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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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


Responsible for the supervision, scheduling, operation, maintenance and repair of the Keller Ferry, ferry slips, landings, and out buildings used for housing personnel, storage, and repair facilities.

Typical Work

Devises and maintains ferry schedules and sees that they are properly posted; assigns ferry personnel to shifts so as to equalize their workload and days off; 

Makes periodic inspections of the Keller Ferry and oversees its servicing and maintenance, including such items as seals, gaskets, fuel lines, alternators, pumps, and drive belts, heat exchangers, strainers, clutches, tachometer angle adaptors, batteries, gear boxes, cables, quadrants, sheaves, rudder and propeller shafts, fenders, wheel and hand rails, navigational aids and lifesaving and fire extinguishing equipment; 

Moves ferry landings when the lake level changes more than six inches; changes mooring lines to new anchors when the lake level changes five feet;  

Inspects ferry landings pontoons for condition and proper buoyancy and directs and participates in making needed repairs and adjustments; 

Requisitions and accounts for fuel, lubricants, janitorial supplies, welding equipment and repair material, engine parts, paints, lumber, bolts, spikes and related items; 

Prepares and submits records of personnel and equipment use time, gas and oil reports, inventories and related items; 

Is responsible for the care and maintenance of the ferry landings, five personnel housing units, outbuildings, repair shop, car shed and the water and sewer systems; 

Works a regular shift as ferry operator when needed; 

Arranges for the transportation of the ferry when major overhaul repairs are necessary; 

Performs other work as required.

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

A valid U.S. Coast Guard license for Master of inland steam or motor vessels of not more than 100 gross tons valid on Lake Roosevelt between Grand Coulee Dam and the Canadian Border.




One year of experience as the operator of a ferry carrying vehicles, passengers, and cargo.

Class Specification History

Revised Highways Maintenance Class Study, code change (formerly 7372): 7-1-75
Revised minimum qualifications: 3-13-87
Revised minimum qualifications and title change (formerly Ferry Operator 3): 1-13-89
Revised definition, minimum qualifications and general revision: 9-10-93
Revised new class code: (formerly 71840) effective July 1, 2007.
Base range salary adjustment adopted 6/13/2019, effective 7/1/2019.