The Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA) is organizing a career fair at the Seattle Boat Show featuring 25 local marine-related businesses with 75+ full-time positions, plus many seasonal ones.

The recreational marine industry is experiencing great growth.  According to George Harris, president, Northwest Marine Trade Association, 2015 appears to be the fourth consecutive year that Washington State new-boat dealers had a year-over-year increase in unit sales and the best since 2009 with new boat sales – including up 24% since 2014. Other affiliated businesses– local boat builders, yacht outfitters, boat yards and more – are experiencing similar growth, creating many job opportunities. The immediate openings are for all facets of business such as sales, customer service, administration, some seasonal, but most of the need and open positions are for skilled marine technicians, experienced mechanics and skilled laborers (fiberglass work and repair, welding, glazing, rigging, painting).

These are well paid jobs. The average annual salary before benefits for maritime industry employees in Washington state is more than $20,000 above the average wage in Washington.

Twenty-five local marine-related businesses will be in attendance. For a complete list of participating companies, visit:  http://www.seattleboatshow.com/job-fair.html   The job fair runs Monday February 1st, from 9am to 11am at the CenturyLink Field Event Center, 1000 Occidental Ave, Seattle, WA 98134. To enter the building Job Fair participants will go up the stairs located between the CenturyLink Event Center and CenturyLink Field.  Attendees will be given free admittance to the Boat Show for Monday Feb. 1 so that they may explore the show, talk to exhibitors and learn more about the boating business and lifestyle. The show opens at the conclusion of the career fair at 11 a.m. and runs until 8 p.m.

 

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Brad grew up at the family cottage on Lake Simcoe using both powerboats and sailboats. A veteran journalist with large national daily newspapers, outdoor interest magazines, and syndicated television shows, Brad has entertained and educated readers for over 20 years with his unique family-inclusive perspective. His favorite pastime is teaching others to use their boats to access the freedom and beauty of a Life Afloat. Brad, his wife, and three teenage daughters have traveled all over North America, but choose to keep their floating home on the fresh waters of Central Ontario.