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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Category: Marine-Ferry & Aircraft


Supervises staff and assists the Marine Operations Manager in the daily operation of the marine program at McNeil Island Corrections Center, including maintenance and repair of all vessels outside the Shipyard facility.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Positions at this level are responsible for supervising Marine Boat/Tug Operator positions and assist and act in the absence of the Marine Operations Manager in the overall operation of the marine program.  Acts in a lead capacity over other lower level marine program positions, relieves and assists the Shipwright(s) in maintaining vessels in the ship repair facility and may act as a backup to the Marine Engine Mechanic(s) on an as needed/emergency basis.  Responsible for development and implementation of marine program training plan, to include HAZCOM, safety, vessel safety, emergency response, and vessel security plans in accordance with Federal, State and local regulations and policies. 

Designated as the Company Security Officer, responsible for developing, maintaining and complying with vessel security plans in accordance with U.S. Coast Guard regulations and Department policies.

Typical Work

Serves as Master and Engineer of an inspected passenger vessel carrying up to 445 passengers and/or tug boat pushing a 300 ton barge during emergencies and/or staff shortages operating to and from McNeil Island transporting passengers, vehicles and equipment; operates patrol vessels from 19 to 30 feet;  

Supervises the maintenance of all vessels while not in for repair at the ship repair facility; 

Maintains the vessel and its navigational aids and security equipment in good operating condition in accordance with U.S. Coast Guard standards; 

Develops lesson plans and conducts training to staff in marine safety and marine security (MARSEC); 

Supervises the work of subordinate Marine Boat/Tug Operator staff and the work of one or more inmate deck hands; 

Acts as back-up and fills in for the Marine Operations Manager and Shipwright, as needed; may act as backup for Marine Engine Mechanic(s) on an emergency basis; 

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  the repair and maintenance of various types of vessels, to include wooden, fiber glass, and steel structures; vessel engine room maintenance; all applicable U.S. Coast Guard regulations which deal with the transportation of passengers, safe loading/unloading of barges, the transportation of dangerous cargo, ocean-going tug operations; vessel piloting and dead-reckoning navigation, including celestial navigation, boats, engines, and auxiliary equipment and electronic equipment, such as Loran, radar, fathometer and radio direction finders. 

Ability to:  work independently with little direction; supervise subordinate staff; train and provide work direction to others; assign and review the work of others; use tact and exercise good judgment; carry out written and verbal instructions; perform arduous duty under trying weather and other conditions; make written reports.

Legal Requirement(s)

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 as a Master, including one year of experience supervising staff and a vessel program, operating, piloting and maintaining marine vessels up to 100 gross tons.


A valid United States Coast Guard license to operate inspected passenger vessels up to 100 gross tons AND a valid U.S. Coast Guard license to operate uninspected towing vessels up to 100 gross tons and a valid radar observer endorsement are required. 

Note:  Experience supervising and/or directing a crew of at least three inmates in a state correctional institution engaged in the daily operation of a marine program will be considered qualifying supervisory experience as required above.

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.

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