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Tug Captain

Hourly Salary: $22.71

Job Description:

Operate and pilot a tug vessel at the work zone. Responsible for supervising a crew aboard a tug, including maintaining time records and tracking supplies. Responsible for the maintenance, light repairs and general upkeep of historical tug vessels. USCG Drug Testing Required.

Minimum Qualifications:  

  • Must be at least 18
  • Requirements vary based on needs but may at minimum require a valid United States Coast Guard Masters license with a valid US Coast Guard Master of Towing for inland waters on the New York State Canal System waterways, with a minimum of 100 tons.

Canal Jobs offer:  

  • On-the-Job Training
  • Entry Level Skills for Maritime, Engineering, Machine Shop & Other Careers
  • Time Toward a NYS Pension
  • Great for Retirees Looking to Stay Active

Positions available throughout New York State in Fort Edward, Waterford, Fonda, Utica, Syracuse, Lysander, Lyons & Albion

phone: 518.449.6003


The New York State Canal Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer.

New York State Human Rights Law prohibits discrimination based on age, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, sex, disability, marital status, gender identity, prior arrests, prior conviction records, predisposing genetic characteristics or domestic violence victim status.

The New York State Canal Corporation provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please email

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from the candidate before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at