Employment with Washington State Ferries

Find career opportunities on vessels, in terminals and other positions with Washington State Ferries.

We employ about 1,800 people throughout the Puget Sound region on vessels, in terminals and at our Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility, as well as at our headquarters and warehouse buildings in Seattle.

Career opportunities

What we can offer you

State of Washington government employment offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation. In addition to the potential for a flexible work schedule, state employees are eligible for a benefits package that includes health and retirement plans, paid leave, staff training and other compensation benefits to meet your current and future needs.

Maritime worker credentials

All of our vessel and terminal workers must have a Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC). Deck and engine room crewmembers also need a Merchant Mariners Credential (MMC).

Deckhand positions

Interested in working in our deck department? If so, check out this pre-employment resource that contains valuable information that you should know before applying.

Engine room positions

  • Oiler – To be considered for an oiler position, you will need to hold a MMC with the Qualified Member of the Engineering Department (QMED) endorsement.
  • 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 positions (electricians, welders, carpenters, etc.)

We have multiple, full-time permanent skilled trades positions open at our Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility in Bainbridge Island.

Slow down on ice and snow.

It's easier to skid or lose control traveling at higher speeds. Give yourself more time to stop.

Carry chains, practice installing them.

Winter conditions could mean chains are required on your route. Practice putting them on your vehicle ahead of time.

Pack your winter car kit.

Carry extra supplies like warm clothing, ice scraper and brush, jumper cables and other emergency items.