Join the Crew

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Crewing for 2017 is almost complete. Applications for crews 2017 can no longer be accepted. Nauticists and mechanics with patent can apply through an unsolicited application via email (crew@sea-watch.org).

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For 2017 we are looking for women and men with various qualifications and experience as new voluntary crew members for our flag ship Sea‑Watch 2.

The season will start in March and will end in November 2017. In total there will be 16 missions of +/-18 days. The missions always start from Malta and for the duration of the mission our ship will stay +/-14 days off the Libyan coast. The crew of Sea-Watch consists of 14 members that take up different positions/functions, plus one or two journalists.

The crew will function as a team that will take care of the SAR (Search and Rescue) missions, communication and publicity about the situations encountered. Other tasks include caring for the ship´s safety, watch keeping, maintenance and cleaning of the ship. The team consists of a mixed group of people; mixed in gender, nationality, professional background, political background, religion, age and education. Therefore, the ability for good social and intercultural communication and ability to work in a team are important for each crew member living and working on the ship.

If you would like to apply for a position on a Sea-Watch mission, it is important that you think about your ability to spend about three weeks working and living in sometimes challenging and stressful situations with a diverse team of people.

On the ship we have the following positions:

Captain

The captain of a Sea-Watch ship has the responsibility for the handling of the ship. As a captain you will handle the ship in harbour and during SAR-operations. Together with the 1st officer you will introduce the complete crew to the bridge and the watch system. You will train the crew in using the bridge equipment, show the crew how to use ropes and how to communicate over the radio. You will provide the crew with a training in emergency situations (e.g. what to do in case of fire, MOB, water intake, unwanted visitors)

Profile

  • Minimum license for ships of 32.31m × 8.03m – gross tonnage: 231 (SSS/Yachtmaster)
  • A professional license and experience is preferable
  • Recent experience on board of offshore vessels with a crew
  • VHF radio license
  • Long range certificate and license to use GMDSS equipment is considered a plus
  • Experience in using a professional radar
  • Ability to cooperate with a Head of Mission
  • Good knowledge and experience of standard safety equipment for ships
  • Certificate STCW basic safety training is considered a plus
  • Ability to provide training and supervision to others
  • Ability to delegate
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent English language skills
  • Willingness to do maintenance work all over the ship
  • Ability to work and live in a diverse (also regarding seamanship) team of 16 volunteers
  • Be physically fit

1st officer

As a 1st officer on Sea-Watch 2 you will have the responsibility for the bridge equipment and communication with other ships during SAR operations. Other tasks will be writing the ships (SAR)-logbook and making the watch plan. Together with the captain you will introduce the crew to the bridge and the watch system, train the crew in using the bridge equipment, communicating over the radio and how to use ropes. As a 1st officer you arrange regular safety drills for situations like fire, MOB, water intake and unwanted visitors.

Profile

  • Recent experience on board of offshore vessels
  • Professional experience is preferable
  • Ability to stand in for the captain during her/his absence
  • Boat handling, watch keeping and navigational skills
  • Ability to read weather maps and predictions
  • Experience in using a professional radar
  • VHF license
  • Long range certificate and license to use GMDSS equipment is considered a plus
  • Excellent radio communication skills
  • Good English language skills
  • Italian language skills is considered a plus
  • Good knowledge and experience of standard safety equipment for ships
  • (STCW) Basic Safety training is considered a plus
  • Willingness to part take in the watch-plan
  • Willingness to do maintenance work on the ship
  • Ability to work and live in a diverse (also regarding seamanship) team of 16 volunteers
  • Be physically fit

1st mechanic

As the 1st mechanic you will be responsible for the engine room. You will work together with the 2nd engineer on the main engine, generators, pumps, compressors. Your task is also to operate the hydraulic crane and the anchor winches. You will introduce the complete crew to the engine room and explain focus points that are important during the night watch shifts. Additionally, you will plan and introduce the complete crew to the maintenance plan (jobs which have to be done all over the ship). During the mission you will inform the crew on land of technical repairs which have to be done during harbour time.

Besides your responsibility for the engine room you will also be taking care of other tasks during SAR-operations: Taking part in launching the fast rescue boats, look-out, handling guests on the ship, handing out food and drinks to our guests and helping the medical staff

Profile

  • Recent experience on board of offshore vessels
  • Professional experience is preferable
  • Experience with Lister Blackstone engine or similar engine
  • Expert technical / trouble shooting experience
  • Hydraulic crane operating experience is considered a plus
  • Welding experience
  • Good knowledge and experience of standard safety equipment for ships
  • (STCW) Basic Safety training is considered a plus
  • Willingness to do maintenance work on the ship
  • Good English language skills
  • Ability to work and live in a diverse (also regarding seamanship) team of 16 volunteers
  • Be physically fit

2nd mechanic

As a 2nd mechanic you will be working together with the 1st mechanic on the main engine, generators, pumps, compressors, operating the hydraulic crane and the anchor winches.

