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Inter Island Ferry   Hollis, Alaska, USA


Tech, Industries, Private sector
2 weeks ago

We are currently seeking a Mate who will be responsible as second in command on IFA vessels. The ideal candidate will be responsible for helping the Master safely navigate and operate IFA vessels while in port and underway. In the event that the Master is incapacitated, the Mate will assume command. It will be the Mate’s responsibility to ensure that all activities relating to IFA vessel operations meet State and Federal requirements. If you are a detail-oriented individual with a passion for safety and a strong desire to work on the water, we would love to hear from you.

We believe that every IFA employee has a role to play in creating a pleasant atmosphere for our passengers. Whether you work on one of our vessels, in our offices, or at a terminal, you are responsible for identifying and correcting any conditions that could endanger passenger safety or satisfaction. We are proud to be leaders in the Marine Transportation Industry, and we believe that our employees play an important role in maintaining our reputation for excellence.

As a DOT personnel with safety-sensitive security duties, pre-employment drug screens, and random drug testing are required. We take the safety of our passengers and our crew very seriously, and we believe that maintaining a drug-free workplace is an important part of that commitment.


Specific Duties:
  • Second highest ranking supervisor onboard IFA vessels and assumes command of the vessel in the event Master is incapacitated
  • Assist Master in the safe navigation of IFA vessels and stand as Officer in Charge of Navigational Watch (OICNW) on the bridge during normal operations, under the direction of the Master
  • Supervise and direct deck crew during departures and landings
  • Monitor, inspect, and facilitate ongoing maintenance of all safety and lifesaving equipment
  • Assure that safe work practices and procedures are being followed by the deck crew
  • Assume charge of the car deck under the Master during loading and unloading operations. Inspect vehicles and bills of lading for hazardous materials, documentation as required. Ensure the safe, expedient loading and unloading of all passengers and vehicles, and investigate and record any claims of damage to vehicles or cargo.
  • Serve as the first responder for passengers and crew requiring first aid
  • Serve as Scene Leader in emergency response situations and evacuations
  • Provide leadership to instill positive morale and a “Safety First” work attitude with the crew
  • Other duties as assigned by Master
Knowledge & Abilities:
  • Knowledge of SE Alaska waterways on IFA routes. Including hazards and aids to navigation and the effects of tides, currents, and weather conditions
  • Knowledge of State and Federal security requirements
  • Knowledge of State and Federal requirements regarding operations and maintenance aboard inspected vessels
  • Knowledge of SMS policies and procedures and the ability to implement them effectively in the course of duties and in emergency response situations
  • Ability to command, supervise, and coordinate IFA crew and passengers in emergency response situations
  • Ability to interact with customers and fellow employees in a professional and courteous manner
  • Ability to communicate written and orally
  • Ability to work without direct supervision and be self-motivated
  • Knowledge of stability requirements of IFA vessels
Required Certificates & Credentials:
  • Valid USCG license as Master of Motor Vessels of 100 Gross Tons or Larger Upon Inland Waters
  • Vessel Security Officer Endorsement
  • Radar Observer Endorsement
  • FCC Marine Radio Operator Permit
  • Transportation Workers Identification Credentials (TWIC) is Required
  • Current First Aid/CPR Certificate
  • Valid State Issued Drivers License
Uniform Requirements:

All IFA Vessel Crew Members must be well groomed and are required to wear IFA uniform at all times while the loading and unloading of the vessel and while the vessel is underway. IFA Uniform consists of black pants and an IFA shirt, vest or jacket, and hat (optional). Uniforms must be neat and clean, and worn in a professional manner that clearly indicates IFA Crew Member.




Inter Island Ferry