UIC Alaska

Cook - Deckhand - 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) 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. Cooking Duties include; preparing home style meals for crew members and occasional guests of the vessel.



  • Good seaman skills including ability and knowledge to proper vessel line handling; tying, throwing, clean, coiled, and stowed properly
  • Knowledge of vessel security and emergency procedures for duties as assigned by vessel master or mate
  • Other duties as assigned by vessel master or mate
  • Adheres to Company Polices, USCG, and Environmental Regulations
  • Representing the organization to guest, customers, the public, government, and other external sources ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF COOK
  • Over all responsible for daily sanitation, inventory, and up keep of equipment for galley area; lockers and storerooms
  • Serve three balanced meals per day to crew, and occasionally guest
  • Must be able to follow recipes, and able to develop recipes when improvising is necessary
  • Sanitation and safety compliant, to ensure that every precaution is taken to prevent contamination
  • Responsible for requisitioning and preparing, production, and presentation of all meals. Ensuring that the dining areas, salad, dessert, beverages, and condiments are set prior to the beginning of each meal, and ensuring sanitation standards and personal hygiene are maintained at all times
  • Provisions management, once they are delivered to galley, including ordering and returning unused food items to the bulk storeroom, properly stored and labeled



  • Knowledge of health code, proper food handling, preparation, cooking and storage temperatures, safety procedures for conduct in the galley
  • Communication and writing skills required
  • Strong interpersonal/team skills and the proven ability to often deal with situations where immediate low-level satisfactory resolution of issues must be achieved
  • Proficient user of computer systems, with the ability to utilize MS software applications in a Windows environment
  • Imperative to this position, the successful candidate must possess excellent interpersonal skills, effective written and verbal communication skills and a positive management style that builds trust with clients and crew members



  • Merchant Mariners Credential (MMC)
  • USCG rating as an Ordinary Seaman or Able Bodied Seaman with STCW-95 endorsement including Basic Safety Training
  • Valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
  • Minimum six (6) months prior to renewal
  • Valid Driver License
  • Min six (6) months prior to renewal
  • U.S. Citizenship, and U.S. Valid Passport
  • Min six (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 AND SPECIALIZED REQUIRED EXPERIENCE: Specialized experienced is defined as possessing the following;
  • 2 years of Chef/Cook experience with shipboard experience
  • Successfully completed MSC Food Service Management System (FSM)
  • Current Serv-Safe Certification
  • Or, a current certification as an Executive Chef or higher from the American Culinary Federation

    Or, Graduate of an accredited commercial academy/school, and has completed training in nutrition, and is Serv-Safe Manager certified.



  • 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.



  • 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 pushknees.
  • 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 pushknees.
  • 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 pushknees while working in inclimate 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.

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



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