This position is that of Afloat Recreation Specialist (NAF Civilian position) on board ships worldwide. The primary purpose of this position also known as “Fun Boss” is to plan, coordinate, organize, and direct a well-balanced afloat recreation program and leisure activities for crew members and embarked personnel aboard United States Navy aircraft carriers and large-deck amphibious assault ships.

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In order to qualify for this position, resumes must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of the position. Applicant resumes are the key means for evaluating skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position therefore, applicants are encouraged to be clear and specific when describing experience.

Serves on board a large U.S. Navy ship (aircraft carrier, multi-purpose amphibious assault ship or hospital ship) and is responsible for developing a comprehensive Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) program for as many as 5,600 shipboard personnel.

Plans, coordinates, organizes and directs well balanced recreation and leisure activity programs for crew members assigned to the ship, their family members and embarked personnel.

Deploys with ship during underway periods.

Co-manages the ship’s intramural and varsity level sports program with the Afloat Fitness Specialist “Fit Boss.”

Administers a ticket rebate and tickets sales program.

Operates the ship’s recreation equipment checkout program, gear locker.

Organizes and facilitates ship’s recreation social activities.

Instructs recreation leisure skills courses.

Advertises and promotes ship’s afloat recreation program activities utilizing various resources.

Assists in planning and organizing ship’s Command level programs, which could include family members, such as a summer picnic or holiday party.

Coordinates port visits to include gathering information on ports of calls using the Logistics Requisition (LOGREG) or foreign area clearance guides; conducting port briefs to all shipboard personnel via site TV, PowerPoint presentations or in person; planning and implementing trips and tours ashore; and traveling with advanced detachment (Advance Det), when approved.

Assists with drafting of financial plan/annual budget and executing of same.

Assist with keeping the Commanding Officer informed on the status of the afloat recreation fund and program.

Provides guidance in the unauthorized expenditure of ship’s Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF) afloat recreation funds.

Assists in processing financial reports, summaries, data collection and filing of same.

Instructs and motivates military personnel assigned to the shipboard recreation division on proper operating procedures and policies; conducts the same for volunteers supporting the afloat recreation program.

Reviews and inspects work assignments given to assigned military or volunteers within the recreation division.

Directs designated military personnel and volunteers with tasks in support of the afloat recreation program, when authorized.

Communicates through various formats to include but not limited to; memorandums, executive summaries, slide presentations, briefs and e-mails to effectively correspond with CNIC HQ, ship’s command and crew.

Performs other related duties as assigned.



Conditions of Employment

  • Will be required to pass pre-employment examination
  • You must be at least 18 years of age with a high school diploma or equivalent unit
  • Agency will request information regarding the COVID 19 vaccination status of applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.
  • Must successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. Any discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of employment


Resumes must include information which demonstrates experience and knowledge, skills, and ability (KSAs) as they relate to this position. Applicants are encouraged to be clear and specific when describing their experience level and KSAs.

Knowledge of the principles of recreation.

Knowledge of budgeting, internal controls, cash management, fiscal oversight, and inventory systems.

Skill in planning and carrying out an enhanced program in the recreation specialty area which meets the needs of the participating eligible patrons.

Skill in common computer applications such as Microsoft Office or alike program applications to include word files, e-mails, spreadsheets, presentations, calendars and other information technology resources.

Skill in marketing and promoting sports, recreation and leisure activities.

Ability to deploy with ship during underway periods.

Ability to conduct recreation programs and leisure activities.

Ability to direct sporting activities.

Ability to develop and effectively deliver presentations and/or training.

Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.


“Proof of education must be provided along with the submission of your resume!”

A four-year degree or higher from an accredited college or university with a major in Recreation Administration or Physical Education.


A two-year degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Recreation Administration or Physical Education, AND two or more years of experience in conducting recreation programs and leisure activities AND experience in directing sports activities.


Have 4 or more years of experience in conducting recreation programs and leisure activities AND experience in directing sports activities.

Additional information

Position requires periodic deployment aboard a US Navy Ship. 40% sea pay incentive is paid when on deployment.

Due to the unique nature of the position, selectees will be required to complete a pre-employment physical examination and/or overseas medical screening.

Due to the overseas travel, all required vaccinations, including the anthrax vaccination, may be required as a condition of employment per DoD requirements.

“To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.”

At sea, the employee may share a stateroom with a junior officer. Meals are obtained by either joining the Officers’ Mess as a paying member or by purchasing meals on the Enlisted Mess Decks.

Selectees must apply for a US No-Fee Passport upon employment.

Must be able to obtain and maintain security clearances. Employment subject to successful Access National Agency Check with Inquiries (ANACI). Must have or be eligible for secret security clearance.

Must be able to obtain and maintain specialized training related to the position, including completion of the CNIC Afloat Recreation Program Management Course (ARPM) within 90 days of hire.

Certification in first aid and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is required within 90 days of hire and must be maintained throughout the course of employment.

This position is not telework eligible.

Some positions have special requirements. Selectee may be required to complete a one (1) year probationary period. Participation in Direct Deposit/Electronic Fund Transfer within the first 30 days of employment is required. We utilize E-Verify to confirm selectee’s eligibility to work in the United States. Salary is dependent on experience and/or education.

This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies within 60 days of issuance of selection certificate. For positions requiring travel more than twice per year, selectee may be required to obtain and maintain in good standing a Government-issued Travel Card for official government travel purposes.

DON is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, genetic information, reprisal, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factor. The DON provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants with disabilities who believe they may require reasonable accommodation(s) should email their request to CNIC_HQ_NAF_HR.FCT@navy.mil to ensure proper consideration is given.

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