Job Description: Mate / Deckhand / Guide-Trainee

Mate / Deckhand / Guide-Trainee will undertake a wide range of work on land and at sea, including cleaning, communications, supply, seamanship, hospitality, and stores organization and will be required to safely use equipment such as: generators, pressure washers, cranes, winches, lines, outboard motors, and hand tools. Guide-trainees will exercise good judgment and demonstrate good boat-handling skills, operate guide boats and all things associated such as fishing tackle, electronics, and fish cleaning equipment according to safety, legal and company regulations.

Guide-Trainees will demonstrate knowledge applicable to navigation and fishing techniques in Southeast Alaska in addition to good guest relations and customer service skills, must maintain a minimum of an OUPV or Masters License on inland waters, hold an Alaska fishing license and Alaska sport fishing guide license, current CPR and First Aid card, and pass random drug screening.

The Mate/Deckhand/Guide-Trainee may be required to perform the following tasks:

  • Communicate into, out of, and around ship, using VHF and satellite equipment.
  • Stand watch while underway and at anchor.
  • Provide hospitality services such as: rain gear assignment, baggage handling, table preparation, bed stripping, laundry, bar services and cabin care for guests.
  • Handle lines, buoys, anchors, poles, fish boxes, crab and shrimp pots.
  • Clean, process, preserve and package fish, crab, shrimp.
  • Load, unload and stow supplies and equipment.
  • Lift 100 lbs.
  • Operate outboard motors, electronics, guide boats and skiffs.
  • Operate winches and other deck equipment.
  • Assist captain with vessel(s) maintenance.
  • Wash, scrub, clean and organize decks.
  • Assist guests as they embark and disembark the vessel.
  • Attend to various tasks as required by the captain in the operation of the vessel(s).
  • Assist crew with refueling operations

The Mate/Deckhand/Guide-Trainee daily duties will vary greatly. A typical day will include:

  • 6:00a.m. – Start 30 kw genset, change over electric power from night genset. Check decks, wash down exhaust residue, clean and organize decks from previous night’s activities, assist guides with refueling, restock beverage fridge and day coolers, empty trash bins. (Occasionally shrimp and crab pots will be pulled before breakfast.)
  • 7:00 a.m. – Breakfast.
  • 8:00 a.m. – Assist guides in loading guests and gear in guide boats, handle lines for embarking guide boats. Assist chef in seafood or fish prep for galley.
  • Mid- morning – Assist captain with crane-loading guest skiffs. Assist with hauling anchor. Rinse mud from and secure decks before getting underway. Complete or assist captain with maintenance duties or repair.
  • Underway – Complete deck, organizational, and maintenance items. Switch generators as required. (3-5 hours average cruise time each day). Free time.
  • Mooring – Assist captain in setting anchor and preparing guest skiffs for offloading. Off- load skiffs as required. Prepare fish processing equipment, bags, and freezers. Sharpen fillet knives. Free time.
  • 5:00 p.m. – Assist guides with lines and disembarking guests. Off- load fish. Assist guides with fish cutting. Wash fish fillets and operate vacuum packer, label and pack fish. Load packed fish into freezers and clean up packing area.
  • 7:00 p.m. – Enjoy Dinner
  • After dinner – Assist guests with kayaks, skiff, and radio operation. Free time.
  • 9:00 p.m. – Switch to night generator, set electric for night operations, shut down 30 kw genset.

Deck hands work in all types of weather conditions and spend long periods living aboard the vessel. Conditions can be cramped, and deck hands may be required to work odd hours. Shifts could be several hours of work, followed by time off, then several more hours of work.

Personal Requirements:

  • Physical fitness and good health.
  • Ability to pass a pre-employment drug test and periodic drug testing.
  • Knowledge of safety procedures.
  • Good hand-eye coordination.
  • Good sense of balance.
  • Ability and willingness to work as part of a team.
  • Alertness and common sense.
  • Enjoyment of practical work, working outdoors, and working with people.
  • Friendly and courteous manner while interacting with guests and crew.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Good visualization skills with the ability to follow instructions.
  • High level of customer service and customer relations skills.
  • Willingness to spend time aboard ship away from home and in remote locations for up to six months.

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