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Ferry Relief Mate
Posted date [2023-Jan-16] (ID: 2856)

To submit an applicaiton, please visit: Jobs | Careers | Employment | Diversity | Inclusion | Halifax and submit an application under Ferry Relief Mate - 6843BR. 

Halifax Regional Municipality is inviting applications for the one (1) permanent full-time position, one permanent part-time position, and one (1) temporary full-time position of Ferry Relief Mate with the Ferry Services - Halifax Transit. Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) is committed to reflecting the community it serves and recognizing Diversity and Inclusion as one of the Municipality's core values. We have an Employment Equity Policy and we welcome applications from African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Women in occupations or positions where they are underrepresented in the workforce, Indigenous/Aboriginal People, Persons with Disabilities and 2SLGBTQ+ Persons. Applicants are encouraged to self-identify on their electronic application. 

The Ferry Relief Mate is administratively responsible to the Supervisors, Ferry Operations. While working on a vessel, the Ferry Relief Mate is functionally responsible to the Ferry’s Captain for all duties of the position to which they are assigned, including measures to ensure the safety of the vessel and passengers.


A Ferry Relief Mate shall:

  • As Ferry Crew
    • Conducts duties and responsibilities for the position assigned (Mate, Engineering Watchkeeper, or Deckhand) in accordance with the Ferry Operations Manual and the published ferry schedule
    • Maintain cleanliness for areas assigned, shovel snow and spread urea when required to maintain safe conditions for passengers and crew
    • Assist other Ferry Crew members as directed by the Master
    • Operate hydraulic ramps or overhead doors as assigned to facilitate the safe embarkation and disembarkation of ferry passengers
    • Perform emergency duties in accordance with the Muster List for each ferry
    • Perform security duties in accordance with the Ferry Security Plan for each ferry
    • Reports any irregularities to the Captain and the Supervisors, Ferry Operations
    • Other duties as required
  • As Ferry Mate:
    • When directed by a Ferry Master, safely navigate, berth, depart and communicate in accordance with the Collision Regulations, Halifax Harbour Regulations and Marine Communications and Traffic Services Halifax direction
  • As Engineering Watchkeeper:
    • Conduct flash up and shut down of the ferry as appropriate
    • Maintain machinery and machinery space cleanliness
    • Complete the Engine Room Log at the end of each watch with required information
  • As Deck Force:
    • Perform maintenance work in support of a ferry or a ferry terminal pontoon arrangement (chipping, grinding, painting, cleaning, minor repairs, storing)
    • Other duties as required by the maintenance program.

Education and Experience:

  • Completion of Grade XII or equivalent.
  • Experience with marine electronic equipment.
  • Experience and demonstrated expertise with Voith-Schneider propulsion.
  • Experience with general deck maintenance.
  • Minimum (2) two years’ experience in a marine operation.

Technical / Job Specific Knowledge and Abilities:

Please note: All certificates must be recognized by Transport Canada

  • Transport Canada Chief Mate, 500 Gross Tonnage, Domestic.
  • Current Marine Medical.
  • Current First Aid.
  • Restricted Operator Certificate.

Security Clearance Requirements: Criminal Record Check with Local indices check.

Please note - Testing may be conducted as a component of the selection process to assess technical and job specific knowledge. Candidates, who are selected for testing, may be tested in a group setting, scheduled at the employer's discretion. Interviews, testing and in-person recruitment activities are being conducted in person and in adherence with current COVID-19 Public Health Protocols.

Please note -  Candidates will be required to provide proof of their valid certificates and licenses, per the educational technical qualifications, prior to being invited for an interview.

COMPETENCIES: Communication, Customer Service, Teamwork and Cooperation, Valuing Diversity.

WORK STATUS: Permanent, full-time.

HOURS OF WORK: Hours of work are full time as required by the shift schedule. 

SALARY: $68,674 as per ATU, Local 508 Collective Agreement.

WORK LOCATION: Halifax Transit Ferries: Alderney, Halifax and Woodside Ferry Terminals - Based on operational requirements the work location and schedule are subject to change.

CLOSING DATE: Applications will be received up to Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at 11:59 PM.

This is a bargaining unit position. External applicants will only be considered if there are no qualified bargaining unit candidates.

Please note: 
We thank all applicants for their interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for interview/testing will be contacted. 

During the recruitment process, applicants have the right to request an accommodation. Applicants invited to participate in an assessment process (such as an interview or testing) and who require accommodation, should discuss their needs with the Recruiter when invited to the assessment process. 

To submit an applicaiton, please visit: Jobs | Careers | Employment | Diversity | Inclusion | Halifax and submit an application under Ferry Relief Mate - 6843BR. 

Job Title Ferry Relief Mate
Job Details
Posted By Halifax Regional Municipality
Start Date ASAP
Salary $68,674 as per the Collective Agreement.
Location Nova Scotia, Canada (Halifax and Dartmouth)
Deadline for Application 2023-Jan-31
Contact Phone #
Contact Email kim.boudreau(at)
Categories and Description
Ship's Main Trading Area Ship's Main Trading Area -> East Coast / Gulf
Term Term -> Long-term
Position / Rank Position -> Mate (Other)