Shaver Transportation
  • 12-Feb-2018 to 28-Feb-2018 (PST)
  • Crew
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • $32.69/hr upon seniority (after 1040 hours)
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Health, Dental, Vision, 401K, Vacation, Sick Time

Deckhand Job Description

Deckhands assist captains in ensuring our tugs maintain operational safety standards while underway and performing job-related services. They are responsible for the start-up, shutdown, maintenance, and fueling, of tugboats, barges, and various types of machinery; included but not limited to, power tools, generators, hydraulic cranes, air tools, and winches.


Shaver Transportation expects all deckhands to perform the usual and customary duties of a person employed in this capacity on the Columbia, Willamette, and Snake River Systems.

Standard duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Building barge tows
  • Spotting, pulling and switching barges at docks
  • Assisting the vessel and tow while transiting river lockage's
  • Standing lookout, or riding at the head of a tow as a lookout
  • Transferring and laying rigging
  • Throwing and receiving heavy lines
  • Moving and operating heavy portable pumps
  • Moving equipment that is heavy or awkward
  • Chipping and painting
  • Greasing winches
  • De-watering barges as necessary and assisting in mid-stream transfers of barges and personnel
  • Splicing lines
  • Meal preparation and clean up
  • Follow confined space entry procedures, and follow other company policies and procedures.
  • Perform engine room checks and fill out corresponding paperwork


Deckhands are sometimes required to launch, use, and ride in a skiff, and may be required to mount the outboard motor and participate in emergency training drills and evaluations. There are times when a deckhand is asked to assist in real time emergency situations and other shipboard evolutions.

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to stand and walk on an almost constant basis
  • Ability to bend, rotate, and reach frequently
  • Ability to carry, push, pull, and/or lift materials weighing in excess of 75 lbs.
  • Ability to ascend and descend stairs and ladders safely
  • Ability to manipulate, handle, and grip materials required to perform job functions
  • Ability to maneuver through, in, and around small, tight, and confined spaces within our vessels and barges
  • Ability to maintain both static and dynamic standing balance to complete various duties associated with job functions
  • Ability to perform emergency duties

 Housekeeping Duties

Housekeeping duties include, but are not limited to: cleaning and scrubbing personal quarters, crew quarters, the wheelhouse and galley, heads and companionways, engine rooms, and performing other cleaning chores as directed by the captain to maintain a clean and healthy environment shipboard.

 Work Setting and Conditions

Shaver Transportation conducts its business at all hours of the day, night, rain, sleet, snow, ice, wind, and heat. Deckhands are expected to arrive to work on time, with clothing and gear suitable for the conditions. We are looking to hire enthusiastic and motivated people willing to work long hours, on short notice, on all days. This position is subject to seniority provisions defined in a Collective Bargaining Agreement. Hours worked will be affected by volume of work opportunities. Reduced training rate applies. Full pay upon seniority (seniority is reached after 1,040 hours of deckhand work) is $32.69, with Master's Mate's and Pilot's union representation and benefits. Shaver has three eight-hour shifts per day consisting of, day shift, swing shift, and graveyard. Depending on the daily volume of work, each shift may have multiple crews. Occasionally there are days when no crews are needed for a particular shift and crews are laid off. Shaver has three live-aboard, double-crew vessels that are crewed around the clock. These crews work seven days on and receive seven days off. Up river operations are typically seven-day tours, and employees receive up to one day off for each day worked.


Deckhands are expected to perform their duties under the direction of a captain, or a member of Shaver Transportation's management team. All deckhands shall participate in training and continued educational programs required by the company. It is the deckhand's responsibility to maintain all licenses, certificates, and documents, required for a person employed in their capacity in the towing industry on the Columbia River System. The deckhand is responsible for checking the natural conditions of the tug hourly and reporting the findings to the captain. Deckhands are responsible for their own health, safety, and cleanliness, and must follow Shaver Transportations policies, procedures, safety rules, and regulations at all times. 

 Safety Responsibilities

Once fully trained, crew members onboard a vessel must have knowledge of, and if necessary, be able to perform the following safety procedures: light-off and shutdown procedures of all propulsion and auxiliary equipment, use of all onboard fire extinguishers, maintenance and operation of other firefighting equipment onboard or available to the vessel, assist the captain in conducting fire emergency drills and procedures, follow all fueling regulations and policies, and maintain a safe working environment.

 Opportunities for Advancement

Deckhands typically work at Shaver Transportation, for approximately five years before being considered for wheelhouse training. Prior deckhand experience or Education related to the maritime industry may apply. As our company is top to bottom with the same Union (MM&P), the process of changing from the Deckhand seniority list to the Captain's list is one of the most Employee-friendly in the industry. Shaver Transportation is a significant contributor of the candidates to the Columbia River Pilots.


  • Deckhands must be physically able to perform the duties outlined above to the standard set by the U.S. Coast Guard. Deckhands are required to acquire and maintain a valid Merchant Mariner's Credential, and as part of the application process, pass a physical examination and criminal background check. The Merchant Mariner's Credential (M.M.C.) shall be obtained within 30 days of employment.
  • The position is subject to the U.S. Coast Guard regulation on drug testing for use of illegal drugs, and must be compliant for all requests for pre-employment, post-accident, random, and for cause drug screening. Positive drug screens will be handled pursuant to U.S. Coast Guard regulations.
  • Deckhands must be able to read, speak, and write English well enough to understand written directives, manuals, and instructions that directly affect job duties and assignments.
  • Upon being hired, deckhands must obtain and maintain a valid Transportation Worker Identity Credential (TWIC) and Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC). These processes involve in-depth background checks, including previous criminal behavior.
  • Deckhands must have a valid driver's license.


Shaver Transportation Company is committed to providing equal employment opportunity in all of its employment practices. Decisions involving every aspect of the employment relationship are made without regard to an employee's race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, gender, identity, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, disability, marital status, military/veteran status, genetic information, or any other status or characteristic protected under applicable local, state, or federal laws. 


Do to the volume of applications we receive during job postings our management team respectfully asks that you DO NOT CALL OUR OFFICE to inquire about your application status. If you have questions or concerns you may CONTACT OUR HUMAN RESOURCE DEPARTMENT VIA EMAIL.


Due to the unpredictable nature of work and short notice of Shaver Transportation responsibilities in the port, LOCAL RESIDENCE IS PREFERRED.


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