Falls City Towing Company, Inc.

River Transportation Company

Frequently Asked Questions

Falls City is an Equal Opportunity Employer operating in the Towboat Industry. The following are a few questions frequently asked when going through the hiring process. Please read the following before completing the application.

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Q. Do I have to fill out the pre-application?
A.   Yes, This allows us to know if you are eligible for employment with our                   company.

Q. Do I have to have experience?
A.    No, While experience is always good we can train you.

Q. Do I have to have a car?
A.    Yes, You must be able to get to work and leave work at any time of day                 without question.

Q. Can someone else drop me off?
A.    No, You must have your own car in case you need to leave the boat at any           time of day.

Q. How do I get lunch/dinner?
A.    You must bring your own food and drink.

Q. Do I have to pass a drug test?
A.    Yes, You must pass an initial drug test to obtain the job.

Q. Are there random drug tests?
A.    Yes, Every person employed by Falls City is subject to random drug testing.

Q. Can you schedule your drug test or take it on a                 different day/time than you are told to?
A.    No, You must take the drug test at the time you are sent to take it.

Q. Do I have to live in Louisville?
A.    No, But you must live within a 45-minute drive of Louisville.

Q. Can I work here with family?
A.    No, We do not hire family.

Q. What is the schedule?
A.    We work 12 hour days/nights/swing shifts. You MUST have a flexible schedule.

Q. Can I choose what days I work?
A.    No, You must work your set schedule.

Q. What if I have an appointment (doctor, meeting,               etc.)?
A.    You are not able to leave work during the day for any reason. You are                   expected to schedule appointments on your days off.

Q. Do I get overtime?
A.    No, We are federally exempt from overtime.

Q. Do I have to have a TWIC Card?
A.    No, Not at first. You can work up to 8 weeks without one; however, one                 must be obtained before the end of those 8 weeks.

Q. What is a Deckhand?
A.    A Deckhand is an entry-level position in the Maritime Industry. As a                       Deckhand, you perform manual labor outside, on a boat at all times. You               work a rotating schedule while lifting up to 70lbs. on a regular basis. You               must be able to work 12hours a day/night, have your own vehicle, and                 maintain a drug-free environment.

Q. Can I drink on the boat?
A.    No, Alcohol is not permitted on the boat or anywhere near the premises.

Q. Can I have a felony?
A.    No, you cannot have a felony on your record regardless of how long ago it             was.

Q. What disqualifies me from obtaining the job?
A.    The following is copied directly from the Transportation Security                            Administration and WILL disqualify you for a TWIC card. Without a TWIC                card you CANNOT work for Falls City:


Part A – Permanent Disqualifying Offenses

 A conviction for one of the following felonies is disqualifying regardless of when it occurred, and the applicant is not eligible for a waiver.

1.     Espionage or conspiracy to commit espionage.

2.     Sedition, or conspiracy to commit sedition.

3.     Treason, or conspiracy to commit treason.

4.     A federal crime of terrorism as defined in 18 U.S.C. 2332b(g), or                          comparable State law, or conspiracy to commit such crime.

A conviction for one of the following felonies is disqualifying regardless 

of when it occurred, and the applicant may apply for a waiver.

1.      A crime involving a transportation security incident. A transportation                     security incident is a security incident resulting in a significant loss of life,             environmental damage, transportation system disruption, or economic                   disruption in a particular area, as defined in 46 U.S.C. 70101. The term                 "economic disruption" does not include a work stoppage or other employee           related action not related to terrorism and resulting from an employer                   employee dispute.

2.      Improper transportation of a hazardous material under 49 U.S.C. 5124, or a           State law that is comparable.

3.      Unlawful possession, use, sale, distribution, manufacture, purchase, receipt,           transfer, shipping, transporting, import, export, storage of, or dealing in an           explosive or explosive device. An explosive or explosive device includes an             explosive or explosive material as defined in 18 U.S.C. 232(5), 841(c)                   through 841(f), and 844(j); and a destructive device, as defined in 18                   U.S.C. 921(a)(4) and 26 U.S.C. 5845(f).

4.      Murder.

5.      Making any threat, or maliciously conveying false information knowing the             same to be false, concerning the deliverance, placement, or detonation of             an explosive or other lethal devices in or against a place of public use, a               state or government facility, a public transportations system, or an                       infrastructure facility.

6.      Violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, 18               U.S.C. 1961, et seq., or a comparable State law, where one of the predicate           acts found by a jury or admitted by the defendant, consists of one of the               crimes listed in Column A.

7.      Attempt to commit the crimes in Part A, items 1 - 4.

8.      Conspiracy or attempt to commit the crimes in Part A, items 5 – 10.