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Expereinced Wheelman - Inland Marine

Galveston, TX, USA; Gibson, LA 70356, USA; New Orleans, LA, USA Req #313
Thursday, March 19, 2020

At Savage, we pride ourselves on providing our Team Members with a focus on safety not typically seen in other companies. You will enjoy working in a 5S environment that is safe to work in and free of clutter while receiving top-notch safety training and procedures to ensure that everyone makes it home every night to their loved ones. Hire Right, Train Right, Treat Right…it’s the Savage way.

Company Name: Savage Inland Marine 
Location Address: 209 Blackwater Court Gibson, LA  70356        
Relevant Experience Level: Mid-Career (4-10 Years) 
Driver's License Required: Yes 


Savage Inland Marine has immediate openings for qualified Experienced River Wheelmen Master 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 Experienced River Wheelmen Master has responsibility for the safe and efficient operation of the tow when the Captain is off duty. This is the entry-level piloting position within the marine group. The pilot is in charge of the safe, efficient and economical movement of product including but not limited to 10 million gallons housed in tow configurations up to 1,200 feet in length while the River Captain is at rest.

  • The Experienced River Wheelmen Master 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 Wheelman 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 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. 
  • Completes all U.S. Coast Guard, DOT and Savage Inland Marine required paperwork as directed by the Captain.
  • Answers directly to the Captain when completing Drill and Training exercises


Qualified applicants must have a minimum US Coast guard license of Master of Towing upon Inland Waters and Western Rivers with no Tonnage restriction.  Posting on the Western Rivers and/or the Inland Waterways systems is required. Savage Inland Marine 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 Intracoastal Waterway (East and West).


Qualified applicants must be able to perform these duties, possess and maintain a valid driver's license, successfully completing pre-employment testing and medical screening and have basic understanding of computer hardware and software including the knowledge on common applications such as internet browsers, and email programs,. Successful candidates must also have excellent communication skills, a drive to achieve results, technical and professional knowledge and skills, and a strong commitment to health, environmental, and safety principles.

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

    Having trouble with our application?  Please call 800-233-0883 for assistance.

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    • Job Family Skilled Player
    • Pay Type Hourly
    • Galveston, TX, USA
    • Gibson, LA 70356, USA
    • New Orleans, LA, USA