Third Mate


The Third Mate is responsible for managing crew and staff familiarization and participation in the ISM Safety Management System, as well as assisting with the vessel's piloting, navigation, safety and small boat operations. Third Mate is responsible for the care and maintenance of the kayaks and all related gear.


Watch Duty:

- Performs bridge navigation and deck watch during specified periods as assigned by the Captain. 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.

- If directed by the Captain may assist 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.

Safety and Security:

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

- 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 shore side training as required by the company.

- Performs kayak safety briefings.

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

- Maintains familiarity with the ISM Code and requirements.

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

- Performs and documents all Safety Familiarization tours with crew and staff.

Small Boat Operations:

- Drives inflatable boats as necessary.

- Assists with loading guests, staff, and crew in and out of inflatable boats.

- Is responsible for routine upkeep and maintenance of the kayaks and associated equipment.


- Acts as shipboard Waste Management Officer.

- Responsible for Integrated Pest Management Plan as required by CDC.

- Maintains ships inventory of Material Safety Data Sheets.



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.

Desired qualifications:

- Experience as Mate operating a passenger vessel, including navigation and bridge watch responsibilities, operating inflatable boats and completing ISM Safety Management System inspections, checklists and reports.

- Experience operating port-to-port between Southeast Alaska, the Columbia and Snake Rivers, the Gulf of California, Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama (including the Panama Canal).

- Excellent crisis management skills; ability to act quickly with confidence while exercising sound judgement.

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

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

Communication Skills:

- The Third Mate must possess the ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations as well as written form.

Mathematical Skills:

- Able to perform voyage planning and navigational calculations.

Licenses, Certificates, Registrations:

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

- Current First Aid/CPR certification required.

- Valid TWIC card required.

- Valid US Passport required.

- STCW Basic Safety Training required.

- GMDSS Restricted Operators License required


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


- The Third Mate works 12 hours per day of varied hours; two 4-hour watches per day plus 4 hours of administrative or small boat activities, approximately 8 weeks on, 4 weeks off rotational schedule.