Here’s a great opportunity to help start an exciting and rewarding career with Washington State Ferries.  

Washington’s ferries are as iconic as they are beautiful, but they’re also a critical mode of transportation for thousands of Washingtonians each day. 

That demand requires wonderful people to ensure every ferry in our fleet arrives safely and timely at its destination.  

One of the most successful programs helping us toward that goal is the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies Apprenticeship Program. In just two years, this program can train someone with no maritime experience to be a licensed deck officer — the most needed crewing position there is. Here’s a short video about this very important job. 

You can learn more about the program, apply and see additional requirements here 

Addressing the workforce shortage is just one piece of our bigger plan to improve Washington’s ferry system across the board. I’m proud of all the work we’ve done to modernize, decarbonize and improve the overall reliability of our state’s ferry system in recent years, much of that due to funding provided by the Climate Commitment Act.  

You can read more about the work being done to improve our ferry system going forward in this op-ed written by the head of the WSF, Steve Nevey.  

It’s important to point out none of these success or future goals are possible without first having great people aboard each of our state’s ferries. This program is a great way for you to join this exceptionally important team.