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Marine Safety Trainer

Vessel Operations
$6,945 - $9,339
Employment type
Full Time
Entry level

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:  


Following are some highlights of the knowledge, skills and abilities required to be successful in this position.


  • Safe working practices, maritime security measures, environmental stewardship, and emergency preparedness
  • Marine environmental and operating hazards and associated complement of state and federal regulations governing the operation of a passenger ferry services
  • Principles and practices of continuous improvement to enhance safety, security, and quality of agency services and operations
  • Emergency management and disaster preparedness operations and techniques
  • Work with all crewmembers and support staff in a courteous, professional, and productive manner
  • Work independently or in a team setting and follow oral and written instructions
  • Think analytically and problem solve in an individual or team setting
  • Generate and maintain basic records
  • Communicate complex operational issues in an effective manner in field or executive settings
  • Provide excellent customer service and safe/secure operations in a team environment
  • Effective oral and written communications
  • Developing and implementing effective policies and procedures
  • Working with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds and differing levels of authority
  • The use of personal computers, word processing and database management software
  • Effectively handling multiple competing priorities


Licenses and Certifications:

Required:  A valid Driver’s License upon hire and a valid Washington State Driver’s License within thirty days of hire

                  Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) within thirty days of hire

                  OSHA 30-hour Certified within one year of hire

Desired:     USCG-issued Merchant Mariner’s Credential


Position Summary:  We are looking for a qualified and experienced individual who will under general supervision, support Kitsap Transit’s primary goal to provide safe, secure, reliable, effective, regulatory compliant, environmentally sound, and quality marine and bus transportation services.


Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities are as follows:

Supports the agency’s primary goal of providing safe, secure, reliable, regulatory compliant, environmentally sound, and quality transportation services.


Performs a wide variety of marine support functions related to the safety, security, environmental stewardship, and emergency preparedness of the agency’s passenger ferries and buses.


Provides support for the safety and training functions of the Human Resources Department.


Provides oversight, advocacy, and support of the agency’s policies and practices associated with a system-wide approach to safety, security, emergency management, and environmental stewardship.


Acts as the marine Designated Person (DP), providing the link between Marine Service employees and the highest level of management via direct access to the Executive Director.


Coordinates and monitors all processes of the Safety Management System, facilitates and fosters a system-wide culture of safety and safety awareness and provides all employees with a means for continuous improvement. Receives and monitors the status of all SMS non-conformity reports and oversees efforts to identify and implement corrective actions.

Responds to, investigates, and manages hazardous incidents, near misses, and accidents to determine causation factors and/or improper work/behavioral practices for the purposes of training/retraining and education; evaluates industrial settings for safety enhancement.


Receives and monitors the status of all SMS Non-conformity Reports and oversees efforts to identify and implement corrective actions.


Coordinates alignment of the agency’s marine and bus SMSs with other departments, agency initiatives, strategic goals, and objectives.


Assists in developing, updating, and facilitating employee safety training programs, safety and health awareness activities and resources, ensuring that statutory training requirements are met. Reviews accident/illness data, legislation, and job hazards to design training programs consistent with the Agency Safety Plan, policies, procedures, rules, and tasks.


Conducts periodic inspections and audits of facilities, equipment, material, and operations to identify hazards and ensure agency compliance with relevant standards, laws, and regulations.


Prepares inspection reports recommending corrective measures; develops and maintains abatement programs for identified hazards; evaluates levels of risk for determining hazard correction priorities.


Ensures marine and shoreside operations are in compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration laws, the Jones Act and the Washington Administrative Code safety requirements.


Operates as the marine Facility Security Officer (FSO), fulfilling the provisions of 33 CFR Part 105.205, and responsible for ensuring all shoreside elements of the security program are in place and being carried out at all the terminals.


Coordinates and monitors the establishment and implementation of Kitsap Ferries shoreside security measures under the Kitsap Ferries Alternative Security Program (ASP) in compliance with the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) implementing regulations in cooperation with the Kitsap Ferries Company Security Officer (CSO) and Vessel Security Officers (VSOs).


