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Citation 1: OPM JGS SMALL CRAFT OPER, 5786, SEP 86
Citation 2: NAF PERSONNEL POLICY, AR 215-3, CHAPTER 3, 29 AUGUST 2019

Classification/Job Grading Certification:  I certify that this position has been classified/graded as required by Title 5, U.S. Code in conformance with standard published by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management or if no published standards apply directly, consistently with the most applicable published standards.


Classified By: NAF GENERIC

Classified Date: 03/15/2007



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Receives general instruction on transporting of passengers to and from the fishing grounds. Evaluates wind and sea conditions to determine safe limits of operation and whether it is necessary to return to harbor; adheres to rules of the road, and insures safety of passengers and safe, economical operation of the boat.


Operates an inboard marine drive, diesel powered, 32 passenger (50 foot) charter fishing or tour vessel. Orients passengers, issues life vests, and helps fit vest on children. Provides instructions on disposal of refuse and operations of head, as well as safety precautions. During the trip explains kinds of fish and may help bait hooks or land fish. Is knowledgeable and conducts speaking tour of operating area.

Performs other duties as assigned.


Knowledge of basic rules of the road such as identification and proper actions of the stand-on and give-way vessels in crossing situations and when and how to execute changes of course or speed to best advise other vessels of the operator intent. Ability to steer a straight course, visually or by compass, making proper allowances for leeway and yawing and minor alterations to ease over larger waves. Ability to maneuver boats to dock and undock or come alongside other vessels, allowing for such things as propeller effect at low speeds, tendency to carry headway, the piloting effect of rudder movements during turns, the effects of leeway due to high winds and seas and course disruptions due to wave actions.

Knowledge of engine and control operation. Knowledge of anchoring practices including setting-in anchors, proper scope, and breaking out deeply imbedded anchors using engine power or wave action.

Ability to perform operator maintenance to mechanical equipment such as cleaning, greasing and oil changes and to recognize improper operation in order to secure repairs or adjustments.

Ability to operate electrical equipment such as VHF radios, GPS, radar and chart plotters or depth sounders. Knowledge of local weather conditions, i.e., small craft warnings, wind directions and speed which cause quick build up of unsafe sea conditions, etc., In order to plan sheltered rout or cancel trip.

Ability to lay out courses to assigned destinations, avoiding hazards using navigational aids, landmarks, speed of boat, etc., to determine position, estimate time of course change or arrival time. Ability to compare sounding and charted depths, correcting for tide stage, as a rough check of position. Ability to determine position of boat by visual or radar bearings on landmarks or navigational aids or radio direction finder bearings.

Ability to interpret charts of local area to determine shallow channels, shore conformation, buoys, beacons and landmarks. Ability to interpret standard operating procedures. For example, evaluating weather conditions and taking appropriate measures in case of bad weather or mechanical failure.

Ability to maneuver craft independently in situations of storm, reduced visibility and moderate commercial and small craft traffic. Ability to explain and enforce safety regulations among passengers. Skill in the use of safety equipment such as life jackets, fire extinguishers and emergency signals. Physical agility and balance to work safely on wet and moving decks.


Receives general instruction on transporting of passengers to and from the fishing grounds. Works in unison with assigned deckhands while at fishing grounds to ensure passengers are awarded equal time and opportunity to fish for local species. Ensures that all passengers are logged into required logbooks. Responsible for evaluating wind and sea conditions to determine safe limits of operation and whether it is necessary to return to harbor; for adherence to rules of the road, safety of passengers and safe, economical operation of the boat. Must report all defects of equipment immediately upon return to harbor.


Occasionally lifts and carries parts and equipment weighing 40-50 pounds. When objects weigh more thank 40-50 pounds, will be assisted by other personnel. Moderate effort is required during general maintenance work. Coordination of hands, eyes, body, and legs is needed to work safely on wet and moving decks.


Works on deck, exposed to sun, wind, spray, and rain when mooring, unmooring, loading and unloading passengers or cargo. The boat is operated from a sheltered cabin. Operators are exposed to possible falls on deck and to the possibility of falling overboard.


Must posses a minimum 50 ton, near coastal, U.S. Coast Guard approved license.


Subject to satisfactory completion of all pre-employment checks in accordance with AR 215-3, para.2 to include pre-employment physical examination. Incumbent may also be required to complete a Tier 1 background investigation for a Common Access Card for physical access to federally-controlled facilities. This position is subject to random drug testing.



Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Determination:

1. Availability Pay Exemption - e.g., Criminal Investigators, U.S. Customs and Border Protection pilots who are also Law Enforcement Officers).
2. Foreign Exemption - (Note: Puerto Rico and certain other locations do not qualify for this exemption – See 5 CFR 551.104 for a list of Nonexempt areas.)
3. Executive Exemption:
a. Exercises appropriate management responsibility (primary duty) over a recognized organizational unit with a continuing function, AND
b. Customarily and regularly directs 2 or more employees, AND
c. Has the authority to make or recommend hiring, firing, or other status-change decisions, when such recommendations have particular weight.
  Note: Shared supervision or “matrix management” responsibility for a project team does not meet the above criteria. Limited "assistant manager" functions or "acting in the absence" of the manager does not meet the above criteria.
4. Professional Exemption:
a. Professional work (primary duty)
b. Learned Professional, (See 5 CFR, 551.208 ) (Registered Nurses, Dental Hygienists, Physician’s Assistants, Medical Technologists, Teachers, Attorneys, Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists, Engineers, Architects, and Accountants at the independent level as just some of the typical examples of exempt professionals). Or
c. Creative Professional, (See 5 CFR, 551.209 ) (The primary duty requires invention and originality in a recognized artistic field (music, writing, etc.) and does not typically include newspapers or other media or work subject to control by the organization are just some examples of Creative Professionals). Or
d. Computer Employee, (See 5 CFR, 551.210 ) ( must meet salary test and perform such duties as system analysis, program/system design, or program/system testing, documentation, and modification). Computer manufacture or repair is excluded (non-exempt work).
5. Administrative Exemption:
a. Primary duty consistent with 5 CFR 551 (e.g.; non-manual work directly related to the management or general business operations of the employer or its customers), AND job duties require exercise of discretion & independent judgment.

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