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Deckhand

Deckhand

REPORTS TO: Chief Mate

POSITION SUMMARY: Responsible for the safety and maintenance of the vessel, as well as assisting in its operation. Shall stand watch with the Bridge Officer as directed for navigation.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES INCLUDE:

  • Safety duties: Holds a position on the ship’s Emergency Station Bill. Must perform requirements of Emergency Station Bill for both drills and actual emergencies to include but not limited to, fire, flooding, man overboard, abandon ship, medical, and spill response. Participates in safety meetings.
  • Daily Vessel Duties: Shall perform a variety of tasks as assigned by the Chief Mate. These may include janitorial or customer service work, assisting engineer with stateroom repairs, performing an active role at remote wilderness camp with excursions and maintenance of vessel appearance. Shall perform engineering and security rounds as directed by Chief Mate and Chief Engineer. While on watch on the bridge, shall assist officer on watch as directed. Specific duties such as steering and lookout will vary with the areas of operation and with the officer of the watch. When on duty on the bridge, duties there shall take precedence over all else and will require the utmost vigilance. Training as to bridge watch duties will be the overall responsibility of the Captain.
  • Handling of mooring lines: This is of primary importance although a small amount of time is spent securing lines. Shall learn varying moorage tie-ups and operate under the direction of the deck officer while mooring the vessel. Assist with setting up appropriate gangway and ensure its safety for crew and guest use. Shall embark and disembark guests and assist them as needed.
  • Port duties: Off-loading laundry, taking on potable water, taking off garbage, cleaning windows and vessel wash down. On turnaround day, responsible for taking on ship’s stores and assisting with the movement of guest luggage. Cleaning all non-guest related areas of the boat (exterior) that cannot be completed while underway. Will also serve as guide for kayak and small motorized watercraft outings in our remote wilderness setting.
  • Watch duties: Performing watches while underway, anchored or in-port as assigned by the Chief Mate.
  • Guest Service: Interacting with guests in a friendly and courteous manner at all times. Provide friendly and professional service while assisting guests on and off the vessel at the gangway, while escorting guests to their stateroom, while working on stateroom maintenance projects, while performing safety rounds and while the bridge is open to the guests. Enhancing guest experience by actively searching for wildlife and bringing sightings to the attention of the officer on watch and the Expedition Leader.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum of 1-3 years in the maritime industry with progressively responsible experience is required.
  • Must have good communication skills
  • Writing skills capable of completing forms and making log entries
  • Interpersonal skills require the ability to interact cordially and professionally with guests and fellow crew.
  • Must pass pre-employment drug screening and comply with company random drug testing program

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES:

  • First aid/CPR

WORKING CONDITIONS

Duties and responsibilities are generally performed in a Marine Operations setting, primarily onboard a vessel but also pier side on turn-around-days. You may be required to share a cabin with one to three other shipmates of the same gender and will be required to be courteous of your movement in and out of the cabin while shipmates are sleeping.

You must be physically able to work a 12- hour workday. On any given day hours could be more or less. You may be required to wear protective clothing/eyewear for activities including handling of chemicals and cleaning agents. Some of your work will involve engaging guests and may include talking on a PA system. Physical demands include lifting up to 50 pounds repetitively, and passing along to other crew such as in loading ship’s stores, luggage, linen, etc. Also must have the ability to climb a 7-foot vertical ladder and fit through a 28-inch wide hatch.

Working aboard ship can be very demanding but at the same time very rewarding, which is driven by the guest’s appreciation of your efforts to deliver our unsurpassed True Alaskan Hospitality.

NOTE:

This job description is intended only to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an employee in this position. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills or abilities required of persons so classified or assigned.

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