This week, we’re hearing excerpts from a recent interview I did with Samantha Steerman. Her official job is Vessel Traffic Coordinator for the Columbia River Bar Pilots. She works on the waterfront in Astoria. Her job requires her to juggle a lot of competing priorities at once, and each one is important. She’s also the first woman to hold this position for the pilots. And while she occasionally encounters other women in her day’s work, people she talks with in the course of her day are often surprised to hear a female voice, because women are still few and far between in the maritime trades.