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.

Help wanted!

We are currently experiencing a severe staffing shortage in the fleet. We are now continuously recruiting for the following positions:

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.

14 fish passage projects were completed in 2020

improving access to 54.2 miles of upstream habitat.

11,959 incidents responded to

by WSDOT’s incident Response teams during second quarter of 2021, 15% more than same quarter in 2020.

41 Pre-existing Funds Projects Advertised

during the eighth quarter of the 2019-2021 biennium.