Coastal residents can seek jobs cleaning up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico directly through British Petroleum (BP PLC) or through third parties, but they will likely have to complete a rigorous training and application process to get hired.
The potential jobs come as many Gulf Coast residents are struggling financially. People employed in the seafood, boating and tourism industries face an uncertain future because of the oil spill.
To be eligible for most of the cleanup jobs, workers must complete Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response training, often called HAZWOPER training. The courses can be as long as 40 hours.
British Petroleum (BP) is hiring owners of U.S. Coast Guard-inspected boats, and the boats’ crews. The boat must pass Coast Guard inspection and crew members must participate in multiple training courses to be hired. To register a boat, call 281-366-5511.
BP Pay Rates
- Crew member (or ship captain): $200 each for an eight-hour day
- Boats 30 feet or smaller: $1,200 per day
- 30-foot to 45-foot boats: $1,500 per day
- 45-foot to 65-foot boats: $2,000 per day
- Boats 65 feet or larger: $3,000 per day— Source: BP PLC
Additional sources to find employment include:
- Some Labor Finders temp agency locations along the coast have cleanup jobs available for individuals. Visit a nearby location for more information.
- New York-based Miller Environmental Group is seeking local workers for beach cleanup and can be contacted at 631-603-3533 or mailto:GOM@millerenv.com
- The state of Alabama is also collecting resumes from potential workers. For more information, go to joblink.alabama.gov.