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Assistant Foreman

Dutch Harbor, AK · General Labor
Required for Position: At least 2 years experience processing fish with a leadership role. (Your application will not be considered without this requirement)

Job Description:

Assistant foremen aid the factory foreman as needed to train fish processors and oversee factory operations as raw fish moves through the various factory stations using machinery and conveyors. Assistant foremen act as the lead when the factory foreman is off shift. Job includes assist training fish processors that are new to the vessel, oversee day to day operations as fish processors perform their required duties such as sorting, cutting fish and removing guts, packing fish into pans, placing pans in and removing pans from freezers, removing blocks of frozen fish from the pan, bagging the blocks, then stacking bagged fish in the vessel’s freezer hold. Assistant foremen, under the direction of the foreman oversees the offload of the bags of frozen fish as processors stack them onto cargo nets for removal from the vessel, and backload supplies needed for the next fishing trip; this process may last longer than the regular 16.5 hours per day work schedule. Assistant foremen assist in oversight of the cleaning and organization of the factory and other areas of the vessel, and perform other duties as directed by the factory foreman. Assistant foremen may work in many areas of the vessel including the factory, freezer hold, deck, or on adjoining docks or vessels during offload or backload. Assistant foremen also perform the duties of a fish processor (see Fish Processor Job Description).
Work Schedule:
Assistant foremen work at least 16.5 hours per day, 7 days per week. Work hours may be extended during offload or backload which may result in uneven shifts and sleep patterns.
Work Environment:
While performing the duties of this job, assistant foremen are exposed to various species of fish; wet, humid and freezing conditions; moving machinery and conveyors. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud. Assistant foremen work onboard a vessel in the ocean which by nature produces varying degrees of motion in the factory.  
Protective Clothing and Equipment:  
Protective clothing and equipment that is used consistently: rain gear (pants and sleeves), gloves, rubber boots, noise suppression devices, and used as required: hardhat, safety goggles, fire extinguisher, respirator, life preserver and survival suit.
Materials, Tools, Equipment and Work Aids:
Fish processing equipment such as headers, movable and stationary conveyor systems, knives, hoists, pressure washers, cleaning chemicals, shovels, buckets, baskets and aluminum pans, and office equipment such as computers.    
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 at least 16 ½ 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.
  • Lift and carry weight in excess of 50 pounds repeatedly.
  • 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 Assistant Foremen:
Assistant foremen must be able to:
  • Assist the factory foreman in training and oversight of factory personnel in all aspects of production.
  • Assist in managing the flow of fish through the factory for optimum production.
  • Maintain logs and complete paperwork as directed.
  • Assist factory foreman in oversight of day to day factory operations
  • Performs duties of a fish processor (see Fish Processor Job Requirements).
Physical Requirements:
While performing the duties of this job, employees are required to stand and walk; lift weights up to and over 50 pounds for full range from floor to above their head repeatedly; use fingers, hands and arms to push, pull and reach; bend and twist; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Employees must be able to hear, understand and follow instructions in English.
Education, Experience:
No minimum requirements for education.
Prior experience as a fish processor onboard processing vessel required.

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