UIC Alaska

Marine Operations Forklift Operator - Bowhead Transport

Requisition ID
Mariners/Vessels/Diesel Engineers
Location : Location
Travel Requirement


Marine Operations Forklift Operator

UIC, Bowhead Transport seeks a seasonal, land/sea-based Forklift Operator to be always responsible for the safe operation of the forklift. The operator will offload and backload cargo on barges and in freight yards under the direction of the Barge Master and Cargo Operations Manager. Other tasks will routinely include lashing, housekeeping on the barge and yards, minor forklift maintenance, and report writing as needed. Regular travel throughout Alaska between the months of April through October is expected.


About Bowhead Transport and the UIC Corporation:

UIC is one of Alaska’s largest companies with 4,000 employees and fifty-four subsidiaries. UIC is proud of our expanding operations, which currently span over twenty-five different industries and business lines throughout most of the United States and many foreign countries. UIC and its subsidiaries are committed to and strive for safety, quality, business ethics, and shareholder values.  Bowhead Transport is the Northwest Marine division of the UIC organization.  Our diverse fleet of vessels provides our customers with comprehensive marine solutions in challenging environments throughout Alaska. 

Headquartered in Anchorage, AK, Bowhead Transport Company offers competitive benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment, short/long-term disability, and 401(k) retirement plans, as well as paid time off programs for eligible full-time employees.


Forklift Operator Essential Functions Include:

  • Safely operate various cargo-moving equipment in yards, on barges, and in other unique environments
  • Receiving cargo in preparation for voyage sailings
  • Perform minor equipment maintenance and repairs
  • Loading and securing cargo to the vessel
  • Assist the Barge Master with creating all voyage documentation
  • Extensive and frequent travel throughout Alaska between April & October
  • Other duties as assigned

Licenses, Credentials, Requirements and Experience:

  • 2 years minimum cargo operations experience
  • 2 years minimum operating a 40T forklift on a barge and/or landing craft.
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License.
  • Must be able to pass a pre-employment drug test.
  • Must be able to pass an Air Force background check.
  • The ability to obtain a NSTC (North Slope Training Cooperative) training certification and a BP Transit Badge.



Physical & Environmental Demands:

The work environment varies and includes, but is not limited to dock, port, bay, beaches, waterways, office space, equipment rooms, warehouse space, construction zones, and outdoor environments. Work hours may fluctuate outside of normal duty hours. While performing the duties of this job, the individual is:

  • Repetitive movements of the neck, shoulder, wrist, low back.
  • Static postures of the neck, shoulders, wrist, and low back.
  • Walking, sitting, standing, and climbing.
  • Handling of cables, chains, or hooks.
  • Particular attention is paid to other workers who may give hand signals to guide the object's movement through the workspace.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Must be willing to work all shifts, overtime, weekends, and holidays as needed and required.
  • Perform work in dusty environments and all types of temperature/weather conditions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, vibration, and noise.
  • Walking on slippery, uneven surfaces.
  • Remote work sites with limited resources and infrastructure.
  • Work with a safety-first mindset


Applicants may be subject to a pre-employment drug and alcohol screening and/or random drug screen and must follow UIC’s Non-DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing Program requirements. If the position requires, an applicant must pass a pre-employment criminal background history check. All post-secondary education listed on the applicant’s resume/application may be subject to verification.


Where driving may be required or where a rental car must be obtained for business travel purposes, applicants must have a valid driver's license for this position and will be subject to verification. In addition, the applicant must pass an in-house, online driving course to be authorized to drive for company purposes.


UIC is an equal-opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants regardless of race, age, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other protected characteristics EOE/AA/M/F/D/V. In furtherance, pursuant to The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act 43 U.S.C. Sec. 1601 et seq., and federal contractual requirements, UIC and its subsidiaries may legally grant certain preference in employment opportunities to UIC Shareholders and their Descendants, based on the provisions contained within The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities. Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP here.


All candidates must apply online at www.uicalaska.com  and submit a completed application for all positions they wish to be considered. Once the employment application has been completed and submitted, any changes to the application after submission may not be reviewed. Please contact a UIC HR Recruiter if you have made a significant change to your application. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), persons unable to complete an online application should contact UIC Human Resources for assistance.



The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c).


UIC Commercial Services, LLC is a holding company under Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation (UIC), an Alaska Native Corporation providing a wide variety of services including a full range of construction services, design and architecture services, environmental consulting, permitting and compliance and remediation, oil and gas support, ocean-going cargo and shipping services and specialized companies. Several of our companies are SBA 8(a) certified, small, disadvantaged businesses and offer substantially competitive rates. Collectively, we offer a breadth of services which we perform with a focus on quality results. UIC and its subsidiaries are committed to and strive for safety, quality, business ethics, and shareholder value. We offer competitive benefits including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment, short/long term disability, and 401(k) retirement plans as well as paid time off programs for eligible full-time employees. Eligible part-time employees are able to participate in the 401(k) retirement plans and state or contract required paid time off programs.




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