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The Boatswain is responsible for the care and maintenance of five inflatable boats, Boston Whaler rescue boat, and related gear such as outboard motors, tool kits, fuel, fuel tanks, Zodiac Safety Equipment and the Sea Crane used for raising/lowering the inflatable boats and kayaks. Occasionally, this position fills in as a deckhand.


Small Boat Maintenance:

- Performs routine upkeep and maintenance of the inflatable boats and rescue boat, adhering to an outlined schedule on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Makes repairs to equipment in a timely fashion, such as patching, replacing worn parts, varnishing wood, and replacing worn lines.

- Coordinates necessary boat operation arrangements with the Captain, Expedition Leader, Field Staff and Hotel Manager for various guest activities.

- Operates the inflatable boats during small boat excursions.

- Assists in training of new crew and staff members in the proper operation of the inflatable boats.

- Performs routine maintenance on the outboard motors, coordinating with the engineers when necessary to correct major mechanical problems.

- Performs routine maintenance on the Sea Crane per an outlined schedule on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis which may involve coordination with the Engineering Department.

- Maintains up-to-date inventory of all small boat gear and equipment. Notifies the Chief Mate well in advance when products become low, allowing for replacements to be requisitioned and received in a timely manner.

- Oversees the fantail cleanup for pre-boarding of inflatable boats, directing assigned deckhands.

- Prepares the inflatable boats for guest boarding.

- Prepares the inflatable boats for stowage following completion of the day’s excursions.

Safety and Security:

- Ensures the cleanliness and readiness of the Boston Whaler rescue boat. Performs weekly test launching, running and raising to insure readiness in case of an emergency situation.

- Fulfills Fire and Emergency Station Billet by acting as fire hose nozzle-person donning full firefighting gear, and serving at the scene of the fire.

- Participates in on board safety training, meetings and drills, as directed by the Captain, including fire, abandon ship, man overboard, flooding and medical emergencies.

- Participates in shore side training as required by the company.

- Relieves and/or performs gangway watch as directed by the duty schedule.

- Familiar with all duties under the company Safety Management System including Emergency Response activities.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below 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.

- Good customer service skills: professional demeanor, ability to use necessary levels of tact and courtesy.

- Detail oriented and thorough: able to follow through on assigned tasks.

- Works well independently using initiative and creativity to complete assigned tasks.

- Strong time management skills: able to handle multiple tasks, set priorities, and meet deadlines.

- Works well under pressure.

- Able to get along well with co-workers.

Licenses/Certificates, Registrations:

- U.S. Coast Guard Zodiac Master's License required.

- Minimum 100 Ton Near Coastal U.S. Coast Guard Masters License preferred.

- Current First Aid/CPR certification required.

- TWIC card required.

- Valid US Passport required.

- STCW Basic Safety Training required.

- STCW Crowd Management preferred.

- Current Advanced Fire Fighting certification preferred.


- The physical demands are described in the Boatswain Job Analysis sheet and are available to all applicants.


The Boatswain works approximately 12 hours per day, on a rotational schedule of approximately 8-weeks on, 4-weeks off.