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Thruway Tug Captain

The New York Division of the NYS Thruway Authority has a vacancy at the Tappan Zee Bridge.


The successful candidate would operate and pilot a diesel-powered tugboat vessel at the Tappan Zee Bridge on the Hudson River. The Tug Captain is responsible for proper operation and piloting when underway; directs the movement and placement of a 35-ton crane barge and other floating plant used in the replacement of timber piling, ice breakers, fenders, caissons and piers; and delivers materials and personnel to work sites. Tug Captains are also responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the vessel assigned to them.


Candidates must possess a license as a master of towing vessel with endorsements for inland, ocean, or near coastal waters;


A license as a United States Coast Guard master of towing vessel, limited for the area (as determined by the Officer in Charge of Marine Inspections at the U.S. Coast Guard [OCMI]). All Coast Guard licenses shall be rated for vessels that weigh at least 100 gross registered tons;


Be a mariner licensed as a master of inspected, self-propelled vessels greater than 200 gross registered tons (GRT) holding either a completed Towing Officer's Assessment Record (TOAR) bearing the signature of a Designated Examiner and stating that the Examiner found the candidate proficient for a license endorsed for towing*;


Four (4) years of experience as the pilot of a towing vessel. A valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State is also required.

*Commercial assistance towing is not satisfactory to meet the qualification.

Salary $58,743 per year plus $3,026 per year location pay.

Benefits include:

  • Year round employment
  • 12 paid Holidays
  • 16 paid Vacation and Personal Days, plus 13 paid Sick Days
  • Generous health, dental and optical benefits
  • Free E-ZPass from home to work, work to home
  • Participation in the New York State Employees Retirement System

Submit resumes to:

Karen Parchment
New York State Thruway Authority
4 Executive Blvd.
Suffern, NY 10901
For additional information, please call (845) 918-2564.