Kitsap Transit   Bremerton, WA   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
Posted on February 1, 2024
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(Two Positions)

Position Summary:

We are recruiting for two deckhands to join our team to perform deckhand duties on a small passenger ferry vessel and assist in operating the vessel safely, reliably, and in conformance with agency policy. We may also establish a wait list for future Deckhand openings in our ferry operations.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities are as follows:

This position will assist the Captain in operating the vessel safely in accordance with the rules and regulations of the United States Coast Guard. The person in this position will 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 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.

This position will also be responsible for performing 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 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 always has extra fluids on board, 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 always maintained 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.

The person in this position will need to perform lookout duties in compliance with national and international marine standards. 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 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 Range:

This is a non-exempt position and the salary range for this position is $38.13 - $51.30 per hour, commensurate with experience. With rare exception, initial appointments are usually made at Step 1 ($38.13/hour). Deckhand positions are currently guaranteed 30 hours per week.


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.

Hours of Work:

Hours of operation for the Marine Services division are currently 4:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday, Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – Sunday 12:30 a.m. and 08:30 a.m. - 08:00 p.m. on Sunday. 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, Sundays and all holidays. The schedule for this position may vary from week to week and may include Saturday work on a permanent basis.


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 vessel.


  • First Aid and CPR certification within thirty days of hire.
  • A valid Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) issued by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) 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.
  • A United States Coast Guard Medical Certificate within ninety days of hire.

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 & a positive attitude.
  • Strong commitment to safe vessel operations & safe passenger management.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

Positions in this class typically require:

Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate office and other job-related equipment, 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, workspace 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 workstations 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 should be willing and able to comply with United States Coast Guard mobility and physical standards for deckhands aboard small passenger vessels, per USCG COMDTPUB B 16700.4, NVIC 1-91.You can find this information at n1_91.doc ( 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, background checks and a pre-employment drug screen.

Apply now or please contact Marianne Rajan in the Human Resources Department at (360) 478-5852 if you have any questions.

Closing Date:

This posting is open until filled. You may include a resume; however, it may not be used in lieu of a completed application.

  • Selective certification may be used to achieve affirmative action goals. Please contact Marianne Rajan, Human Resources Manager at (360) 478-5852 if you have any questions.
  • 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 360-479-4348 (TDD).
  • If you qualify for Veteran's preference under RCW 41.04.005 and 41.04.010, you must submit a DD214 and a completed Veteran's Preference Declaration (available at Kitsap Transit's Human Resources Office) at the time of application.