Current Positions
There are openings, but it is a difficult market. What we're hearing
from many ferry professionals is that people from other maritime
labor sectors are migrating toward ferry positions due to a desire to
work closer to home. However, the bright side is that ferry
employment is but a small part of the bigger picture of finding work
on various types of commercial vessels. Two other sites,
and (when you get there,
find the section -
Who's Hiring Now) can provide additional leads
for jobs. Good luck!
who's hiring now
Ferry Jobs - Water Taxi Jobs - Work on Ferries & Water Taxies - Maritime Employment - Maritime Jobs - Captains - Masters
Mates - Chief Engineers - Deckhands - Able Bodied Seamen - AB's
Alaska Marine Highway System
They are a large system, with over
1,000 employees. Explore their deck,
engine, purser, steward, and entry-level
opportunities at their
employment page.
Block Island Ferry
They announce a number of openings
on their employment page. See
Island Ferry .
Red and White Fleet
They post an opening in Guest
Services. See their
website to learn
Lake Champlain Ferries
They post an opening for a Spare
Dockmaster . They have been in
operation since the early 1800's.
American Cruise Line
American Cruise Line specializes in
small ship cruising. It operates in a
number of different geographic settings
from Puget Sound to Florida. See their
current job openings. Good luck!
New York Waterway
New York Waterway operates ferry
service on the East River, Hudson
River, and also runs charters for special
events. Their
current openings include
bus drivers.  Good luck!
Small Craft Operator Department of the
Army - Army Installation Management
Command. Learn more about the
position on
USAJOBs . Good luck!
Travel Sales Consultant - Viking
This position appears on the
East Coast & West Coast on Viking's
site. Click
here for more information.  
Good luck!
Deckhand & Marine Oiler These
positions are posted on the NYCDOT
site. They operate the Staten Island
Ferry. Click
here for more
information.  Good luck!
A new book called So You Want
to Work on a Boat provides an
overview of working in the
maritime industry. It's a valuable
resource filled with information
about finding employers,
maritime training and education,
writing cover letters, resumes,
and preparing for interviews.
The book is even-handed and
does a good job of neither
encouraging or discouraging
entering this difficult field. It's
basically the simple facts and
issues about the industry. The
link above will take you to
Tugboat Jobs, which features a
few pages of the book for
sampling. See the book at
Amazon, on online bookstore.
P & O Ferries - this is an overseas
They announce openings for
Assistant Stewards. Click
here to go
to their site for more information.  
Good luck!
B.C. Ferries - This is an overseas
They announce a number of
positions, including Deckhands/Bridge
Watch. Click
here to go to their site for
more information.  Good luck!
Casco Lines announces openings for
seasonal deckhand and seasonal
ticket agents. Click
here to go to their
site for more information.  Good luck!
The Michigan car ferry, S.S. Badger,
announces openings in a number of
different departments. Click
here to
go to their site for more information.  
Good luck!
Lake Express announces openings
for deckhands and cabin crew. Click
here to go to their site for more
information.  Good luck!
Canal Structure Operator Yes, we
know... it's not a ferry job. The NY
Canal Authority announces openings
for Canal Structure Operators. Click
here to go to their site for more
information.  Good luck!
Maintenance Time
A New York Water
Taxi is hauled from
the water at
Tottenville, Staten
Island for
maintenance work.
This head-on view
shows the twin-hull
configuration that is
so common in today's
urban ferries.
A new children's book about a tugboat
and its hardworking crew.
Tugboat - A Day in the Harbor,
available on Amazon.
The book is 34 pages and is printed
in color. It is a story about three kids
who spend the day aboard a harbor
tug named Pegasus. They meet
Captain Smith and other important
people on board. The captain
operates the tugboat from the
pilothouse. Ed is the engineer who
takes care of the 12-cylinder diesel.
Tim and John are deckhands who
handle all the lines. Maria is the
hardworking cook who everyone loves.
The kids learn about the different
parts of a tugboat. They observe the
captain using a chart to navigate a
narrow, winding river. They go below
and see a diesel engine, learning
how hot and noisy it can be in
machinery spaces. Captain Smith
gives them a tour of the pilothouse.
They learn how tugs handle ships
much larger than themselves.
Hey, that isn't a ferry job! The U.S.S.
New Jersey posts an opening for a
Tour Guide. Why do we post it? With
colder weather looming, ferry pickings
are thinning out. And this seems like
an interesting job. Click
here to learn
more.  Good luck!
Hey, that isn't a ferry job! You're right,
again. This positing is for a deckhand
with the US ACE. The approach of
cooler nights also means a scaling
back of ferry operations
. Click here to
learn more.  Good luck!