2018 Marine Deputy Application Reminder!




The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department is now accepting applications for Marine Deputies for the 2018 boating season.


Application deadline is December 31, 2017. (Must be received in Berrien County Personnel office by the deadline date)


This is a temporary/seasonal position. New Deputies will begin training on the weekends in April. Patrols will begin with the Memorial Day holiday and end with the Labor Day holiday.

Applications (PDF) can be downloaded from the Berrien County website, or picked up from the County Administration Personnel Office, 701 Main Street, St. Joseph, MI. All applications must be returned to Personnel.


Must be 18 years of age and out of high school at least one year prior to the start of the boating season. Must be able to pass a complete background check, swim test, provide GED or Diploma and work well with others.

Skills desired: Prior boating knowledge, mechanical aptitude, computer skills along with written and verbal communication skills.


Hours are based on a 40-hour work week, and is weather dependent. Deputies will be required to work weekends with holidays mandatory.


Under the supervision of the Marine Lieutenant and/or Marine Sergeant, responsibilities include enforcement of the Marine Safety Act on Lake Michigan as well as the many inland lakes and rivers within Berrien County. Deputies will be responsible for proper maintenance on boats, engines, trailers, vehicles and caring for all County issued gear and equipment.



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