• River Wheelman

    Location(s) USA-LA-Gibson
    Job ID
    Employment Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    Savage Inland Marine has immediate openings for qualified River Pilots in its Marine Division located in Gibson, LA. Savage operates on the Western and Inland Waterways river systems. Vessel employees are scheduled on a 28 day on/14 day off rotation and work two six hour watches each day with six hour rest periods in between watches.


    The River Pilot takes direction from the River Captain concerning tow configurations, drop-offs, pick-ups, and the duties of other crewmembers (Deckhands, Tankermen, Engineers, and Mates) on the River Pilot's watch

    • The Pilot will periodically assume full responsibility for the Captain's duties, overseeing the work of crewmembers (Deckhands, Tankermen, Engineers, and Mates) concerning tows, tow configurations, maintenance of vessel, and other operational concerns
    • During duty hours when the Captain is at rest, the River Pilot has direct control and responsibility of the boat, barges, and crew, and is responsible for safely navigating the tow while transiting Locks, Rivers and all of its tributaries
    • Complete all U.S. Coast Guard, DOT and Savage Inland Marine required paperwork as directed by the Captain
    • Answer directly to the Captain when completing Drill and Training exercises


    • The River Pilot must have a minimum US Coast guard license of Mate of Towing upon Inland Waters and Western Rivers with no Tonnage restriction
    • All applicants MUST attach a resume to be considered for this positon, NO EXCEPTIONS 
    • Must possess a valid TWIC card
    • Must possess a valid FCC radio license
    • Applicants should be completely posted on two or more of these systems: Ohio, Illinois, Arkansas, Black Warrior, Tom Bigbee, Tennessee/Cumberland, Mississippi (Upper and Lower), or IntracoastalWaterway (East and West)
    • Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license
    • Must have a basic understanding of computer hardware and software such as internet browsers and email
    • Must have excellent communication skills, a drive to achieve results, and a strong commitment to health, environmental, and safety principles

     *** All eligible applicants will receive an email from the Savage Recruiter that contains a REQUIRED document that will need to be completely filled out and returned via email, within 24 hours***



    • High school diploma or equivalent


    Physical Requirements

    • Must be able to pass pre employment physical
    • Must be able to lift 50# frequently
    • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time


    With more than 70 years’ experience in hundreds of locations across North America and internationally, Savage is a trusted partner for safely moving and managing mission-critical materials with worry-free consistency while creating value for our Customers. Savage specializes in rail, truck and marine transportation, logistics, materials handling and other industrial and environmental services. We Hire RightTrain Right and Treat Right, and strive to provide our Team Members with opportunities to do things they never dreamed possible.


    Savage offers competitive benefits that include: medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short and long term disability, a retirement plan, paid time off and opportunities for growth.


    Savage is an Equal Opportunity Employer and maintains a drug free workplace.


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