Hatch Laborer - Houston, TX


Houston, TX, US, 77015

Category:  Transload Operations

Start a Watco Career and Discover the Difference

Keep the world’s supply chain moving. That’s what the Watco team does every day at our short line railroads, switching sites, terminals, ports, and logistics hubs. 

Whether you’re at one of these locations or in a support-services role, there’s one thread that ties everyone together. We’re all on the same team. One Watco

Here’s what you can expect from Watco: 

  • Award-winning culture recognized by Forbes and Newsweek
  • Competitive compensation and benefits
  • Paid on-the-job training with peer trainers 
  • Operations training at the Safe Performance Center in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Leadership and development programs offered through Watco University 
  • Career advancement opportunities

Working at Watco

Watco has a reputation for putting people first. In fact, our company was named to Forbes’ 2021 list of America’s Best Mid-Size Employers.

Working at Watco means working in the exciting field of transportation and supply chain logistics. We’re involved in domestic and international operations that are expanding all the time. Working at Watco also means a supportive, collaborative environment where you can learn and build a career.  You’ll find that safety is at the heart of everything we do. We look out for our team members’ safety and the safety of the people in the communities where we work.  In addition to these strengths, we offer competitive pay and industry-leading benefits.

Come to Watco and join a team where you'll leave each day knowing you've made a difference.


Valid TWIC card required. 

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Reports to Gang Foreman to obtain schedule and work instructions.
  • Longshore in hold may be required to communicate via handheld radio.
  • May be required to handle tools and/or lashing materials.
  • May be required to place or remove dunnage including but not limited to under blades, buckets, or other attachments that would rest on transport surface.
  • Must remain clear of all suspended loads while loading and discharge operations.
  • May use a push broom to sweep discarded materials to the designated area.
  • May use locking poles to disengage locks at corners of containers.
  • May place deck shoes (4-4.8 lbs.) on the floor of a bay in the vessel to sit containers on.
  • May be required to hook and unhook lifting gear.
  • Know the fundamentals of rigging and slinging.
  • Utilizes rigging/slinging to load and unload containers, steel commodities, project cargo and bulk material.
  • Able to operate forklifts.
  • Be able to dismantle and store rigging/slinging equipment after use.
  • Signal or verbally direct workers engaged in hoisting and moving loads, in order to ensure safety of workers and cargo.
  • Know the Crane hand signals.
  • Must be able to follow all safety guidelines.

Vessel Access


  • Climbs up or down the gangway to access the vessel. (46 – 60 steps; varies for each vessel depending on the height of vessel and water level). Handrails are located on each side of the gangway at waist height.
  • Climbs up or down vertical ladders aboard the vessel.
  • Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Required.

Required Safety Gear must be worn at all times to include


  • Safety vest, safety glasses, steeled-toe shoes, and hard hats must be worn on the terminal or in the yard.

Nearest Major Market: Houston