1st Mate


The 1st Mate supervises, trains and coordinates activities of the deck force and is responsible for assisting with the vessel’s piloting, navigation, safety, security, first aid, cleanliness, and small boat operations. The 1st Mate reports to the Master of the vessel and will assist the Master in communicating and enforcing all company policies and procedures.


 Assumes command of the ship in the event the Captain becomes incapacitated.
 Inspects the vessel for overall cleanliness, including engine room, deck areas, crew quarters, windows and exterior hull.
 Maintains deck supply inventories and requisitions.
 Acts as vessel security officer.
 Prepares vessel for and attends all U.S. Coast Guard annual dry docks and inspections.
 Maintains professional demeanor with guests, crew, staff, agents, officials and the public.
 Participates in guest activities and public relations such as recaps, dining with guests, etc. as directed by the Captain.
 Exhibits an aptitude and enthusiasm for training and managing inexperienced crewmembers.
 Trains deck force in skills needed to perform docking, anchoring, watch duties, safety and routine ship maintenance.
 Directs the deck force and handles communications between bridge, crew and dock personnel during docking procedures.
 Supervises crew engaged in cleaning and maintaining deck, superstructure, and bridge of ship.
 Reviews and updates watch and duty work lists.
 Evaluates and documents the performance of the deck force as directed in performance appraisal guidelines.

Watch Duty:
 Assumes responsibility for bridge navigation and deck watch during specified periods. Determines geographical position of the ship, using all available means such as GPS, radar ranges, visual observations, depth sounders, etc.
 Makes necessary entries in navigation and radio logs.
 Handles the vessel (as directed by the Captain) in docking, anchoring, piloting, en route, in close quarters and open sea conditions.
 Navigates vessel to ensure avoidance of marine hazards such as reefs, outlying shoals, shallow waters, etc. using aids to navigation such as lights, lighthouses, and buoys.

Small Boat Operations:
 Drives inflatable boats as needed.
 Assists with loading guests, staff, and crew in and out of inflatable boats.

Safety and Security:
 Follows company safety and pollution prevention policies and procedures and requests supervisory assistance/guidance when necessary.
 Directs crew in emergency drills. Conducts onboard safety training and drills as directed by the Captain, including fire, abandon ship, man overboard, flooding and medical emergencies.
 Performs gangway watch as directed by the duty schedule.
 Acts as First Aid Officer; maintains first aid kits and medical supplies on board as well as filling out all guest, crew and staff injury/illness reports. Assists Captain with treating injured/ill guests and crew.
Ensures proper handling and disposal of biohazards.
 Maintains and administers vessel Preventive Maintenance Plan and Safety Training Program.
 Oversees vessel hazard communications program and related training, including material Safety Data Sheets and utilization of personal protective equipment.
 Participates in shore side training as required by the company.
 Ensures compliance with the company Safety Management System including Emergency Response Activities; reports non-conformities to vessel master and appropriate shore-side personnel.


Supervise the Deckhands in daily vessel operation including; maintenance, boat operations, docking, undocking and anchoring. Supervise Boatswain in maintenance and operation of rescue and inflatable boats.Train employees, assign and direct work, monitor performance, reward and discipline employees, address complaints and resolve problems.


Desired Qualifications:
 Experience operating port-to-port in Southeast Alaska.
 At least 360 sea days of Mate experience on passenger-carrying vessels, including supervisory responsibility and social interaction with guests.
 Excellent crisis management skills; ability to act quickly with confidence while exercising sound judgment.
 Strong time management skills; able to handle multiple tasks, set priorities, and meet deadlines.
 Personal computer experience: MS Windows applications and spreadsheet experience (Excel).
 Communicate effectively in both one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees.
 Excellent written English language skills, with the ability to prepare documents and reports in a timely manner.
 Able to perform voyage planning and navigational calculations as well as lifting and rigging calculations appropriate to vessel operations.
 Able to problemsolveand deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.Able to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.

Required Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

 Valid Passport
 CPR / First Aid / AED
 Advanced Medical Training (e.g. Med Care Provider, WFR, EMT-B)
 Medical Fitness Certificate
 Drug/Alcohol Test Specimen Collector
 USCG 100T Master or Mate License (1)
 St. Kitts Continuous Discharge Certificate (CDC)(2)
 St. Kitts Certificate of Endorsement (CoE)(2)
 Chief Mate Endorsement II/2 (USCG License: 500T Mate NC)(3)
 STCW Advanced Firefighting (3)
 Bridge Resource Management (3)
 STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft (3)
 Valid TWIC (4)
 FCC Marine Radio Operator’s Permit (4)
 Radar Observer Unlimited (4)
 STCW Basic Training (5)
 STCW Crowd Management (Company provided if needed) (5)
 STCW Crisis Management (Company provided if needed) (5)
 VPDSD (Company provided if needed) (5)
 ECDIS Endorsement (6)
 STCW Leadership and Managerial Skills (6)
 GMDSS Endorsement (7)
 MARSEC Card (8)
 Vessel Security Officer (9)

(1) Near Coastal License required for Safari Explorer Hawaii itinerary and Safari Endeavour Baja itinerary
(2) Required for Safari Voyager -Company provided
(3) Required for Safari Voyager
(4) Required for all vessels, except Safari Voyager
(5) Required for Safari Voyager, Safari Endeavour, and Safari Quest; preferred on other vessels
(6) Required for Safari Voyager and Safari Endeavour; preferred on other vessels
(7) Required for Safari Endeavour, preferred on other vessels
(8) Required on Safari Explorer Hawaii itinerary (If you do not currently have, there will be a training once onboard)
(9) Company preferred


 Length of Work Shift - Physically able to work 12 hours per day, 7 days a week for 6 to 8weeks at a time.Rotations off the vessel are usually 2-3 weeks.
 Mobility-Frequent bending, reaching, twisting, kneeling, crawling, and pushing/pulling. Must ascend and descend stairs and ladders, sometimes while carrying tools or objects. Able to stand or sit for long periods of time.
 Handling/Strength-Able to handle, lift, and lower objects totaling 50 pounds between the ground/deck level to a height of about 4 to 6 feet, and able to repeat these movements. Able to carry these objects up to 100 feet continuously for 20 minutes.
 Environmental Conditions-Able to work in all weather conditions, around loud noise, in small spaces, and fit through a 28-inch wide hatch.


Daily 12-hour shifts are comprised of approximately two 4-hour watches, plus 4 hours of administrative and supervisory activities.However, each work day may vary depending on overall needs oft he vessel and/or vessel personnel.This position may require overnight and/or night shift hours.