Kitsap Transit

Bremerton , WA
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Captain Needed- Kitsap Transit

Kitsap Transit
Bremerton, WA Full time
Posted on March 30, 2018


EOE STATEMENT We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  
CATEGORY Marine Services  






Position SummaryWe are recruiting for captains (full-time, part-time, on-call and waitlist) to join our team. The person in this position will perform as the master of a small ferry vessel, operating the vessel safely, reliably, and in conformance with Kitsap Transit policy. This person will also be responsible for leading emergency operations according to the rules and regulations of the United States Coast Guard.


The person in this position will need to stop vessel and passenger operations & take corrective actions immediately, during unsafe conditions. This position also performs routine inspections of the vessel and its components, checking on all operating and safety equipment and electronics componentry to ensure that the vessel is seaworthy. The person in this position will also inspect operational status of emergency backup controls on a daily basis prior to departing homeport and will inspect and fill engine fluids prior to getting underway, ensuring that the vessel has extra fluids on board at all times.

This position is also responsible for managing the crew. The person in this position will assign and direct the work of the crew and perform periodic performance appraisals. This position will also assist in the training of the crew as well as identify and report any training needs. The person in this position will enforce all company policies regarding performance and procedures and lead by positive example.


This position will also communicate any operational problems or potential problems to engineering. The person in this position will need to submit Vessel Inspection Reports, Passenger Count Sheets and other required paperwork.


This position is also responsible for performing monthly drills as required by the Coast Guard and entering them in the Captain's logbook.


The position reports to the Marine Services Director.


Salary RangeThe range for this position is $7,342 - $9,873 per month which is $42.36 - $56.96 per hour, commensurate with experience. With rare exception, initial appointments are usually made at Step 1 ($7,342 or $42.36/hour).


Benefits: If you are hired as a full-time employee, you will receive a generous benefits package including subsidized medical insurance and fully paid dental insurance for employee and dependents, as well as disability insurance and life insurance. This position participates in the Washington State Public Employees' Retirement Plan with the option of participating in a state administered deferred compensation plan. You will receive a generous general leave accrual and 11 holidays. We also provide you and certain dependents with a free transportation pass on Kitsap Transit.


If you are hired as a part-time employee, you will accrue general leave and holidays on a pro-rated basis.


Hours of WorkHours of operation for the Marine Services division are tentatively 5:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday and 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 midnight on Saturdays. These hours of operation may change depending on the business needs of the agency. As the business needs of the agency change, applicants must be available to work any hours of operation including Saturdays and all holidays. The schedule for this position may vary from week to week and may include Saturday work on a permanent basis. We are currently reviewing shift times. We will have more details at the time of interviews.





Kitsap Transit employees who wish to apply must have a satisfactory performance and attendance record. Kitsap Transit Operators with any of the following criteria in the last twelve months are excluded from recruitment opportunities:


  • a current Decision Making Leave or higher in the Safety category
  • more than two held customer complaints
  • more than four unscheduled absences
  • more than two late reports


Education and Experience: High school diploma/GED and at least one year's experience as a Master on a high-speed vessel. The following licenses are required for this position: USCG Certification as a 100 ton Master, FCC Radio Operator License, First Aid and CPR certifications.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Following are some highlights of what is needed to be successful in this position.


  • Operational knowledge of high-speed ferry vessels.
  • Emergency management and situational control on board a passenger vessel.
  • Reinforce procedures for prompt and courteous customer service at all times.
  • Perform inspection of vessel crew to ensure adherence to cleanliness, the agency's uniform policy and ensuring safety preparations are performed.
  • Strong analytical, organizational and communications skills.
  • Detailed-oriented, able to lead and motivate a team.


Working Conditions/Physical Requirements: Persons in this position must meet the vision, dexterity, strength, mobility, voice, and hearing standards as set forth in USCG licensing standards ( Work may be performed in the hours of darkness, outdoors, at sea, and in stressful emergency situations. This position will require lifting heavy objects up to 70 pounds, and requires climbing ladders, and entering through narrow hatches & passageways.


Selection Process: This position is open until filled. Review of application packets will begin immediately.


To Apply: If you decide to apply for this position, please visit our employment link at Please contact Marianne Rajan in the Human Resources Department at (360) 478-5852 if you have any questions.


Closing Date: Open until filled.


  • Selective certification may be used to achieve affirmative action goals.
  • Kitsap Transit is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the hiring process, contact at least ten days in advance or 360-479-4348 (TDD).
  • If you qualify for the Veterans Scoring Criteria under RCW 41.04.005 and 41.04.010, you must answer all questions regarding Veterans Scoring Criteria Status Declaration in the application and upload a copy of the substantiating document as listed in the application.
  • Kitsap Transit is subject to the requirements of the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act and CFR Part 40 & Part 655, which prohibits the use of marijuana at any time while employed by Kitsap Transit.



FULL-TIME/PART-TIME -unspecified-  
POSITION Captain  
OPEN DATE 3/29/2018  
LOCATION Kitsap Transit - Bremerton, WA  
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION Kitsap Transit, in Bremerton, is located in one of the most beautiful parts of Washington State. Our administrative offices are located on the waterfront, near the marina and ferry terminal, with sweeping views of the mountains, city, and waterfront. Kitsap County offers an excellent quality of life, including a variety of educational and recreational opportunities. We are close to the water for boating and ferry rides; close to the mountains for climbing and skiing, and close to many pristine areas for camping, hiking, picnicking and sightseeing. Seattle's fine dining and top entertainment is just a 60-minute ferry ride away.

Kitsap Transit (KT), a Public Transportation Benefit Area Authority (PTBAA), located in Kitsap County, Washington was established by the voters in 1982. KT began providing public transportation services in early 1983. KT's ten-member (nine voting members plus one non-voting labor union representative) Board consists of the three Kitsap County commissioners, one Bremerton City council member, one Port Orchard council member, and mayors of the four incorporated cities in Kitsap County: Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, Port Orchard and Poulsbo. 

Kitsap Transit is an award-winning agency that has been recognized by federal and state agencies for innovative transportation programs. In February of 2011, the Natural Resources Defense Council's Smarter Cities project named Kitsap Transit as one of fifteen US metropolitan regional leaders in transportation innovation and smart transit. The agency's mission statement is:

To provide safe, reliable and efficient transportation choices that enhance the quality of life in Kitsap County.