Kitsap Transit

Bremerton , WA
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Kitsap Transit
Bremerton, WA Full time
Posted on April 7, 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  

Open Until Filled






Position SummaryWe are recruiting for deckhands (full-time, part-time, on-call and waitlist) 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.


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.


This 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 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.


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 RangeThis is an exempt position and the salary range for this position is $30.73 - $41.33 per hour, commensurate with experience. With rare exception, initial appointments are usually made at Step 1 ($30.73/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 Work: Hours 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.





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 & 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.


Comply with United States Coast Guard mobility and physical standards for deckhand aboard small passenger vessels, per USCG COMDTPUB B 16700.4, NVIC 1-91. (


Selection Process: This posting 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 Deckhand  
OPEN DATE 4/5/2018  
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.