Kitsap Transit

Bremerton , WA
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Deckhand (as needed)

Kitsap Transit
Bremerton, WA Full-time
Posted on June 7, 2019




Deckhand (as needed)

Position closes: 4pm Friday, June 28 2019


Position SummaryWe are recruiting for a Deckhand (as needed) to join our team to perform deckhand duties on a small passenger ferry vessel and assist the Captain in operating the vessel safely, reliably and in conformance with the rules and regulations of the United States Coast Guard regulations and agency policy.


The person in this position will perform routine inspections of the vessel and its components, checking on all operating and safety equipment as well as electronics componentry to ensure that the vessel is seaworthy in every respect.  This position is also responsible for inspecting the operational status of emergency backup controls on a daily basis prior to departing homeport and performing safety inspections and drills.  The person in this position will need to perform lookout duties in compliance with national & international marine standards.  The person in this position will also need to stop the vessel and passenger operations and take corrective actions immediately, if an unsafe condition exists. 


The person in this position will also perform basic deck and vessel cleaning and maintenance functions; keeping docks clean and free of debris and ice; preparing surfaces and painting the deck and the superstructure of the vessel; cleaning vessel furnishings, decks, restrooms, bulkheads, overheads, windows and vessel exterior as needed; emptying vessel trash and separating items for recycling.  This position may also conduct light maintenance and cleaning duties on the vessel when in operation and between trips, involving the use of solvents, paints and chemicals.



This person will need to assist in fueling operations and the replenishment of vessel supplies, inspect and fill engine fluids prior to getting underway, ensuring that the vessel has extra fluids on board at all times, transfer diesel, waste and potable water via hose to/from the vessel.


The person in this position will process passenger embarkation, Passenger-On-Board counts, process payments and interact positively with passengers.  This person will also need to ensure vessel cleanliness is maintained at all times and communicate passenger behavior standards & expectations.


This person is also responsible for conducting nautical operations such as vessel mooring, handling mooring lines; casting off lines upon embarking and securing lines upon docking.  This person may need to take over vessel operation and bring the vessel into port if the Captain is incapacitated.


This position reports to the Captain.


Salary RangeThe beginning rate of pay for this position is Step 1 of Range 42 at $31.65/hour, with progression to Step 2 ($33.25), after 6 months (pro-rated or 1040 hours) of satisfactory performance.  This position is part-time, temporary and exempt with no guarantee of work hours as it is meant to fill shifts when our current deckhands are sick, on vacation or otherwise unable to staff the shift. You will need to pass Kitsap Transit’s reference and criminal background checks and the pre-employment drug screen.


Benefits:  This position does not carry benefits except for Washington Paid Sick Leave.  The successful candidate will receive a free Kitsap Transit transportation pass for self and all eligible dependents. The person in this position will also be enrolled in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) effective the first day of employment.


Hours of Work:  Current hours of operation for Marine Services are 4:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday and Saturday service from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning. 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.




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 three months experience as a deckhand on a small passenger ferry vessel (at least 65 feet). Must have a valid Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) issued by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), a First Aid and CPR certification within thirty days of hire. A United States Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Credential with a minimum rating of Ordinary Seaman within ninety days of date of hire is also required.


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

  • Emergency management & situational control onboard a passenger vessel.
  • Operational knowledge of small passenger ferry vessels that are at least 65 feet.
  • Reinforce procedures for prompt and courteous customer service.
  • Ensure adherence to cleanliness, the agency’s uniform policy, and ensure that safety preparations are performed.
  • Strong commitment to customer service & positive attitude.
  • Strong commitment to safe vessel operations & safe passenger management.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements: Positions in this class typically require:  fingering, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions. Incumbents may be subjected to moving mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibrations, fumes, odors, dusts, gases, oils, poor ventilation, chemicals, blood and other body fluids, extreme temperatures, inadequate lighting, work space restricting movements, intense noise, and environmental conditions such as disruptive people, imminent danger and/or a threatening environment.  This position requires substantial time outdoors, in all weather conditions in a maritime environment.  Travel to and from various ferry terminals will be required. Primary work stations will be at outdoor marine locations.  Must be able to lift and carry 75 pounds. Must be qualified as to sight, hearing, and physical condition to perform deckhand duties. Must be physically able to perform all duties associated with the protection and evacuation of passengers during emergency situations including man overboard rescue and retrieval, fire, abandon ship, foul weather, medical emergency, collision, and suspicious package management.  Must be able to work long shifts.  Must be able to work outdoors in inclement weather and extreme temperatures.  Must be available to work late night and early morning hours, weekends, and holidays. Must be able to handle all seamanship duties including fueling, line handling, watch standing, inspection of machinery spaces, emergency drills, deploying gangways and boarding ramps, and transferring black and grey water.


The successful candidate must be able to comply with the United States Coast Guard mobility and physical standards for deckhands aboard small passenger vessels, per USCG COMDTPUB B 16700.4, NVIC 1-91. (


Selection Process:  After evaluating the completed application packets, we will invite the most qualified applicants to interview for the position.  We will not make any hiring decisions until all steps in the selection process are completed, including references and background checks.


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:  Your completed application must be submitted online by 4:00 PM, Friday June 28, 2019.


  • 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.