Medical Services Officer

Announcement opens continuously from 10/02/2023, with periodic cut-offs.

Average Annual Salary: $146,422 + $16,562 BONUS

This is the average annual salary not the base pay featured in the job opportunity announcement. All calculations include CIVMAR total take-home pay (including overtime, penalty, etc.).


**A $16,562 recruitment incentive is authorized for eligible selectees. Actual amount is calculated as 10% of base pay. Incentive is paid as a lump sum at the beginning of employment with the Command, and requires a 2-year service agreement. CIVMAR (VEOA) candidates and Annuitants selected for employment as Medical Services Officer are not eligible for recruitment incentives. **

The Medical Services Officer is a Civil Service Mariner (CIVMAR) employed by the Navy to serve the Military Sealift Command (MSC) onboard naval auxiliaries and hybrid-manned warships worldwide, in peace and war. MSC exists to support the joint warfighter across the full spectrum of military operations. MSC provides on-time logistics, strategic sealift, as well as specialized missions anywhere in the world, in contested or uncontested environments.

The Medical Services Officer (MSO) performs a variety of administrative, patient care, and department head duties and functions pertaining to the complete operation of a shipboard Medical Department: General Administration, Medical Administration, healthcare, fiscal and supply, training, pest control and sanitation, Occupational Health, Preventive Medicine, Sexual Assault Prevention Response-Victim Advocate (SAPR-VA) shipboard operational commitments, and maintaining all MSO certifications of eligibility. The MSO is directly responsible to the Master while assigned onboard MSC ships. Ensures continuing application of and compliance with EEO laws, regulations and policies.

1. GENERAL ADMINISTRATION AND FUNCTIONS On a daily basis the MSO is required to maintain all Medical Department records, including medical ledgers, logs, inventories, individual health records and Department of Labor forms such as Federal Workers Compensation Forms, etc.

2. HEALTH CARE The MSO onboard MSC ships shall provide, at a minimum, the equivalent level of care as that provided by a Navy Independent Duty Hospital Corpsman. Documentation of all care provided will be complete, accurate and legible in conformance with current clinical standards. The incumbent will actively support required medical quality assurance and quality improvement programs.

3. FISCAL AND SUPPLY The MSO is responsible for all of the supply functions unique to the Medical Department. The incumbent carries out all policies and procedures concerning afloat medical equipment and supplies, including medical consumables and maintain inventory at prescribed levels.

4. TRAINING The MSO shall conduct on a routine basis a schedule of medical training lectures for all embarked personnel or subsets of the crew as appropriate for the topics to include Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation/Automated External Defibrillator (CPR/AED) training and preventive health education training. Additionally, the MSO shall provide to reporting personnel a general orientation that includes review of current medications the individual may be taking, medical services available, personal hygiene and location and use of emergency medical equipment.

5. PEST CONTROL AND SANITATION The MSO is responsible to the Master for inspecting and reporting on the sanitation of the ship.

The MSO shall: (a) ensure currency of his/her pest control managers certificate, (b) conduct on at least a monthly basis, inspections of all food services spaces, storerooms, ship stores, and any other spaces that may be of concern to preclude the presence of a stored product pest, roaches, or rodents, in accordance with the guidance provided by area preventive medicine units, (c) monitor pest control spraying, trapping, and baiting by Navy approved pest control personnel and log results of surveys, (d) maintain the Pest Control Log in SAMS and ensure that surveys, spraying, and pest control supplies are conducted by Navy approved pest control personnel and are entered in the appropriate logs, (e) ensure that adequate supplies are maintained onboard and that they are stored in accordance with existing instructions, (f) provide for the establishment of a pest control spill kit and maintain accordingly, and (g) inspect all fresh produce and refrigerated items coming aboard to ensure quality and that it is pest free.

6. OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND PREVENTIVE MEDICINE The MSO will ensure that all physicals, medical surveillance, and chronic disease tracking and immunizations remain current and are scheduled appropriately.

7. COLLATERAL DUTY Serve as primary Collection Site Coordinator (CSC) for the Drug Free Workplace Program (DFWP) and as alternate Breath Alcohol Technician (BAT) onboard MSC Civil Service Mariner (CIVMAR) manned Ships.

8. MARITIME PREPOSITIONING SHIP SQUADRON (MPSRON) The MSO may be assigned to a Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadron (MPSRON).

The MSO assigned to a MPSRON, under routine conditions, has responsibilities that have a significant impact on the day-to-day operations of the MPSRON. When a MPSRON is called into action those MSO responsibilities will multiply in scope and importance depending on specific assigned mission and location.

9. SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION AND RESPONSE - VICTIM ADVOCATE (SAPR-VA) DUTIES AND REQUIREMENTS IN ACCORDANCE WITH OPNAVINST 1752.1C and DoDI 6495.02 The MSO serves as a shipboard Sexual Assault Prevention and Response-Victim Advocate (SAPR-VA) onboard MSC vessels. All MSOs comply with all Defense Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy Credentialing Program (D-SAACO) requirements as a condition of employment.

Shipboard SAPR-VAs’ are the first responder for all sexual assault incidents involving adults.

Everything in this Position Description is considered to be an essential function of this position. Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Eligibility Requirements: Must be a United States citizen of at least 18 years of age and possess and maintain: • U.S. Passport with a minimum of seven months of expiration date. • Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) and/or Department of Defense (DOD) Common Access Card (CAC) with a minimum of ten (10) months remaining of expiration. • United States Coast Guard (USCG) Merchant Mariner’s Credential (MMC), with a minimum of ten months remaining of expiration date.

Position Specific Requirements: • MMC endorsed as: Ordinary Seaman, Wiper, Steward Department (FH) AND

Certificate of Registery (COR) as one of the following: • Professional Nurse – If using experience as a Registered Nurse must possess documented certification as an Advanced Practice Licensed Registered Nurse by a state, territory or commonwealth of the United States or District of Columbia. • Physician Assistant – Must possess certification as a Licensed Physician's Assistant issued by a state, territory or Commonwealth of the United States or District of Columbia or National Commission on Certification of Physician’s Assistant. • Hospital Corpsman - If using previous military medical experience, must possess experience equivalent to an Independent Duty Hospital Corpsman/Independent Duty Health Services Technician (E-6 or above) and possess NEC 8425/8402/8403/8494, Army MOS 18D or USAF MOS 4NOX1.

• USCG Medical Certificate.