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Job Summary:

Polar Tankers Overview

Polar Tankers, a wholly owned subsidiary of ConocoPhillips, provides marine transportation for North Slope production, using five company-owned, double-hulled tankers in addition to chartering third-party vessels as necessary. The tankers deliver oil from Valdez, Alaska, to refineries primarily on the West Coast of the United States. The company operates five Endeavour-class tankers: Polar Endeavour, Polar Resolution, Polar Discovery, Polar Adventure and Polar Enterprise.


If you are selected as the Mess Person, you will be working under the direction of the Steward and Cook. The Mess Person must be able to follow appropriate safety and sanitation procedures to assist the Steward and Cook in the preparation of meals. They are responsible for cleaning the galley, taking orders, and serving meals. The Mess Person, under the supervision of the Steward and Cook, ensures the galley is adequately stocked and assists with the inventory and storage of food and galley supplies. The Mess Person will also participate in all safety drills and required training.

Job Description:

This is a Safety Sensitive position.

Relocation is not available for this position.

Your responsibilities may include:

  • Working under the supervision of the Steward and Cook

  • Cleaning/sanitation duties on the ship such as:

  • Cleaning specified decks

  • Cleaning the galley area (washing dishes/silverware, cleaning shelves, trash removal, etc.)

  • Assisting the Steward and Cook in the preparation of meals by retrieving stores and performing basic food preparations (peeling potatoes, cutting fruit, etc.)

  • Taking orders and serving meals

  • Assisting in putting up stores upon arrival of the ship

  • Assisting the Steward and Cook as directed

  • Mandatory participation in emergency training drills

  • Participating as a general support worker and developing a good knowledge of all galley cleaning and sanitation operations/duties noted in the general work description

  • Working a 12-hour day which includes 4-hours of overtime a day

Qualifications - External


  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer

  • Currently hold, or have the ability (with or without reasonable accommodation) to obtain, a U.S. Passport

  • Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC)

  • Transportation Workers Identification Card (TWIC)

  • Currently hold the Steward’s Department Food Handler (FH) endorsement on your Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC)

  • Willing and able (with or without reasonable accommodation) to:

  • Be away from home for periods in excess of two months

  • Push/pull up to 25pounds

  • Lift/carry up to 50 pounds floor to shoulder

  • Lift from floor to overhead and transport articles weighing up to 50 pounds

  • Work overtime up to 4 hours a day

  • Climb various ladders and stairs ranging from 5 to 200 feet in height

  • Stand for long periods of time

  • Walk, stand, stoop, sit, climb, and carry material on a daily basis on even and uneven terrain


  • Associates degree or higher in Culinary Arts from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent

  • 3+ years direct experience in institutional food preparation

  • 1+ years of experience sailing on a tanker/ship

  • Completion of sanitation/safe food handling class

  • Completion of basic training course or hold endorsement

  • Completion of VPDSD/security awareness course or hold endorsements

  • Ability to clearly follow instructions, both written and verbal

  • Ability to apply common sense to achieve the desired outcomes according to the company’s operating procedures and safety protocols

  • Organized, efficient and a methodical problem solver

  • Takes ownership of actions and follows through on commitments by holding others accountable and standing up for what's right

  • Delivers positive results through realistic planning to accomplish goals

  • Builds effective solutions based on available information and makes timely decisions that are safe and ethical

All unlicensed employees earn paid leave on the basis of twenty-four (24) days paid leave for every thirty (30) days of sea service. Tour lengths range from 65-85 days with an average tour of seventy-five (75) days onboard and sixty (60) days of paid leave.

This position requires you to have a TWIC card (Transportation Workers Identification Card) to gain access to secure areas of Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) regulated facilities and vessels. Any candidate selected for this position will not be allowed to begin work without proof of application for this card. Visit the TSA website: TWIC® | Transportation Security Administration (tsa.gov) (https://www.tsa.gov/for-industry/twic) for more information.

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ConocoPhillips’ sponsorship for employment authorization in the U.S. is NOT available for this position.


In the US, ConocoPhillips is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or any other legally protected status.