Harbor Patrol Officer I

VENTURA PORT DISTRICT   Ventura, CA   Full-time     Law Enforcement / Security
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Posted on July 15, 2021

Ventura Port District

JOB TITLE: Harbor Patrol Officer I
FLSA: Hourly - Non-Exempt


Under general supervision, responsible for the enforcement of all laws and regulations relating to the operation of all watercrafts, public safety inspections and sanitation maintenance within the boundaries, including the Harbor and land areas of the Ventura Port District, as a sworn Peace Officer and Boating Safety Officer; performs related duties as required.


Receives general supervision from the Harbormaster. May exercise lead supervision over Part-Time Harbor Patrol Officers or Harbor Patrol Officers with less seniority.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (include but are not limited to the following)

Water Activities

  • Patrols harbor by boat enforcing all laws and regulations relating to watercraft operations with PC 832 authority; performs safety inspections and live-aboard vessel inspections; promotes safe boating practices.
  • Provides emergency and non-emergency vessel assistance, including towing, dewatering and fire suppression.
  • Enforces certain sections of the California Penal Code, California Administrative Code, California Vehicle Code, and the Ventura Harbor Ordinance, which may include writing citations or taking subjects into custody.
  • Prepares written reports of significant incidents, including investigation of vessel collisions, oil spills, and rescues.
  • Performs swimming rescues in open water or surf situations.
  • Coordinate’s emergency services with other jurisdictions and response units within an Incident Command System.
  • Pass annual 500-meter USLA swim recertification in 10 minutes or less.

Land Activities

  • Patrols all District property by vehicle or on foot enforcing local regulations with PC 832 authority, including parking regulations.
  • Maintains written log daily of events and incidents.
  • Provides First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and other EMT services.
  • Serves as staff to the Operations Center and answers inquiries from the public.
  • Provides security for the harbor area, including making enforcement contacts with individuals, detaining and arresting individuals, working with the Ventura Police Department and running names and vehicle registration through CLETS system.
  • Provides information to the general public on boating safety, boating law, weather conditions, and harbor business on weekends and non-business hours.
  • Opens and closes beach gates and restrooms.


  • Serves as the communications hub for rescue calls relaying information from multiple agencies to units in the field and to dispatch center.
  • Collects monies from parking machines, washdown and wash machines.
  • Performs a variety of duties relating to the service and maintenance of aids to navigation.
  • Performs inspection of and assists in performing maintenance on vessels, vessel equipment, radios, and vehicles.
  • Posts and provides weather service warnings and information.

KNOWLEDGE/ABILITIES/SKILLS: (The following are a representative sample of the KAS’s necessary to perform essential duties of the position.)


  • Marine law enforcement and firefighting techniques, first aid, lifesaving techniques, and emergency situation management as they apply to harbors and ocean activities.
  • Principles of boat operations and towing maneuvers.
  • Principles and practices of the operation and maintenance of boats, nautical equipment, and instruments.
  • Navigational and boating safety principles.
  • Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.
  • Boating Safety techniques and procedures.
  • California Penal Code, California Harbors and Navigation Code, California Administrative Code, California Vehicle Code, and the Ventura Harbor Ordinance.
  • Laws of arrest and self defense
  • Investigation and report writing technique.
  • First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).


  • Make decisions calmly and independently in emergency situations.
  • Operate boats and related equipment safely and skillfully in accordance with District ordinances and rules of other governmental agencies.
  • Explain and apply boating and harbor rules and regulations.
  • Think and act quickly and in a composed manner in emergency situations.
  • Operate without direct supervision.
  • Deal courteously, patiently, and effectively with boaters and the general public.
  • Prepare and present concise and comprehensive written and oral reports.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Enforce laws in an assertive and non-antagonistic manner.
  • Communicate to the public and other public safety agencies using multiple radios.
  • Organize time and resources to be able to meet deadlines.
  • Design and coordinate personnel scheduling and training programs.
  • Interpret and apply legal and administrative policies to specific field situations.
  • Swim effectively in an ocean environment.
  • Work rotating shift schedules including holidays, weekends and night.


  • Operate a variety of marine vessels in varying weather and sea conditions.
  • Tow and maneuver ocean going vessels in emergency situations.
  • Operate office computers and equipment used in harbor operations; use life saving equipment in emergency situations.


  • High school diploma, GED, or higher.
  • Valid Class C California Drivers’ License and insurable under the District’s policy.
  • Valid First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification.
  • Valid Penal Code Section 832 P.O.S.T. Certification. (Within 1yr of Hire)
  • Valid Emergency Medical Technician Certificate in Ventura County.


Position requires sitting, standing, walking on level, uneven, moving and slippery surfaces, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, stooping, squatting, crouching, grasping, crawling, and making repetitive hand movement in the performance of daily duties. The position also requires both near and far vision when operating assigned equipment. The ability to lift, carry, pull, and push tools, ropes, mooring lines, towlines, and other equipment weighing 50 pounds or more and the ability to lift and carry victims are also required. Additionally, incumbents in this class work outdoors in a marine environment and all weather conditions, including wet, hot, and cold with moderate sun exposure. The position entails working in hazardous situations and under conditions that may expose the incumbent to biohazard materials, diesel fumes, and smoke. The nature of the work also requires the incumbents to climb ladders and steps attached to docks and vessels, jump or step from one vessel to another, use power and noise producing tools and equipment, drive motorized vessels, work in heavy weather conditions around moving vessels, swim in the open ocean and surf line and often work in emergency and life-threatening situations. Law enforcement duties may expose the person to verbal or physical confrontation and the need to control the individual.

Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.

This class description is not a contract, and it is not intended to show every detail of the duties and responsibilities of the job. It is provided only to supply a general idea of what the class entails.