NOAA Corps Directive Chapter 10, Section 10007, Officer Assignment Board (OAB), has been amended to include a senior Washington, D.C. area based NOAA Corps aviator in the Board membership and remove the requirement for Flag officers to serve as members of the Board. The updated Directive is available on the CPC website https://www.corpscpc.noaa.gov/procedures/directives.html.
One-Year Detail Opportunity
Officer in Charge (OIC), R/V Bay Hydro II (Billet #7255), Solomons, MD
The NOAA Office of Coast Survey is looking for a self-motivated, OOD qualified officer to assume the duties and responsibilities of OIC, R/V Bay Hydro II for approximately one year. R/V Bay Hydro II is a 54’ aluminum survey catamaran home-ported in Solomons, MD and operated by the Navigation Response Branch. This vessel has a three-part mission. It is responsible for evaluating new survey technologies, conducting hydrographic surveys both to update NOAA’s suite of nautical charts and respond to emergencies, and representing NOAA through public outreach and education. Bay Hydro II performs day operations throughout the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays. Being a response platform under the Navigation Response Branch, the team may be called upon for navigation support following accidents, natural disasters such as hurricanes, and in response to requests from the maritime community such as maritime pilot’s groups.
The OIC’s primary responsibility is safe operation of the vessel. Additional responsibilities include planning and executing operations, managing a crew of two civilians, managing routine maintenance, serving as Chief of Party for all survey operations, and performing the role of Vessel Operations Coordinator to ensure compliance with the NOAA Small Boat Program.
This billet is expected to be filled at the O2/O3 level. It is desired that the position be filled as quickly as possible to facilitate the incumbent’s departure in mid-July. The complete billet description can be reviewed on the CPC website. All interested officers are encouraged to respond to LCDR Nicholas Chrobak at firstname.lastname@example.org. Specific questions regarding this billet can be directed to either the Navigation Response Branch Chief, LCDR Holly Jablonski, at Chief.NRB.OCS@noaa.gov 301-713-2730 x-173 or the current OIC, R/V Bay Hydro II, LTJG Bart Buesseler, at Bart.O.Buesseler@noaa.gov, or 503-318-3606. .
Servicemembers Civil Relief Act - Clarification on 'Military Orders'
In accordance with the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), a servicemember may break a lease at any time after the date of the received "military orders". According to the SCRA: "The term "military orders", with respect to a servicemember, means official military orders, or any notification, certification, or verification from the servicemember's commanding officer, with respect to the servicemember's current or future military duty status." For NOAA Corps purposes, notification of an approved forthcoming assignment or PCS Order will serve as a notification, certification, or verification in these cases.