Barge Dock Hand (Day Shift) - Louisville, KY


Louisville, KY, US, 40206

Category:  Transload Operations

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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.

Hourly pay rate: $18.00 - $20.00

Schedule: M-F 6:30 AM - 3:00 PM - Must be available for overtime and weekend work as needed  


General Purpose


Watco's Louisville River Road Marine Terminal handles primarily coal, salt, fertilizer, and other dry bulk products. As a Dock Hand, you will assist the Operators with removing and resetting barge covers, climbing in and out of barges, and assist with securing and moving barges as needed. This position also requires operating a skid steer to move materials.


Location Information 


  • Terminal Address: 2611 Buddeke Rd. Louisville, KY 40206
  • Additional Location Information: Click Here


Position Description


  • Must communicate to all crew members any special instructions for the day and ensure all Team Members complete the job safely.
  • Must be flexible and able to work any shift.
  • This is a full time outside job in all weather conditions.
  • Operate in a manner where SAFETY and ENVIRONMENT are of the highest importance.
  • Operate within Watco’s Customer First Foundation Principals with the customer, safety and the team’s goals always a priority.
  • Ability to understand Watco Transload and Intermodal safety rules and regulations.
  • Learn from directions, observations, and mistakes and apply procedures using good judgement.
  • Perform structural inspections as required.
  • Prepare equipment for product transfer.
  • Complete all applicable documentation, inspections and recordkeeping.
  • Ability to pass Safety Course administered by customer.
  • Perform all work in compliance with Company standards, procedures, and regulatory requirements.
  • Snow/weed removal as necessary.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Ability to use ladders to access barges.
  • Ability to work near water.
  • Remove and reset barge covers
  • Secure and assist moving barges as needed
  • Communicate with other team members using two way radio
  • Ability to pass training and required testing
  • A Valid Drivers License is preferred for this position


Machines, Tools, Special Equipment, Personal Protective Equipment Used


  • Forklift, power tools, hydraulic equipment, power drills, and basic hand tools (i.e., wrench, screw driver, sockets, measuring tape, etc.) PPE: hard hat, safety glasses, splash goggles, face shield, gloves, steel toed boots, fire retardant clothing, full face respirator.

Nearest Major Market: Louisville