Herron Island Ferries
Posted On: Jan 26, 2024

Herron Island Ferries has openings for Full/Part Time Deckhand/Purser and Part Time Ferry Captain. Job descriptions below. If you are interested, contact hmcvicepresident@herronisland.org for more information. 


As assigned, performs duties of Deckhand and Purser for the Herron Island ferry that transports passengers, vehicles, goods and services to and from Herron Island.

Required to:

  •  Work split shifts, weekends and holidays on a regularly scheduled basis;
  •  During shift days carry a pager and to provide emergency transportation for 911.
  • Work under direct supervision of the duty captain and/or senior captain.

Essential Functions

Open and close gates, secure vessel at loading dock, raise and lower ramps, control and direct vehicles and passengers on and off the ferry. Assist ferry captain or mechanics in basic repairs. Ability to perform crew drills as required by Coast Guard regulations.  Collect correct fares for passengers and vehicles using the Ferry iPad.  Reconcile run sheets and collected fares. Deliver trip envelopes and passenger logs to HMC Office on regularly scheduled basis accounting, for all scheduled and shuttle trips. Assist captain in maintaining Coast Guard counts of vehicles and passengers.

Peripheral Functions

Perform general maintenance on the vessel and at the terminals. This includes emptying trash receptacles, sweeping dock and ramp free of trash, and picking up trash from parking areas.

Provide information in a courteous and helpful manner to members and guests about ferry service.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Ability to communicate courteously and clearly with the public and crew.
  • Ability to learn our procedures for safety standards in passenger carrying vessels and related facilities.
  • Ability to operate mechanical equipment and perform minor preventive maintenance.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to work accurately with numbers and money.
  • Ability to learn basic seamanship skills.
  • Use of proper PPE

Education and Experience

Passenger and vehicle ferry experience preferred or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the skills, knowledge, and ability necessary to perform the work.

  • Valid First Aid and CPR certification, or ability to obtain and maintain.
  • Valid Washington State driver's license.
  • Have ability to apply and maintain Transportation Worker Identification Credential ( TWIC card) as required.
  • Work shift begins daily from island side.  Ability to stay on island provide housing on nights before shift begins.

Working Conditions

Work is performed in the mainland ferry line and on the ferry in all types of weather.

Physical Requirements

Must be able to lift 50 pounds.  Must be physically capable of standing, climbing, kneeling, and stooping. Good hand-eye coordination required. Physical health, vision, and hearing must meet applicable Coast Guard standards. Must be able to work in all weather conditions. Must satisfactorily pass random drug tests. Must be 18 years of age.

The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak workload periods or otherwise to balance the workload.

Starting wage - $25.68/hr


Herron Island (a privately-owned island) is seeking a relief, part-time and potential for full-time: 100 ton Captain.

Position Description:

Performs as a ferryboat Captain of motor ferry vessel ‘Charlie Wells’, a 65 foot, double-ended steel ferry, transporting a deckhand and up to11 vehicles and 45 passengers from Herron Island to Key Peninsula in Case Inlet, WA. 

Has total responsibility for decisions and/or actions affecting the safety and welfare of the vessel, crew, passengers, vehicles and island properties. 

Other Duties:

  • Provides general direction and assists the deckhand/purser involved in performance of deck evolutions (loading, unloading, chocking, security and maintenance.)
  • Leads and trains ferry personnel as necessary.
  • Maintains ships log.
  • Navigates and maneuvers ferry under all weather and sea conditions in accordance with Inland Navigation Rules of the Road and the rules of good seamanship including in times of darkness and light, high winds, extreme tide fluctuations, heavy ebb/flow currents, zero visibility and close proximity to shoal waters.
  • Reports to U.S. Coast Guard all incidents of marine, accident, injury or death occurring on the vessel while in his/her charge.
  • Responsible for the periodic conducting of emergency drills and exercises such as fire, collision, man overboard, fog navigation, grounding.
  • Submits reports and/or operational capability of the vessel and all matters of consequence.
  • Other duties as assigned.

This is not a complete list of duties and responsibilities.

Minimum Qualifications:


  • High School Grad or Equivalent in general high school studies.


  • 2 plus years in marine operations working as a licensed Captain. 

Licenses and Certifications:

  • 100 ton Master Inland endorsement, or greater: USCG license.
  • FCC Marine Radio Operator Permit
  • USCG Medical certificate
  • Must have or obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC

This position is represented by a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the Inland Boatman’s Union. 

Captains will be provided with 40 hours of paid training.

Starting wage of $38.22/hr

Contact Info
Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific-Marine Division of the ILWU
5215 Ballard Ave NW, Suite 2
Seattle, WA 98107
  (206) 284-6001

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