Northwest Marine Trade Association Announces Marine Career Fair at Seattle Boat Show

Who:                     The Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA) is organizing a career fair at the Seattle Boat Show featuring 25 local marine-related businesses with more than 75 full-time positions plus many seasonal ones.

Why:                     The recreational marine industry is experiencing great growth. According to George Harris, president, Northwest Marine Trade Association, 2015 appears to be the fourth consecutive year that Washington state new-boat dealers had a year-over-year increase in unit sales and the best since 2009 with new boat sales — including up 24 percent since 2014. Other affiliated businesses — local boat builders, yacht outfitters, boatyards and more — are experiencing similar growth, creating many job opportunities. The immediate openings are for all facets of business, such as sales, customer service, administration, some seasonal, but most of the need and open positions are for skilled marine technicians, experienced mechanics and skilled laborers (fiberglass work and repair, welding, glazing, rigging, painting).

These are well-paid jobs, as $70,800 is the average annual salary before benefits for maritime industry employees in Washington state — more than $20,000 above the average wage in Washington.

In attendance:  Twenty-five local marine-related businesses. For a complete list of participating companies, visit:

When:                  Monday, Feb. 1, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Attendees will be given free admittance to the Boat Show for Monday, Feb. 1, so that they may explore the show, talk to exhibitors and learn more about the boating business and lifestyle. The show opens at the conclusion of the career fair at 11 a.m. and runs until 8 p.m.

Where:                CenturyLink Field Event Center, 1000 Occidental Ave., Seattle, WA 98134

To enter the building, Job Fair participants will go up the stairs located between the CenturyLink Event Center and CenturyLink Field.

About                   The 69th annual Seattle Boat Show, Indoors + Afloat opens Friday, Jan. 29 and runs through Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at CenturyLink Field Event Center and South Lake Union, with a complimentary shuttle running continuously between both locations. It’s the West Coast’s largest boat show and it features some 1,000 boats and yachts, more than three acres of accessories, electronics and boating gear, 430+ exhibitors, 200+ free seminars and advanced training classes for a fee.

About NMTA:    The NMTA is the nation’s oldest and largest regional marine association, representing more than 700 companies — from standup paddleboard dealers to superyacht builders and everything in between. Members include boat dealers, boat brokers, marinas, boatyards, manufacturers, retailers and suppliers of boating accessories and services.

Contact:               Lisa Samuelson, Samuelson Communications, at or (206) 954-2574.



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