Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that 200 new jobs are being added to the Brooklyn Navy Yard ahead of the summer launch of a citywide ferry service, New York Daily News reported.
"We need people to start out as deckhands and be able to work their way up to good paying, long-term jobs," de Blasio explained, according to the source.
In addition to deck hands, positions are also opening up for mechanics, engineers and boat captains for the ferry operator Hornblower.
ABC7News said that the ferry service will be adding three new stops to its route, including the Rockaways, Astoria and South Brooklyn. The mayor noted that this service will make it easier for millions of riders to commute to their homes and jobs for the price of a subway ride.
Additionally, a 56,000-square-foot facility is being built in the navy yard to store 25 boats, a 40,000-gallon diesel fueling system and other utilities. If the expanded service goes smoothly, the mayor indicated that there could be more routes added in the future to total 21 stops.
According to NY Daily News, the full-time hourly wages for these jobs will be a minimum of $11.90, with approximately half offering an annual salary of over $50,000. In addition to health insurance and a retirement plan, employee benefits will also include pet insurance.