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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


First Mate Jobs

USCG Mate’s License (min. 500 tons) required

Job Summary

  • Perform vessel navigation and fishing operations of the vessel as directed by captain.
  • Supervise bridge watch standing activities.
  • Supervise and direct all deck personnel during fishing operations and port calls.
  • Supervise all operations of the vessel not involving the direct operation of the factory.
  • Coordinate with all vessel departments and supervise on a continual basis.
  • Manage all at-sea medical and emergency operations.
  • Provide direct medical care to injured crew, as necessary.
  • Direct the transfer of crew on and off the vessel.
  • Conduct safety drills and train the crew in performing safe work practices in accordance with OSHA, company policy and other guidelines.
  • Maintain ships log and prepare all reports as required by the company, USCG and other regulatory agencies.
  • Inspect vessel areas on a regular basis to ensure safe operation and the proper storage of supplies and product.
  • May perform the work of a deckhand as necessary (please see Deckhand 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

Typical work hours are 12 hours per day, 7 days per week, however, the Mate is responsible on a 24 hours per day basis.

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, mates may be exposed to outdoor weather conditions, moving machinery, trawl gear and various species of fish. Mates may also be exposed to wet, humid, and freezing conditions, high, precarious places, vibration and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud. Mates 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 reel hydraulics, navigation, ship handling, radio communications, computer, fax and telex operation, sonar and depth sounder operation.

Protective Clothing and Equipment

Storm weather clothing, survival suit, mustang suit, life preserver, skiff, life rafts, SCBA, fire extinguishing equipment, first aid equipment, hardhat, noise suppression devices and safety goggles.

Education, Experience

Groundfish Catcher Processor captain experience.
USCG Medical Emergency response training.
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.

First Mates Must Be Able To:

  • Stand and walk during their shift, 7 days a week for the duration of the contract.
  • Work long hours in wet, humid, and freezing conditions.
  • Use fingers, hand, and arms to push, pull and reach; bend and twist; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.
  • Give and follow instructions, speak, hear, and understand 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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