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Harbor Deckhand

Department: Ozinga Materials & Logistics
Location: Mokena, IL

Summary:  The Harbor Deckhand works directly for the Terminal Manager and performs duties onboard the fleet boats, barges, terminals and trans load with safety being the number one priority.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Assist in the cleaning and washing of barges at the Joliet, Lemont or Henry Terminals.
  • Work as a deckhand on the fleet boat.
  • Assist in the unloading operation.
  • Assist in the loading, cleaning and maintenance operation at the trans load.
  • Perform all duties in a safe and efficient manner.   


  • Knowledge of marine terminology and the ability to communicate with the pilot of the boat on VHF radio.
  • Ability to tie off barges in a safe and proper manner.
  • Knowledge of safe loading and unloading procedures for barges.
  • Ability to use the remote control to control the movement of the trans load conveyor to safely and properly load barges.
  • Ability to use trash pumps to pump water from void tanks and hoppers of barges as needed.
  • Ability to run a bobcat to help unload aggregate and cement barges.
  • Knowledge and ability to “fire up” and shut down the trans load system.
  • Knowledge of barge cleaning operations, including the ability to run a bobcat and wash pumps.
  • Be crossed trained in all port operations.
  • Ability to perform other maintenance/labor duties as assigned.  

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