Employment : Catalina Express


The Catalina Express

Relax, Sit Back and Enjoy the Ride

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Celebrating 37 Years of Service

This year Catalina Express celebrates its 37th 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 37 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 30 million passengers have set sail to Catalina Island onboard Catalina Express.

In its first year of service, Catalina Express operated with a 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.

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.

We are currently hiring the following positions.


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.


  • Experience in maintaining diesel engines; knowledge of hydraulic systems, electrical HVA systems is a plus
  • Ability to repair marine equipment on site under adverse conditions at time
  • 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 driver’s 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.


Reservation Sales Agent 

As an agent in our inbound call center, you will promote our passenger service and Catalina Island.  The primary responsibilities of this position are sales and customer service.


  • 6 months call center, sales, or customer service experience
  • basic computer knowledge in a windows environment;  typing 35 wpm
  • Ability to work a combination of early mornings, afternoons, evenings & weekends
  • Holidays required
  • Must pass background check

Department Hours are 5:45am to 9pm, Monday through Sunday (4-8 hour shifts). Scheduled hours are 25-40 hours per week through September.


Deli Counterperson

As visible members of our Food and Beverage department, Deli Counterpersons provide beverage and snack service in our busy terminals and perform limited food preparation.


  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Able to lift 50 lbs
  • have some prior customer service experience
  • Must be able to work weekends and holidays
  • Prior cash handling experience is a plus

Scheduled hours are 15-30 hours a week.


Line Cooks

Preparing breakfast and lunch, you will handle opening or closing lines, preparing food according to a recipe and other assigned duties.


  • Must be able to work a combination of early mornings, afternoons, evenings and weekends



As a member 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.


  • Minimum 18 years of age, 6 months of customer service experience
  • Ability to move and lift 70 lbs., stand, walk and bend for extended periods of time
  • Ability to work all ports: San Pedro, Long Beach & Dana Point; must pass U.S. Coast Guard drug screen and a background check
  • Ability to work a combination of early mornings, afternoons, evenings & weekends
  • Not prone to seasickness
  • Approximately 15-40 hours per week, mostly weekends
  • Boating experience is a plus

Please 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. You may also submit your resume or application to hrmail@catalinaexpress.com 


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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.