During SAR-operations you will also be taking care of other tasks like taking part in launching the fast rescue boats, look-out, handling guest on the ship, handing out food and drinks to our guests and helping the medical staff.

Profile

  • Recent experience with big engines
  • Experience on board of offshore vessels is considered a plus
  • Experience with Lister Blackstone engine or similar engine is considered a plus
  • Hydraulic crane operating experience is considered a plus
  • Welding experience is considered a plus
  • Willingness to do maintenance work all over the ship
  • Good knowledge and experience of standard safety equipment for ships
  • (STCW) Basic Safety training is considered a plus
  • Good English language skills
  • Ability to work and live in a diverse (also regarding seamanship) team of 16 volunteers
  • Physical fitness

Ships electrician

As a ship electrician you will be asked to become familiar with the electrical and IT systems on the ship. During the time on sea you will be on standby in case of electrical problems and solve the problems if possible. If the electrical systems are running smoothly you will be assigned to other tasks on the ship.

Also, during SAR operations you will be taking care of different tasks like: Taking part in launching the fast rescue boats, being on look-out, handling guest on the ship, handing out food and drinks to our guests, and helping the medical staff.

Profile

  • Experience with electrical systems
  • Experience in IT
  • On-board experience on offshore vessels is considered a plus
  • Excellent English language skills
  • Willingness to participate in the watch keeping
  • Willingness to do maintenance work all over the ship
  • Ability to work and live in a diverse (also regarding seamanship) team of 16 volunteers
  • Be physically fit

Cook

As a cook on the Sea-Watch 2 you are responsible for ordering the required foods for the time on the ship (approximately two weeks for 16 people). Furthermore, you will be responsible for planning three meals a day for the crew. You don’t have to cook every meal yourself but it will be your job to arrange and organize the help of crew members.

Also, during SAR operations you will take care of different tasks: Participating in launching the fast rescue boats, being on look-out, handling guests on the ship and preparing food for our guests.

Profile

  • Experience with cooking for a group of 16 people or more
  • Experience with preparing a variety of diets including vegan and vegetarian meals
  • Ability to prepare the order of all required foods for the intended period (with help of existing plans)
  • Ability to work and live in a diverse (also regarding seamanship) team of 16 volunteers
  • Good English language skills
  • Preparedness to improvise: possibly cooking for 150 guests on board
  • Willingness to do maintenance work all over the ship
  • Be physically fit

RIB driver

As a speedboat (RIB) driver you are responsible for the RIB on board of the Sea-Watch 2. This includes the maintenance of the engines, refilling fuel tanks and cleaning and repairing of the ribs. Additionally, you will be responsible for giving all crew members an introduction in how to control a rib and how to do a MOB manoeuvre.

During SAR operations you will navigate, drive one of the RIBs and lead the team in your boat. You will have to make fast decisions and communicate with your team, the second RIB and the Sea-Watch 2.

Profile

  • International Certificate of Competence
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2 or similar practical license or proven RIB driving experience
  • VHF license
  • Basic first aid certificate
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Experience in leading a small team
  • Experience in maintenance of 2 and 4 stroke engines is considered a plus
  • Experience in maintenance of RIB boats is considered a plus
  • Experience in humanitarian SAR is considered a plus
  • Excellent English language skills
  • French language skills is considered a plus
  • Willingness to take part in the watch-plan
  • Willingness to do maintenance work all over the ship
  • Ability to work and live in a diverse (also regarding seamanship) team of 16 volunteers
  • Be physically fit
  • Enjoy hard physical work

Medic

As part of the three-person medical team you will take care of both the crews and the migrants health issues. The medical team usually consists of two doctors and one nurse or paramedic. You will have an air-conditioned, well stocked emergency room at your hands – nevertheless many situations will require improvisation.

During SAR operations at least one of the three medics will be part of the RIB crew and asses the medical needs on board of the migrant boats. When migrants are taken on-board the Sea Watch you will triage patients, take care of emergencies (including pregnant women and children) and give advice on general hygiene considerations. You may be asked to visit other vessels (e.g. commercial vessels which do not have a doctor on board) and communicate and collaborate with medical staff on other vessels (e.g. during handover of patients). When there are no medical situations you will take part in the general crew tasks.

