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We are looking for Deckhands to staff our boats!  Our deckhands work 28 days on the boat and have 14 days off.  Our deckhands are paid by the day; the rate is based upon prior marine experience.  Our boats and barges travel the Tennessee River and the Mississippi River between the Vicksburg district and the St. Louis District.  Easy online application on this site! See full job description here!


Deckhands are expected to perform general labor aboard the towboat or tow.  Standing lookout, performing general maintenance and other duties and responsibilities are also required of a Deckhand.  The Deckhand is under supervision of and reports to the Boat Pilot.

Essential Functions:

Primary functions include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Load and unload equipment, supplies and/or materials from/to vessel and barges
  • Chip and paint vessel
  • Lubricate machinery and equipment
  • Sweep and wash decks, walkways, stairways and floors
  • Examine and operate deck machinery, cargo handling gear and life-saving equipment and report repair or replacement to Boat Pilot.
  • Maintain the cleanliness and hygiene in the restrooms, toilets and showers
  • Prepare food, wash dishes, wash clothes
  • Inventory pantry and cleaning supplies
  • Assistant and support crew
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by Boat Pilot and/or immediate supervisor


  • Preferred 3 years experience
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Working knowledge of US Coast Guard laws and regulations
  • Must be safety conscious
  • Be physically capable to work in demanding environment
  • Be able to pass pre-employment physical and drug testing
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States
  • Attendance is essential

Working Conditions/Schedule:

Marine employees generally work 28 consecutive days with 14 days off.  This schedule could be modified due to work and crew availability.  Employees must be able to work in extreme summer heat and humidity, as well as cold, windy weather in the winter. The employee will also work around moving mechanical parts, and the noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  An employee in this position lifts heavy objects, walks, and stands for long periods of time and performs strenuous physical labor under adverse field conditions.  The employee lifts, pushes, pulls, or carries objects; uses abdominal and lower back muscles to provide support over time without fatigue; and effectively jumps, sprints, or throws objects.  The position requires good manual dexterity (hand, hand with arm, two hands) and multi-limb coordination.  The position requires the ability to quickly move arms and legs.  The employee must have excellent stamina.

Pay and Benefit Details:

This position is based on daily pay.  Your daily rate is determined by experience and qualifications.  Benefits such as health, dental and life insurance are available after 60 days of employment, and begin on the first of the month following that 60 waiting period.  401(k) contributions and a profit sharing program are also available after an eligibility waiting period.  Eligible employees are also part of a safety incentive program.

Due to the extreme physical nature of the work, ADA accommodations may be limited.  However, the Company will review each case and make accommodations if possible.

Minorities, females, and Veterans are encouraged to apply.  Choctaw Transportation Company is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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