Employment Opportunities - Now Hiring!

We are now hiring for deckhands (experienced or trainee). Work is conducted on local towboats located in the Parkersburg, WV area. Position is full-time ranging between 45 to 60 hours per week and the job does not involve living onboard the vessels. The position will consist of required rotational shifts including day, night and weekends. Health and 401(k) benefits are available after a short probationary period. Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Hard working individuals that can promptly arrive for work.
  • The ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • 18 years of age with a high school diploma or GED.
  • Posess a valid driver's license with dependable transportation since you will commute daily to and from work.
  • The ability to pass pre-employment and random drug screenings as required under USCG regulations.
  • Already posesses or meets the requirements needed to be issued a TWIC card (more details about the TWIC card here).

A copy of our employment application can be downloaded here: Employment Application (requires Adobe PDF Reader)
After completion, please mail the application to the address on the top of the first page.

Frequently Asked Questions About The Deckhand Position

Q: Are there any experience and/or training requirements?
A: No, although prior experience including already having your TWIC card is a plus when applying for this position, it is not required.
Q: Are there any physical requirements?
A: At times this is a physically demanding job. You will need to be able to carry gear (lines, wires, ratchets, 2" gasoline pumps, etc.) at least 200 ft, plus have the ability to climb a 20-30 ft ladder. Tolerance to extreme weather conditions is even more important though as you will be out on tow when it is 100+ degrees in the summer and zero degrees in the winter.
Q: Do I need to provide my own lifejacket and handheld radio?
A: No, we issue every deckhand their own lifejacket and handheld radio that they are responsible for. Deckhands will need to have a good flashlight though as they will be working nights at times.
Q: Will I be working on holidays?
A: It depends on the schedule you will be placed in, but expect to work some of the major holidays throughout the year. We have crews working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year including ALL major holidays. The majority of our customers/vendors are working even on major holidays so we must do the same.
Q: I live a few hours away making it hard to commute daily, can I stay on your boats instead of going home?
A: The majority of our boats are "dinner bucket" boats with no sleeping quarters or the required amenities to live aboard the boat. With this being said, we request that all applicants live in the local area (no more than an hour away from Parkersburg) since you will be commuting to work from your residence on a daily basis.
Q: I want to skip being a deckhand and jump right to being a captain? Can I do that?
A: Sorry, doesn't work that way. USCG requirements state that anyone desiring to become a captain must serve at least 360 12-hour days as a deckhand before even being considered for a steersman's license (basically a learner's permit to operate a towboat).
Q: If your boats have finished all their work and are tied off in the fleet, what will I be doing?
A: As with any towboat on the river, there is a varying array of projects you will be doing when not actually moving barges. There is always cleaning to be done on any of our 6 boats, plus chipping and painting. Barges will need pumped or wires and lines checked and adjusted. We take ultimate pride in what we feel is one the cleanest, most well-maintained fleet on the Ohio River and we work hard to keep it that way!

As a reminder, no potential candidates for the position can be granted access to the facility without prior appointment due to security procedures in place.

If you have any problems downloading the application, or have any general questions that haven't been answered above, please send an e-mail to: employment@nealemarine.com