- Command Center
SummaryYou will serve as a Air Traffic Control Specialist (Terminal) in the Air Traffic Control Division of NAS KEY WEST.
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THIS JOB IS OPEN TO
Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.
Federal employees - Competitive serviceCurrent or former competitive service federal employees.
Land & base managementCertain current or former term or temporary federal employees of a land or base management agency.
Special authoritiesIndividuals eligible under a special authority not listed above, but defined in the federal hiring regulations.
Clarification from the agencyCurrent permanent employees, DoD Military Spouse Preference (MSP) eligibles, and VEOA eligibles.
- You will maintain separation and control of aircraft within the airport traffic areas.
- You will issue clearances to aircraft landing, departing, or operating within the airport traffic area.
- You will provide technical guidance and training to controllers under instruction.
- You will communicate to pilots the instruction necessary to provide vertical, lateral, or longitudinal separation.
Conditions of Employment
- Must be a US Citizen.
- Must be determined suitable for federal employment.
- Must participate in the direct deposit pay program.
- New employees to the Department of the Navy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify/.
- Generally, current federal employees applying for GS jobs must serve at least one year at the next lower grade level. This requirement is called time-in-grade. Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
- Candidates for ATC positions must not have reached their 36th birthday by date of appointment. Information on exceptions and waivers can be found: http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/140025_vol331.pdf.
- You will be required to successfully complete a pre-appointment physical examination.
- Air traffic control specialists must possess the facility ratings required at the facility where the position is located. You will be required to maintain a valid Air Traffic Control Specialist and/or Control Tower Operator Certificate.
- Within the Department of Defense (DoD), the appointment of retired military members within 180 days immediately following retirement date to a civilian position is subject to the provisions of 5 United States Code 3326.
- You will be required to obtain and maintain an interim and/or final security clearance prior to entrance on duty. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a job offer or removal.
- Successful completion of a pre-employment drug test (including marijuana) is required. A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if you fail to report to the drug test appointment or pass the test. You will be subject to random testing.
- This position is considered Key/Emergency-Essential. You will be required to provide immediate and continuing support to ensure the success of combat operations or the availability of combat-essential systems.
- Per the preliminary nationwide injunction on E.O. 14043, COVID-19 vaccinations will not be implemented or enforced. For more information on vaccine status and workplace safety protocol requirements see Additional Information below.
QualificationsYour resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-10 grade level or pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience must demonstrate the following: 1) Providing technical expertise in Air Traffic Control operations to include: Tower Local Control, Tower Ground Control, Radar Approach Control and Ground Controlled Approach services to aircraft; 2) Coordinating control of instrument traffic; 3) Coordinating and directing control of aircraft; 4) Formulating and issuing ground movement of aircraft and vehicles, and operating Radar Flight Data Controller.
Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management web site:
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.
EducationThis job does not have an education qualification requirement.
Additional informationCOVID VACCINATION INFORMATION: To comply with the recent preliminary nationwide injunction on Executive Order 14043, Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees, the Department of the Navy is not taking any action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. New hires will need to provide their vaccination status as well as comply with workplace safety protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.
Certain incentives (such as Recruitment or Relocation) may be authorized to eligible selectees.
A relocation incentive is generally a single payment intended to offset some of the relocation costs experienced by the selectee. A relocation incentive may be authorized.
This position requires rotating shift work.
If selected below the full performance level, you may be noncompetitively promoted to the next higher grade level after meeting all regulatory requirements, and upon the recommendation of management. Promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.
This position is covered by the Department of Defense Priority Placement Program.
Additional vacancies may be filled by this announcement.
A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.
If you are unable to apply online and request information about the Alternate Application process, please contact the Department of Navy's Employment Information Center.
Federal annuitant information: The selection of an annuitant is subject to the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy policy on the employment of annuitants. Policy information may be found at: http://www.secnav.navy.mil/donhr/Documents/CivilianJobs/FedCivAnnuitants.pdf
ICTAP Applicants: To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority as an ICTAP candidate, displaced Federal employees must satisfy all qualification requirements for the position and receive a rating in the highly qualified category (score 85) or higher. ICTAP candidates must provide copies of all of the following documentation at the time of application: 1) agency notice; 2) most recent performance appraisal; and 3) most recent SF-50 or notification of personnel action that includes position, grade level, and duty location. Applicants who do not provide this documentation will not receive consideration as an ICTAP candidate. For more information about ICTAP eligibility please review the following link: USAJOBS Help Center | Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)
Military Spouse Preference applicants will receive priority consideration at the Full Performance Level (FPL) and if determined to be Best Qualified at the FPL, and selected, must be placed at the FPL. A BQ military spouse possesses knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies comparable to others who meet the competitive referral criteria for the specific position.
I am currently here and am more than willing to answer questions:
-I did transfer from the FAA about 7 months ago and it should be noted I am NOT prior military.
-You start at a GS-11 (Step 10 for most of us from the FAA) and then after your one year you get to the 12 scale and back to what you were making with pay matching within the scale.
-Facility is open 0700-2200
-Currently 6 Civilian Controllers
-Currently Schedule M-F with Morning and Evening Shift (My personal schedule is 0630-1430) but this might change because they want civilians to move off the evening shifts to days so... straight days lol
-Federal Holidays off
-Spot leave is guaranteed and you do not have to put your leave in a year in advance
-Not NATCA (though some people do want to change this however we have 2 individuals who are not hot on the Union idea)
-Positions in the facility: FD/GC/LC/TS for Tower, CD/RFC(ASR/Fuck the PAR)/Sector/Approach/ CIC/FWS
-Overall the command climate is decent, however with every facility you have some issues but these issues directly impact the military and not the civilians.
-You are eligible for On-Base housing but this can take up to 6 months (I just moved in last month, 3 bedroom 2 bath for $1850)
-The con's of the Navy's training system amount to: These stupid tests NATOPS makes you take prior to each position, you also have to take these tests once a year, you will be required to provide OJTI to the sailors (again not as bad as it sounds), you also cannot just "recommend" someone for certification because there is a "process"
-Most of the Navy trainees are coming straight from Pensacola or a ship and have ZERO General Aviation knowledge / Air Carrier knowledge
-There is no OJTI premium pay (this could change if the facility went NATCA and wanted to negotiate it)
-Overall the civilians I work with are a very cool bunch, close knit, and honestly the operation works best when we are the ones staffing the positions.
-The goal is to train YOU and get you up to snuff ASAP, YOU will get training and YOU will be a PRIORITY
-There is no 2 hours on 30-45 minutes off, you might sit on position for a while... However this does work out because there are days were you are not needed at all and can chill in the civilian breakroom with the TV I bought (two other contributed but I mostly paid for it)
-Radar Experience HIGHLY desired
-If selected ask for a relocation incentive (I got 15,000 for 3 years)
-You do have access to the NEX to buy anything (except alcohol and tobacco) but NOT the commissary (riddle me that, buy a $2000 TV but not food...)
In summation, the quality of life here cannot be beaten (though it could be cheaper) compared to the Agency especially with regards to Spot Leave and not having to plan your vacations a year in advance. The people I work with are excellent people who go out of their way to help train/mentor/and instill the skills expected of our profession. With the exception of a few close friends from my previous facilities (you know who you are) these are some of the best people I have worked with. The only thing that could make this facility better would be OJTI pay XD like MCAS Cherry Point.