The Bosun is responsible for the care and maintenance of inflatable boats, rescue boat, and related gear such as outboard motors, tool kits, fuel, fuel tanks, collapsible anchors, and the Crane used for raising/lowering the inflatable boats and kayaks. This position also assists with deckhand work. The Bosun reports to the 1st Mate and will assist company officers in communicating and enforcing all company policies and procedures.
Small Boat Maintenance:
Performs routine upkeep and maintenance of the inflatable boats and rescue boat, and 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, and Hotel Manager for various guest activities.
Will operate the inflatable boats during small boat excursions.
Assists in training of new staff members in the proper operation of the inflatable boats.
Performs routine maintenance on the Sea Crane per an outlined schedule on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.
Operates forklifts during shipyard periods.
Maintains up-to-date inventory of all small boat gear and equipment. Notifies the 1st
Mate well in
advance when products become low, allowing for replacements to be requisitioned and received in a timely manner.
Responsible for vessel off-site inventory maintenance.
Oversees the fantail cleanup for pre-boarding of inflatable’s 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 rescue craft. 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.
Follows company safety and pollution prevention policies and procedures.
Requests supervisory assistance when necessary regarding safety and pollution prevention policies and procedures.
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.
Candidates must be US citizens or permanent residents!
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.
Must be professional and have the ability to present information and respond to questions.
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 along well with co-workers.
Required Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
• Valid Passport•CPR / First Aid / AED
• USCG 25T Masters License (Near Coastal required for Hawaii itinerary)
• Medical Fitness Certificate•St. Kitts Continuous Discharge Certificate (CDC) (1)
• St. Kitts Certificate of Endorsement (COE) (1)
• RFPNW Endorsement of II/4 (2)•VPDSD (3)•STCW Basic Training (3)
• STCW Crowd Management (Company provided if needed) (3)
• Valid TWIC (4)
• MARSEC Card (5
Required for Safari Voyager -Company provided
(2) Required for Safari Voyager
(3) Required for Safari Voyager and Safari Endeavour; preferred on other vessels
(4) Required for Safari Endeavour
(5) Required on Safari Explorer Hawaii itinerary (If you do not currently have, there will be a training once onboard)
All vessel positions can be physically demanding. Bending, climbing, repetitive motion, and heavy lifting are requirements of most vessel positions. Every crew member works varied shifts, which can be up to 12 hours a day, every day while on board.
The Bosun works approximately 12 hours per day, on a rotational schedule of approximately 6-weeks on, 2-weeks off.