a Federal motor vehicle. Experience conducting hydrographic survey operations and working with geographic information systems (GIS). Up to 60% travel required in support of field operations, depending on survey priorities.


Selectee must be able to lift 50lbs. while on a small boat operating in light chop.

  • A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
  • Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.


Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the US 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: https://www.opm.gov/policy

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must possess one full year (52 weeks) 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.

Salary: $39,576 - $96,124 per year

Closing Date: May 13, 2024

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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