A Rising Tide of Work

NBBB  is enjoying a rising tide of work with contracts that will keep our yard busy well into 2021.  Our current work includes projects under contract with:

  • Foss Maritime to build four new class ASD 90 tug boats, with an option for an additional six. 
  • Kitsap Transit for two 140-foot high-speed passenger ferries providing new service routes from Kitsap Peninsula to Seattle, and
  • Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District, which has seen dramatic ferry ridership growth in the San Francisco Bay area.

We are seeking skilled craftsmen and those who want to learn the trades by entering one of our state-registered apprenticeship programs.  Consider our state-registered apprenticeship programs. Earn a living wage while receiving the training to put you into a family wage career progression. 

To Apply

Submit completed application form online via email to, or to Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, Attn:  Human Resources, PO Box 580, Freeland, WA  98249.  Application form is available by clicking here.

Employment Opportunities

Great workplaces do not just happen.  They need to be nurtured and invested in.  We recognize that our employees are our primary assets. At NBBB we are all minding the store to remain vigilant to our commitment to make ours a great place to work.  We invest in those assets through progressive human resource and workplace culture initiatives designed to attract, reward and inspire the best talent in the industry to pursue opportunities with NBBB and to continue to motivate, reward, and inspire those who are on our team.

What we offer: 

Meaningful Work
Our winning culture is the product of our values and actions. We offer challenging opportunities and believe in promoting from within.  While you are mastering your craft you become key to our continuing success. We work hard, win, and celebrate our victories.

Safe and Inclusive Environment

Safety programs that are award-winning and effective and designed to keep you safe and well when you arrive home at end of each day.  We value the perspectives, solutions, and ideas that come from a diverse workforce.

You + Your Family
Full time employees enjoy 80% coverage of health insurance premiums for you and your dependents on our core medical plan, dental, and vision coverage. You can protect your finances and your family through disability and life insurance coverage we make available.  Those arriving by ferry can take advantage of the pre-tax commuter accounts to help with ferry expenses.

Your Future

Our competitive 401(k) plan includes a generous employer match, and low-cost investment options to help you toward a secure future.

Rewards and Growth
We are shipbuilders . . . and we also build careers and lives. We’re growing fast, which means a lot of opportunity. NBBB is a place where strengths are cultivated and developed through training programs. Discover your potential and we win together.

Explore A new Career with Nichols Boats

NBBB is a work place like no other. We take pride in our company, the high quality boats we build, and in ourselves. We value and excel in our trades / professions.  We celebrate that we are able to do what we are passionate about and earn a living doing it.  We celebrate our diverse collection of ages, races, ethnicities and genders.  No – this is not your father’s shipyard.  We are always looking for new ways to keep every member of our team productive, happy and healthy. We’ve built a company we truly love being a part of, and we think you will too. Here’s why.

We believe in stimulating work, an empowering management philosophy where high performance is supported. We are actively shaping the industry through our progressive solutions to building quality vessels that delight our customers. Take a good hard look at us if you wish to find work that is challenging, energizing and rewarding. Create on-line application and let us know of your interests to get the process started.

NBBB has always known that people are its greatest asset. Shipbuilding can be a challenging and complicated business, and success requires the skills and efforts of a diverse group of people.  People of different cultures, backgrounds, and beliefs have helped create NBBB’s 50-plus-year tradition of shipbuilding excellence.  We value the perspectives, solutions, and ideas that come from a diverse workforce. These factors allow the organization to better achieve objectives and meet our customer’s needs.  We are committed to being a leader in the recruitment, development, and advancement of a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities in which we work.

We support community-based organizations that provide education, training, and career assistance to diverse groups of people, including disadvantaged persons.  We are equal-opportunity employers, and will not discriminate against any applicant, employee, vendor, or business partner because of

We are committed to employ and advance qualified minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. We do not discriminate against any individual for unlawful or improper base, including race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, age, ancestry, place of origin, national origin, marital status, family status, or veteran status in any phase of employment.  This includes the recruitment, hiring, training, compensation and advance in employment of qualified individuals. We are equal-opportunity employers, and will not discriminate against any applicant, employee, vendor, or business partner.  In compliance with the ADA, should you have a disability that requires assistance and / or reasonable accommodation with the job application process, please contact the Human Resources department at

NBBB is a Drug Free Workplace and drug testing is a condition of employment.

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