New York State Harbormaster & Bay Constable Association
Harbormaster Job Description and Qualifications (Suffolk County Only)
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS (Suffolk County Only)
Under general supervision, an employee in this class is responsible for assigning docking and mooring
spaces and maintaining navigable channels to ensure the safe and orderly flow of boating traffic in a town or
village harbor. The incumbent assists in the enforcement of marine ordinances, studies and makes
recommendations for the improvement of harbor areas and facilities, and may exercise supervision over
maintenance personnel and Bay Constables. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES (Suffolk County Only)
Assigns mooring spaces to power and sail boats;
Surveys and records the number, size and types of boats using harbor facilities;
Lays out and installs various types of buoys, markers, poles, speed floats, and other navigation aids in town
harbors and channels;
Maintains orderly and safe boating conditions and enforces local marine ordinances;
Supervises the maintenance of markers, buoys, floats, etc., and submits requisitions for the purchase of
Maintains records and prepares reports of harbor activities.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Thorough knowledge of the operational and maintenance requirements of harbor facilities and equipment;
good knowledge of nautical calculations and terminology; ability to plan and supervise the activities of
personnel in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale; ability to establish and maintain
effective working relationships with town officials, boat operators, shipyard owners, and the public; ability to
enforce local marine ordinances with tact and firmness; physical condition commensurate with the demands
of the position.
a) Graduation from a New York State or Regionally accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree
in Criminal Justice, Marine Conservation, Marine Transportation, Marine Maintenance or a related field; or,
b) Graduation from a standard senior high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma and
four (4) years of experience in law enforcement, marine conservation, marine construction, marine
transportation, marine maintenance, commercial fishing or as a merchant or United States Navy seaman; or,
c) Eight (8) years of experience as defined above; or,
d) An equivalent combination of education and experience as defined by the limits of a), b) and c).
NOTE: Possession of a current United States Coast Guard Master’s license, for which at least 360 days of
service were needed to qualify for examination, will substitute for two years of the above experience.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT
There will be a qualifying psychological evaluation.
Candidates must be certified by or be able to obtain certification by the Municipal Police Training Council as
a peace officer.
SUFFOLK COUNTY CIVIL SERVICE
Please note that New York State Harbormaster & Bay Constable Association is not an agency
that hires for the positions of bay constable and harbormaster. Please seek out the agency within
the townships and/or counties that you are interested in. Please refer to the Agency Contact List.
Also, New York State Harbormaster & Bay Constable Association can not and will not endorse
anyone for the position of either bay constable nor harbormaster.
Please note that this job description was obtained from the Suffolk County Civil Service
website and is only posted here as to give an idea of what duties may be performed.
The Harbormaster job description from other Civil Service Departments such as
Nassau, Westchester and New York State have their own definitions of the title of
Harbormaster. Work activities and Duties will be different amongst other counties.