Careers

Cruise and Event Lead

Waterways is looking for a group of core leadership to join our team year-round!  The Cruise/Event Lead is a mature individual, who is responsible for a successful execution of an onboard event.  This position thrives on delivering the best guest experience while leading an onboard team.  This individual will be dedicated and possess expletory skills in leadership, organization, time management, excellent communication, and good judgment.

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    Waterways is looking for a group of core leadership to join our team year-round!  The Cruise/Event Lead is a mature individual, who is responsible for a successful execution of an onboard event.  This position thrives on delivering the best guest experience while leading an onboard team.  This individual will be dedicated and possess exemplary skills in leadership, organization, time management, excellent communication, and good judgment.

    Essential Duties & Responsibilities: 

    • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced operation, while maintaining poise and hospitality.
    • Be on board yacht at scheduled in time for crew, ready to start pre-shift briefing.
    • Prepare layouts based on guest count, client needs, and staffing level. Review all contract details with the crew and set expectations for the event.
    • Manage onboard team throughout the event. Direct and help team as needed while being a gracious host to guests onboard.
    • Assign and direct crew in their position related responsibilities, including side work, resets, and cleaning of F&B areas.
    • Ability to reach, bend, stoop, wipe, push, pull and lift items up to 50 pounds.
    • Direct and lead set up/tear down before and after shift.
    • Monitor and evaluate all food, beverage, and service quality during events. Be a host with guests and ensure satisfaction is being met throughout cruise/event experience.
    • Able to think of their feet and problem solve.
    • Support the staff with all safety requirements, while communicating essential information regarding the event.
    • Keep all vessels in “Show-Ready” condition.
    • Completion of Senior Deckhand training, including, but not limited to, vessel operations, fire safety, CPR/AED, line handling, and First Aid (preferred).
    • Be proactive in communicating with General Manager, Operations Manager, and Operations Coordinator when work order is needed or supplies are low.
    • Responsible for accurately filling out reports (event reports, or injuries). Confirm information with the captain and have them send to appropriate parties.
    • This position requires pre and random drug testing as mandated by the U.S. Coast Guard.

    Desired Background: 

    • 3 years working in the hospitality industry
    • Minimum 1 year as a Manager/Supervisor in Food & Beverage
    • Understands the importance of safety in the workplace and adheres to all mandated standards
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office

    Work Schedule:

    • Bulk of business occurs nights, weekends and holidays so availability during those times is a must. A flexible schedule is required.

    Compensation: 

    • $17/an hour

    How to Apply: 

    • To be considered for this position, please send resume and cover letter to our General Manager, Jeff Culton at [email protected].

    Perks: 

    • Waterways will assist in tracking sea time. An individual that reaches 2 yrs of service with the company and has accrued enough sea time, will be eligible for assistance from the company in obtaining their AB License, Mates License, and up to, and possibly including, 100 ton Master’s license.
    • After three months working at Waterways, employees will receive four tickets to any standard dining cruise, to be used within a year.
    • Waterways provides employees a  Friends and Family discount of 25% off standard dining cruises.

    About Waterways Cruises and Events: 

    Founded in 1994, Waterways Cruises and Events continues to provide distinctive cruising experiences on Seattle’s lakes and Puget Sound. Family owned and operated, Waterways has grown from a single yacht for private charters to include four beautiful dining and entertainment yachts, accommodating over 60,000 guests per year for weddings, corporate events, special celebrations, and public dining cruises. For an Unforgettable Experience … Just Add Water!

    Pre-employment background checks and drug/alcohol screening required for all positions. Random drug/alcohol testing also required as mandated by the USCG.

Captain

Waterways Cruises and Events, Seattle’s leading dining cruise company, is seeking experienced Captains looking for a working environment where superior marine and communication skills are valued and creativity and cooperation are encouraged.

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    Waterways Cruises and Events, Seattle’s leading dining cruise company, is seeking experienced Captains looking for a working environment where superior marine and communication skills are valued and creativity and cooperation are encouraged.

