Towboat Pilot - #440436

Department of Defense

Date: 09/15/2021 16:00 PM

City: Huntington, West Virginia

Contract type: Full Time

Work schedule: Full Day

  • Duties




About the Position: Pilot, Towboat stands a pilot's watch with the responsibility for the overall operation of the vessel and safety of the plant and personnel while on watch and will be assigned to the Regional Rivers Repair Fleet Command and Control (C2), Huntington, WV.

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  • Direct the making and breaking of tows from the pilothouse or bridge. Is required to land vessel and/or tows in close quarters of a harbor or alongside other floating plant.
  • Assists with general maintenance and housekeeping duties to ensure the vessel is kept clean and organized at all times.
  • Receives oral or written instructions pertaining to plant, equipment, materials, and supplies to be moved or other missions for which vessel is utilized
  • Conduct pilot's watch with the responsibility for the overall operation of the vessel and safety of the plant and personnel while on watch.
  • Steer the vessel from the pilot house using pilot house controls for proper speed and direction considering factors such as river currents, direction and velocity of wind, depth of water, size of tow, and capacity and maneuverability of the vessel.
  • Participates in and occasionally conducts safety meetings and drills to ensure all assigned crew are trained and proficient in responding to vessel emergencies.
  • Operate controls governing navigation of the vessel and its tow.

Travel Required

75% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position 75% of the time.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

5784 Riverboat Operating

  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • This position is covered by the Civilian Drug Abuse Testing Program due to the capacity of the overhead crane operated. Incumbent is required to sign a DA Form 5019-R.
  • Must possess a current USCG Master?s license covering the size of vessel operated and the reaches of the inland river(s) or portions(s) of the waterway on which the vessel is operated Western Rivers.
  • This position requires the incumbent to lift and carry materials weighing 50 pounds or more and will require a pre-employment physical exam.
  • Incumbent must possess or obtain and maintain a valid Driver's License in one of the 50 U.S. states.
  • Shift work may be required and subject to 24 hours per day in all weather conditions and weekends and holidays, and subject to overtime.
  • This position requires Temporary Duty Travel (TDY) over 75% of the duty time.


Who May Apply: US Citizens

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.

There is no specific length of training or experience required. However, you must be able to demonstrate, through experience shown in your written application materials that you possess the sufficient knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the work of this position without more than normal supervision.

Minimum Qualifications (Screen Out Element): Ability to do the work of a(n) Towboat Pilot~ without more than normal supervision. I am licensed as a U.S. Coast Guard Operator of Uninspected Towing Vessels upon the Western Rivers with Radar Observer (Rivers) endorsement or as Master of Towing Vessels upon the Western Rivers with Radar Observer (Rivers) endorsement. I have some experience working unsupervised as a towboat pilot operating and maintaining diesel driven inland river style towboats measuring over 100 feet in length and with over 2000 horsepower. I have experience operating passenger vessels or towboats moving conventional barges and other marine equipment. I exercise complete responsibility for the safety of the vessel and the crew when on duty. I act as lead deckhand while assembling or securing tows and I am competent using lines with capstans, winches and typical deck fittings. I read and interpret navigation charts and maps and remain up to date on marine regulations issued by the U.S. Coast Guard. I possess a good working knowledge of marine equipment, propulsion systems and auxiliary systems. I check machinery operation and perform minor routine maintenance. I conduct routine inspections of vessels to insure safety and serviceability. I perform routine maintenance of the vessel to include scrapping and painting, line repairs and splicing. - Failure to meet this Screen out Element will result in an ineligible rating.

  • Ability To Do The Work Of The Position Without More Than Normal Supervision (Screen-out Element)
  • Ability to Drive Safely (Motor Vehicles)
  • Ability To Interpret Instructions, Specifications, etc. (related to mobile equipment operation)
  • Ability To Operate Safely (Non-Motor Vehicle)
  • Reliability and Dependability as a Towboat Operator
  • Work Practices (includes keeping things neat, clean, and in order)
  • PHYSICAL EFFORT: The work of this position is sedentary in nature. Close hand and eye coordination is required when operating controls to maneuver vessel and tows in traffic and in confined areas. Extensive standing and walking may be necessary while standing watch.
  • WORKING CONDITIONS: Work is primarily performed inside in an enclosed pilothouse but also requires work outside of the pilothouse, subjecting the incumbent to varying climatic conditions. Hazards include occasional danger of falling overboard, falls on slippery decks or in climbing steep stairways, and injury from moving machinery. A life jacket is worn at all times when on deck. The incumbent is subject to hazards of heavy river traffic at night and during foggy weather.


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