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, at the Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility and at our headquarters in Seattle.

Other 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.

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.

Engine room positions

  • 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.
  • 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 positions (electricians, welders, carpenters, etc.)

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

8,683 animals crossed the Snoqualmie Pass East Project area

as recorded by WSDOT and partners in 2020 and 2021.

46% increase in Amtrak Cascades ridership to 251,000 passengers

in 2021 compared to 172,000 in 2020.

Nine wetland and stream mitigation sites across 32.7 acres added

to our monitoring program in 2021 to help offset climate change impacts.