Second Mate


The Second Mate is responsible for maintaining the bridge navigational and communications equipment as well as assisting with the vessel's piloting, navigation, safety and small boat operations.


Watch Duty:

- Performs 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.

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.

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

- 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.

Small Boat Operations:

- Drives inflatable boats as necessary.

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


- Maintains navigation bridge supply inventories and requisitions.

- Performs chart and publication corrections and maintain vessel's chart inventory by utilizing U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard Notice to Mariners.

- Calculates and posts daily sunrise/sunset times and tide and current information.

- Creates Voyage Plan waypoint spreadsheet for Captain’s review and approval. Enters voyage itinerary waypoints into GPS.

- Creates/maintains New Hire Checklist and ensures each Training Officer is aware of needed completion dates for each employee’s training.

- Creates Training Completion Certificates for all shipboard training for each employee and sends to Seattle Office.

- Maintains electronic copies of all external and shipboard training certificates for each employee onboard.



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, maintaining navigation/communications equipment, and performing chart corrections.

- 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

- Must possess the ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations.

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 US Passport required.

- Valid TWIC card required.

- STCW Basic Safety Training required.

- GMDSS Restricted Operators License required


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


The Second 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.