Fleet Probationary Deckhand/Experienced Deckhand - Lemont, IL
Lemont, IL 
Posted 20 days ago
Job Description

Prepares barges assigned to the towboat for safe and timely transport. Performs tasks associated with building and breaking tow, as well as towboat and barge maintenance. Performs tasks in all weather conditions both outside and in the confines of the vessel while navigating the inland waterway systems.

This is for work in the Lemont, IL Fleet. Schedules will/can be a variety of live-on and either 14 days on/ 7 days off, 28 days on/ 28 days off, or 21 days on/21 days off with rotating 6 hour shifts. This also requires you to live within 50 miles of Lemont, IL.

Primary deckhand responsibilities:

  • Build and break tow. Tow may attach/detach 5 to 25 barges depending on river system worked.
  • Inspect, correct or notify others of any conditions which affect safety of people or cargo.
  • Handle rigging during tow building, locking and docking activities.
  • Assist in loading or unloading materials and supplies to and from docks, barges and boats.
  • Examine cables, wires, and lines to ensure they are fit for use. Use tools to tighten or loosen same as needed.
  • Effectively handle tow wires and cables to secure barges in safe and environmentally appropriate fashion.
  • Perform basic vessel maintenance such as painting, cleaning, changing oil and filters.

Educational and Job Requirements:

  • Adhere to all ACBL policies, USCG and environmental regulations
  • Read, understand and implement instructions and warnings associated with materials required for boat maintenance, cleaning and upkeep as well as perform duties as assigned in job briefings.
  • Effectively use all safety equipment as required by ACBL policies, such as hearing protection, eye protection, gloves, flashlights, life jackets or work vest and steel-toed boots.
  • Valid drivers license and TWIC.
  • Ability to perform arduous work in all weather conditions.

High School/GED (required)

0 - 5 years: Years of Experience (preferred)

Licenses & Certifications
TWIC (required)
Driver's License (required)

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

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)

American Commercial Barge Line is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
High School or Equivalent
Required Experience
0 to 5 years
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