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Prepare yourself for one of the hardest jobs you may ever have.

This type of a work environment will challenge you on the physical level as well as the mental level. Everyone on board the boat is working toward the goal of filling the boat full of fish or crab. Nobody is working by the hour so you need to try and look at it as “the harder you work, the more you’ll make in the long run”. Usually, by the end of a contract whether that be 2, 3, or 4 months—the reward will be a large check waiting for you at home when you return. Both boats have a good track record of producing a lot of high quality seafood.  

Shifts on the boat are determined by the Master or 1st Mate on board depending on the type of fishing or the level of fishing (slow or fast) at the time. They usually run 16 hours on and 8 hours off. Every 8 hours there is a meal prepared and time in between sometimes for snacking or breaks. Since there are several different fisheries that the boats are involved in, the pace varies quite a bit.

Open positions

Seafood Processor

This job consists of a multitude of tasks which can change from day to day as the fishing demands or the Captain of the vessel sees fit. Shifts are 16+ hours per day, seven (7) days a week.

Duties may include but are not limited to:  

  1. Heading, cutting and gutting fish. Cleaning and cooking crab.  
  2. Packing the cleaned seafood into pans and loading into freezers.
  3. Packaging up product after 1st freezing process and stored down in the ship’s hold securely. 
  4. General clean-up of vessel and the vessel’s warehouse in Dutch Harbor when deemed necessary by officers and factory foreman.
  5. Offloading operations in town (usually Dutch Harbor, AK). This is typically done by transferring product off vessel by offload belts into shipping containers or by loading onto trampers at sea.
  6. Back loading supplies. Processors will also be involved with the back loading of supplies in town such as bait, food, and fiber.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensure preparation of nutritionally balanced, cost effective meals in adequate portions that appeal to a diverse workforce of up to 32 people.
  • Manages and oversees galley assistant to ensure a clean, organized and well-stocked galley and a friendly and welcoming dining environment.
  • Oversees efficient, timely cleaning and sanitizing of bathroom and showering facilities and clean common crew areas.
  • Establishes, maintains and enforces sanitary food handling, preparation and storage methods.
  • Creates menu plans to offer variety, inventory utilization and food cost maximization.
  • Manages the usage and rotation of food supplies in consideration of shelf life and optimum freshness.
  • Maintains accurate inventory reports of all galley related items including fresh, canned and frozen food, cleaning supplies, kitchen equipment, paper products and ship store items.
  • Places advance food and supply orders to ensure timely delivery and cost-effective transportation charges. 
  • Ensures accurate accounting of galley supplies as they are on loaded and stowed for the voyage.
  • Oversees the safe and efficient stowage of dry, frozen and refrigerated goods.
  • Maintains a high level of professionalism and customer service focus at all times.
  • Ability to adapt quickly to changes in meal schedules or numbers of diners.

Deck hand

Deckhand duties on board Baranof are determined by Captain, 1st Mate and Chief Engineer.  Shifts generally are 16 hours on and 8 off but may vary depending on trip needs.  Duties and description below is generally what is to be expected but not limited to.

Deckhands should keep all fishing deck areas safe and clean when possible and/or when ordered to by officers aboard Baranof. Deckhands are expected to set an example when working for the Baranof. This includes maintaining safe work habits and responsible handling of species as they come aboard vessel or when discarding. Deckhands are expected to help Fisheries observers with their sampling needs and should guide them when it comes to safe operations on the fishing deck.


  • Must be drug and alcohol free their entire contract with the vessel.
  • Key members of the vessel’s station bill and participate in monthly safety drills.  Deckhands are expected to know their duties that are outlined on the bill and know where the safety equipment is located and how to operate it.
  • Crew primarily involved with moorage and anchoring operations and are expected to maintain equipment related to it i.e. lines, fenders, anchors.
  • Involved with the safe operation of hauling and setting the various forms of fishing gear aboard the vessel.  Deckhands are required to maintain responsible monitoring of all fishing gear and repair and inventory as needed.  The deck dept works closely with engineering to operate equipment safely and to report deficiencies or problems with the gear aboard vessel.
  • Aid with fueling the vessel in port and are in charge of routinely greasing/lubricating of the deck/fishing equipment. Deckhands are required to monitor all rigging and to ensure items are secure on deck and below.
  • Keeping all fishing deck areas safe and clean when possible and when ordered to by officers aboard Baranof.  Deckhands are expected to set an example and maintain safe handling of all species that come aboard that are harvested or sampled by observers and especially the ones are discarded.  Deckhands help aid fisheries observers with their sampling needs and are expected to guide them when it comes to safe operations on the fishing deck.
  • Primary crew that lead in product offload and supply onload operations with the crane on and off vessel.  They are expected to use safety equipment applicable to the operation at hand.  Deckhands are required to aid in conversion operations in town when changing fisheries.
  • May be called on to help in processing fishing products depending on the needs of the boat at the time and is decided by Captain or 1st Mate.
  • May be asked to stand wheelwatches on board Baranof and must act and perform responsibly as directed.  Deckhands may be asked to help aid sick or injured crewmembers and help in coordinated medivac operations.

Licensed Chief Engineer

Job title
Chief Engineer (Licensed)

Salary level
Percentage based on fish sales, Monthly Draws available

On board vessel in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska

Reports to

Responsible for the total maintenance of vessel. This includes a fish processing factory, automated long line system, crab fishing desk equipment, sablefish longline pot equipment, hydraulics, ammonia and domestic refrigeration, diesel engines, generators, sanitation, etc.  All officers are responsible for the safety & related items on board the vessel.

Essential duties and responsibilities
include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Directly responsible for maintaining a preventive maintenance program.
  • Select and train apprentices.
  • Along with the Master maintain plan for fire evacuation and disaster response.
  • Maintain and coordinate an existing Environmental Health and Safety Program.
  • Maintain up to date records for all state and federal inspections.
  • Provide training to new and existing employees when applicable.
  • Keep up on technological changes such as retrofitting machinery to meet today’s new laws and efficiency standards.
  • Overseas conversions between fisheries of deck and process room equipment.
  • Responsible for fueling the vessel and maintaining fuel logs.
  • Perform other duties as requested by the Captain.

Supervisory responsibilities
Directly supervises one employee in the maintenance facility, and indirectly supervises all other employees. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems,

Qualification requirements
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions-

Minimum current USCG issued license required: Chief Engineer for uninspected fishing vessels of no more than 2,000 Horse Power.

Language Skills
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety roles, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of venders or employees.

Mathematical Skills Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Reasoning ability
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems effectively and efficiently.

Physical demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to twist, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may he made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works near moving mechanical parts. The employee frequently works in precarious places and is frequently exposed to extreme heat and risk of electrical shock. The employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or freezing conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, and vibration.

The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.