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Notice effective August 29, 2016

The Washington State Department of Transportation Ferries Division (WSF) will be accepting applications for its 2016 on-call Ordinary Seaman (OS) positions starting in December 2016. We will start recruiting for the 2016 on-call Terminal department in December 2016.

In order to work as an Ordinary Seaman/Able Bodied Seaman, you will need to have your TWIC (Transportation Workers Identification Credential) TWIC and MMC (Merchant Mariners Credential) MMC.

On-call positions are a great opportunity and the only way to begin a lifetime career in the fleet with WSF, one of Washington State’s greatest attractions and the largest ferry system in the United States!

If you have questions regarding the positions please contact the Inlandboatmen's Union (IBU) of the Pacific Puget Sound Region and National Office (Fishermen's Terminal 1711 W. Nickerson St. Suite D Seattle, WA 98119, phone (206) 284-6001, or email WSF Human Resources Office at

Engine Room (Engineers and Oilers)

All Engine Room positions are regulated by USCG and require DOT Drug Free Certificate, USCG Merchant Mariners Credentials, and Transportation Workers Identification Card.

These positions are filled through the Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association, including temporary, on-call, and an occasional full-time replacement. You must contact the union hall regarding these positions.


Maintenance and repair positions are filled through the various Metal Trades Unions. You must contact the union hall regarding these positions.

Management, Engineering, Information Technology and all other Administrative Positions

These positions are filled through the WSF Human Resources Office in downtown Seattle. Applications are accepted only when a job bulletin is open. Information regarding open bulletins may be obtained by visiting the WSDOT Employment website. This lists open recruitments for the entire Department of Transportation.

In order to ensure you are notified when the next recruitment process opens up, we recommend signing up for our email alerts.