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Class Code: 651A
Category: Marine-Ferry & Aircraft


Operates shuttle boats for the University of Washington Athletic Department on gamedays or special events.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Operates motor-driven shuttle boats that carry passengers to and from anchored boats located in Union Bay to Waterfront Activities Center docks.

Typical Work

Performs the duties of the Boat Assistant;

Picks up passengers, helps them board the watercraft, and assists with safe offloading of dock passengers;

Verifies boaters permits to confirm only those boaters with reservations are able to tie-up to moor their boat;

Follows safety procedures for watercraft;

Directs passenger transport activities;

Secures watercraft to docks and/or log booms; secures incoming boats to docks and boat rafts, including private and charter boats; assists with log boom operations;

Shuttles passengers to and from their anchored boat in a safe manner;

Maintains watercraft engines or machinery;

Arranges maintenance activities; assists with buoy installation and removal; inspects docks and reports safety concerns;

Notifies others of emergencies, problems, or hazards;

Performs other duties as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: principles and processes for providing customer and personal services; including the knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses. Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance, including knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road. Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Ability to: operate a vessel in a variety of weather conditions and at night; ensure safety of boats and passengers during inclement weather; maintain safe working environment; quickly change the controls of the boat; see details that are far away; hold or move item(s) with your hands; keep your arm(s) or hand(s) steady; be aware of your surroundings and what items are near or around you; use your arms and/or legs together while sitting or standing; notice when a problem occurs; pay attention to surroundings without being distracted; speak clearly; communicate effectively; maintain working relationships; pay attention to one sound while there are other distracting sounds; make quick decisions and determine water depth.

Legal Requirement(s)

All positions within this class must meet the Washington State Boater Education Card 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.

Persons legally authorized to work in the U.S. under federal law, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, are eligible for employment unless prohibited by other state or federal law.

Desirable Qualifications

High school diploma or equivalent and valid driver license;


A valid Washington State Boater Education Card to operate motorboats with 15 horsepower or greater.

Note: As a condition of employment, the incumbent shall be required to participate in rules education programs offered by the University of Washington, Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Class Specification History

New classification; adopted May 12, 2022; effective May 13, 2022. Range 43. Skilled Craft Workers.

Revised Legal Requirements; effective June 6, 2024, due to adopted legislative action.