Catalina Express

The Catalina Express

Relax. Sit Back and Enjoy the Ride

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Over 30 Years of Service

In 2012, Catalina Express celebrated its 30th year of service to Catalina Island. Starting with only one boat and one phone, Catalina Express has emerged as the leader of marine transportation to Catalina Island. Each year, more than one million passengers set sail to Catalina Island on board Catalina Express.

"It’s amazing to see how much the business has grown and changed over the past 30 years. I believe the success of Catalina Express has been made possible because of our loyal customers and employees”
- Greg Bombard, President

Catalina Express began in 1981 when three Catalina Island residents realized the need for fast, reliable transportation to and from the island. Doug Bombard, his son Greg Bombard and long time colleague, Tom Rutter, worked tirelessly to make the vision a reality. Since then more than 25 million passengers have set sail to Catalina Island on board Catalina Express.

In its first year of service Catalina Express operated with one, 60-passenger vessel. The founders worked closely with boat builders to design vessels with innovative features like full ride control systems for stability, modern navigational systems, airline-style cabin seating, panoramic viewing windows, and on-deck seating, which won immediate acceptance from passengers.

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Join Us At Catalina Express!

Catalina Express provides a unique, upbeat and friendly work environment. Offering seasonal and year round employment on land and at sea, our passenger counts normally peaking between April and September. We begin recruiting seasonal staff in February of each year to start training for the busy spring and summer months. With Labor Day officially ending summer, we gradually begin reducing our staff to compensate for the change in business demands during the fall and winter months. If an employee is not retained during our off-peak season, but maintained a positive employment record with Catalina Express he/she may be invited to come back the following season!

To Apply for Positions:

Before applying, you should first listen carefully to job descriptions and requirements to be sure you meet the minimum qualifications. For all positions currently available which include Reservations Sales Agent, Ticket Agent, Deli Counterperson, Line Cook, Land side Bartender, Landside Servers, Stockroom, Janitorial, Deckhand and Cabin Attendant, please apply in person at our San Pedro Terminal, Berth 95, San Pedro Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or at our Catalina Landing Terminal, 320 Golden Shore, Long Beach Monday through Friday, 9a.m. to 3p.m.

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Directions To Ports:

Catalina Sea & Air Terminal San Pedro:

Travel South on the Harbor 110 Freeway, exit at the Vincent Thomas Bridge/Terminal Island/Long Beach/Harbor Blvd. off ramp. Be sure follow signs to Catalina and get into the far right hand lane. Exit right to Harbor Blvd. When you reach the light at the bottom of the off-ramp, continue straight thru the light to Berth 95 and take a parking ticket. The first hour of parking is free.

Catalina Landing Downtown Long Beach:
Travel South on the 710 Freeway, follow signs to Downtown and exit Golden Shore. Turn right at the stop sign, follow around to the Terminal on the right. Parking is in the structure on the left.

You may apply in person at our Catalina Sea and Air Terminal, Berth 95 San Pedro 90731 or at the Downtown Long Beach Catalina Landing, 320 Golden Shore, Long Beach, 90802. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. When applying in person, be prepared to thoroughly complete our company application. Bring information on your work history and your employer telephone numbers. You will meet with one of our hiring representatives for a brief screening interview.

Job Hotline

If you are interested in learning more about the Catalina Express seasonal or year round employment opportunities, please call our toll-free job hotline, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at: (800) 404-8483

We Look Forward to Welcoming You Aboard!
- Catalina Express Staff and Crew

Seasonal Positions

Agents

Reservation Sales Agents

We are now accepting applications for seasonal Reservation Sales Agents. As an agent in our inbound Contact Center, you will promote our passenger service and Catalina Island. The primary responsibilities of this position are sales and customer service. Please note that all calls are inbound and we operate in what is considered a “soft-sell” sales environment.

Qualified candidates will possess a minimum of 6 months Call Center, sales, or customer service experience, basic computer knowledge, typing skills of 35 words per minute, and excellent customer service skills. Must be able to work a combination of early mornings, afternoons, evenings and weekends. Holidays will be required.

Scheduled shifts begin as early as 5:45 a.m. and end as late as 9:00 p.m. If hired, you may work between 25 - 40 hours per week through our peak season which ends in September. Although not guaranteed, there is a possibility for year-round employment. The job location is in our Contact Center in the Union Bank building in Long Beach. The Contact Center is open for business 7 days per week.

