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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


Master / Captain Jobs

USCG Master’s License required.

Job Summary

  • Perform and/or manage vessel navigation and fishing operations of the vessel.
  • Manage and supervise bridge watch standing activities.
  • Supervise all wheelhouse and deck personnel.
  • Direct and manage 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.
  • Assist the First Mate in providing direct medical care to injured crew, as necessary.
  • Direct the transfer of crew on and off the vessel.
  • Maintain ships log and prepare all reports as required by the company, USCG and other regulatory agencies.
  • Inspect vessel areas on a regular basis.

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 captain is responsible on a 24 hours per day basis.

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, captains may be exposed to outdoor weather conditions, moving machinery, trawl gear and various species of fish. Captains 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. Captains 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.
Current Hazwoper certificate.
USCG Drill Instructor training.

Physical Requirements

While performing the duties of this job, employees are required to stand and walk; use fingers, hands, and arms to push, pull and reach; bend and twist; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Employees must be able to give and follow instructions, speak, hear, and understand English.

Captains 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 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.

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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