UIC Alaska

Able-Bodied Seaman - Bowhead Transport Company

Requisition ID
Mariners/Vessels/Diesel Engineers
Location : Location
Travel Requirement
75% - 100%


Company Overview
Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation (UIC) is the village corporation of Barrow, Alaska and is recognized as one of Alaska's top 10 companies with approximately 4,000 employees nationwide and revenues above $700M annually. UIC is projected to grow substantially in the coming years to become a top 3 company in Alaska by 2030. 

As a proud Alaska Native Corporation, our success brings growth and benefits to our Inupiat shareholders. The size and diversity of our operations means we have a broad variety of career opportunities. We recruit only qualified people looking to join a workforce characterized by strong leadership, competent and hard-working staff, and a superior work environment with a focus on career development, great wages and benefits.


UIC Bowhead Transport, LLC (BTC) is a subsidiary of Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation (UIC) is a Northern Alaska Native (8A). BTC provides marine cargo transportation; lightering environmental and research support, logistics services. We have a diverse fleet of vessels that provides our customers with comprehensive marine service options in multiple Alaska Regions. BTC offers competitive benefits including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment, short/long-term disability, and 401(k) retirement plants. Eligible part-time employees are able to participate in 401(k) retirement plans.

JOB SUMMARY: The deckhand is responsible for assisting work on deck; inclusive of line handling, on and off watch, Perform deck and engine security rounds, May have assigned security duties and emergency duties, and other duties assigned as required by the Vessel Master or Mate.



  • Adheres to Company Policies, USCG, and Environmental Regulations
  • Representing the organization to guest, customers, the public, government, and other external sources
  • Good seaman skills including ability and knowledge to proper vessel line handling; tying, throwing, clean, coiled, and stowed properly
  • The Able Bodied Seaman performs a variety of duties concerned with the operation and upkeep of deck department areas and equipment.
  • Scales, buffs, and paints decks and superstructure; sweeps and washes deck; splices wire and rope; breaks out, rigs, overhauls, and stows cargo-handling gear, stationary rigging, and running gear; secures cargo; launches and recovers boats
  • May rig and operate hydrographic and other specialty winches; handle and stow oceanographic explosives; and stage and stow beach support equipment.
  • In addition, when assigned to watch duty, performs a variety of duties, including looking for obstructions in path of vessel, steering vessel, serving on security patrol, and standing gangway watch.





  • Able to complete an annual Merchant Mariners physical exam and perform physically demanding shipboard duties
  • Communication skills require the ability to provide explanation of very complex or technical matters to people with little or no background in the area under discussion.
  • Writing skills require the ability to write text designed to communicate technical information.
  • Strong interpersonal/team skills and the proven ability to often deal with situations where immediate low-level satisfactory resolution of issues must be achieved



  • USCG Rated as Able Body Seaman Limited with STCW-95 endorsements in Basic Safety Training and Lifeboatman.
  • U.S. Citizenship and must hold a current U.S. Passport
  • Minimum of 1-3 years
  • Experience in the maritime industry with progressively responsible experience is required.
  • Valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC -- minimum six (6) months prior to renewal).
  • Valid Passport (minimum six (6) months prior to renewal).
  • Valid Drivers License (minimum 6 months prior to renewal).


Rotational Schedule: 30-60 days on and off depending on the job. Work shifts are 6/6/6/6 hours on and off throughout the day each day UIC IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), persons unable to complete an online application should contact UIC HR for assistance. All employees must pass Non-DOT pre-employment drug screening and follow all UIC Non-DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing Program guidelines and requirements. If working on a DOT project, employees must pass a DOT pre-employment drug screening and follow all DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing Program requirements. Authorized Driver Requirement: Employee must have a valid drivers license and three (3) year clean driving record. Employee must follow all Authorized Driver Policy and Procedures regarding approved vehicle usage. UIC considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability, family responsibility, marital status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran's status or any other legal protected status.


Pursuant to The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act 43 U.S.C. Sec. 1601 et seq., and federal contractual requirements, Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation, may legally grant certain preference in employment opportunities to UIC Shareholders and their Descendants. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V


Physical Demands:

  • Employee must be able to write in English, read in English, calculate, have estimation skills, possess good verbal presentation and be able to communicate using the radio, speaker, or electronic communication by using the English language.
  • Repetitive and prolonged postures involving standing, sitting, twisting, squatting, kneeling, stooping and reaching to full range from above the head to the deck.
  • Employee must have the ability to move extremities and spine through full physiological range of motion that will permit the employee to work in a variety of postures involving postures allowing reaching with hands from deck level to overhead level.
  • Flexing and twisting of the trunk and other awkward postures are required occasionally when assisting crew while tying up vessels, moving rope or cable and repairing equipment.
  • Employee must have good dexterity and frequently use one and two hands throughout the work period for grasping and fingering while using controls of the vessel, hand tools and performing other activities requiring good dexterity. Employee must always have good balance and coordination in order to safely walk over catwalks, enter/ exit hatches, and over uneven and/or slippery surfaces.
  • Must be able to climb ladders, stairwells, and push knees.
  • Employee must be able to step with a step length of 2-ft. in the horizontal direction and 2-ft. in the vertical direction.
  • Different docks have various combinations of barge drafts and river stages which make it necessary to step across, up, down, or over an obstacle in order to gain access to the dock from the barge or from the barge to the boat or from the boat to the dock.
  • Must also be able to safely walk and carry tools and line while crossing pipes, ledges, sills, catwalks and/or climbing ladders and push knees.
  • Employee must have sufficient cardiorespiratory fitness to occasionally perform medium-heavy physical labor involving the ability to sit and/or stand for 6 hour shifts, walk for prolonged periods, handle (lift, carry, push and pull) various materials and tools, climb ladders, stairwells, and push knees while working in inclement weather with temperatures that may vary from extreme cold to extreme heat.
  • Must be able to work in cold/hot weather while wearing required PPE (e.g., life preserver, respirators, goggles, etc.).
  • Must be able to lift at least 65 lbs. from floor to knuckles level on a daily basis.
  • Must be able to lift at least 65 lbs. from floor to waist level on a daily basis.
  • Must be able to lift at least 30 lbs. from floor to shoulder level on a daily basis. Must be able to lift at least 10 lbs. from floor to crown level on a daily basis.
  • Must be able to lift and carry at least 30 lbs. with two hands at waist level for a minimum distance of 30 feet on a level surface. Environmental Conditions: Cramped, confined spaces
  • May work in fog, dark, and other visibility limiting conditions
  • May be exposed to fuels, solvents, cleaners, dust, fumes, smoke, and gases. Will work on vessels in adverse weather conditions.
  • Constant and loud engine, blowers, and exhaust noise.
  • Irregular working hours.
  • Vibrations from vessel engines
  • Arctic marine environment including low temperatures, high wind, icing, plenty of moisture and wave action.
  • Frequent hazards include hypothermia, pinch points, sprains, strains, slips, falls, concussive impacts, and lifting injuries.
  • Hazard awareness and corrective action is a constant function of the job due to the extreme work environment.




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