Fort Delaware Boat Operator

Recruitment #020620-MXCC08-400305



Fort Delaware is a Civil War era river defense site that served as a prisoner-of-war facility during the American Civil War. The fort reveals remarkable stories of human achievement, tenacity, and endurance. 


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Summary Statement

This position will operate multiple styles of boats transporting staff, supplies and equipment across the Delaware River.  Duties will include the operation of the boat, safely docking and securely fastening the boat on a regular basis in a variety of weather and marine conditions.  Additional duties may include assisting with maintenance and mechanical work in regards to boats, vehicles, surfaces, and buildings.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Operate motorboats to transport people and equipment on the Delaware River & Bay area.
  • Change oil and check fluids on motorboat.
  • Clean and fuel motorboat regularly.
  • Carry passengers and freight between docks.
  • Maintain equipment such as range markers, fire extinguishers, boat fenders, lines, pumps, and fittings.
  • Use equipment to take depth soundings.
  • Report any observed navigational hazards to authorities.
  • Load and unload boats.
  • Use navigational aids to maintain desired course.
  • Guide boats using engine throttles and steering mechanisms.
  • Secure boats to dock.
  • Find shelter for boat during rough weather.
  • Provide general customer service and park information to visitors.
  • Must be dependable and have good communication skills.
  • Maintain a positive attitude and have fun.
  • Performs other related work as required.

Job Requirements

Please attach a resume with your online application or use the resume tab in DEL to provide a detailed description of how your education, training and/or experience meets each job requirement including employer, experience/responsibilities and dates (month/year) of employment/training.

Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Must be at least 21 years of age.
  2. Possession of a state-issued boater education card or NASBLA-approved boating safety course certificate.
  3. Experience operating a boat.
  4. Possession of a valid Driver's License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).

Conditions of Hire

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.  DNREC does not provide sponsorship for holders of H-1 B Visas.

Criminal background check:  A satisfactory criminal background check is required as a condition of hire.  The recruiting agency may require the applicant to pay for the criminal background check as part of the conditional offer of hire.    

Selection Process

The application and resume are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position. It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and resume to include dates of employment, job title and job duties. For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content. Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email.  Please keep your contact information current.  You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at


Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.  The State of Delaware – An Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

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