Catalina Express

The Catalina Express

Relax, Sit Back and Enjoy the Ride

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Celebrating 35 Years of Service

This year Catalina Express celebrates its 35th year of service to Catalina Island. Starting with only one boat and one phone, Catalina Express has emerged as the leader of marine transportation to Catalina Island. Each year, more than one million passengers set sail on board the Catalina Express fleet.

"It’s amazing to see how much the business has grown and changed over the past 35 years. I believe the success of Catalina Express has been made possible because of our loyal customers and employees”
- Greg Bombard, President

Catalina Express began in 1981 when three Catalina Island residents realized the need for fast, reliable transportation to and from the island. Doug Bombard, his son Greg Bombard and long time colleague, Tom Rutter, worked tirelessly to make the vision a reality. Since then more than 25 million passengers have set sail to Catalina Island on board Catalina Express.

In its first year of service Catalina Express operated with one, 60-passenger vessel. The founders worked closely with boat builders to design vessels with innovative features like full ride control systems for stability, modern navigational systems, airline-style cabin seating, panoramic viewing windows, and on-deck seating, which won immediate acceptance from passengers.

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Join Us At Catalina Express!

Catalina Express provides a unique, upbeat and friendly work environment. Offering seasonal and year-round employment on land and at sea, our passenger counts normally peak between April and September. We begin recruiting seasonal staff in February of each year to start training for the busy spring and summer months. With Labor Day officially ending summer, we gradually begin reducing our staff to compensate for the change in business demands during the fall and winter months. If an employee is not retained during our off-peak season, but maintained a positive employment record with Catalina Express he/she may be invited to come back the following season.

You may apply in person at our San Pedro Terminal, Berth 95, San Pedro Monday through Friday, 9am to 3pm or at our Catalina Landing Terminal, 320 Golden Shore, Long Beach Monday through Friday, 9am to 3pm. When applying in person, you should be prepared to thoroughly complete our company application, including work history and employer telephone numbers. You will also meet with one of our hiring representatives for a brief screening interview. 

You may also submit applications or resumes to [email protected].

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Currently we are hiring for the following positions:

 

Reservation Sales Agent

As an agent in our inbound Contact Center, you will promote our passenger service and Catalina Island. The primary responsibilities of this position are sales and customer service. Please note that all calls are inbound and we operate in what is considered a “soft-sell” sales environment. Qualified candidates will possess a minimum of 6 months Call Center, sales, or customer service experience, basic computer knowledge, typing skills of 35 words per minute, and excellent customer service skills. Must be able to work a combination of early mornings, afternoons, evenings and weekends. Holidays will be required. 

Scheduled shifts begin as early as 5:45am and end as late as 9pm. If hired, you may work between 25 - 40 hours per week through our peak season which ends in September. Although not guaranteed, there is a possibility for year-round employment. The job location is in our Contact Center in the Union Bank building in Long Beach. The Contact Center is open for business 7 days per week.

Ticket Agent

As a Ticket Agent at one or more of our busy ticket sales counters, you will check-in passengers for scheduled departures, book walk-in reservations, and provide general customer assistance. Qualified candidates will possess 6 months cash handling and customer service experience, basic computer knowledge, and data entry skills of 30 words per minute. Ability to work at a very fast pace is of utmost importance. Must be able to work a combination of early mornings, afternoons, evenings and weekends. Holidays will be required.

Scheduled shifts may begin as early as 5am and end as late as 9pm, seven days a week. If hired, you may work an average of 20 – 40 hours per week through mid-September. Job locations include our San Pedro Port and Long Beach Port.

Cabin Attendants

As members of our boat crew, Cabin Attendants provide beverage and snack service both behind the galley and to seated passengers. Primary responsibilities are to ensure passenger safety and comfort. Qualified candidates will be at least 21 years of age and possess a minimum of 6 months cash handling, restaurant and/or bartending experience, not be prone to seasickness and be able to pass a U.S. Coast Guard required drug screen. Must be able to work a combination of early mornings, evenings, weekends and holidays. Must be able to work out of all four Catalina Express ports. Must have a California Food Handler Card if hired.

Scheduled shifts begin as early as 5am and may end as late as 2am. Normal shifts range from 6 to 12 hours per day. If hired you may work between 15 to 35 hours per week through October.

Deckhands

As members of our Boat Crew, Deckhands load and unload baggage, clean and secure deck and cabin areas, and provide general customer assistance. Primary responsibilities are to ensure passenger safety and comfort. Qualified candidates will be at least 18 years of age and possess a minimum of 6 months customer service experience, the ability to lift 70 lbs. of weight, stand, walk and bend for extended periods of time, and not be prone to seasickness. Candidates must also be able to pass a required U.S. Coast Guard drug screen. Must be able to work a combination of early mornings, evenings, and weekends. Holidays are required. Must be able to work in any of our 4 ports. Must have a California Food Handler Card if hired.

