Located at Golden Gate Ferry Terminal (Larkspur, San Francisco) This position is represented by the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA)

SALARY RANGE: Casual Vessel Master starts at $52.65
Casual Mate starts at $52.06
(Position assignment depends on operational requirements)

OPENINGS: 5 and to create an eligibility list for future requirements

DATE POSTED: Wednesday, January 12, 2022

CLOSING DATE: Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Under the general direction of the Director of Operations, this position is responsible for the safe navigation of District vessels in accordance with Ferry Division policy and the requirements of law. Responsible for the start-up and shut down of engines and generators plus the in-service care and maintenance of machinery and auxiliaries. Supervises crew in general upkeep and cleanliness of vessel when in-service crew is aboard and performs other related duties as required by management policy. May be assigned to work either as a vessel Master or Mate on District vessels.

Education and/or Experience:
•  A high school diploma or GED equivalent.
•  Requires a minimum of six months’ actual vessel operating time within the last two years.
•  Successful completion of the District’s Vessel Master Familiarization Program. Upon completion of the familiarization course, candidate must be able to sail unaccompanied as a Vessel Master on District vessels.

Required License/s:
•  Must possess and maintain a current, valid California driver's license and satisfactory driving record. No more than two (2) moving violations within the last 3 years. No DUIs or reckless driving infractions within the last 7 years. Operates District vehicles on a regular basis.
•  A valid 100 gross ton operator’s license or better, indicating appropriate route.
•  CPR endorsement
•  An approved radar observer certificate (or endorsement on license if 300 G.T. or over)
Casual Vessel Master (PS101434)

•  Navigates the vessel and is responsible for the safety of the passengers and crew.
•  Supervises crewmembers in safety procedures and the proper use of personal safety equipment and portable radios.
•  Monitors and inspects the engine room with rounds while in service along with carrying out vessel servicing and maintenance procedures as directed.
•  Conducts and supervises emergency drills prescribed by the US Coast Guard and the District at intervals set by management.
•  Assists with US Coast Guard and vessel inspections when required.
•  Ensures that all US Coast Guard and vessel certificates are valid for vessel operation.
•  Maintain an accurate legible daily vessel log and prepares such reports and documents as are required by law and District policy.
•  Responsible in handling vessel payroll through the use of electronic time keeping (Kronos).
•  Knows and follows the safety and health rules and safe working practices applicable to his or her job
•  Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with District employees, customers, vendors and all others contacted during the course of work using principles of excellent customer service.
•  Performs additional related duties as assigned.
•  Regular and reliable attendance and performance required.

Knowledge of:
•  District Policies and Labor Agreements (MOUs)
•  Occupational health and safety rules and working practices applicable to this position.
•  Electronic navigational systems used on the bridge,
•  Engine and steering control/alarm systems. Desired Vector system components, main and back-up steering.
Ability to /Skill in:
• Effectively assign, supervise, and review the work of subordinate personnel.
•  Communicate effectively both in oral and writing from.
•  Understand and carry out safe work practices.
•  Work cooperatively with other District employees and with the diverse public in a courteous and professional manner in all circumstances.

Standing 100% of shift. Requires climbing stairs and rung ladders frequently. Lifting up to 50 pounds. Reaching overhead. Work inside and outside in all weather conditions.
Casual Vessel Master (PS101434)


Applicants must apply online by the deadline date. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
The District’s Human Resources Kiosk is available for filling out and submitting your online application and employment documents. The HR kiosk is located at the San Rafael Office. For directions and general information, visit our website
The District’s primary and official means of application notification is via EMAIL. Thus, applicants are advised to check their email for their application status updates.

1. GGBHT Online Employment Application
2. Resume (Scan and attach as PDF to your online application)
3. A copy of your DMV K4 printout (Scan and attach as PDF to your online application)

•  For external applicants: The applicant’s submitted DMV K4 Printout should be dated within 30 days from the date of the job posting. A complete DMV K4 report has the word *END* in capital letters at the end of the report.
•  For internal applicants (District Employees) who are part of the Pull Notice Program, the Human Resources Department will request the applicant’s DMV report upon receipt of the applicant’s online application.

4. A copy of Merchant Mariner’s License (Scan and attach as PDF to your online application)
Casual Vessel Master (PS101434)

• Assessment of education, training and experience
• Panel Interview
• Drug Testing, post offer of employment
• Medical examination, post offer of employment
• Background, Employment and Security Investigation, post offer of employment.
*The District will only invite those candidates whose qualifications MOST CLOSELY MATCH the position requirements to continue in the selection process.

It is the policy of the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District to take all personnel actions on the basis of merit and other job-related factors, without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), disability: physical or mental, age (40 and older), genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation and identity, medical condition, political affiliation or military status.

Applicants with Disabilities: The Human Resources Department will make reasonable efforts to accommodate applicants with disabilities to complete the Employment Application and in any job-related examination process. If you have special needs, please call (415) 257-4535 (Human Resources).







Do you hold a management or operational level merchant mariner endorsement? 

       You may have the experience the U.S. Coast Guard needs!

  Help to maintain the safety of the world’s marine transportation system.  Join our    passionate team of credentialed mariners  where you can put your maritime     knowledge and experience to work ensuring mariners receive necessary training     and relevant testing in order to qualify for a U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential.

