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Employment

Our vessel fleet staff has an enviable work environment -- the majestic waters of the Puget Sound.

image of ferry in Seattle's Elliott Bay

Washington State Ferries (WSF) offers on-call and permanent employment in the fleet and at our headquarters in Seattle, Washington. Most jobs provide full benefits, training and a flexible work schedule.

How to get your maritime worker credentials

Credentials are required for all fleet and ferry terminal workers.

Deckhand positions require a TWIC and MMC cards. Terminal Attendants require a TWIC card only.

Interested in other positions? 

  • Engine room (oiler)
    To be considered for an oiler position you will need to hold a MMC with the QMED endorsement and apply to open oiler positions. Please check the WSDOT careers page for open oiler positions.
  • Engine room (assistant engineer)
    All of our engine room engineer positions are filled through the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association (MEBA). Contact the MEBA union hall for current engine room engineer employment opportunities.
  • Skilled trades (electricians, welders, carpenters, etc.)
    We have multiple, full-time permanent skilled trades positions open at our Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility in Bainbridge Island.

What we can offer you

Washington State government offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation. In addition to potential for a flexible work schedule, we have a selection of health and retirement plans, paid leave, staff training and other compensation benefits to meet your current and future needs. Learn about our benefits package.

Contact us 

Email Cori Shull at shullco@wsdot.wa.gov for more information.

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