Alaska Marine Highway System

Join our crew for a rewarding career at sea! Sail around the great state of Alaska to kick start your merchant mariner career.

The Alaska Marine Highway System has been in operation since 1963. Our vessels provide passenger and vehicle service to over 30 communities in Alaska, many of which are not accessible via the road system.

The system covers 3,500 miles of coastline that stretches from Bellingham, WA to Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Chain.

About Alaska Marine Highway System

Alaska is amazingly different, which means our employment opportunities are as well. If you’re tired of the same old office job and want to see more of Alaska, or you’re just entering the workforce and know you don’t want to settle for ordinary, the Alaska Marine Highway has the ideal opportunity for you!

AMHS is on the lookout for focused, hard-working individuals interested in positions in our passenger services department. Whether your interest lies in a summer job or permanent work that can start you on the path to building your certifications for a successful maritime career, AMHS is a great place to gain your sea legs. Best of all, you don’t need any prior maritime experience to apply!

If you love to travel and meet new people our passenger service employees provide professional customer service and ensure the safety of our passengers while performing tasks in the galley, dining room or cafés, crew mess, staterooms and public areas aboard the ferries. AMHS offers competitive starting pay and a full benefits package that includes paid leave, medical & dental coverage, retirement options, and opportunities for advancement. If you’re ready for a little more adventure and a little less of the same old thing, check out the full job description by clicking on the Apply Here button below!

Ideal Candidate

Desired Qualifications
A strong customer service aptitude is essential for this position. This is a public service role in the government sector providing service in marine environment. As such, a strong commitment to safety, customer service, and exceptional work ethics are desired. The ideal candidate would  be willing perform functions related to food service, galley work, housekeeping etc. and exhibit the following characteristics;

  • Strong commitment to safety
  • A genuine desire to serve the public
  • Adaptive to learning new skills and knowledge
  • Positive, personable, and professional demeanor
  • Adaptive to changes in a progressive work environment
  • Strong conflict resolution skills and ability to work within a diverse workforce

Room and Board

Room & board is provided while on assignment - on select vessels. The crew stays in shared quarters and meals are provided at the crew mess on most vessels. Most assignments are a week long although some vessels operates in 2 Weeks On- 2 Weeks Off rotation. Vessel employees are to arrange their own housing during their off weeks. Therefore a new hire should either be domiciled or willing to relocate to Southeast Alaska during their employment at AMHS. Limited housing assistance in the form of a shared cabin onboard one of our vessels for a short period of time (usually up to 3 months) is available as vessel schedules allow. Such housing assistance will be unique to each job posting and subject to availability and company policies. Refer to the job posting to find out if such option is offered.

Employee Perks

New hires qualify for the State of Alaska benefits usually within 30 days of hire. The State of Alaska offers one of the best benefit systems in Alaska and includes medical and dental insurance with optional family coverage, retirement benefits, vacation and personal leave which accrues with years of service. A summary of state benefits can be reviewed here.

Getting Here and Getting Around

By plane or ferry. You can also fly in and your stuff barged. Selected candidates may qualify for ferry pass if moving to Ketchikan or Juneau the first time. Details of this incentive program will be discussed with the candidate if selected for hire.

For Fun

Alaska has so much to offer, especially for outdoor enthusiasts. Both Ketchikan and Juneau are vibrant communities that provides access to fishing, kayaking, hiking, art and so much more. Please visit the websites below for more information about what to do on these locations.

Ketchikan           Juneau

How to Apply

Applications accepted online @ Alaska Marine Highway System/ Passenger Services Careers


Contact Alaska Marine Highway System