Kitsap seeks deckhands – Marine Journal
Position summary: We are recruiting three deckhands to join our team to perform
performing deckhand duties on a small passenger ferry and assisting in the safe operation of the vessel,
reliably and in accordance with agency policy. We can also establish a waiting list for future
Deckhand openings in our ferry operations.
This position will assist the captain to operate the vessel safely in accordance with the rules
and United States Coast Guard regulations. The person occupying this position must
shut down vessel and passenger operations and take corrective action immediately, if a
dangerous condition exists.
The person in this position will also carry out routine inspections of the vessel and its
components, checking of all functional and safety equipment as well as electronics
components to ensure the vessel is seaworthy in all respects. This post is also
responsible for the daily inspection of the working condition of the emergency backup controls
base before departing home port and carrying out safety inspections and drills.
This position will also be responsible for performing basic deck and vessel cleaning and
maintenance functions; keep docks clean and free of debris and ice; surface preparation
and painting the ship’s deck and superstructure; clean ship furnishings,
decks, lavatories, bulkheads, ceilings, windows and vessel exterior as required; emptying
ship waste and separation elements for recycling.
This person will be required to assist with refueling operations and replenishment of the vessel,
inspecting and refilling engine fluids before setting out, ensuring that the vessel still has
additional fluids on board, transfer of diesel, waste and potable water via hose to/from ship.
The person in this position will process passenger boarding, number of passengers on board,
process payments and interact positively with passengers. This person should also
ensure that the cleanliness of the vessel is always maintained and communicate passenger behavior
standards and expectations.
This person is also responsible for the conduct of nautical operations such as the mooring of ships,
handle the mooring lines, cast off the mooring lines when boarding and secure the mooring lines when docking.
The person occupying this position will have to carry out monitoring tasks in compliance with national regulations and
international maritime standards. This position can also perform light maintenance and
cleaning duties on the vessel during operation and between voyages, involving the use of
solvents, paints and chemicals.
This person may be required to take over the operation of the vessel and bring the vessel back to port if the
The captain is incapable.
This position reports to the Captain.
Wage scale: This is a non-exempt position and the pay scale for this position is $34.41
This is a non-exempt position and the pay scale for this position is $34.41
- $46.30 per hour, depending on experience. With rare exceptions, first dates
are usually done in Stage 1 ($34.41/hour). Seaman positions are currently guaranteed 30
hours per week.
Advantages: As a full-time employee, you’ll enjoy a generous benefits package including
subsidized medical insurance and fully paid dental insurance for employees and dependents,
as well as disability and life insurance. This position participates in the Washington
State Public Employees Pension Plan with the possibility of participating in a State
deferred compensation plan administered. You will receive a generous accumulation of general holidays
and 11 public holidays. We also provide you and certain dependents with a free transportation pass
on Kitsap Transit.
Working hours: Hours of operation for the Marine Services Division are currently 4:30 a.m.
– 9:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – Sunday 12:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m.
am – 8:00 p.m. on Sundays. These opening hours may change depending on the
agency business needs. As the agency’s business needs change, candidates
must be available to work all business hours, including Saturdays, Sundays and all
holidays. The schedule for this position may vary from week to week and may include
Saturday work in CDI.
Kitsap Transit employees who wish to apply must have a satisfactory performance and
attendance register. Kitsap Transit operators with any of the following criteria in the last
twelve months are excluded from recruitment opportunities:
• current or higher decisional leave in the Security category
• more than two customer complaints in progress
• more than four unplanned absences
• more than two overdue reports
Education and experience: High school diploma/GED and at least three months
experience as a deckhand on a ship. Must have a valid transport worker
Identification Credential (TWIC) issued by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
within thirty days of hire, a first aid and CPR certification within thirty days of hire, and a
United States Coast Guard Merchant Seaman designation with a minimum rating of Ordinary
A sailor within ninety days of the date of hire is also required.
Knowledge, skills and abilities: Here are some highlights of what needs to be
successful in this position.
• Emergency management and situational control on board a passenger ship.
• Operational knowledge of small passenger ferries at least 65 feet.
• Reinforce procedures for prompt and courteous customer service.
• Ensure compliance with cleanliness, the agency’s uniform policy and ensure that security
preparations are made.
• Strong commitment to customer service and a positive attitude.
• Strong commitment to safe ship operations and safe passenger handling.
Working Conditions/Physical Requirements: Positions in this class generally require:
Hand and finger dexterity to operate desk and other work-related equipment, speak,
hearing, seeing and repetitive movements. Holders may be subject to mechanical movements
parts, electrical currents, vibrations, fumes, odors, dust, gases, oils, poor ventilation,
chemicals, blood and other bodily fluids, extreme temperatures, inadequate lighting,
workspace limiting movement, loud noise and environmental conditions such as
disruptive people, imminent danger and/or a threatening environment. This position requires
substantial weather outdoors, in all weather conditions in a maritime environment. Travel to and
various ferry terminals will be required. Primary workstations will be outside the Navy
Locations. Must be able to lift and carry 75 lbs. Must be qualified in sight, hearing and
physical condition to perform the duties of deckhand. Must be physically able to perform all tasks
associated with the protection and evacuation of passengers in emergency situations
including rescue and recovery of man overboard, fire, abandon ship, severe weather, medical attention
management of emergencies, collisions and suspicious packages. Must be able to work for a long time
changes. Must be able to work outdoors in bad weather and extreme temperatures. To have to
be available to work late evenings and early mornings, weekends and holidays. Must be
capable of handling all seamanship duties including refueling, line driving, standing watch,
inspection of engine rooms, emergency drills, deployment of gangways and boarding ramps,
and transfer of black and gray water.
The successful candidate must be willing and able to comply with the coast of the United States
Guard mobility and physical standards for deckhands on board small passenger vessels, e.g.
USCG COMDTPUB B 16700.4, NVIC 1-91. You can find this information on n1_91.doc
Kitsap Transit values the safety of our employees, our visitors and our community. In support
of these values, if you are selected for this position, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID19 and present proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
“Fully vaccinated” would mean one Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or two Pfizers, or two
Modern vaccinations. Please note that the definition of “fully vaccinated” may change depending on
on CDC guidelines.
The successful candidate must meet the qualifications required for the position and
perform essential duties with or without reasonable accommodation.
Selection process: After evaluating the completed application package, we will invite the
the most qualified candidates to interview for the position. We will not make any hiring decisions
until all stages of the selection process are completed, including references, background
pre-employment drug checks and screening.
To apply: If you decide to apply for this position, please visit our employment link at
http://kitsaptransit.appone.com/. Please contact Marianne Rajan in Human Resources
Department at (360) 478-5852 if you have any questions.
Closing Date: We must receive your completed application by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 24
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