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Able-Bodied Seaman (AB) – Hopper

About the Job

An Able Bodied Seaman is responsible for deck duties including providing a safe, clean vessel for crew members, and is required to comply with safety regulations and procedures to ensure safe and efficient vessel operations.

Job Functions:
  • All aspects of line handling
  • Vessel maintenance and housekeeping.
  • Stands wheel watch as required
  • Maintains the vessel exterior in good order including painting or chipping as needed
  • Ensures a clean sanitary environment aboard the vessel
  • Aids as needed, the Captain in checking and inspecting the vessel’s safety equipment
  • Provides support to the engine room as needed per direction of the Captain and/or the Engineer
  • Present on deck and within communicating distance always while the captain or mate is operating the controls
  • Follows company and work site safety policies/procedures and commits to an “incident and injury free” work environment
  • 0-2 years of experience as, Deckhand, AB, or OS
  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work rotational 12-hour watch
  • Ability to work 21 days on, 21 days off, revised as necessary
  • Merchant Mariners Credentials (MMC)
  • Standards of Training, Certifications and Watchkeeping (STCW)
  • STCW Medical card
  • Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
  • AB Unlimited preferred, will consider Limited or special
  • Basic Training
  • Able Seafarer – Deck
  • VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties
  • PSC Unlimited – Personal Survival Craft
  • RFPNW – Rating Forming Part of a Navigation Watch


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does the schedule and shift look like?

    We work 21 days on, 21 days off, 12 hour days.

  • Does the company cover travel costs?

    Yes, and we will even book your roundtrip flight and rental car or airport transfer.

  • Are there growth opportunities?


    Weeks Marine dredging promotes from within which creates room for growth and allows for opportunities to advance your career.

  • Are there any physical requirements?

    Before you start, you'll need to take a pre-employment physical (USCG 719K) and drug screen. You’ll also need to be able to lift up to 50lbs, endure all weather conditions and rough seas, stand for long periods of time, climb, and tolerate vibrations and high noise levels.

  • What is the pay?

    The pay for our hopper dredge positions is consistent with Master Mates & Pilots union rates.

  • What is the culture like?

    Our large-scale projects across North America provide great opportunity for growth, travel and experience, and despite this grand scope, we still offer direct access to leadership and a warm family culture.

Why Weeks

  • We Make a Difference

    Our work impacts people’s lives in countless ways – from environmental protection, to global and domestic infrastructure, to supporting international trade and our economy – all resulting in protecting and maintaining our way of life. In order to make a difference, we embrace challenges, pull together as a team, and use our deep expertise and resources to accomplish things we previously thought impossible. We also complete our work with the highest degree of care and protection for our planet. “When you are doing something that is really impactful to the country, to the people, to the economy, it makes you feel good about your job,” said Alberto Marvarez, Staff Engineer, when asked about what working at Weeks means to him.

  • We Empower People

    Our people have the opportunity to grow their careers in a nurturing environment that rewards hard work and embracing challenges. Individuals have transitioned from the field to management, from laborers to operations, and across businesses as well. Jason Marchioni explains his personal Weeks trajectory, “I started as a tugboat deckhand in 1996 and I worked my way up to become a captain on a vessel. I worked on boats for about seven to eight years, and then I made a transition into the field. Now I'm a Vice President with Weeks Marine and the General Manager of our subsidiary, North American Aggregates.”

  • Diverse Expertise & Settings

    No two projects are the same and this provides a challenging, exciting environment that is ripe for innovation and continuous improvement. At Weeks, you are exposed to a diverse group of people and types of work, spanning from those driving tugboats and steering cranes, working from our new state-of-the-art Cranford, NJ headquarters, or manning our many yards. Weeks has a robust and growing presence in North and South America, and combined with our key subsidiaries, our offices and project locations span along the Eastern Seaboard and Gulf Coast, as well as in Canada and Hawaii.

  • Best-in-class Benefits

    Weeks Marine dedicates itself to employee satisfaction by offering competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, and life-insurance plans, as well as retirement-savings plans. It’s a human environment where people that work at Weeks are respected in all facets of their life, not just as employees in the company – they are seen as people with families, and with valuable contributors within the organization and outside as well.