Spend a summer outdoors and in the stunning Kenai Fjords National Park and Resurrection Bay; learning, fishing, and enjoying all the amazing experiences Alaska has to offer.
Miller’s Landing is a family-run business that started operations shortly after Kenai Fjords National Park was established in 1980 and the tourism industry began to form in Seward. We work hard to provide every guest with a memorable experience, focusing on safety, education, stewardship, and fostering a supportive and inclusive work environment.
We are located three miles outside of Seward on Lowell Point via dirt road, while some employees live in town many opt to live on the property where we offer different housing options. A big part of the Millers’ experience involves communal living. Most employees will be living with and working as a crew for most of the summer, and your experience will last a lifetime.
Deckhand Assistant / Vessel Operations Steward
The position includes knowing vessel operations schedules, being available to assist water taxi & fishing charter departures and returns, fileting fish, cleaning boats, fueling, assisting with mechanical maintenance and repair, working with vessel clientele, small boat operation, and working with kayak guides, captains, and deckhands to facilitate the end of day operations and needs.
Dates of employment: April 1 – September 30 for Seasonal
Hours: Minimum 40 hours/week, on-call for events and maintenance
Compensation: Base wage $15/hour, ½ tips when deckhanding, crew tip-outs when assisting with vessel operations at the discretion of the captain/deckhands, free space available charter fishing, water taxi, and kayaking. Discounted access for partner outfitters, tours, and lodging.
-Assistance with client check-in / directing them to their respective vessels
-Use of reservation software, cell, VHF, and Garmin inreach hub to track vessel needs/arrivals
-Closely work with office staff and outside crew to assist with vessel needs via phone or radio
-Use of Maintenance/Work Order software to respond to urgent and daily repairs or maintenance
-Daily cleaning and maintenance of all vessels returning from full and half-day operations
-Working closely with crew and clients to ensure their catch is properly attributed
-Operation of small tender vessels to access larger vessels on mooring for cleaning, maintenance, and gear repair.
-Tying/rigging of fishing tackle, re-spooling of reels, organization of tackle shack area.
-Routine fueling, fish fileting, vessel cleaning, fish box scrubbing, pressure washing, kayak carrying / loading
-Weekly assistance on routine engine maintenance – oil changes, lower unit service et alEnsure rental poles are in good working order for the store and stabicraft rentals
-Tying down / securing kayaks on all vessels.
-Assistant Deckhand Duties
-Compliance with random drug testing system as administered by the Maritime Consortium
-Management of the deck and fishing clients, training provided.
-Understanding of client manifest/reservation software to ensure guests are where they belong.
-Management of vessel schedule for the purposes of water taxi pick-ups or drop-offs.
-Cleaning of vessel and fileting of catch at the end of the day, fueling, rigging, et al
-Repair, construction, preventative maintenance and renovation of vessels/fishing gear
-“On-call/On-site” assistance when serious marine incidents occur (rescues, tows et al)
-Safety compliance whilst on the water – vessel orientation for clients, assistance during emergencies
-Responding as needed to unforeseen weather events
-Maintaining knowledge of sport fishing regulations, and filling out vessel catch records.
-Availability for service when injury, sickness or other issues may take the full-time deckhand out of commission on either the half-day or full-day platforms
Other duties as needed
Skills and Experience
-At least 5 years of public-facing -responsibilities (i.e., retail, food service, education)
-De-escalation and Resolution -Techniques
-Strong attention to detail
-Valid Driver’s License
-Current First Aid/CPR certification
-Ability to sit, stand, crouch, kneel, reach, and lift up to 50lbs
-Willingness to work long hours
-Extensive fishing & boating experience
-Heavy equipment operation
-Ability to assist in the operation of vessels
-Mechanical aptitude for repair/engines/tools
-Knowledge of basic onboard safety