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.
- Get your TWIC (Transportation Workers Identification Credential)
- Get your MMC (Merchant Mariners Credential)
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.