Marine Travelift Operator.


Marine Travelift Operator.


Stones Boatyard, Nanaimo, BC


November 7, 2023

Description of work:
Stones Boatyard, one of Vancouver Island’s busiest boatyards, is recruiting a Marine Travelift Operator to join our team. As a full-service yard and boat storage centre, no two days are alike and that means interesting, diverse, and challenging work to lift 700 recreational and commercial boats each year.

If you are a self-starter looking for employment that offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package, we invite you to dive in and explore the possibilities.

The Marine Travelift Operator’s daily routine includes, but is not limited to, safely operating our 82- ton travelift with a wireless remote control to move boats to designated work, and storage areas.

This position requires someone who has 2+ years’ experience with a marine travelift, and forklift in a boatyard/yacht environment. We are looking for someone who has a strong work ethic, takes pride in their work, has strong communication, organisation skills, the ability to prioritise, multi-task and work as part of a cohesive team.

The boatyard hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 0800 – 1630, plus other additional hours/overtime as required.

Reports to:
• Boatyard Supervisor and/or Boatyard

Required Service and Interpersonal Skills:
• Maintaining flexibility and safely performing multiple duties and tasks under stressful, potentially hazardous conditions.
• Maintain a customer focused, professional, and positive demeanour while on the
• Tendency to display endurance and capacity for a fast
• Able to work independently at times and make sound
• Knows limitations and when to ask for
• Wear proper personal protective equipment (may include safety glasses, gloves, life jackets and/or hard hats) as required for the task or work area.
• Report all accidents, injuries, spills and near misses
• Eagerness to engage in a growing, and fast paced
• Consistently treat others with dignity and
• Genuinely serves others with humility and a positive
• Frequently demonstrates a bias toward
• Always communicates effectively and courteously with fellow teammates and
• Continuously follows policies and procedures while seeking out new and better ways of accomplishing duties.
• Shows resolve and overcomes difficulties in a positive and productive
• Gladly provides responsive, and high level of service to other
• Eagerly puts forth the extra effort to accomplish
• Adapts quickly and efficiently to changing priorities to meet customer or teammate

Job Duties Responsibilities:
• Assisting boat owners, crews, and contractors with the haulout, launching and storage of their
• Operating 82-ton travelift, and hauling, launching, and blocking of yachts and commercial vessels up to 85 feet long.
• Supervising yard staff assigned to assist lifting, washing, and blocking
• Managing lifts and reporting back to management
• Performing all basic under waterline work from start to
• Organizing all yard equipment and carrying out preventative maintenance programmes for all company owned equipment, including forklift, travelift, water treatment plant, etc.
• Proper and safe use of slings, , ensuring safe movements of vessels.
• Placing keel blocks, boat stands and support blocks under vessels in accordance with size of
• Monitoring machinery/equipment to confirm equipment works correctly and
• Checking equipment daily for proper fluid levels and general operation including hydraulic lines and fittings, strap condition, and report and maintenance/repair issues to management.
• Grounds maintenance and boatyard cleanliness
• Carry out additional duties as assigned by supervisor

Required Experience and Education
• High School Diploma
• 2+ years experience operating travelift in the Marine
• Antifouling paint, zincs, trim tabs, shafts, rudders
• Possess a high regard for safety in the
• The ability to stoop, crouch, pull, push, reach, hear, near vision, kneel, talk, stand, grasp and lift to 50 lbs. while working around moving machinery.
• Fluent proficiency in English language, verbal and written
• Valid driver’s license and have reliable
• Legally entitled to work in
• Enjoy working outdoors and able to work in all weather conditions, hot, cold, and
• Ability to ascend and descend a
• Basic boat handling skills a

Attendance and Punctuality:
• Applicant must be available to work weekends and holidays and overtime when required
• Punctual to work; has good attendance; uses good
• Attends meetings when directed; follows company policies/goals.
• Understands need for adhering to set schedules and
• Maintains 100% attendance and begins working on
• Leaves for/returns from breaks on
• Uses correct language; speaks clearly; and
• Able to complete written work orders, maintenance records and purchase
• Greets clients; is respectful; is courteous; has acceptable
• Expresses ideas and thoughts well verbally; exhibits good listening and
• Speaks politely and respectfully with all members of the
• Deals directly with co‐workers to resolve
• Follows‐up quickly and completely; keeps management informed of situations and

This is a full-time salaried position offering a competitive salary based on skills and experience in the region of $25-30 per hour, staff parking, uniform, PPE, plus health, dental and vision benefits covering employee and his/her dependents. Staff discounts available for boating equipment sold through the onsite Marine Store.

Technical training is provided, as and when required or agreed, to meet standards and best serve customer requirements.

Relocation: Support will be offered for relocation from the BC mainland to Nanaimo (or within easy daily commuting distance of the yard) if required.

Contact Information:
Please send a resume and covering email to