Our afloat work force is comprised of civil service mariners, a unique group of skilled federal government employees who serve aboard MSC’s logistic support fleet of ships. As a CIVMAR, you will play a critical role in supporting our nation’s defense.
Our workforce is made up of civilian mariners (CIVMARs), a unique group of skilled government employees who serve onboard our ships in civil service positions. As a CIVMAR, you will play a critical role in supporting our nation’s defense. MSC operates a growing fleet of over 40 ships, to include:
A shipboard tour is a minimum of four months. At the completion of the four month tour CIVMARs may elect to continue their assignment aboard, transfer to another ship, take a training class, or go on earned leave. CIVMARs employed by MSC are paid a base salary and earned overtime. Overtime is earned for work performed in excess of eight hours per day and work performed on weekends and holidays. All CIVMARs earn, on average, two to three weeks vacation time per four month tour aboard ship.
MSC provides the mandatory training required of our newly hired CIVMARs. This training is conducted at our schools in either Freehold, NJ or San Diego, CA. Additional paid training and upgrade opportunities are based on position held, ship requirements, self-initiative and the ability to advance to the next higher rated position through our merit promotion process.
MSC employs a variety of positions onboard our civil service manned ships. All personnel serving onboard an MSC ship must have, at a minimum, a valid U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner’s Document with entry-level endorsements. Specific ratings may also require additional endorsements, licenses or prior experience in order to qualify. Additional requirements for individual position vacancies are listed on the Now Hiring page. Click here to view descriptions of our shipboard departments, as well as all externally hired MSC positions.