NYC Ferry Ramping Up Hiring Ahead of New Route Launches From Harlem To Hollis

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and NYC Ferry operated by Hornblower, today announced that hiring for the summer 2018 season is full steam ahead. NYC Ferry is hiring for 75+ new jobs including captains, deckhands, customer service agents, ticketing, operations and other positions.  New Yorkers of all backgrounds and skill levels are welcome to apply.

Jobseekers can apply directly at ferry.nyc.

In less than one year of service, NYC Ferry has already employed more than 250 people. Given the service’s incredible demand and popularity, ridership demand has already exceeded initial projections by 34% (or 800,000 riders). Due to this unanticipated success, Hornblower expects to increase total NYC Ferry jobs to over 325 by this summer.

“Not only has NYC Ferry created new connections for people to get around and explore the city, it’s also created good job opportunities and promising career paths.  As we can continue to expand this incredibly popular transit system, we’re excited to hire even more New Yorkers,” said NYCEDC President James Patchett.

“NYC Ferry is not only connecting the over three million riders to growing job centers, technology hubs, public institutions and housing developments across the waterfront, but we’re striving to create a culture of opportunity and advancement for all of our crew on our team that we bring on board,” said Cameron Clark, Senior VP of NYC Ferry operated by Hornblower. “We’re excited to welcome a new wave of talent into the NYC Ferry family.”

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“The expansion of NYC Ferry not only helps us take advantage of our city’s waterways to provide alternative transportation options to millions of New Yorkers, it is also creating new jobs with opportunities for growth and a strong career path,” said Council Member Paul Vallone, Chair of the Committee on Economic Development. “I encourage anyone interested in this field to apply to NYC Ferry and become part of the team that is bringing an excellent service to our city.”

“Ferries have proven themselves to be important in connecting New Yorkers to mass transit and our economy,” said Harlem Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, chair of the Council Committee on Transportation. “The new jobs created by increased use of ferries should further encourage us to explore potential expansion of service and new routes.”

“Ferries have proven themselves to be important in connecting New Yorkers to mass transit and our economy,” said Harlem Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, chair of the Council Committee on Transportation. “The new jobs created by increased use of ferries should further encourage us to explore potential expansion of service and new routes.”

Hornblower and EDC have worked together to ensure that NYC Ferry provides career pathways in the maritime industry, including tremendous opportunities for career growth. On track with what originally seemed aspirational goals, more than 10 percent of crewmembers have been promoted to career level positions within their first year of work. This includes over 10 deckhands garnering the experience, training and U.S. Coast Guard certification required to become a captain.

In addition to creating expanded programming that facilitates career advancement, Hornblower has developed advanced real-time simulator training through an existing partnership with SUNY Maritime to include a stronger focus on weather and route conditions. Simulator training is mandatory for current and future ferry captains, including annual refresher courses. NYC Ferry has also implemented additional training exercises and procedures to enhance crew performance, including future route familiarization and testing of key navigational aids and charts to reinforce route awareness.

In order to provide access to these good jobs, NYC Ferry works with the city’s HireNYC program, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Employment Center, and community-based organizations throughout the five boroughs to engage local New Yorkers interested in learning more about NYC Ferry, its training programs and career growth opportunities.

Construction is currently underway on the 2018 Soundview and Lower East Side routes, which will start serving passengers this summer. The Lower East Side route is anticipated to serve nearly one million riders annually traveling to and from Manhattan’s Wall Street/Pier 11, Corlears Hook, Stuyvesant Cove, East 34th Street; and Long Island City, in Queens. The Soundview route is anticipated to serve an estimated 400,000 riders traveling to and from the Soundview area of the Bronx, East 90th Street, East 34th Street and Wall Street/Pier 11 each year.

Initial projections had NYC Ferry carrying more than 4.6 million trips per year on twenty-three vessels across six routes – providing a new and easily accessible transit option to traditionally underserved communities where jobs and housing are growing rapidly.

In response to the high demand, NYC Ferry announced have begun construction of six higher-capacity boats, outfitted with larger engines and designed to hold up to 349 passengers per vessel. At $2.75 a ride, and free transfers across the ferry system, the cost is the same as a subway ride. For more information about NYC Ferry, please visit ferry.nyc.

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