The Bridge of the <em>FVF Fairweather</em> © Brian Adams


The approximately 1,100 AMHS employees are provided with an array of benefits while working in what are considered to be some of the most beautiful and exciting waterways in the world. The package includes paid leave, medical and dental as well as retirement for qualified employees. Medical benefits can also be extended to an employees family. The State of Alaska boasts one of the best benefit systems in Alaska and for more information, see the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities' benefits page.

Crew working the <em>MV Kennicott</em> in Homer, Alaska © Wayde Carroll Photography


Shoreside positions are posted on Workplace Alaska as they become available. The recruitment process for vessel positions varies by department: Deck, Engine and Passenger Services. Please continue reading on this page for more information on each department's recruitment process and hiring contacts.

<em>MV Tustumena</em> Passenger Services crew © Wayde Carroll Photography

Passenger Services

The Passenger Services department annually recruits for entry level Steward positions. See position details in our Steward Brochure. The application period varies from year to year. The recruitment process usually begins in the fall with a training program in the spring, followed shortly thereafter with work assignments. You can search for open positions by clicking on the button below. If you have questions related to Passenger Service positions, please email us at

<em>MV Matanuska</em> Engineering crew © Joshua Roper

Unlicensed Deck and Engine

Potential employees with prior maritime experience may qualify for higher than entry level positions that are available. All training and experience is considered during the hiring process. Therefore, candidates with some experience should look into the minimum qualifications for higher level positions. Qualified applicants should communicate interest directly with the point of contact.

  • Dan Benson
    Crew Dispatcher
    7559 N Tongass Highway
    Ketchikan, Alaska 99901
    907-228-6814 Phone
    907-225-6873 Fax
Captain of the <em>MV Matanuska</em> © Brian Adams

Licensed Deck and Engine

Licensed position candidates are either graduates of one of several maritime academies or gained their knowledge, skills, and abilities through intensive self-study and on-the-job training. Qualified applicants should communicate interest directly with the point of contact.

  • Jessie Li
    Licensed Dispatcher
    7559 N Tongass Highway
    Ketchikan, Alaska 99901
    907-228-7255 Phone
    907-225-6872 Fax