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Experienced Deckhand- Unlicensed & Licensed

Dutch Harbor, AK

General Description: 

Deckhands perform deck operations which include: set and haul back fishing nets, release fish into the hold; clean, maintain and organize fishing gear; maintain and repair nets and equipment; operate deck gear, hoists and cranes; maintain and operate skiff and life rafts; follow directions in the case of an emergency and work under the direction of the captain and mate. Deckhands participate in vessel offload and backload which may last longer the regular 16.5 hours per day work schedule. Deckhands may work in many areas of the vessel including the factory, freezer hold, or on adjoining docks or vessels during offload or backload. Deckhands also perform the work of a fish processor (see fish processor job description). 

Essential Duties: 

Deckhands must be able to: 

  • Safely and competently work in extreme weather and sea conditions as needed. 

  • Prepare trawl nets and gear for use. 

  • Guide nets, cod-ends and lines onto a net drum during haulbacks. 

  • Release fish into holding tanks. 

  • Clean and repair nets and fishing gear. 

  • Operate and maintain hoists, cranes and other equipment used to load/unload product and supplies. 

  • Tie and untie the vessel to other vessels or the dock. 

  • Operate and maintain safety equipment such as the skiff and life rafts. 

  • Safely transfer crew on/off the vessel. 

  • Keep trawl decks and other open decks organized and clear of debris. 

  • Must be able to communicate and understand visual or verbal directions over loud background noise. 

  • Use and operate commercial fishing equipment such as trawl gear, net reels, hoists, cranes, hooks, slings, winches, hydraulic equipment, knives, shovels, net mending equipment, common hand and power tools, and two-way radios. 

Physical Demands: 

All employees must be able to: 

  • 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. 

  • Lift and carry weight in excess of 50 pounds repeatedly. 

  • Use fingers, hands and arms to push, pull and reach. 

  • Bend and twist. 

  • Stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. 

  • 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. 

  • Must be able to pass pre-employment and random drug tests per USCG regulations. 


Mental Activities: 

All employees must be able to: 

  • Hear, understand, and follow instructions, directions, safety rules and procedures in English. 

  • Use interpersonal and teamwork skills. 

  • 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. 

  • Discern between various shades of color for identifying and sorting various fish species as well as for safety signs, alarms, and warnings.  

Work Schedule: 

Deckhands 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, deckhands are regularly exposed to outdoor weather conditions, moving machinery, trawl gear and various species of fish. Deckhands are also exposed to wet, humid and freezing conditions, and may be exposed to high, precarious places, vibration and risk of electrical shock.  

The noise level in the work environment is usually loud. Deckhands work onboard a vessel in the ocean which by nature produces varying degrees of motion onboard. 

While performing the duties of this job deckhands are expected to wear protective clothing and equipment such as storm weather clothing, mustang suit/jacket, rain gear, gloves, rubber boots, hardhat, noise suppression devices and use as required: safety goggles, life preserver, survival suit, skiff, life rafts, SCBA, fire extinguishing gear. 

Education, Experience: 

USCG AB License or equivalent experience on board trawler fishing vessels. 

O’Hara Corporation provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and 
prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national 
origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any 
other characteristics protected by federal, state, or local laws. 

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, 
termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. 



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