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Class Code: 652S
Category: Marine-Ferry & Aircraft


Supervises staff and assists the marine operations manager in the daily operation of the marine program at McNeil Island, including maintenance and repair of all vessels.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Positions at this level are responsible for supervising marine staff to include Marine Vessel Operators, Shipwrights, and Marine Engine Mechanics; and to assist and act in the absence of the marine operations manager in the overall operation of the marine program.

Typical Work

Coordinates and monitors vessel daily operations;

Supervises the maintenance and repair of vessels;

Acts as and performs the duties of the marine operations manager in their absence;
During emergencies or staff shortages, may serve as vessel Master, perform the duties of the Ferry Operator Assistant, Marine Engine Mechanic, and Shipwright;

Ensures that vessels are operational, navigational and security equipment are maintained in good condition in accordance with U.S. Coast Guard standards;

Develops lesson plans and delivers training to marine staff and incarcerated workers in areas such as marine safety and marine security (MARSEC);

Supervises lower level staff and incarcerated worker crews;

Researches and purchases equipment and materials;

Monitors and coordinates shipyard storm water treatment and dangerous waste disposal.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: marine vessel repair and maintenance, to include wood, fiberglass, and steel construction; vessel engine maintenance and repair; U.S. Coast Guard regulations related to the transportation of passengers, safe loading/unloading of barges, and transportation of dangerous cargo; vessel piloting and dead-reckoning navigation, including celestial navigation equipment use.

Ability to: work independently with little direction; supervise and train lower level staff; assign projects and review the work of others; use tact and exercise good judgment; carry out written and verbal instructions; diagnose, estimate cost and required materials, order parts, perform repairs and complete required paperwork.

Legal Requirement(s)

All positions within this class must meet the United States Coast Guard Master Inland licensure requirements. There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Three years of experience operating marine vessels as a licensed Master, including one year of experience supervising staff and one year of experience maintaining or repairing marine vessels.


 A valid United States Coast Guard Master Inland license to operate marine vessels up to 100 Gross Registered Tons AND a valid radar observer endorsement.

Class Specification History

New class: 9-10-94.
Revised definition, distinguishing characteristics and minimum qualifications: 6-11-99; effective 7-1-99.
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 71875), revises distinguishing characteristics; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007; general revision revises typical work and minimum qualifications; effective July 1, 2007.
Salary adjustment; revised definition, distinguishing characteristics, typical work, knowledge and abilities, legal requirements and desirable qualifications; adopted June 13, 2019, effective July 1, 2019.