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Casual Mate

Vessel Operations
$121,243.20 Annually
Employment type
Part Time
Company Employee

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:  

  • District Policies and Labor Agreements (MOUs).
  • Occupational health and safety rules and working practices applicable to this position. 

Skill in or Ability to:  

  • Effectively assign, supervise, and review the work of subordinate personnel. 
  • Communicate effectively both in oral and writing from. 
  • Understand and carry out safe work practices.
  • Work cooperatively with other District employees and with the diverse public in a courteous and professional manner in all circumstances.

Education and/or Experience: 

  • A high school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Requires a minimum of six months’ actual vessel operating time within the last two years, for which the above license was a requirement of employment.
  • Successful completion of the District’s Vessel Master Familiarization Program.

Required License:  

  • Must possess and maintain a current, valid California driver's license and satisfactory driving record. No more than two (2) moving violations within the last 3 years. No DUIs or reckless driving infractions within the last 7 years.  Operates District vehicles on a regular basis. 
  • A valid 100 gross ton operator’s license or better, indicating appropriate route.
  • A CPR and fire-fighting endorsement.
  • An approved radar observer certificate (or endorsement on license if 300 G.T. or over).

Physical Requirement:  Standing 100% of shift. Requires climbing stairs and rung ladders frequently. Lifting up to 50 lbs. Reaching overhead. Work inside and outside in all weather conditions.


Position Summary

At the direction of the Vessel Master, this position handles and/or oversees vessel navigation, docking, and assumes command of the vessel were directed by the master. The mate under direction from the captain/vessel master will be directly involved with the daily management of the deck crew, to ensure daily duties are carried out in an efficient timely manner onboard their vessels.

Essential Responsibilities

  • With instruction and supervision from the Vessel Master, handles vessel operations (maneuvering, docking, anchoring, etc.) as well as the operation of critical systems (electronic navigation aids, steering, de-watering, safety apparatus, etc.)
  • Assists the Vessel Master in directing and supervising all staff on-board the vessel and ensure that each understands and performs his/her assigned duties adequately. 
  • Assists the Vessel Master in conducting orientation of new crew members and emergency drills prescribed by the US Coast Guard at intervals set by management.
  • Assist the Vessel Master with the maintenance of an accurate daily vessel log and prepares such reports and documents as required by law and District policy. 
  • Knows and follows the safety and health rules and safe working practices applicable to his or her job.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with District employees, customers, vendors and all others contacted during the course of work using principles of excellent customer service. 
  • Performs additional related duties as assigned. 
  • Regular and reliable attendance and performance are required.
Apply Instructions

Applicants must apply online and submit the following documents at the time of application: 


1.) A copy of resume (scan and attach as PDF to your online application)



Based in San Francisco, the District consists of three operating divisions including Bridge, Bus, and Ferry, and an Administrative division. The District offers a variety of career opportunities to consider, including transit operations and maintenance for Bus and Ferry Divisions, professional and clerical, as well as, skilled labor and crafts positions. The District employs about 800 regular full-time, part-time, and temporary employees.                 

The District values our employees and customers who come from many diverse backgrounds. We are committed to building a workforce that reflects the rich diversity of our region and to ensuring that our employees and customers are treated fairly and free from intolerance and discrimination. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace.                               

Our goal is to provide our employees with the best possible compensation and benefits including competitive salaries, generous paid sick, holiday and vacation leave, District-paid group life insurance, excellent medical, prescription drug, dental, and vision coverage, participation in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) pension plan, optional deferred compensation program, free transportation on the Golden Gate Bus and Ferry systems, free passage on the Golden Gate Bridge, and much more! 

Founded in 1937


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San Rafael, CA, 94901 United States