The U.S. Coast Guard currently has two subject matter expert positions open at the National Maritime Center in Martinsburg West Virginia. The positions are:

One each, deck and engine subject matter specialists who develop examination questions and assessments utilized to ensure applicants have the minimum level of knowledge to meet the requirements of the endorsements sought.

To learn more and apply for these positions visit or select the links below:

          Deck Subject Matter Expert:

Engine Subject Matter Expert:



Do you hold a management level merchant mariner endorsement? You may have the experience the U.S. Coast Guard needs!

Help to maintain the safety of the world’s marine transportation system.  Join our passionate team of credentialed mariners  where you can put your maritime knowledge and experience to work ensuring mariners receive necessary training and relevant testing in order to qualify for a U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential.

The U.S. Coast Guard currently has a Supervisory Marine Transportation Specialist position open at the National Maritime Center in Martinsburg West Virginia. The position is the Course Approvals Branch Chief. This position supervises a group of credentialed mariners.

To learn more and apply for these positions visit or select the links below:

Course Approval Branch Chief:


California State University Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime) in Vallejo,  CA

We are currently seeking Full-time Temporary Instructors for our annual Summer training  Cruise 2021. Positions are available in the Departments of Engineering Technology and Marine Transportation. Cruise dates include:   *CRUISE I: May 31 – July 14, 2021 (Note:  Accepting applications through May 7, 2021); and CRUISE II: July 14 – August 27, 2021


Below are the links to our open positions:


Job Bulletin

Job Title


Closing Date



Eng. Watch Officer/Instr. *

Summer Cruise 2021

(Multiple Openings)

Engineering Technology

Open until Filled



Deck Watch Officer/Instr. Summer Cruise 2021

(Multiple Openings)

Marine Transportation

Open until Filled



Please visit our website for more information about California State University Maritime Academy as well as openings for FACULTY and Staff positions



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SUNY Maritime College’s Summer Sea Term 2021 program

Currently seeking to employ temporary personnel for different positions, in various departments, for this year's summer sea training aboard the T.S.EMPIRE STATE.  

The Training Ship is out on its first summer cruise. , it is in Charleston on May 10, Port Everglades on May 24 then Puerto Rico on June 6.  The ship is back at the college on June 25.  

The EMPIRE STATE needs licensed engineers for watchstanding and day work.  They could also use retirees/pensioners without active licenses for work with the cadets in the labs on the ship.  (Hand tools, pumps, refrigeration, electrical....etc.)

SUNY Maritime will pay for transportation to the ship if the engineer joins the ship outside of NY.  So if your member would join in any of those cities  transportation is covered.   

More details:

There is a need for engine training officers (ETO) and watch officers (WO).  

The engine training officers (ETO) will teach in the lab or classroom.  For lab instruction,  engineers would help teach the cadets about pumps, air compressors, valves, boilers, and misc. equipment using hands on demonstrations.  For classroom instruction,  we have prepackaged materials and power point slides for the course content.  The instructors  needed to explain the material and the most significant instruction is often peppered with the "sea story" experiences of the instructor to drive the lesson home.  The prepackaged materials can be sent to the instructor prior to cruise.  An active license is not needed for the instructor position as we appreciate that some experienced engineers have let their license expire.  They are still wonderful assets to us as instructors and their experience has no expiration.        ‚Äč

The engine watch officers will stand traditional watches in the engine room.  Engineers would maintain the plant and teach the cadets (as applicable) while on watch about the operating equipment.  An active MMC /license is needed for the watch officer position.   This is a perfect opportunity for MEBA member to get "steam" license time or time "on their license" in the early stages of their career.        

Here is some general information regarding SST 2021.   Due to COVID, the cruise was cancelled for Summer 2020.  The cruise will be a "double" this year.  The FULL Cruise is anticipated to begin April 22, 2021 and end August 31, 2021.  

There is an “A” half of the cruise and a “B” half of the cruise.  The dates for the respective cruises are below:  

Cruise A (April 22, 2021 thru June 27, 2021)

  • Cruise A1 (April 22, 2021 thru May 25, 2021)
  • Cruise A2 (May 25, 2021 thru June 27, 2021)

Cruise B (June 26, 2021 thru August 31, 2021)

  • Cruise B1 (June 26, 2021 thru July 29, 2021)
  • Cruise B2 (July 29, 2021 thru August 31, 2021)

The A1, A2, B1, and B2 refer to subsets of the trips to allow for greater scheduling flexibility.  So engine watch officers/ engine training officers could do 33 days, or 66 days, or 99 days,  or the full 132 days on the SST by doing a combination of A1, and/or A2, and/or B1 and/or B2 cruises.    

The deck department seems to be nearing full staffing.  But for the engineering department, traditional methods of job posting have not provided us with sufficient staffing in the engineering department.  So I am hoping that MEBA can help to spread the word of the engineering department opportunities.    

With respect to COVID protocols, all cadets and staff on cruise "A" will be fully vaccinated.  Buses have taken the cadets to Yankee Stadium for vaccination and everyone has received at least the 1st shot.  Newly hired SST 2021 staff can be given paperwork to facilitate a vaccination appointment on their own or may be able to join the cadets for the next round of vaccinations (setting up the second shot while at the vaccine center).    

This is an urgent issue with significant engine training and watching staffing concerns.  If the M.E.B.A. can help with this staffing need visit this link for the engine department job posting: