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Marine Operations & Maintenance Manager

Project Engineering / Project Management
$92,581 - $124,488 per year
Employment type
Full Time
General / Operations Manager

Kitsap Transit employees who wish to apply must have a satisfactory performance and attendance record.  Kitsap Transit Operators with any of the following criteria in the last twelve months are excluded from recruitment opportunities:

  • a current Decision Making Leave or higher in the Safety category
  • more than two held customer complaints
  • more than four unscheduled absences
  • more than two late reports

Education and Experience:  High school diploma/GED and four years of increasingly responsible marine operations and maintenance experience including two years of lead/supervisory experience.  Bachelor’s degree in marine transportation, marine engineering, business or public administration is highly desirable.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Following are some highlights of the knowledge, skills and abilities to be successful in this position.

  • Knowledge of marine operations, vessels, equipment and maintenance requirements
  • Knowledge of marine, environmental and operating hazards and the full complement of state and federal regulations governing the operation of a passenger ferry service
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of continuous improvement to enhance service quality and containing of operating costs
  • Knowledge of strategic planning, policy development and project management
  • Knowledge of emergency management and disaster preparedness operations and techniques
  • Knowledge of supervisory principles and practices
  • Knowledge of the concepts and requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Analytical thinking, problem solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Budget development, monitoring and administration skills
  • Customer service, interpersonal and customer relations skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Skill in effective oral and written communications
  • Skill in developing and implementing policies and procedures
  • Skill in working with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Skill in the use of personal computers, word processing and database management software
  • Skill in effectively handling multiple competing priorities
  • Skill in the use, calibration and maintenance of applicable technical equipment

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:  Positions in this class typically require:  fingering, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions. Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Exposed to engine/equipment, smells, loud sounds and on-call duty.

Other Requirements: Must have a valid Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) issued by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) within thirty days of hire. Must also have a valid United States Coast Guard License within thirty days of hire.

Selection Process:  This position is open until filled.  Review of application packets will begin immediately.

To Apply:  If you decide to apply for this position, please visit our employment link at Please contact Marianne Rajan in the Human Resources Department at (360) 478-5852 if you have any questions.

Closing Date:  Open until filled.

  • Selective certification may be used to achieve affirmative action goals.
  • Kitsap Transit is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the hiring process, contact at least ten days in advance or 360-479-4348 (TDD).
  • If you qualify for the Veterans Scoring Criteria under RCW 41.04.005 and 41.04.010, you must answer all questions regarding Veterans Scoring Criteria Status Declaration in the application and upload a copy of the substantiating document as listed in the application.
  • Kitsap Transit is subject to the requirements of the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act and CFR Part 40 & Part 655, which prohibits the use of marijuana at any time while employed by Kitsap Transit.




Position Summary:  We are looking for a qualified and experienced individual to join our marine services team, who will, under general direction, manage the day-to-day operations and maintenance of Kitsap Transit’s Fast Ferry Program, staff, vessels and equipment.

The person in this position will manage and supervise the daily operations of a passenger ferry service to provide and ensure: employee and passenger safety; system security; cost effective vessel operations; service quality, reliability and adherence to service schedules; regulatory compliance and environmentally sound operations.

The successful candidate will manage and supervise all ongoing and regular scheduled maintenance and repair of vessels and equipment; coordinate and integrate service delivery and vessel operations with terminal operations and other agency staff and develop contingency plans to ensure continuous operational readiness in all aspects of ferry operations.

This person will also perform a wide range of administrative responsibilities including; developing and implementing a comprehensive and fully integrated service delivery plan; managing and supervising vessel and engineering crews; managing vessel operating and maintenance budgets; establishing and enforcing vessel operating and maintenance procedures and policies; and representing the ferry service with internal and external audiences, state and federal regulatory agencies.

The person in this position will manage and oversee all daily vessel operations occurring on regular and split-shifts; coordinate vessel sailing, crew watch schedules and dispatch; maintain a viable on-call pool of personnel for crew positions; establish policies, procedures and contingency plans required to ensure service quality, safety, reliability and schedule adherence; establish procedures to ensure proper fare collection and safekeeping.

The successful candidate will develop and implement preventive maintenance schedules, intervals and procedures; ensure maintenance schedules and procedures conform to regulatory mandates and manufacturer’s requirements for warranty coverage; develop contingency plans required to provide service continuity during unanticipated equipment failures; arrange for and coordinate the work of outside contractors as appropriate and required.

This person will also supervise licensed and unlicensed crew and engineering staff; determine need, arrange for and track crew training; ensure crew licensing and configuration comply with United States Coast Guard (USCG) regulations and requirements; participate in the hiring of crew members and engineering staff; establish performance standards, performance expectations and conduct performance appraisals; initiate required disciplinary actions and establish positive labor-management relationships.

The person in this position will determine resource needs and deployments; develop, justify and administer vessel operations and maintenance operating budget; advise and participate in the development of a capital budget; develop and implement strategies to provide continuous improvement in service delivery, cost containment and operating effectiveness.

The successful candidate will develop programs, policies and procedures to ensure compliance with a wide range of maritime, environmental, safety, security and related local, state and federal regulations; and ensure crew compliance with safety, security, environmental and emergency response procedures and protocols.

This person will also manage and monitor relationships with ferry supply and maintenance vendors; ensure that the purchase of fuel, equipment and consumables comply with county policies; initiate and participate in the bid and award processes for contracted commodities, equipment and services.

Performs other duties as assigned.

This position reports to the Marine Services Director.

Salary Range:  The range for this position is $92,581 - $124,488 per year, commensurate with experience. With rare exception, initial appointments are usually made at Step 1 ($92,581).

Benefits: Full-time employees receive a generous benefits package including subsidized medical insurance and fully paid dental insurance for employee and dependents, as well as disability insurance and life insurance.  This position participates in the Washington State Public Employees’ Retirement Plan with the option of participating in a state administered deferred compensation plan. Employees receive a generous general leave accrual and 11 holidays pro-rated based on the number of hours worked per pay period up to a maximum of 80 hours per pay period.  Kitsap Transit also provides employees and certain dependents with a free transportation pass on Kitsap Transit.

Hours of Work:  Hours of operation for the Marine Services division are currently 4:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday and 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 am on Saturdays. These hours of operation may change depending on the business needs of the agency.  As the business needs of the agency change, applicants must be available to work any hours of operation including some weekends and holidays.

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Kitsap Transit


60 Washington Ave Ste 200, Suite 200
Bremerton, WA, 98337 United States