Part-Time Marine Safety Officer

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Employment Application - Part-Time Marine Safety Officer

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Please Note: Applications for the 2023 season are no longer available. Applications received will be added to a waitlist for the 2024 season.

HOURLY RATE: $25.00 - $28.00
LOCATION: 2201 Hogback Road, Ann Arbor


Under the supervision of a higher classified employee, the Marine Safety Officer is responsible for patrol and enforcement of the State of Michigan Marine Safety Act within Washtenaw County waterways. Work schedule may vary. 


  • Conducts safety inspections of watercraft Investigates boating and/or watercraft accidents Issues citations for appropriate violations.
  • Reporting for and testifying in court for citations issued.
  • Assists WCSO staff in underwater search and recovery operations.
  • Conducts Livery inspections Enforces the State of Michigan littering and disorderly person statutes Provides general assistance to the public.
  • Attends meetings and trainings as required. 
  • Writes internal communications and reports as required. 
  • Represents the Office of the Sheriff in a manner consistent with Office mission, strategies and values. 
  • Establishes and maintains a positive working relationship with local criminal justice system officials and peer professionals. 
  • Maintains a practical familiarity with the criminal justice system. 
  • Uses standard office equipment and computers as well as other various technologies in the course of the work. 
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified. 


Knowledge of: 

  • Basic knowledge of the criminal justice system. 
  • Basic knowledge of the geography of Washtenaw County.
  • Familiarity with various types of watercraft and vehicle-vessel towing.
  • Operation of watercraft and standard office equipment. 
  • Computer applications related to the work. 

Skill in: 

  • Applicants must be able to successfully complete a basic swim test conducted by the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office. 
  • Managing confidential information. 
  • Effective oral, interpersonal and written communication skills. 
  • Using sound independent judgment within established policy and procedures and other guidelines. Ability to think quickly and remain calm during stressful situations. 
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work including individuals of diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. 
  • Ability to perform tasks requiring physical endurance and agility under frequently adverse conditions. 
  • Working cooperatively and effectively within a team and the larger organizational setting. 


Applicant must meet the following minimum qualifications to apply:

Must possess a valid driver's license and be able to work at any designated work site. Boating Safety Certificate preferred.

Must be MCOLES certified/certifiable or qualify for certification under MCOLES RPTE program (Recognition of prior training and experience).


Duties require sufficient mobility: reaching, sitting, talking, walking, hearing, seeing, standing, kneeling, crawling, and handling large amounts of weight. Must possess good swimming ability. Must be willing to work varied hours, holidays and be on-call. Must be able to successfully complete swimming proficiency exercises on an annual basis. 


Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent. Possession of a post high school degree or other relevant coursework with a Criminal Justice curriculum, certificates, etc. is also desirable. 


Prior experience working in a criminal justice, military or comparable setting is preferred. This class description intends to identify the major duties and requirements of the job and should not be interpreted as all-inclusive. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related duties other than those outlined above and may be required to increase specific job-related competencies, knowledge, skills or licensing and certifications for successful job performance.