Jobs, Training & Apprenticeships

NOTHING is open to the general public. 

All jobs, training, and apprenticeship information contained on these pages is strictly for registered ACTIVE longshore workers (Members and Casuals).

New hires are only taken in during a recruitment drive.  These drives occur once every few years.  NOT CURRENTLY.  We will post information regarding recruitment as it becomes available.  Do not phone the office asking when the next recruitment drive will take place.  We do not have that information.  Check back regularly for updates.


All job postings, including new jobs, rotations, lines, gang, category increases, trainer jobs etc., close on Thursdays at 3:00 pm — no exceptions.

To apply for any of the posted jobs you must complete a “Job Posting Form” in the Union office prior to the closing deadline.

The M&G Committee is responsible for posting and filling all jobs (except Trainer jobs).  Any questions should be directed to the Committee.

The Vice President is responsible for posting and filling Trainer jobs.


Break Bulk Labour Program Training is ongoing.  There is no closing date.

You may only apply for training if there is a posting open.  Training postings also close on Thursdays at 3:00 pm.  The Vice President is responsible for all training and any queries should be directed to him.  DO NOT CONTACT THE BCMEA FOR ANY TRAINING QUESTIONS!  All inquiries regarding training apart from questions about Labour Training (KM BFF, Container Vessel Safety Training, Break Bulk, and Vanterm Container Labourer) must be directed to the Vice President of ILWU Local 500 who is the Industry Training Coordinator (ITC).  Contacting the BCMEA directly will result in charges through the M&G – See Bulletin below.

22 02 17 Bulletin – Training Questions

Site Specific Training

(Labour Training at Centerm, Western, Vanterm, Best Foot Forward at KM, etc.)
You may only apply for Site Specific Training at the Despatch Hall with the Despatch Coordinators.  There is no sign up at the Union office.


There is a joint ILWU/BCMEA Apprenticeship Program in place.  Only registered ACTIVE longshore workers (Members or Casuals) are eligible to apply for postings when they are open.  We DO NOT hire apprentices from outside the Industry.

The following are the ONLY open postings (Jobs, Training, Apprenticeship) at the current time (solely open to Active, registered Longshore workers):

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Click below to view the posting: BULK OPERATOR RELIEF TRAINER (S) CLOSES FEBRUARY 2, 2023 @3pm
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Rotation Posting Closing Thursday, February 02, 2023 @ 3:00 pm You must apply in person at the Local 500 office (except for Squamish residents which may still apply by phone). Job applications are located outside the Local 500 office door, … Continue reading
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Click below to view the posting: DPW RELIEF YARD PLANNER TRAINER closes February 9, 2023 @3pm
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Click below to view the posting: SQUAMISH RELIEF LIFT TRUCK TRAINER closes February 9, 2023 @3pm
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New Job Postings Closing Thursday, February 2, 2023 @ 3 PM   Click on the above link to view the postings open for this week VANWHARVES 1 – Maintenance Labouer (Clean Shaven – Fit Tested – Lift Truck Capable) FIBRECO … Continue reading