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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.    

Download Employment Application/Personal Information Record PDF 

This application must be printed and mailed. Data will not transfer if this form is attached to an e-mail.

Please contact the office below in the area closest to your employment preference.

  • Albany Division (Counties:  Albany, Columbia, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Ulster):
    Phone:  518-471-4486
    Fax:  518-436-2932
    Mail:  P.O. Box 189, Albany, NY 12201

  • Buffalo Division (Counties:  Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans):
    Phone:  716-631-9017
    Fax:  716-626-1328
    Mail:  455 Cayuga Road, Suite 800, Cheektowaga, NY 14225

  • NY Division (Counties:  Orange, Rockland, Westchester):
    Phone:  845-918-2533
    Fax:  845-918-2596
    Mail:  4 Executive Blvd., Suffern, NY 10901

  • Syracuse Division (Counties:  Cayuga, Onondaga, Ontario, Seneca):
    Phone:  315-438-2401
    Fax:  315-461-0765
    Mail:  Suite 250 2nd Floor, 290 Elwood Davis Road, Liverpool, NY 13088

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