Position: Deckhand / Guide

Minimum USCG licensed OUPV

Deckhand/Guides are USCG licensed (minimum 6-Pac) skiff captains and are responsible for taking guests out in small boats for shore excursions, whale watching, and fishing expeditions. Deckhand/Guides also serve as ordinary seamen (or, if certified, as able seamen) and are required to carry out all normal deck department duties aboard ship such as line handling, anchoring, and washing-down. The First Mate directs and supervises Deckhand/Guides. TBC’s philosophy is that the entire crew compliment works together as a team to accomplish the task of maintaining a safe, efficient and enjoyable workplace, and therefore NO CREWMEMBER IS ABOVE ANY WORK NEEDING TO BE DONE TO MEET THIS OVERALL GOAL.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Guide guests on a wide variety of excursions, including sport fishing, hiking, and beachcombing.
  • After sport fishing activities, assist in cleaning, filleting, packing, and storing catch.
  • Record accurate and detailed data during and after each guided sport fishing excursion in Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) sport fish logbooks and TBC catch record books.
  • During cruises, meet with passengers to help organize them for off-vessel excursions.
  • Perform lookout/navigational watches while underway and safety/anchor/dock watches at other times as deemed necessary and prudent by the Captain in accordance with normal bridge management procedures.
  • Assist First Mate with training of new deckhand/guides.
  • Assist with normal maintenance and improvement projects such as painting/varnishing, splicing lines and wash-down chores under the supervision of the First Mate.
  • Contribute to the maintenance of the skiffs under the First Mate’s direction and supervision.
  • Assist with luggage handling and other turn-around chores in port.

Minimum requirements:

  • US Citizen, US National or Green Card holder.
  • Education or technical training of a specialized nature beyond high school.
  • STCW-95 basic safety training.
  • TWIC card.
  • USCG license with a minimum rating of Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV) upon inland waters.
  • Must pass pre-employment drug screen, reference checks and background check.
  • Must be capable of demonstrating proficiency in the safe and effective handling and discharging of shotguns or revolvers, which are required equipment on all shore excursions where there may be risk of encounters with aggressive bears.
  • Must have sufficiently acute hearing, eyesight and depth perception to meet the demands of at-sea service. Must be capable of using escape hatches and boarding /disembarking survival craft unassisted.
  • Must be available for entire season of operation from early April thru mid-September, commencing and completing the term of employment in the Puget Sound area of Washington State.

Desired Skills/Abilities:

  • Outgoing and friendly demeanor, able to engage and communicate easily with passengers and crew.
  • Sport fish guiding experience and familiarity with fly fishing techniques are helpful.
  • Familiarity with Alaska waters, weather conditions, history and current events.
  • Ability and willingness to assist Naturalist with interpretive program (i.e., presentations and informal discussions) according to knowledge and ability.

The Boat Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer.