Seeking Two Ferry Chief Engineers!

We are seeking two individuals interested in joining our team who are able to serve as a Ferry Chief Engineer operating and monitoring main engine and auxiliary machinery on ferry vessels to ensure safety of passengers, crew, and property.


Title: Ferry Chief Engineers- One wage and One salary

State Role Title: Watercraft Operations Manager I

Hiring Range:  (1) WAGE $34.34hr to $55.80 hr and (2) SALARY $71,414 to $116,048

Pay Band: 4

Agency: VA Dept of Transportation

Location: Jamestown Scotland Ferry

Agency Website:

Recruitment Type: General Public - G


    This position is eligible to receive a sign on bonus of up to $10,000 based on the selected candidate's experience and qualifications.  In order to receive the bonus, the selected candidate is required to sign a 12 month written agreement with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

    Job Duties

    Would you like to build a career in an industry that will offer you long-term career opportunities? Do you strive to serve others and make the place where you work and live a better place to be? Then consider working for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), Hampton Roads District, Jamestown Scotland Ferry. We serve the citizens of the Commonwealth and travelling public daily through our mission to plan, deliver, operate and maintain a transportation system that is safe, moves people and goods, enhances the economy, and improves quality of life.

    .We are the third largest state maintained highway system in the country, maintaining over 58,000 miles of roads, bridges, and tunnels, employing over 7700 people through a diverse workforce consisting of classified and hourly employees. Our strong culture focuses on:
    • teamwork
    • transparency
    • creativity and collaboration that values differences,
    • nimble learning

    In this position, you will be responsible for:

    Vessel Machinery Management – Perform minor repairs to all systems. Keep Captain informed of any deficiencies. Operate all machinery according to USCG and VDOT regulations and policies and recognized engineering practices. Perform all required drills and crew training. Maintain vessel readiness for USCG inspections.

    Record Keeping – Ensure accurate fuel readings are taken and recorded at the start of each day. Maintain ship’s engineering log with all pertinent information. Maintain records of machinery usage and readings for maintenance department. Maintain and submit all other records and reports on schedule.

    Vessel Security and Emergency Response – Be alert to security violations and suspicious behavior during shift. Respond appropriately to emergency situations. Ensure engine room security doors are closed and secure at all times, as well as other non-passenger access compartments. Report all violations.

    Passenger Management – Provide information and assistance. Resolve issues with passengers in a professional manner.

    VDOT is an emergency response agency and this position is the core of this requirement, therefore you will work outside of normal work hours during emergency operations.


    Minimum Qualifications

    - Knowledge and ability to operate and monitor main engines and auxiliary machinery on ferry vessels.
    - Knowledge of United States Coast Guard regulations governing ferry operations.
    - Ability to train others.
    - Ability to diagnose and repair primary and ancillary systems on the ferry.
    - Ability to read and interpret gauges, schematics, and manuals. Ability to complete and maintain records and reports.
    - Must hold a minimum of MMC-endorsed as a Chief Engineer of motor vessels of at least 3000 H.P.
    - Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
    - Skill in the use of hand and power tools.
    - Valid driver’s license.


    Additional Considerations

    High school diploma or GED preferred, equivalent experience or training may substitute for education.


    Special Instructions

    You will be provided a confirmation of receipt when your application and/or résumé is submitted successfully. Please refer to “Your Application” in your account to check the status of your application for this position.

    Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC)
    Obtain and Maintain 1st Aid and CPR Certification
    safety shoes


    Contact Information

    Name: Wesley Jones

    Phone: 757-956-3289

    Email: [email protected]


    In support of the Commonwealth’s commitment to inclusion, we are encouraging individuals with disabilities to apply through the Commonwealth Alternative Hiring Process. To be considered for this opportunity, applicants will need to provide their AHP Letter (formerly COD) provided by the Department for Aging & Rehabilitative Services (DARS), or the Department for the Blind & Vision Impaired (DBVI). Service-Connected Veterans are encouraged to answer Veteran status questions and submit their disability documentation, if applicable, to DARS/DBVI to get their AHP Letter. Requesting an AHP Letter can be found at AHP Letter or by calling DARS at 800-552-5019.

    Note: Applicants who received a Certificate of Disability from DARS or DBVI dated between April 1, 2022- February 29, 2024, can still use that COD as applicable documentation for the Alternative Hiring Process.


    Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer