Job Code Pay Scale Group Pay Scale Type Bargaining Unit Civil Service or Non-Civil Service Last Executive Board Change Executive Board Change History
27617 05 ST J1 N 999-99 07/03/1995
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04/16/1993 27617


DEFINITION: This is specialized carpentry and sailing work in the operation of the United States Brig Niagara.

The Coxswain is responsible for maintaining and repairing all non-mechanical system equipment, fixtures, and appliances aboard the vessel, such as masts, yards, the superstructure, auxiliary craft, and the rigging. Work may include the use of manual and power-operated hand tools, as well as large shop equipment. Work also includes directing volunteer and professional crew in the operation of the ship's auxiliary craft. Lead work may be exercised over other crew members assigned either to specific repair and maintenance projects, or assigned to the operation of an auxiliary craft. Additional lead work responsibility may be assigned by a higher-level officer as required for the operation of the ship.

EXAMPLES OF WORK: Trains and oversees the work of volunteer and professional crew in the operation of the ship's auxiliary boats.

Trains and oversees the work of volunteer and professional crew assigned to specific maintenance and repair projects.

Functions as a lead crew member, directing the work of other crew, during the sailing of the ship.

Operates manual and power-operated hand tools, and large shop equipment to repair and fabricate ship parts, equipment, and appliances.

Glues and caulks the ship's deck and hull.

Performs maintenance to the standing and running rigging, including splicing, knotting, worming, parceling, serving, and tarring.

Directs the installation of the sails.

Prepares reports of repairs and maintenance required, including estimates of time, materials, and personnel needed to complete the work.

Functions as the Safety Officer for all crew assigned aloft.

Launches, pilots, and recovers the auxiliary boats under sail, outboard engine, or oar power.

Steers the ship under sail or engine power, executing all helm orders for maneuvering.

Sets up standing rigging, ties basic and advanced knots, and adjusts footrope lashings.

Runs the jibboom in and out, crosses yards and sends them down, sends T'gallant masts up and down.

Rigs awnings, brows and fenders, battens hatches, rigs anchor lights and day shapes, cats and fishes anchor, and starts all the ship's pumping systems.

Lifts heavy cargo and secures aboard ship.

Assists with the interpretation of the ship to the general public.

Performs related work as required.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Knowledge of rudimentary piloting.

Knowledge of rigging, hardware, and appliances.

Knowledge of man-overboard procedures.

Knowledge of emergency procedures for swamped auxiliary craft.

Knowledge of anchor handling and mooring.

Knowledge of the duties of lookout, anchor watch, and gangway watch.

Skill in the use of manual and power-operated hand tools and larger shop equipment.

Skill in the operation of auxiliary craft under sail, outboard engine power, and under oar power, in all environmental conditions.

Ability to clearly and effectively communicate commands to both novice and experienced crew members.

Ability to launch and recover auxiliary craft.

Ability to train crew in small boat operation.

Ability to lift heavy equipment, material, and cargo.

Ability to prime and use deck bilge pumps.

Ability to maintain and repair rigging, appliances, fittings, and equipment.

Ability to install sails.

Ability to estimate time, materials, cost, and personnel needed to complete repair and maintenance projects.

Ability to swim at least 200 yards.

Ability to climb a rope hand-over-hand for at least ten feet.

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING: One year experience working aboard a sailing vessel, including six months experience as a ship's carpenter, and eligibility for a United States Coast Guard Able- Bodied Seaman's Sailing Card.