Mainland Ticket Agents

We are now accepting applications for seasonal Mainland Ticket Agents.

As a Ticket Agent at one or more of our busy ticket sales counters, you will check-in passengers for scheduled departures, book walk-in reservations, and provide general customer assistance.

Qualified candidates will possess 6 months cash handling and customer service experience, basic computer knowledge, and data entry skills of 35 words per minute. Ability to work at a very fast pace is of utmost importance. Must be able to work a combination of early mornings, afternoons, evenings and weekends. Holidays will be required.

Scheduled shifts may begin as early as 5 a.m. and end as late as 9 p.m., seven days a week. If hired, you may work an average of 20 – 40 hours per week through mid-September. Job locations include our San Pedro Port and Long Beach Port.

Boat Crew

Cabin Attendants

As members of our boat crew, Cabin Attendants provide beverage and snack service both behind the galley and to seated passengers. Primary responsibilities are to ensure passenger safety and comfort.

Qualified candidates will be at least 21 years of age and possess a minimum of 6 months cash handling, restaurant and/or bartending experience, not be prone to seasickness and be able to pass a U.S. Coast Guard required drug screen. Must be able to work a combination of early mornings, evenings, weekends and holidays. Must be able to work out of all four Catalina Express ports. Must have a California Food Handler Card if hired.

Scheduled shifts begin as early as 5:00 a.m. and may end as late as 2:00 a.m. Normal shifts range from 6 to 12 hours per day. If hired you may work between 15 to 35 hours per week through October.

Deckhands

As members of our Boat Crew, Deckhands load and unload baggage, clean and secure deck and cabin areas, and provide general customer assistance. Primary responsibilities are to ensure passenger safety and comfort.

Qualified candidates will be at least 18 years of age and possess a minimum of 6 months customer service experience, the ability to lift 70 lbs. of weight, stand, walk and bend for extended periods of time, and not be prone to seasickness. Candidates must also be able to pass a required U.S. Coast Guard drug screen. Must be able to work a combination of early mornings, evenings, and weekends. Holidays are required. Must be able to work in any of our 4 ports. Must have a California Food Handler Card if hired.

Scheduled shifts begin as early as 5:00 a.m. and may end as late as 2 a.m. Normal shifts range from 6 to 12 hours per day. If hired you may work approximately 15 to 40 hours per week through October, mostly weekends.

Administrative, Management, & Other

Line Cooks

Providing quality service and product to our passengers in one or more of our busy land-based grills. Scheduled shifts begin as early as 5 a.m. and may end as late as 9 p.m. Normal shifts range from 6 – 8 hours per day. If hired, you may work 25 – 40 hours per week through September. Holidays and weekend required.

Deli Counterpersons

Deli Counterpersons provide customer service, taking orders and completing transactions at the counter. Scheduled shifts begin as early as 5 a.m.and may end as late as 9 p.m. Normal shifts range from 5 – 8 hours per day. If hired, you may work 20 – 40 hours per week through September. Holidays and weekends required.

Bartenders/Servers – Landside

Working in either of our Bistros (Long Beach or San Pedro), bartenders will have at least 6 months professional experience as a server and/or bartender. Experience working with wine-based liquor substitutes a plus. Scheduled shifts begin as early as 6 a.m. and may end as late as 9 p.m. Normal shifts range from 5 – 8 hours per day. If hired, you may work 20 – 40 hours per week through September. Holidays and weekends are required.

Stockperson

As visible members of our Food and Beverage Department, stockpersons are responsible for accurately filling and delivering food and beverage supply requests to delis and departing vessels. Some light inventory will also be required.

Requirements include the ability to lift, move and push 50 lbs., as well as basic data entry skills. You must be able to work in both our San Pedro and Long Beach ports, and work weekends and holidays. Must be at least 18 years old.

Daily Boat Trips To Catalina Island

Discover paradise on Catalina Island with daily boat trips to and from the island. With its year round Mediterranean climate, and plenty of activities to enjoy, it’s no wonder more than one million travelers choose Catalina Island as their getaway each year. Catalina Express' large fleet of boats make the trip in about an hour and operate every day, year round from three mainland ports.

Escape To Catalina Island

Leave the hustle and bustle of the “mainland”, Catalina Island is the perfect place to take a break from the demands of daily life. With so many activities to choose from, your visit to Catalina Island can be adventure-packed or filled with rest and relaxation. With its year round Mediterranean climate, it’s the ideal place to enjoy ocean air and sunshine.

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