October 27, 2015

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Job Description and Summary

  • The dockhands primary responsibility is maintaining the cleanliness of all lodge areas (pier, floats, bait rooms, processing rooms, bathrooms and boats). Employees serve customers and guests by performing a variety of duties.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

  • Maintain organization and cleanliness of all marine facility, shop and fish processing areas.
  • Expedite all requests from guests including transport of baggage to and from beach houses.
  • Wipe down boat windshields and fill fish boxes with ice each morning.
  • Assist guests by hauling ice, bait, fishing equipment and coolers to rental boats.
  • Assist guests with tying and untying boats and unloading fish and scrubbing boats.
  • Assist other dockhands with fish cleaning, vacuum packing, blast freezing and packaging operations.
  • Clean and sanitize fish processing facilities, boats and equipment daily.
  • Provide the highest level of customer service with a smile.

Preference given to people with boating experience; however, boating experience is not required for the entry-level dock hand position.

Experienced dock hands may provide boat operation and safety orientations to guests when they check into the lodge. Dockhands with boating experience will operate and refuel 23′ power boats with 150hp engines at nearby marina. Dockhands with guiding experience or credentials may assist guests with operating down riggers and fishing reels, rigging tackle, tying knots and applying fishing techniques while giving boat safety orientations.

This position reports to the Operations Manager. Chinook Shores Lodge has a work hard play hard culture with entry level pay starting at Alaska wages and housing.

Required Qualifications and Qualities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Such qualities qualifications include:

  • A broad knowledge of or the ability and will to learn salmon and halibut fishing techniques
  • Basic knowledge of operating outboard motors and docking small boats
  • A positive attitude combined with the ability to communicate fluently and relate well to customers
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs and agile enough to frequently  jump in and out of boats


  • High school diploma (or some college)
  • Valid driver’s license

Language Ability

  • Level of English that allows communication with customers, guests and employees

Work Environment 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this role, the employee:

  • Is regularly exposed to outdoor weather conditions
  • Is frequently exposed to work near moving mechanical parts

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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.