Ferry Captain (Parish Wide, LA)

Summary of Job

Performs the following tasks and others as assigned by supervisor:
Under limited supervision, performs highly skilled and specialized work for the Ferry Department. Work involves handling a high capacity large ferryboat; navigating thru dense marine traffic including docking and undocking in all weather conditions including low visibility when navigation is done on radar and instruments alone; maintaining a schedule with vessel; handling the responsibility for all safety, security, and mechanical integrity of all vessels and all Parish docks; responding to 911 calls; handling the responsibility for all radio communications during the assigned shift; handling the responsibility for all lives and property that cross the river on the vessel; and remaining on twentyfour hour call three hundred and sixty-five days per year. Reports to the Ferry Manager.

Minimum Acceptable Qualification Required For Admission To Examination

  • Requires a high school diploma or GED equivalent supplemented with a minimum of one (1) year experience (two years of experience preferred) in rescue operations and vessel experience or closely related field; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience, which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Satisfactory physical condition, including back, vision and hearing.
  • Must have a current Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC)
  • Must complete Section I of “49 CFR Part 40 Drug and Alcohol Testing” Form
  • Must attach a copy of your TWIC card and the 49 CFR Part 40 Form to your application
  • Must possess a valid Louisiana Driver’s License with satisfactory records
  • Must be honest and exhibit good moral/ethical behavior
  • Must be able to report to work on the ferry landing prior to ferry operations

Kind of Examination
(Entrance and Promotional)

This examination may consist of a written test, a rating of training and experience, an oral panel interview or any combination thereof. Applicant must submit accurate, detailed application forms providing all requested information, including descriptions of work experience, names, and addresses of previous employers and dates employed. Qualified applicants will be notified of the time, date place of any assembled test(s) which may be given.


Applications can be downloaded at:

Submit applications through one of the following:
Email to: www.civilservice@ppgov.net
Fax: 504-934-6089
In Person or Mail: use the Application Availability address

Application Availability
Belle Chasse, LA
333 F. Edward Hebert Blvd.
Bldg. 100 Suite 225
Belle Chasse, LA 70037

ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 22-048-Revision

Posting Date

August 31, 2022

Deadline Date


An Equal Opportunity Employer

All resume’s submitted must include MONTH AND YEAR of work history and dates of education in order to be considered. Omitted, INCOMPLETE, false or misleading information may cause your  application/resume to be REJECTED.


Applications received after the Final Filing Date specified on the announcement will not be accepted. Applications must be submitted on official application forms and must be filed in an Application Office before the close of business on the Final Filing Date.

All qualification requirements for examinations must be met by the Final Filing Date. However, the Civil Service Department may admit applicants to examinations conditionally in certain instances with the provision that the missing qualification shall be established prior to certification for employment.

The Civil Service Department shall not be responsible for failure of the Department to receive any material mailed by an applicant nor for failure of an applicant to receive any material mailed by the Department.

Applications for examinations shall be open to all persons irrespective of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability. However, applicants who are residents of Plaquemines Parish shall be accorded over non-residents.

The Civil Service Department does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission of access to or treatment or employment in its programs or activities. Reasonable accommodations will be made for anyone requesting such accommodations.

Unless otherwise stated on the front of this announcement, there shall be no maximum age limit for admission to examinations. The minimum age limit shall be eighteen (18) years of age for any class of work in the Parish service requiring hard physical labor, operation of or proximity to hazardous machinery, exposure to hazardous chemicals or participation in any other processes or procedures which are prohibited or limited by the Louisiana State Child Labor Law.

The starting salary for this position is stated on the front side of this Job Announcement. All appointments in the classified service shall be made at the minimum rate or such other starting rate specifically authorized by the Commission. In cases where the applicant possesses exceptional qualifications directly related to the classification to which the applicant will be appointed, the Appointing Authority can recommend to the Director that the applicant be assigned up to step 15 for that class, not in excess of the midpoint for that range. Approval is required by the Director before the appointment becomes effective.

Plaquemines Parish Government pays all classified employees bi-weekly. Employees’ must have their pay directly deposited to their bank account(s). Employees’ payroll check stubs are mailed to the employee’s current address on file with the Civil Service Department.

The working test/probationary period for all positions shall be six months, unless otherwise stated on the front of this announcement. However, any six-month working test/probationary period may be extended for a maximum of six additional months in accordance with the Civil Service Rules.

Any applicant may be disqualified if the applicant’s past employment record is unsatisfactory as determined by the Civil Service Department.

Veteran Preference in examinations will be granted only to those persons who provide proof of military service during covered periods and who are found to be eligible.

If selected, as a condition of employment, applicants shall be required to satisfactorily participate in a post-offer medical examination which shall include drug testing.

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