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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


Deckhand Jobs

USCG AB License or equivalent deckhand experience on board trawler fishing vessels required.

Job Summary

  • Safely and competently work in extreme weather and sea conditions as needed.
  • Prepare trawl nets and gear for use.
  • Guide nets, cod-ends, and lines onto a net drum during haul backs.
  • Release fish into holding tanks.
  • Clean and repair nets and fishing gear.
  • Operate and maintain hoists, cranes and other equipment used to load/unload product and supplies.
  • Tie and untie the vessel to other vessels or the dock.
  • Operate and maintain safety equipment such as the skiff and life rafts.
  • Safely transfer crew on/off the vessel.
  • Keep trawl decks and other open decks organized and clear of debris.
  • Work in many areas of the vessel including the trawl deck, factory, freezer hold, or on adjoining docks or vessels during offload or backload.
  • Must be able to communicate and understand visual or verbal directions over loud background noise.
  • Perform the duties of a fish processor (please see Fish Processor page for complete details).

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

Deckhands 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, deckhands are regularly exposed to outdoor weather conditions, moving machinery, trawl gear and various species of fish. Deckhands are also exposed to wet, humid and freezing conditions, and may be exposed to high, precarious places, vibration and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud. Deckhands work onboard a vessel in the ocean which by nature produces varying degrees of motion onboard.

Materials, Tools, Equipment and Work Aids

Commercial fishing equipment such as trawl gear, net reels, hoists, cranes, hooks, slings, winches, hydraulic equipment, knives, shovels, net mending equipment, common hand and power tools, and two-way radios.

Protective Clothing and Equipment

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

Education, Experience

USCG AB License or equivalent experience on board trawler fishing vessels. (Your application will not be considered without this requirement)
Catcher processor deck experience.
USCG Basic Firefighting.
USCG Drill Instructor training.

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.

Deckhand 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 75 to 100 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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