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Offshore Cleaning Jobs

Offshore cleaning jobs are a great way for the inexperienced to gain experience working in an offshore environment. The work is far from glamorous, but if you are determined to create a new career and life for yourself by working offshore, this is one of the best ways to do it.

On some offshore rigs, cleaning duties are performed by the roustabouts, but on many others, this will be a separate job category, or considered to be a 'maintenance roustabout'.

Duties include cleaning the deck and floors, cleaning the crew quarters, and perhaps cleaning the galley as well as helping with laundry. Cleaning on an offshore rig is an essential and constant, ongoing part of any offshore rigs maintenance schedule, thanks to the closed environment and confinement of a large crew in a small area.  Cleaners will provide other general labor as needed.

An offshore cleaning position is a great way to get one's foot in the door, and move on to offshore rigging jobs, offshore roustabout and roughneck jobs, and eventually moving up the drill crew ladder, starting with work as a drilling roustabout, giving the roughnecks their breaks when things are slow.


Wages for cleaners offshore will typically run from 45k to 58k a year.

Work Duties

  • Perform all duties assigned during deck/maintenance operations.
  • Proceed safely, and correct or notify persons of any unsafe acts and/or conditions.
  • Attend pre-tour, post tour, and special operations and weekly safety meetings.
  • Rig maintenance such as chipping, scraping, painting, scrubbing, and cleaning.
  • Assist in keeping the deck free of all unnecessary tools and equipment.

Getting an Offshore Cleaner Job

If you are in the U.S., the fastest method of getting hired is usually applying in person at the drilling contractors in Houston, TX and Lafayette, LO.  In other countries where offshore operations are taking place, the same holds true - find the names of the offshore contractors, and apply in person.  There are a number of advantages doing it this way, but the biggest is simply that there are often unadvertised openings that need filled yesterday, and if you go in person, you stand a shot at getting hired on the spot.

If applying in person isn't an option, then the next step is simply applying to drilling contractors individually, either online or by snail mail.  Most of the mid to large companies have online applications.  You can do this one at a time, or utilize the services of a company such as Rigworker, which will forward your resume to around 1200 energy and drilling companies, after ensuring that your resume meets the format that these companies typically prefer. 

If the prospect of getting hired on as an offshore cleaner or housekeeper is something that appeals to you, you can learn how and where to apply for offshore cleaning jobs with The Oil and Gas Jobs Resource Kit.

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