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A deckhand is a low-ranking sailor who works on a ship. Deckhands assists in ongoing ship maintenance, keep water vessels clean and in stable mechanical condition, and also help with docking and other operations. A deck crew is made up of multiple deckhands. Deckhands follow the captain's orders and work with stewards, mates, and other crew members to ensure the smooth functioning of a vessel. Depending on their vessels, deckhands are also referred to as dredge deckhands, ferry boat deckhands, tugboat deckhands, or scow deckhands. These workers are employed by commercial and private ships like cruise lines, recreational and commercial fishing companies, and merchant shipping companies. For professionals interested in a career in the maritime industry, becoming a deckhand is a great way to enter the profession. It presents a unique career path for these individuals leading to new and rewarding opportunities. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of deckhands is likely to increase by 13% in the next few years. As these professionals gain more experience, they get promoted to senior ranking positions such as a mate or a deck officer. In terms of compensation, deckhands draw a salary that ranges between $44,090 to $66,322 as well as other benefits. 

Responsibilities of a Deckhand

There are several different types of jobs that fall under the deckhand category. The duties vary depending on the experience, type of vessel, and the tasks assigned. In general, deckhands are responsible for operating and maintaining equipment on the deck and assisting with docking and other operations. Additionally, they are in charge of ensuring the safety of passengers and crew members and following the best environmental practices while working. Some cruise ships hire deckhands to help guide passengers, address their questions and concerns, and take care of their overall stay. 

Requirements of a Deckhand

This job is best suited for candidates with a passion for the sea. To be hired as a deckhand, the applicant must be knowledgeable of the best practices of vessel operations. Hiring managers favor candidates who have a maritime certification from a recognized training school. Candidates with this certification find it easier to work their way up in the ranks. Preference is given to applicants who have taken part in apprenticeship programs, learning on the job from veteran sailors. To be an accomplished deckhand, the incumbent must have strong technical skills and an aptitude for practical work. Another crucial requirement for employment is the physical stamina of the candidate to cope with labor-intensive tasks. They must also have the ability to see color so that they can easily recognize any color-coded signals from a vessel. Teamwork and communication skills are also essential to the role.

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Frequently Asked Questions about hiring a Deckhand

What is the best way to find and hire a Deckhand near me?
Online job boards are the best place to find qualified Deckhand applicants. Employers posting their Deckhand job on Indeed get about 13 applications from that board on average.
Which job boards should I post on to find Deckhand applicants?
You should post to multiple job boards at once. The most successful job postings for a Deckhand are on Indeed – but on average, employers post to 12 boards at the same time, using tools like Workstream. Publishing to multiple job boards at once helps you get your first applicant in 4 hours on average, which is shorter than the national average for Deckhand positions.
What's the best way to communicate with applicants looking for a Deckhand role?
SMS has 87% open rates which is higher than phone call or Email. Text to hire today!
Is it OK to text Deckhand job applicants?
Hourly paid workers, such as Deckhands are actually more engaged when texting about jobs. We have found that text messages are 177% better than email at getting an applicant's response. Have a look at Workstream, which automates the process of texting and uses a phone number specifically assigned to your job post so you don’t have to use your personal phone.
Can I use a different phone number to engage Deckhand applicants via text message?
Yes, tools such as Workstream provide custom phone numbers that allow employers to engage with applicants through their tool without having to use a personal or business cell phone.

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