• Checker

    Location US-WA-Seattle
    Company Alaska Marine Lines
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    Responsible to check in the freight/cargo in the truck lanes with direct face to face contact with our customers and truck drivers. Direct traffic in the truck lanes to keep freight flowing smoothly and safely. View all freight/cargo for any damage to absolve AML from any responsibility or claim.  This opening is on the late shift 11:30am - 8:00pm with a lunch break.  This position is a Safety Sensitive position.  


    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:  Other duties may be assigned.

    • Review Bills of Lading (BOL) documents for accuracy and compare the freight stickers printed by the receiving staff to the BOL to ensure accuracy. Cross reference the markings on the freight that are affixed to the cargo.
    • Alert Customer Service/Receiving staff in the Breakbulk office about any discrepancies or problems as the checker is the “eyes” on the freight..
    • Affixing labels to the cargo that were printed by the Customer Service staff.
    • Count pieces and measure all the dimensions of bundles and length of the cargo ranging from cars, boats, truckloads of building materials, vehicles, machinery, houses, etc.
    • Write on the bill of lading an accurate descriptions of the freight.
    • Note any damage that arrived with the freight so that company does not get a claim for damage they are not responsible for.
    • Legibly sign and ensure accuracy for the freight piece count to ensure customers who view their bill of lading on the company web site will be able to read the documents as well as the AML staff who view the documents to do their work.
    • Return the bill of lading to the office in a timely manner.
    • Complete “Load Sheet” or use a bar code scanner to indicate what freight was loaded to what piece of equipment.
    • Check in cars, or any cargo needing an inspection report with accuracy. Note every ding, dent, or scratch. 
    • Check freight equipment as it is offloaded from the barge resolving discrepancies.
    • List container location in the rows and add/update spreadsheet.
    • Record temperatures of running reefers in the yard with Maintenance & Repair department.
    • Reconcile VISIO stow plan checking for errors.
    • Pull chain and organize the lashing.


    QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, physical demands and work environment.



    High School Education or GED is required.  Experience in transportation or freight shipping is preferred



    Ability to read, analyze, and interpret documents such as tariffs, procedural manuals and employee and safety handbooks.  Ability to write clearly and be understood. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, customers, employees, service partners and the general public.



    Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percentage and apply those concepts to work related situations.



    Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.



    Valid driver’s license and good driving record is preferred.  Able to meet forklift certification requirements.

    Must be eligible to apply and be issued a TWIC (Transportation Workers Identification Card)

    Must be able to be trained to obtain Hazardous Materials Training certification to meet requirements of 49 CFR 172.700.



    • Ability to meet a regular work schedule.
    • Ability and willingness to work overtime as required.
    • Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work to meet schedules/deadlines.
    • Regular attendance and timeliness are essential functions of this position. Daily physical presence is required.
    • Ability to work alone or as part of a team with minimal supervision. 
    • Ability to change focus and job duties in a fast moving, time restricted environment.
    • Detail oriented, with legible handwriting.
    • PC skills required:  Windows, Excel, Outlook, keyboarding proficiency. Keyboard and ten key by touch
    • Employee must possess a genuine desire and skill to meet the customer's needs in the most efficient manner



    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to walk; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl to examine freight.  The employee will stand on ladders to reach high enough to hold a staple gun to swing and to attach labels.


    The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 20 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


    The employee will drive a low speed vehicle and carry a measuring tape and clipboards to record work as well as walk through the yard, possibly from 4 to 8 to 12 miles a day when in busy season.  The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals.


    The employee needs the ability to work in a constant state of alertness and in a  safe manner.



    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently outside exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; fumes or airborne particles; outside weather conditions; extreme cold; extreme heat; hazardous materials and vibration while being constantly aware of the many trucks in the truck lanes and remain safe.


    The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud when onboard the barges.  Employee must wear a hard hat and reflective vest along with steel toed shoes.  The noise levels in the different work environments are from quiet to loud. 



    This job description is not an employment agreement or contract.  Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.

    Federal law requires Alaska Marine Lines to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.  Alaska Marine Lines will provide the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.  
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    A post conditional offer of employment physical, drug test and background investigation are required.
    Random drug testing is required of all Alaska Marine Lines employees.


    Alaska Marine Lines, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or national origin.

    Veterans and Minorities are encouraged to apply. VEVRAA Federal Contractor.
    Priority referrals for protected veterans.


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