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First Mate

Dutch Harbor, AK · General Labor
Required for Position: USCG Mate’s License (min. 500 tons). (Your application will not be considered without this requirement)

Job Description:

Mates stands watch and manage the operation of the vessel as directed by the captain; supervises and directs deck personnel during fishing operations and port calls; coordinates with other vessel departments during fishing operations, offload, backload and during transfer of personnel; inspects all areas of the vessel on an ongoing basis to ensure proper storage of supplies and product. Mates maintain records, reports and documents as required by the company, the US Coast Guard and other agencies. Mates also conduct safety drills and train the crew in performing safe work practices in accordance with OSHA, company policy and other guidelines. Mates provide emergency or routine medical assistance to crew, and coordinate for proper transfer of crew requiring additional medical care. Mates may perform the work of a deckhand as necessary (see Deckhand job description). 
Work Schedule:
Typical work hours are 12 hours per day, 7 days per week, however, the Mate is responsible on a 24 hours per day basis.
Work Environment:
While performing the duties of this job, mates may be exposed to outdoor weather conditions, moving machinery, trawl gear and various species of fish. Mates may also be exposed to wet, humid and freezing conditions, high, precarious places, vibration and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud. Mates work onboard a vessel in the ocean which by nature produces varying degrees of motion onboard.
Protective Clothing and Equipment:
Storm weather clothing, survival suit, mustang suit, life preserver, skiff, life rafts, SCBA, fire extinguishing equipment, first aid equipment, hardhat, noise suppression devices and safety goggles.
Materials, Tools, Equipment and Work Aids:
Commercial fishing equipment such as trawl gear, net reel hydraulics, navigation, ship handling, radio communications, computer, fax and telex operation, sonar and depth sounder operation.
Job Requirements that are Common to All Positions:
All employees must be able to:
  • Understand and follow instructions, directions, safety rules and procedures in English.
  • Board and exit the vessel by gangplank or Jacob’s ladder without assistance.
  • Board or exit a skiff without assistance in all weather conditions.
  • Ascend and descend steep stairways and ladders in all temperatures.
  • Work 12  hours per day, 7 days per week for the duration of the contract.
  • Perform repetitive tasks for extended periods of time.
  • Work long hours in all kinds of weather..
  • Work in a cold and wet environment.
  • Don life jacket, life vest and/or survival suit without assistance.
  • Live and work with others in close quarters.
  • Be away from medical care and supervision for 3+ months at a time.
  • Share crew quarters, bathroom facilities, and common dining areas with other crew members.
  • Must be able to pass pre-employment and random drug tests per USCG regulations.
Job Requirements that are Specific to Mates:
Mates must be able to:
  • Perform vessel navigation and fishing operations of the vessel as directed by captain.
  • Supervise bridge watch standing activities.
  • Supervise and direct all deck personnel.
  • Supervise all operations of the vessel not involving the direct operation of the factory.
  • Coordinate with all vessel departments and supervise on a continual basis.
  • Manage all at-sea medical and emergency operations.
  • Provide direct medical care to injured crew as necessary.
  • Direct the transfer of crew on and off the vessel.
  • Maintain ships log and prepare all reports as required by the company, USCG and other regulatory agencies.
  • Inspect vessel areas on a regular basis to ensure safe operation and the proper storage of supplies and product.
Physical Requirements:
While performing the duties of this job, employees are required to stand and walk; use fingers, hands and arms to push, pull and reach; bend and twist; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Employees must be able to give and follow instructions, speak, hear, and understand English.
Education, Experience:
Groundfish Catcher Processor captain experience.
USCG Medical Emergency response training.
USCG Drill Instructor training.


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