Marine Deputy Applications

Marine Deputy Applications Are Now Being Accepted for the 2023 boating season

Applications will be accepted December 1, 2022 through March 1, 2023. All applications must be received in Personnel or post marked by March 1, 2023.

This is a temporary/seasonal position. Duties will begin the first week of May with patrols beginning 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. 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. A Diploma or GED is required. Must be able to pass a complete background check and swim test. Able to work well with others. Prior boating knowledge and a mechanical aptitude, computer skills along with written and verbal communication skills desired.


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, inland lakes and rivers within Berrien County. Deputies must be able to work well with others. Deputies will perform waterway patrols, issue citations, warnings, safety checks, process accidents, search and rescues and possible body recoveries. Deputies will be responsible for, proper maintenance on boats, engines, trailers, vehicles, and caring for all county issued gear and equipment.