This is where the journey begins. Once deckhands have mastered the requirements of this position they will move up to takerman trainee and start training on the barges then move up to the position of tankerman. This rapid career advancement takes around 12-18 months on average and more than doubles their starting deckhand wages.

Deckhand Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Deckhands assist others on the vessel in preparing barges for the loading and discharging of products at ports across the inland waterway system.
  • Deckhands build and break tow by using lines, wires, ratchets and stationary winches.
  • Deckhands perform a variety of tasks which include but not limited to standard housekeeping duties, painting, chipping, transferring rigging, vessel and barge maintenance, midstream fuel transfers, cooking, assisting in making bridges and locks, etc. These duties are performed in all types of weather, day and night, while the vessel is underway.
  • Deckhands must be capable of lifting or moving objects that are heavy and awkward.
  • Deckhands work under the supervision of the vessel Captain or the tankerman on watch.
  • The standard work schedule for all deckhands is 28 days on the boat, 14 days off; however this work schedule may vary.
  • All crew live, eat, and work aboard the vessel.

*All applicants must:

  • be at least 20 years of age
  • have and maintain a valid Driver’s License
  • have a High School Diploma or equivalent

Career FAQ

How do I apply?
It's easy! Click Here to Download the application.

What’s the best way to submit my application?
We prefer to receive applications electronically through our Employment site at . You may also fax or deliver it to our headquarters in Vicksburg, MS.
Fax (601) 629-6440
101 Lee Street Vicksburg, MS 39180

What if I don’t have a background in the maritime industry?
We don’t require a prior maritime background for entry level positions such as deckhand.

I submitted my application but haven't heard from Golding Barge Line yet. What's the status of my application?
We are constantly reviewing applications as they come in and will contact the people we’d like to learn more about. Due to our high volume of applicants, we are not able to personally contact all applicants.

What is your interview process?
The typical interviewing process begins with a phone screen. If there's interest on both sides, we invite people in for an in-person interview, typically with the hiring manager. Be prepared to take a DOT Drug Screen and bring all items listed on page 1 of the application under Notice of Requirements

Will I have opportunities for training and development after I am hired?
Yes! Golding Barge Line operates with the value that people are our greatest asset. We must continue to learn, adapt and develop as individuals and as a company.


Golding Barge Line offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes:
  • Medical Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Short Term Disability
  • Long Term Disability
  • 401K Program
  • Safety Bonus