    Waterways Cruises’ Captains love what they do, take pride in themselves and in their vessels, are comfortable around people, enjoy interfacing with our guests, and can provide great customer service.

    Essential Duties & Responsibilities: 

    • Professionally pilot and handle twin screw vessels, often in difficult marine environments.
    • Ensure that the safety of passengers, crew, and the vessel is the highest operational priority.
    • Adhere to all USCG rules and regulations necessary for safe vessel operations.
    • Understand all vessel operational systems and how they function.
    • Create a friendly, inviting environment for passengers: greet guests when they board, provide safety and other announcements; answer guest’s questions; provide an informative cruise narration; visit with guests at appropriate times; and thank guests as they disembark.
    • Build a team environment with crew on our vessels to ensure a safe and unforgettable experience for our guest on every cruise.
    • Handle all guest and employee issues on our vessels in a professional and courteous manner.
    • Assist crew in the set-up or tear-down for events onboard our vessels as needed.
    • Assist in maintaining Waterways’ vessels in excellent condition.
    • Maintain vessel helm and engineering logs, and complete Company required pre- and post-cruise paperwork in a timely and workmanlike manner.
    • Be the face of Waterways–always appropriately groomed, smartly dressed in a clean uniform, and courteous to passengers and other crew members.

    Minimum Position Requirements: 

    • USCG Merchant Mariner Certification – 100-ton License
    • TWIC card
    • FCC Radio Operators License
    • CPR and First Aid credentials
    • Basic computer skills

    WORK SCHEDULE:

    • A flexible schedule is required – schedules include evenings, weekends, and holidays.

    Compensation: 

    • Depending on experience.

    How to Apply: 

    • To be considered for this position, please send resume and cover letter to our General Manager, Jeff Culton at [email protected].

    About Waterways Cruises and Events: 

    Waterways Cruises and Events is a small family owned company operating luxury yachts on Seattle’s Lakes. Originally founded in 1994 with a single yacht for private charters, Waterways successfully expanded its operations to four luxury yachts, becoming Seattle’s only upscale dining cruise and event company accommodating upwards of 60,000 guests per year for weddings, corporate events, special celebrations and dining cruises. Featuring seasonal menus, scenic cruise routes, exciting entertainment options and private table dining, Waterways Cruises brings unique dining experiences and sightseeing opportunities to guests.

    Pre-employment background checks and drug/alcohol screening required for all positions. Random drug/alcohol testing also required as mandated by the USCG.

    Waterways Cruises is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, sex/gender, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, physical or mental handicap unrelated to ability, pregnancy, veteran status, unfavorable discharge from military service, genetic information, or other legally protected status. Waterways Cruises will consider for employment-qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable local, state or federal law. Waterways Cruises maintains a drug-free workplace.

     

Server

We are seeking part-time, experienced servers. Successful candidates will have excellent communication and customer service skills. Must be self- motivated, friendly and a team player.

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    We are seeking part-time, experienced servers. Successful candidates will have excellent communication and customer service skills. Must be self- motivated, friendly and a team player.

    Weekend and Holiday availability and a flexible schedule are a must. You must be committed to superior customer service in a fast-paced, high energy and fun environment. Must be professional, reliable, enthusiastic and friendly. Minimum 6 months experience with a catering or restaurant background. Seasonal employment with days, evenings and holiday shifts available.

    Other job requirements include:

    • Ability to work at a fast pace while maintaining poise and grace.
    • Maintain a very clean and well-run section.
    • Serve patrons food & beverage orders quickly, in proper portion with courtesy.
    • Ability to check I.D on any customer ordering alcohol who looks under 30 years old.
    • Ability to reach, bend, stoop, wipe, push, pull and lift items up to 50 pounds.
    • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced operation.
    • Set up and tear down before and after shift can be expected.
    • A great attitude about life and the pleasure of serving our guests in a fun and relaxed environment.
    • Takes pride in personal grooming and how you present yourself to others.
    • This position requires pre and random drug testing as mandated by the U.S. Coast Guard.

