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 Deckhand (6 Positions) - Bremerton, Washington, United States

Job information
Posted by: Kitsap Transit 
Hiring entity type: Other 
Work authorization: Existing work authorization required for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: ******
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Service/Skilled - Trades
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: GuRnGYRgUt0zvX5hp12FJYxXfVRqGh / Latpro-3748653 
Date posted: Jul-31-2020
State, Zip: Washington, 98337




Position Summary: We are recruiting for six 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 Fast Ferry operations.
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 has extra
fluids on board at all times, transfer diesel, waste and potable water via hose to/from the

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.
The person in this position will need to perform lookout duties in compliance with national &
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 an exempt position and the salary range for this position is $32.60 -
$43.85 per hour, commensurate with experience. With rare exception, initial appointments
are usually made at Step 1 ($32.60/hour).
Benefits: 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 and Saturday from 8:30 am – Sunday 12:30 a.m. 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.

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) within thirty days of hire, a First Aid and CPR certification
within thirty days of hire and 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 & 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, 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 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.

Selection Process: After evaluating the completed application packet, 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.

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: We must receive your completed application by 4:00 PM Friday, August 14th,
• 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 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.


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