Be a part of a thriving industry! Washington maritime provides more than 148,000 jobs.
Salaries $20,000 above the Washington State average. Great benefits. Celebrating diversity. Opportunities for travel and adventure. Teamwork. Advancement. High tech skills. A commitment to community and sustainability. And these careers don't just include sea-based positions; the maritime industry employs countless land-based workers as well.
Maritime Operations Manager
Port of Seattle - Marine Division
After getting sidetracked into banking and investments for twelve years, I finally got serious about obtaining my captain’s license and starting my own water-ski business. In the process of learning what was needed to become a professional captain, I met a friend of a friend who owned a tugboat company. He hired me to be a deckhand on their vessels. From there I obtained my license and now hold a 1600-ton Master’s License, Master of Towing and AB Limited.
I work for the Port of Seattle as the Maritime Operations Manager. This position allows me to interact with owners and operators of Fishing Vessels, Tugboats, Research Vessels, Ships of State, Cruise ships and Marine Construction companies.
The Port of Seattle is considered a “Land-lord Port.” My team manages Terminal 91, several berths along Seattle’s waterfront as well as dolphins and property along the Duwamish River.
Working in this industry has allowed me to enjoy a great deal of variety in my work. Most importantly, I have met some amazing people and been a part of some very interesting projects.
I am a 1600-ton licensed captain. I started fishing at age 12 and have been running boats since I was 21 years old, everything from salmon boats to factory longliners. Now, I am partners in a crabber named the F/V Pacific Sounder. We keep this boat fishing all crab fisheries in the Bering sea with pot gear over the fall and winter. Outside of the crab season, we tender for salmon in the summer and longline with hooks as a catcher/processor for black cod in the spring time.
There is no other work that is as rewarding and exciting as running your own boat catching crab.
I knew I wanted to be a fisherman since I was 12 years old. I love what I do and couldn’t think of a better way to spend my life working than doing this. It’s a close-knit family in a way and we all know each other. We might fish different fisheries, but we keep track of and look after each other.
Commercial Salmon Fisherman
I fish out of Friday Harbor, WA and Bristol Bay, Alaska. My boat, the F/V Sandman is an aluminum 32-foot gillnetter that was built in Puget Sound by Marco Shipbuilding in 1980. In addition to catching fish, I sell my catch directly under the company name Matt's Fresh Fish (www.mattsfreshfish.com).
I've been fishing in Bristol Bay (the largest salmon fishery in Alaska) for 35 years and my father, uncles and both grandfathers fished up there as well. Now, I'm grateful to have my daughters fishing with me as crew.
I love returning to Bristol Bay each summer because there is no pollution, there are wide open spaces, and we are surrounded with hard-working people and families all focused on the same goal—to provide the people back home a taste of the truly incredible sockeye salmon.
If you are going to join the crew of a commercial fishing boat in Bristol Bay, realize that you are going up there as part of a team, and it will not always be fun and games. In fact, sometimes it may be really tough, and you may wish you are anywhere else. But the great part is that when those unpleasant times pass you will look back and say, “That wasn’t so bad…” (really—you will—I’ve done it a million times).
Stephanie Jones Stebbins
Managing Director, Port of Seattle Maritime Division
My job is to oversee our Maritime operations including Cruise, Fishing Vessel moorage, grain terminal and recreational marinas. Our annual revenues are about $55 Million.
There is always something new and interesting in the Maritime business. Two weeks ago I was visiting fishing customers in Alaska and last week, I was in a boat on Puget Sound looking at moorage locations and habitat sites. It is rarely boring! Maritime is about trade, commerce and transportation, connecting people around the world. Being in Maritime you get to meet people from all over the world.
Not only are the jobs great opportunities in terms of pay and benefits, but also the Maritime Industry is an important part of making our community, and the world, a better place. In this industry we run successful businesses and operations while also being stewards of Puget Sound. We bring people and goods to our region; we feed the world through our fishing industry and provide access to our incredible environment.