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Position: Launch Operator

Company: Portland Yacht Club

Location: Falmouth, ME

Pay: *Based On Experience

DESCRIPTION:

  • Provide safe and timely transport to and from member and guest vessels moored at Portland Yacht Club.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING: 

  • Current USCG Launch Operators License and first aid/CPR certifications required.  

KEY TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Operate launch as a licensed professional mariner and monitor VHF channel 68 at all times.
  • Assist club members and guests with transfer of bags, coolers, and supplies from PYC launch to owner vessels as needed.
  • Maintain cleanliness of launches and report maintenance issues as needed.  
  • If available, be able to assist with tie up and docking of members’ vessels.  
  • Upon request, assist members with various tasks while maintaining a neat appearance and pleasant demeanor.  

OTHER DUTIES TO INCLUDE:

  • Opening and closing of the Clubhouse, cleaning, fueling and general maintenance of launches such as engine fluid level checks.
  • General housekeeping of dock house and docks. 
  • Daily log entries as required.

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Must be competent in seamanship, capable of handling a USCG inspected 26 foot vessel, and physically able of rowing a small dinghy.
  • Knowledge of maritime safety including fire suppression and man overboard procedure required.  
  • If needed, launch staff should be able to assist in providing basic first aid and assistance. 
  • Must be comfortable operating vessel in all weather conditions including wind, rain, and fog. with tiller or wheel operated steering systems.
  • General maritime experience with tides and currents as well as local knowledge of Casco Bay encouraged. 

WORKING CONDITIONS:  

  • Must be willing to work outside, on the water, in adverse weather conditions.
  • Nights, weekends, and holidays a must.
  • Scheduling flexibility during the busiest season required.
  • Must be capable and responsible working alone and unsupervised subsequent to training period.
  • All operators will be enrolled in a random drug test program and must comply per USCG.  
  • A clean and neat appearance will be required and some uniform clothing will be provided.  
  • Year end bonus eligibility dependent on successful completion of agreed work requirement.
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