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Ferry Operator (4 positions)


Hammocks Beach State Park
Swansboro, NC
Onslow County


Hammocks Beach State Park
1572 Hammock Beach Road
Swansboro, NC 28584

Application deadline

Applications will be accepted
until the position is filled.

Job description

Dates employed


  • 1 position: May to October
  • 3 positions: May to September (Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend)



  • 20 to 40 hours per week
  • 10-hour shifts from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend
  • 8.5-hour shifts in May, September, and October
  • Weekend and holiday work required


Pay: $15 per hour

Minimum age: 19 years old

Required tests: Drug testing/screening required by the U.S. Coast Guard


Job description

  • Navigate waterways in and around Hammocks Beach State Park and provide safe transportation of passengers to and from Bear Island, a remote barrier island
  • Position requires a U.S. Coast Guard Master Captain's License (25-ton)



  • Control operations of ferry vessels and inclusive systems
  • Direct and coordinate activities of crew or workers, such as loading and unloading of passengers or equipment
  • Responsible for records of daily activities, movements, and report preparation
  • Instruct crew and assign duties to deckhand or any staff aboard ferry vessel
  • Signal deckhand to rig lines, open or close gates, and secure ramps
  • Inspect vessels to ensure the safety of passengers and crew
  • Efficiently and safely operate vessels and equipment
  • Understand and ensure compliance with all rules and regulations
  • Use first aid and emergency procedures as necessary
  • Use a two-way/VHF radio
  • Work as a team member
  • Other duties as assigned



  • U.S. Coast Guard Master Captain's License (25 ton) required
  • CPR and first aid certification through the American Heart Association or Red Cross required
  • Basic computer skills
  • Customer service experience preferred



How to apply

Complete the NC State Employment Application (PD-107) and mail with original signature to Hammocks Beach State Park:

Hammocks Beach State Park
1572 Hammock Beach Road
Swansboro, NC 28584

Specify position name/title (vacancy # not required). Multiple positions for the same park may be listed.