Kitsap Transit   Bremerton, WA   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
Posted on March 10, 2023
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(Four Positions)

CLOSING DATE: Friday, March 24, 2023, 4:00pm

Position Summary: We are recruiting for four 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:
Assist the Captain in operating the vessel safely in accordance with the rules and regulations of the United States Coast Guard. Stop vessel and passenger operations and take corrective actions immediately, if an unsafe condition exists.

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. Inspect the operational status of emergency backup controls daily prior to departing homeport. Perform safety inspections and drills.

Perform basic deck and vessel cleaning and maintenance functions; keep docks clean and free of debris and ice; prepare surfaces and paint deck and superstructure of the vessel; clean vessel furnishings, decks, restrooms, bulkheads, overheads, windows and vessel exterior as needed; empty vessel trash and separate items for recycling.

Assist in fueling operations and 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.

Process passenger embarkation, Passenger-On-Board counts, payments and interact
positively with passengers. Ensure vessel cleanliness is maintained at all times. Communicate
passenger behavior standards and expectations.

Conduct nautical operations such as vessel mooring, handle mooring lines; cast off lines upon
embarking and secure lines upon docking.

Perform lookout duties in compliance with national and international marine standards. 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.

May 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 range for this position is $36.58 - $49.20
per hour, commensurate with experience. With rare exception, initial appointments are usually
made at Step 1 ($36.58). Deckhand positions are currently guaranteed 30 hours per week.

Employees typically progress from Step 1 to Step 2 at six-months from their hire date and
annually thereafter with satisfactory job performance. Step increases are based on a sevenstep
progression in each pay range with each step being approximately 5% higher than the
previous step. Kitsap Transit additionally pays longevity pay at 15 years, 20 years and 25 years.

Benefits: Full-time employees 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. Employees receive a generous general leave accrual and 11 holidays prorated
based on the number of hours worked per pay period up to a maximum of 80 hours per
pay period. Kitsap Transit also provides employees 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 commercial vessel.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Following are some highlights of the knowledge, skills and abilities required 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

Licenses and Certifications:

  • 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.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:
Positions in this class typically require: dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer
keyboard and other 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.

Successful candidates should be willing and able to comply with United States Coast Guard
mobility and physical standards for deckhands aboard small passenger vessels, per eCFR:46
CFR Part 10 Subpart C -- Medical Certification

Kitsap Transit values the safety of our employees, our visitors, and our community. In support
of these values, if you are selected for this job, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-
19 and submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

“Fully vaccinated” would mean one Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or two Pfizer, or two Moderna
vaccinations. Please note that the definition of “fully vaccinated” may evolve based on CDC

The successful candidate will be expected to meet the qualifications for the position and
perform the essential duties with or without reasonable accommodations.

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. Kitsap Transit does not pay any relocation costs.

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 March
24th 2023. You may include a resume; however, it may not be used in lieu of a completed

  • Selective certification may be used to achieve affirmative action goals. You can find
    Kitsap Transit’s EEO Policy at
    statement.pdf 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 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
  • 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.