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The Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific maintains regional hiring halls and dispatch services.  Most jobs posted by the union require a Merchant Mariners Credential (MMC) and a TWIC (Transportation Worker's Identification Credential), as well as experience working aboard vessels, however some entry level positions are available. We also have shoreside positions in Washington State Ferry that do not require an MMC.

Tongue Point Seamanship Program

 If you are between 17 and 24 years of age the union refers applicants to the Tongue Point Seamanship Program in Astoria Oregon. The program is run by Job Corps, and students receive free housing and tuition.  The program is 17 to 24 months long, and at completion students are qualified with an Able Bodied Seaman document or Designated Duty Engineer document.


WA STATE FERRIES (WSF) is currently maintaining an as-needed year-round rolling hiring process for positions in the deck, terminal, and information departments all of which are represented by the IBU. Please go to their website https://wsdot.wa.gov/travel/washington-state-ferries/about-us/employment-washington-state-ferries to get more information or to sign up for job alerts.
IBU positions are available on the Alaska Marine Highway System The AMHS is in need of qualified mariners who hold QMED Oiler or Junior Engineer and Able-bodied Seaman endorsements (special/limited/unlimited). There are also entry level positions open in all departments: Steward, Engine, Deck, and Purser. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact the IBU Alaska Region: Earling Walli: 907-790-9644 / C 907-209-8772 or Krissel Calibo: 907-225-6360 / C 907-821-4530



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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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