Riverboat Captain - 100 Ton

    • Job Tracking ID: 512773-697681
    • Job Location: Essex, CT
    • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
    • Level of Education: Any
    • Job Type: Seasonal
    • Date Updated: August 12, 2019
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Key traits for a Riverboat Captain candidate are as follows:

  • 100 Ton USCG License
  • Strong customer relations skills / tactful / diplomatic
  • Outgoing personality / personable / good humor
  • Strong organizational and management skills
  • Dependable / Team player / Stable under pressure
  • Able to make appropriate decisions
  • Good speaking voice
  • Physically able (lifting, climbing and stamina required)
  • Available to work a flexible schedule - including holidays, weekends and evenings
  • Knowledge of the area is very helpful as is a historical knowledge of Connecticut
  • Cooperative disposition / accommodating

Experience and Skills:

Riverboat Captain duties will be performed in all types of weather, night and day, and while the vessel is underway. Shipboard positions can be physically demanding. Repetitive motion, bending, climbing and often heavy lifting, are requirements of this position.

  1. Willing to adhere to and comply with company policies, United States Coast Guard, Homeland Security and environmental regulations.
  2. Must be drug and alcohol-free. Subject to random testing as per USCG regulations.
  3. Ensure a safe environment for passengers and crew.
  4. Have good customer service skills, including instructing passengers of vessel safety procedures.
  5. Should be able to work with, entertain, instruct and converse with people from diverse backgrounds.
  6. Able to stand upright on feet for up to 8 hours at a time.
  7. Able to communicate with crew members, via VHF radio, orally, by sound signals or by hand signals. The Captain must have hearing and verbal skills that allows them to communicate effectively in various conditions.
  8. Complete Riverboat management including searching for, and correcting problems before they become crisis; and to fix the problem no matter how small.
  9. Know the ships' bilge system, fire system, and fire fighting apparatus.
  10. In cases of emergency and drills:
    1. Must know how and when to use the vessel emergency equipment.
    2. Be willing and able to assist someone in water (man overboard)
    3. Be able to swim and tread water for several minutes
    4. Be able to do basic firefighting
    5. Be able to lift 50 lb. anchor and throw overboard; also weigh anchor.
  11. Have vision that allows employee to safely maneuver aboard the vessel in situations that are likely to occur when a boat is in navigation night and day. Depth perception must be adequate for navigating in close quarters.
  12. May be required to reach into small, poorly accessible areas of machinery: work on equipment that has pressurized or hot components: troubleshoot equipment that is difficult to reach: work in areas that have high noise levels: work below decks in an area that may experience periods of darkness in unusual situations: work in confined and restricted spaces.
  13. Maneuver in small spaces, such as engine room and voids; must be capable of stooping, bending, ascending and descending stairs or ladders safely, sometimes while transporting tools or objects.
  14. Know a ship's inventory and all items related to the deckhand's work so as to be best able to supervise the crew.
  15. Supervise the cleaning of the passenger areas including roll-down windows, chairs and heads, vacuuming, sweeping, mopping and scrubbing deck.
  16. Able to read, understand and communicate in English.
  17. Be First Aid and CPR/AED qualified.
  18. Coordinate with USCG.


Salary commensurate with experience.  Seasonal position.