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. Each department has a different set of requirements and application process for starting a new career with AMHS. 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

Pursuing a career with AMHS is a lengthy process (average 6 months) and involves a considerable amount of time and resources for the applicant and the employer. This may not be an ideal position for those who are looking for short-term seasonal employment. Positions remain open until filled and candidates may submit their application throughout the year. We use an online application platform for our entire recruitment process. Click on the 'Apply Now' button or review our Steward Brochure for more information. If you still have questions, please send us an email 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