Scheduled shifts begin as early as 5am and may end as late as 2am. Normal shifts range from 6 to 12 hours per day. If hired you may work approximately 15 to 40 hours per week through October, mostly weekends.

Line Cooks

Providing quality service and product to our passengers in one or more of our busy land-based grills.  Scheduled shifts begin as early as 5am and may end as late as 9pm.  Normal shifts range from 6 – 8 hours per day.  If hired, you may work 25 – 40 hours per week through September.  Holidays and weekends required.

Deli Counterpersons

Deli Counterpersons provide customer service, taking orders and completing transactions at the counter.  Scheduled shifts begin as early as 5am and may end as late as 9pm.  Normal shifts range from 5 – 8 hours per day.  If hired, you may work 20 – 40 hours per week through September.  Holidays and weekends required.

Bartenders/Servers - Landside

Working in either of our Bistros (Long Beach or San Pedro), bartenders will have at least 6 months professional experience as a server and/or bartender.  Experience working with wine-based liquor substitutes a plus.  Scheduled shifts begin as early as 6am and may end as late as 9pm Normal shifts range from 5 – 8 hours per day.  If hired, you may work 20 – 40 hours per week through September.  Holidays and weekends are required.

Stockperson

As visible members of our Food and Beverage Department, stockpersons are responsible for accurately filling and delivering food and beverage supply requests to delis and departing vessels. Some light inventory will also be required.

Requirements include the ability to lift, move and push 50 lbs., as well as basic data entry skills. You must be able to work in both our San Pedro and Long Beach ports, and work weekends and holidays. Must be at least 18 years old.

Vessel Engineers

Vessel Engineers perform routine maintenance on our fleet as directed by the Port Engineer as well as perform inspections of vessels for repair and maintenance standards and procedures working with other company engineers as needed.

Qualifications:
• Experience in maintaining diesel engines; knowledge of hydraulic systems, electrical HVA systems a plus
• Ability to repair marine equipment on site under adverse conditions at times
• Ability to interact with others using courtesy, tact, and good judgment
• Ability to understand and execute complex oral and written instructions
• Ability to work independently with minimal or no guidance
• Ability to interact professionally with all departments
• Must have a valid drivers license

Job Conditions and Environment:
This job requires the ability to travel between our ports as well as receive emergency repair calls after hours. Weekend work is required. The work may occur under adverse weather conditions. Travel may be involved on certain projects. It also requires the ability to fit into tight fitting spaces for repair work. Pre-employment drug testing is required.

Directions To Ports:

Catalina Sea & Air Terminal San Pedro:

Travel South on the Harbor 110 Freeway, exit at the Vincent Thomas Bridge/Terminal Island/Long Beach/Harbor Blvd. off ramp. Be sure follow signs to Catalina and get into the far right hand lane. Exit right to Harbor Blvd. When you reach the light at the bottom of the off-ramp, continue straight thru the light to Berth 95 and take a parking ticket. The first hour of parking is free.

Catalina Landing Downtown Long Beach:
Travel South on the 710 Freeway, follow signs to Downtown and exit Golden Shore. Turn right at the stop sign, follow around to the Terminal on the right. Parking is in the structure on the left.

You may apply in person at our Catalina Sea and Air Terminal, Berth 95 San Pedro 90731 or at the Downtown Long Beach Catalina Landing, 320 Golden Shore, Long Beach, 90802. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. When applying in person, be prepared to thoroughly complete our company application. Bring information on your work history and your employer telephone numbers. You will meet with one of our hiring representatives for a brief screening interview.

Job Hotline

If you are interested in learning more about the Catalina Express seasonal or year-round employment opportunities, please call our toll-free job hotline, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at: (800) 404-8483

We Look Forward to Welcoming You Aboard!
- Catalina Express Staff and Crew

Daily Boat Trips To Catalina Island

Discover paradise on Catalina Island with daily ferry trips to and from the island. More than one million travelers choose Catalina Island as their getaway each year and Catalina Express' large fleet of boats make the trip in about an hour, operating every day, year round from three mainland ports - Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point.

Escape To Catalina Island

Leave the hustle and bustle of the “mainland” behind. Catalina Island is the perfect place to take a break from the demands of daily life. With so many activities to choose from, your visit to Catalina Island can be adventure-packed or filled with rest and relaxation. With its year round Mediterranean climate, it’s the ideal place to enjoy ocean air and sunshine.

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