Profile

  • Appropriate diploma or degree
  • Experience in handling complex emergency situations (mass-casualty incidents) and/or qualification regarding frequent emergencies on board i.e. children and pregnant women
  • Management or supervision experience
  • Emergency room experience is considered a plus
  • Experience in working in remote areas is considered a plus
  • Excellent English language skills
  • French language skills are considered a plus
  • Arabic language skills are considered a plus
  • Experience in using a mobile radio is considered a plus
  • Experience on fast rescue boats is considered a plus
  • Willingness to take part in the watch-plan
  • Willingness to do maintenance work all over the ship
  • Ability to work and live in a diverse (also regarding seamanship) team of 16 volunteers
  • Be physically fit

Cultural mediator

As cultural mediator you are part of the speedboat (RIB) team, responsible for the communication and first contact with migrant boats. You are also responsible for communication with Libyan coast guard and local fishermen, when needed.

Profile

  • Strong social skills
  • Strong English language skills
  • Strong Arabic language skills
  • Strong French language skills
  • Italian language skills is considered a plus
  • German language skills is considered a plus
  • Genuinely interested in people and able to get along well with people from culturally and linguistically different backgrounds
  • Experience with hmanitarian crises situations is considered a plus
  • Experience on fast rescue boats is considered a plus
  • Willingness to take part in the watch-plan
  • Willingness to do maintenance work all over the ship
  • Able to work and live in a diverse (also regarding seamanship) team of 16 volunteers
  • Be physically fit

Media-coordinator

As a media coordinator you are responsible for the documentation of the work on the ship, which will be published by Sea-Watch on social media and used for press releases. You will take care of technical equipment like the GoPro-cameras from the RIB team during SAR operations. In addition to that you will generate, process and publish diverse content on social media at frequent intervals. Therefore, you will photograph and film on board of the ship and the speed boats during their operations. Furthermore, you are responsible for the frequent in-time communication of details and development of ongoing operations to the teams onshore. This includes the responsibility to ensure the numbers and facts of the mission after each operation in an electronic log-book. Your work must be able to be used for retroactive traceability for personal and legal cases.

Profile

  • Excellent technical skills using digital photo- and video-cameras and industry-standard software such as Adobe Photoshop, Premiere, etc.
  • Excellent social media skills
  • Experience in the diversity of potential formats
  • Creativity, a good eye and the ability to work in unexpected circumstances
  • Awareness and experience regarding the strong ethical standards of photo-journalistic work and with organizations like Sea-Watch; as well as in the immediate work on board and in processing and publishing the material
  • Experience with working in challenging situations, contact with human suffering
  • Ability to convey information efficiently and reliably
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet tight publication deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and self-reliantly
  • Excellent German language skills
  • Excellent English language skills
  • Willingness to take part in the watch-plan
  • Willingness to do maintenance work all over the ship
  • Ability to work in a mixed team of volunteers in small shared space
  • Be physically fit

Not possible via the application form

Only initiative applications including portfolio by e-mail to presse@sea-watch.org possible.

Head of mission

As the head of mission you are asked to take responsibility for the team. You support people in taking the responsibility for the position they applied for. You will introduce the complete crew to the mission and vision of Sea-Watch e.V. You will plan the mission and discuss the plan with the whole team. You keep an eye on the limits of the crew, the ship and the rescue material.

During rescue operations you will make the final decisions (after listening to your team, the members of the Sea-Watch organisation and the responsible authorities of the area). You work in close relation with the captain and the 1st officer.

Profile

  • Good knowledge of the Sea-Watch principles
  • Well informed about the current situation “at the Libyan coast”
  • Preparedness to act in unexpected situations
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to prioritize and organize
  • Excellent leadership qualities
  • Basic knowledge of all positions
  • Ability to delegate
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Excellent social skills
  • Excellent English language skills
  • German language skills are considered a plus
  • (STCW) basic safety training is considered a plus
  • VHF license
  • Sports-boat license
  • Ability to work in a mixed team of volunteers
  • Willingness to do maintenance work all over the ship
  • Be physically fit
  • Enjoy hard physical work

Journalists

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Profile

  • Be physically fit
  • Get along well with a diverse group of people
  • Excellent English language skills
  • Good social skills, ability to easily communicate with other team members
  • Willingness to take part in the watch-plan
  • Willingness to do maintenance work all over the ship

Not possible via the application form

Interested journalists can contact presse@sea-watch.org by e-mail. Please understand that Sea-Watch has only limited space on board and therefore can not confirm all requests.

No application is possible anymore.

Crewing for 2017 is almost complete. Applications for crews 2017 can no longer be accepted. Nauticists and mechanics with patent can apply through an unsolicited application via email (crew@sea-watch.org).

Follow Sea-Watch on Facebook or Twitter to be informed about the next tenders.