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Date:  Jan 18, 2023

Grafton, IL, US, 62037-2316

Job Requisition ID:  23078

Agency :  Department of Transportation 
Closing Date/Time: 01/31/2023 
Salary:   $5,258 - $7,010 / Monthly  
Job Type:   Salaried Full Time  
County:   Jersey  
Number of Vacancies:   3  
Plan/BU:   RC019  


This position is a union position; therefore, provisions of the relevant collective bargaining agreement/labor contract apply to the filling of this position.


All applicants who want to be considered for this position MUST apply electronically through the website. State of Illinois employees should click the link near the top left to apply through the SuccessFactors employee career portal.

Applications submitted via email or any paper manner (mail, fax, hand delivery) will not be considered.


*This position is subject to a pre-employment physical examination and drug and alcohol testing and subject to random drug and alcohol testing after hired.



Agency Mission Statement

The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking to hire Ferry Operators.


The IDOT team works diligently to provide safe, cost-effective transportation for Illinois in ways that enhance quality of life, promote economic prosperity and protect our environment. We are problem solvers and leaders, constantly searching for innovations and improvements in support of our commitment to providing the best multimodal transportation system for Illinois.


Our team fosters a culture of inclusivity. We value diversity and hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards as we work together for a common purpose. Team members frequently collaborate with colleagues and others outside the department to best meet customer needs. 


The department offers extensive training and career advancement opportunities. Employees also receive a robust benefit package including:

  • Monday-Friday work schedule
  • Flexible work schedules are available in many program areas.
  • Health, Life, Vision, and Dental Insurance
  • Pension Plan
  • (10) Weeks paid Maternity/Paternity Leave
  • Deferred Compensation Program and other pre-tax benefit programs (Medical/Daycare)
  • Employees earn (12) paid Sick Days annually.
  • New Employees earn (10) paid Vacation Days their first year of service and can earn up to (25) paid Vacation Days annually.
  • Employees earn (3) paid Personal Days annually.
  • (13-14) paid holidays annually (based on start date)
  • Tuition Reimbursement


We invite qualified applicants to apply to become part of our team. We are confident that you will take pride in serving Illinois and its residents and visitors.

Job Responsibilities


1.   Operates a ferryboat and ferry barge.

•    Transports passengers, vehicles and commodities.
•    Acts as emergency relief Deck Hand.



2.    Inspects and maintains all equipment used.
•    Makes periodic inspections of all equipment for safe and efficient operation.
•    Removes ice from around boats to prevent damage, maintains upkeep of ferry landing, buildings and grounds.
•    Performs needed repair and maintenance work.



3.    Serves as designated Lead Worker/Crew Leader.
•    Assigns and reviews work .
•    Provides guidance and training to assigned staff .
•    Advises immediate supervisor regarding any work-related issues



4.    Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of those enumerated above.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Minimum Qualifications

1.    Requires knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to completion of four years of high school.
2.    Requires possession of a valid license to serve as Master on vessels of greater than 95 gross registered tons or Master of towing vessels of greater than 95 gross registered tons upon oceans, near coastal, inland, Great Lakes, western rivers, Illinois River, or a limited geographic area. Credential limited to the Kampsville or Brussels Ferry, issued by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Preferred Qualifications 

1.    Prefers working knowledge of boat and ferry operations and water traffic regulations.
2.    Prefers license with radar endorsement issued by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Conditions of Employment

1.    Requires successful completion of a background investigation.

Position Marketing Statement

The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking to hire a Ferry Operator I. The successful candidate, under the general supervision of the Ferry Operator II, will operate and maintain a ferryboat. 

Work Hours:  8:00 AM-4:00 PM / 4:00 PM-12:00 AM / 12:00 AM-8:00 AM 
Work Location: 16211 State Highway 100 W Grafton, IL 62037-2316  

Office: Office of Highways Project Implementation/Region 5/District 8/Operations
Agency Contact:

Job Family:  Transportation  



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