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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.

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

Alaska Fishing Jobs & Employment


Purser / Quality Control Manager Job in Alaska

Fishing vessel experience and basic computer and Microsoft Excel skills required.

Job Summary

  • Record detailed fresh fish and finished product related data and log data using Microsoft Excel.
  • Report data daily via email to on board vessel officers and shore-based offices.
  • Analyze and discuss data findings real time with on board factory foreman, officers, other O’Hara vessels, and shore-based offices.
  • Train crew members on all QC procedures to cover during QEM’s off shift.
  • Observe and record factory related activities pertaining to quality and efficiency.
  • Work in the factory and occasional sampling/QC related work on trawl deck.
  • HAACP paperwork (reviewed by HAACP certified person).
    Electronic Logbook.
  • NMFS Reporting.
  • Daily Production.
  • End of Voyage/ contract extension paperwork at offloads.
  • Offload paperwork.
  • Help Dockside offloads (tally when needed).
  • Ship store paperwork.
  • Other duties as required.

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

Purser/Quality Control managers are 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, Purser/Quality Control managers are exposed to various species of fish; wet, humid, and freezing conditions; moving machinery and conveyors. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud. Purser/Quality Control managers work onboard a vessel in the ocean which by nature produces varying degrees of motion in the factory.

Materials, Tools, Equipment and Work Aids

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

Protective Clothing and Equipment

Protective clothing and equipment that is used consistently: rain gear (pants and sleeves), gloves, rubber boots, noise suppression devices, and used as required: hardhat, safety goggles, fire extinguisher, respirator, life preserver and survival suit.

Education, Experience

Experience on board processing ships with knowledge of commercial trawl fishing and fish processing operations is required.
Basic computer and Microsoft Excel/word skills.

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.

Pursers 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 in excess of 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, give, 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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