Assists in the analysis of the Physical Security Program and identifies areas of risk. Researches and makes recommendations for enhancements based on findings.


Identifies and advocates for appropriate funding to support robust marine services safety, security, environmental protection, and emergency preparedness programs.


Contributes directly to the ongoing development and implementation of agency safety, security, and environmental policies, procedures, and associated training.


Initiates and facilitates the conduct of recurring comprehensive reviews of the SMS and ASP, inclusive of system audits and management reviews at least annually.

Oversees the implementation of applicable occupational health and safety programs supporting employee health and well-being, such as hearing, respiratory, eye, and skin protection policies and procedures.


Contributes to the agency goal of sustaining a robust emergency preparedness program through planning, organizing, training, equipping, exercising, and evaluating systemwide preparedness. Periodically visits agency vessels and facilities in support of agency preparedness goals.


Periodically, and as warranted, visits agency vessels and facilities to support upkeep, maintenance, and repair efforts.


Conducts trend analysis on accidents, events, injuries, and near-misses to provide the agency with timely and pertinent information with a focus on improvement through training and education. Follows up on trend analysis by recommending applicable results-oriented remedial training. Reviews trend analysis, recommends and delivers training to address safety concerns proactively.


Serves as a technical advisor on identified occupational safety and accident prevention issues. Reviews plans, designs, and specifications to identify proper hazard controls; coordinates control measures and programs with management and employees. Documents safety issues related to monitoring and measurement of goals in the Safety Management System (SMS); evaluates safety and risk mitigations for effectiveness and forwards reports to the Safety Security Manager for further mitigation.


Represents KT to external agencies on issues relating to agency safety, security, emergency management, and/or environmental protection.


This position reports to the Safety and Security Manager.

Salary Range:  The range for this position is $6,945 - $9,339 per month, commensurate with experience. With rare exception, initial appointments are usually made at Step 1 ($6,945).  Employees typically progress from Step 1 to Step 2 at six-months from their hire date and annually thereafter with satisfactory job performance. Step increases are based on a seven-step progression in each pay range with each step being approximately 5% higher than the previous step. Kitsap Transit additionally pays longevity pay at 15 years, 20 years and 25 years.


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:  Work is conducted during regular business hours, Monday through Friday. May require occasional evening or weekend work.




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:  Required:  High school diploma/GED and two years of increasingly responsible transit operations (marine, bus and/or rail) experience, including one year of lead or supervisory experience, and one year experience in the safety, security, environmental protection and emergency preparedness aspects of operating small passenger vessels certificated by the U.S. Coast Guard.  Must possess a valid Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) issued by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Desired:     Bachelor’s degree in transportation, business, public administration, occupational health & safety, industrial engineering, or related marine field. Experience in trend analysis of accident and injury data. OSHA 30-hour card. Washington Administrative Code experience upon hire.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:  

Positions in this class typically require dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard and other equipment, talking, hearing, seeing, and repetitive motions in both office and field settings.  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. May be exposed to engine/equipment, smells, and loud sounds, and be required to climb ladders, enter through narrow hatches or passageways, and sail on vessels.


Occasional evening work and travel required.

Apply Instructions

Selection Process:  After evaluating the completed applications, we will invite the most qualified applicants to the next step in the recruitment process.  We will not make any hiring decisions until all steps in the selection process are completed, including reference and background checks. Kitsap Transit does not pay for relocation costs.


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:  This posting is open until filled. You may include a resume; however, it may not be used in lieu of a completed application.


Selective certification may be used to achieve affirmative action goals. You can find Kitsap Transit’s EEO Policy at Please contact Marianne Rajan, Human Resources Manager at (360) 478-5852 if you have any questions.


  • 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 Kitsap Transit Human Resources at 360-478-5852 (phone), 360-479-4348 (TDD) or
  • 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.