Dec 22, 2014

The nonprofit For Richmond alerted us to prospective career opportunities for local residents who are either on parole or probation.

On Jan. 13, three workshops will be held to guide parolees and probationers to job possibilities working for agencies such as the Golden Gate Ferry.

These jobs do not require previous industry experience and would include generous starting pay, with benefits after 30 days.

The workshops will be held at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. at 400 Broadway Ave. in Oakland. Those registering must call (510) 789-9270 to reserve their space in one of the workshops.

Applicants will have a chance to become trained as members of the Inland Boatman’s Union (IBU/ILWU), the Master Mates and Pilots Union (MMP) and the Sailor’s Union of the Pacific (SUP).




  1. Do you have to be a Parolee or on Probation to apply for this great Job

    Charles Hadley | Dec 23rd, 2014
  2. Only for this workshop. Anyone can sign up (in person only) on the deckhand waiting list for the inland boatmans union at 450 Harrison st in sf. Sign up quickly, training starts early spring!

    Clare | Jan 7th, 2015
  3. My Name is Martha Cabrales Can you call me at 707-720-5936.. I do not have Never gone to jail or prison..BUT I NEED A JOB….PLEAS CALL ME…I WOULD LIKE TO WORK….

    Martha Cabrales | Mar 27th, 2015
  4. I worked on tugboats for 13 years on the SF Bay. In order to get in those unions you mentioned, you need to have a Merchant Mariners Card, issued by the U.S. Coast Guard. They have a strict criteria for criminal backgrounds. Good luck on that.

    Stephen Miller | Oct 16th, 2016

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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.