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O'Hara Corporation

For over 100 years the O'Hara Corporation has operated fishing vessels across both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Starting in Massachusetts, Francis J. O'Hara began building his sailing feet in 1903; after four generations, the process continues. Our fishing vessels can set seine net off the Coast of Maine for herring, participate in the scallop fishery out of New Bedford, Massachusetts and catch, process, and freeze flatfish, cod, and pollock in Alaska.

The heart of O’Hara Corporation surrounds the catcher processor vessels out of Seattle, Washington. Learn more about us by exploring our employment, products, and fleet pages.

Contact Us

Toll-free: 800-721-7238
Phone: 207-594-4444

Alaska Fishing Jobs & Employment


Assistant Cook Jobs

Previous at-sea fish processor experience and current Alaska Food Worker card required.

Job Summary

  • Work half of their shift assisting the cook with galley responsibilities and the other half as a fish processor (please see Fish Processor page for complete details).
  • As directed by the cook, prepare, and assist in preparation of foodstuffs in sufficient quantities according to number of persons to be served.
  • Assist cook to ensure meals and snacks are served on time according to crew schedules.
  • Maintain a clean working environment in accordance with food safety regulations.
  • Regularly clean and sanitize all food preparation, storage and serving areas.
  • Enforce personal hygiene in accordance with food handling regulations.
  • Ensure housekeeping duties are performed as directed, including laundry and cleaning of bathrooms for up to 38 crewmembers.

Have Ready for the Application:

Names & phone numbers of previous supervisors
List a minimum of three years of work experience
Explanation of any gaps in employment
Summary of previous job duties

Work Schedule

Assistant cooks 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, assistant cooks are regularly exposed to commercial cooking equipment and commercial cleaning chemicals. Employees are also regularly exposed to wet, humid, and freezing conditions and moving mechanical parts. Employees are frequently exposed to outside weather condition, and occasionally exposed to high, precarious places, vibration, and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud. Assistant cooks work onboard a vessel in the ocean which by nature produces varying degrees of motion onboard.

Materials, Tools, Equipment and Work Aids

Commercial cooking equipment, knives, and knife sharpening equipment. Fish processing equipment such as headers, movable and stationary conveyor systems, knives, hoists, pressure washers, cleaning chemicals, shovels, buckets, baskets, and aluminum pans.

Protective Clothing and Equipment

Protective clothing and equipment that is used occasionally: rain gear, gloves, rubber boots, hardhat, noise suppression devices. Also used as required: safety goggles, storm weather clothing, life preserver, survival suit, skiff, life rafts.

Education, Experience

No minimum requirements for education.
Previous at-sea fish processor experience required.
Current Alaska Food Worker card is required.

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 characteristic 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.

Assistant Cooks Must Be Able To:

  • Stand and walk during their 16.5-hour shift, 7 days per week for the duration of the contract.
  • Work long hours, performing repetitive tasks for extended periods of time in wet, humid, and freezing conditions.
  • Lift and carry weight of 10 to over 50 pounds for full range from floor to over the head repeatedly.
  • Use fingers, hand, and arms to push, pull and reach; bend and twist; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.
  • Hear, understand, and follow instructions, directions, safety rules and procedures in English.
  • Don life jacket, life vest and/or survival suit without assistance.
  • 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.
  • Live and work with others in close quarters.
  • Share crew quarters, bathroom facilities, and common dining areas with other crew members.
  • Be away from medical care and supervision for 3+ months at a time.
  • Pass pre-employment and random drug tests per USCG regulations.

O’Hara is looking for people who are dependable, coachable, motivated, diligent, and hard working to join our fishing vessels in Alaska.

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