    To apply for this position, please submit your resume.

Line Cook/Prep Cook

We are seeking an experienced seasonal Galley Chef / Line cook to join our team of highly qualified culinary professionals. The Galley Chef / Line cook is solely responsible for all aspects of food service during a cruise, which includes platter and passed appetizers, multi-course plated meals, buffet meals and dessert service. The Galley Chef / Line Cook  must work closely with the front of the house staff in coordinating timelines and adjust as needed to meet client requests. MOST OF ALL the Galley Chef must be committed to providing the highest level of guest satisfaction to each and every guest.

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    We are seeking an experienced seasonal Galley Chef / Line cook to join our team of highly qualified culinary professionals. The Galley Chef / Line cook is solely responsible for all aspects of food service during a cruise, which includes platter and passed appetizers, multi-course plated meals, buffet meals and dessert service. The Galley Chef / Line Cook  must work closely with the front of the house staff in coordinating timelines and adjust as needed to meet client requests. MOST OF ALL the Galley Chef must be committed to providing the highest level of guest satisfaction to each and every guest.

    REPORTS TO:
    Executive Chef

    WORK SCHEDULE:

    • Full-time/Seasonal. Part-time/Year-round
    • Flexible, 12-40 hours per week depending on business’ needs and your schedule
    • Weekends and holidays required

    COMPENSATION:
    Hourly Plus Tips DOE

    SKILLS/DUTIES REQUIRED:

    • Duties include basic prep for the main kitchen, peeling, cutting, searing, grilling, boiling, blanching, fruit trays, stocks, portioning proteins, etc.
    • Responsible for daily prep list, loading food on vessels within designated timeframe, and opening and closing of the galley kitchen.
    • Plating hot food, setting up buffets, and following dinner service timeframe while working closely with FOH staff.
    • Maintain the overall cleanliness of the kitchen.
    • Must be able to work with and without supervision.
    • Must have a clean and professional appearance and work station at all times.
    • Ability to be self-motivated and thrive under pressers.
    • Must be punctual and have perfect attendance at all times.
    • Be able to take direction from the Executive Chef and work well as part of a team.

    QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

    • Must have previous fine dining experience.
    • Must have experience with Pacific Northwest cuisine.
    • Must have high standards of sanitation and knowledge of Washington state health codes.
    • Must possess a current Washington state food handler’s card.
    • Able to interact with customers and other crew members in English
    • Work with a smile on your face!

    EXPERIENCE/EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

    • High school diploma or equivalent.
    • Culinary degree is preferred.

    HOW TO APPLY:
    To apply, please submit your resume and professional references via email to [email protected] No phone calls please. Please indicate what position you are applying for in the subject line.

Bartender

We are seeking part-time, experienced bartenders. Successful candidates will have excellent communication and customer service skills. Must be self-motivated, friendly and a team player.

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    We are seeking part-time, experienced bartenders. Successful candidates will have excellent communication and customer service skills. Must be self-motivated, friendly and a team player.

    Weekend and Holiday availability and a flexible schedule are a must.

    Other job requirements include:

    • Ability to work at a fast pace while maintaining poise and grace.
    • Broad knowledge of cocktail preparation and the ability to mix complex drinks consistently.
    • Maintain a very clean and well-run bar.
    • Collect money for drinks & food served and make correct change.
    • Serve patrons food & beverage order quickly, in proper portion with courtesy.
    • Ability to check I.D on any customer ordering alcohol who looks under 30 years old.
    • Ability to reach, bend, stoop, wipe, push, pull and lift items up to 50 pounds.
    • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced operation.
    • A great attitude about life and the pleasure of serving our guests in a fun and relaxed environment.
    • Takes pride in personal grooming and how you present yourself to others.

    This position requires pre and random drug testing as mandated by the U.S. Coast Guard.

    To apply for this position, please submit your resume.

Contact Info

Phone (206) 223-­2060
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2441 N. Northlake Way Seattle, WA 98103