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To be considered for any position, please email a resume to and reference the job position and location you are applying for or mail it to:

Portland Spirit
Attn: Human Resources
110 SE Caruthers Street
Portland, OR 97214

You can download a job application as a pdf.

Pre-employment drug testing is required for all positions after an initial job offer has been extended to a candidate.


Available Positions:
HR Generalist
Executive Chef
Group and Charter Sales Manager

CAPTAIN - Portland

Captain experience and resume necessary. Pre-employment drug screen and enrolled in random D.O.T. drug testing schedule required. Flexible schedule for day, early mornings, evenings, late nights, weekends and holidays.


  • -Complete Portland Spirit Deckhand, Senior Deckhand and Engineering training
  • -Knowledgeable of all boats engines and other mechanical equipment.
  • -Know the state of repair and readiness of your vessel.
  • -Manage the operations staff on duty and operate Portland Spirit vessels in a manner that insures compliance with USCG regulations, federal law and the standards, policies and procedures set forth by Portland Spirit and Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler.
  • -Insure a positive and professional image of the operations department to the other departments, passengers and general public through performance, attitude and appearance.
  • -Possess an in depth knowledge of the lower Willamette and lower Columbia rivers.
  • -Deliver safety announcements (and narration when applicable) over public address system.
  • -Work closely with Cruise Manager and Chef to create a safe and pleasant working environment, cooperation between departments and compliance with all company policies and procedures as well as the highest quality presentation possible to our guests and the general public.
  • -Identify safety and maintenance projects and determine practicality of delegating repairs to operations staff on duty or filing a repair order. Schedule contract labor as needed to maintain cruise schedule.
  • -Train and educate Deck, Sr. Deck and Engineers in the rules of the road, navigation, chart work and the practices of good seamanship. Encourage advancement within the company and acquisition of M.M.D’s.
  • -Train operations crew in public relations, including, but not limited to, dealing with intoxicated persons and assisting children and physically challenged people.
  • -Present status reports and recommendations to the operations manager regarding promotion, demotion and termination of operations personnel.
  • -Enforce disciplinary action within the guidelines of the department and the company.
  • - Authorize and arrange voyage repairs to ensure that your vessel does not miss a scheduled cruise.

Skills and Requirements:

  • 100 ton Master License Certification
  • Excellent public relations skills required
  • TWIC certification or obtainment of certification required upon hire.

  • Pay range: $15.00 per hour plus Gratuity

Jobs Specifics

  • Pre-employment drug testing & random drug testing after hire
  • Schedule varies with season; Up to 40 hours per week including weekend & holidays
  • 50% family member discount. Direct Deposit. Eligible for Health Insurance. 401k Eligible. Sick Pay Eligible


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