Join the Crew

Crewing for 2020 is completed. The application form for 2021 will open again in the end of the year.

More than 20 volunteers are working on board of our ships throughout the year during each mission. One mission takes about three weeks (including preparations and debriefings). We can only succeed to save life at sea if we have volunteers with diverse and specialized skill sets on board. On the following pages you will find further information regarding the positions on board of Sea-Watch 3. Please only contact us if you have all the required skills listed for the profile.

If you would like to sign up as a Sea-Watch volunteer, it is important that you think about your ability to spend three weeks working and living in sometimes challenging and stressful situations with a diverse team of people.

We are always very happy to receive offers of support, but unfortunately we are not able to take up every offer.. This is mainly due to the limited space and the special skills that are necessary on board. For this we ask for your understanding.

Feel free to contact us any time in case you have additional questions regarding a position or the application process: crew@sea-watch.org. Please also check our FAQs.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

The following positions are available on the ship:

Master

The master of Sea-Watch 3 has the responsibility for handling the ship. You are responsible for the ship’s administration (bunkering, crew-lists, customs clearance, detailed operational documentation, daily reports and statistics). Together with the Head of Mission, you will prepare the (documentation for) disembarkation of guests.

As master you will handle the ship in harbour and during SAR-operations. Together with 1st and 2nd officer you will introduce the crew to the bridge and watch system. Together you will train the crew in using the bridge equipment, show the crew how to handle ropes and how to communicate over the radio. You will provide the crew with trainings in emergency situations (e.g. what to do in case of fire, POB, ingress of water, unwanted visitors).

 

Profile

  • Valid Certificate of Competence Master on ships of 500 gross tonnage or more (STCW A-II/2, German license OR endorsement for the German flag)

  • Valid General Operator’s Certificate GMDSS (STCW A-IV/2, German license OR endorsement for the German flag)

  • Citizenship of an EU member state

  • Ability to cooperate well within a team and work closely with the Head of Mission

  • Ability to provide training and supervision to others

  • Ability to delegate tasks

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Excellent English language skills

  • Willingness to do maintenance work all over the ship

  • Ability to work and live in a diverse team of 22 volunteers some of whom will have limited nautical experience

  • Physical fitness and mental resilience

Desired Skills

  • Italian language skills

1st Officer

As a 1st officer on Sea-Watch 3 you will support the master on the bridge. During SAR operations you are responsible for communication between deck and bridge. You coordinate the rescue activities on deck in close cooperation with the deck manager and you pass relevant information on to the bridge. You will work independently as one of the navigators of the ship and you will prepare the watch plan. Together with the master you will familiarise the crew with the bridge and the watch system, train the crew in using the bridge equipment, radio communication and rope handling. Together with the 2nd officer you arrange regular safety drills for situations like fire, POB, ingress of water and unwanted visitors.

Profile

  • Valid Certificate of Competence as Chief Mate on ships between 500 and 3000 gross tonnage or more (STCW A-II/2, German license OR endorsement for the German flag)

  • valid General Operator’s Certificate GMDSS (STCW A-IV/2, German license OR endorsement for the German flag)

  • good English language skills

  • Willingness to part take in the watch-plan (24h/d shift work)

  • Willingness to do maintenance work all over the ship

  • Ability to work and live in a diverse team of 22 volunteers some of whom will have limited nautical experience

  • Physical fitness and mental resilience

Desired Skills

  • Italian language skills

2nd Officer

The 2nd officer will work closely together with the master and the 1st officer and will be working independently as one of the navigators of the ship and be part of the watch shifts. You will be responsible for all safety equipment on board. Together with the 1st officer you will organise regular safety drills. Furthermore, you will work closely with the rest of crew during SAR operations by supporting the master with log keeping and external communication on the bridge.

Profile

  • Valid Certificate of Competence as Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch on ships of 500 gross tonnage or more (STCW A-II/1, German license OR endorsement for the German flag)

  • valid General Operators Certificate GMDSS (STCW A-IV/2, German license OR endorsement for the German flag)

  • Good English language skills

  • Willingness to part take in the watch-plan (24h/d shift work)

  • Willingness to do maintenance work all over the ship

  • Ability to work and live in a diverse team of 22 volunteers some of whom will have limited nautical experience

  • Physical fitness and mental resilience

Desired Skills

  • Italian language skills

Chief Engineer

As chief engineer you will be responsible for the engine room. You will oversee the maintenance and repairs of the main engines, generators, pumps and compressors. You are responsible for and work with the Engine Maintenance System. You will work with, support and manage the 2nd and 3rd engineer, and work closely with the Head of Operations and the technical ship manager. During the mission you will inform the crew ashore of technical repairs which must be done during harbour time and coordinate closely with the Head of Operations. Sea-Watch 3 has two main engines and one generator (all caterpillar engines).

Profile

  • Valid Certificate of Competence as Chief Engineer Officer on ships powered by main propulsion machinery between 750kW and 3000kW (STCW A-III/3, German license OR endorsement for the German flag)

  • Expert technical / trouble shooting experience

  • Experience with Caterpillar engines or similar engine

  • Experience with Electric Arc Welding (Manual and MAG)

  • Willingness to do general maintenance work on the ship (in support of the bosun)

  • Willingness to part take in the engine room watch-plan (24h/d shift work in a permanently manned engine room)

  • Good English language skills

  • Ability to work and live in a diverse team of 22 volunteers some of whom will have limited nautical experience

  • Physical fitness and mental resilience

Desired Skills

  • Experience in using hydraulic cranes

  • Experience in maintaining/repairing hydraulic systems

2nd / 3rd Engineer

As a 2nd/3rd engineer on Sea-Watch 3 you will be working closely together with the chief engineer on the main engines, generators, pumps and compressors. You will help out with operating the hydraulic crane as well as anchor winches. During SAR-operations you will also be taking care of other tasks like look-out, handling guests on the ship, handing out food and drinks to our guests and helping the medical staff.

Profile

  • Recent experience with large engines

  • Good knowledge and experience of standard safety equipment for ships

  • Good English language skills

  • Willingness to do general maintenance work all over the ship (in support of the bosun)

  • Ability to work and live in a diverse team of 22 volunteers some of whom have limited nautical experience

  • Physical fitness and mental resilience

Desired Skills

  • experience on ocean going ships

  • Completed vocational training as engine rating ship’s mechanic (integrated rating) (STCW A-III/5)

  • Certificate as engineer officer of the watch (STCW A-III/1)

  • Certificate as second engineer officer (STCW A-III/3 or A-III/3)

  • Experience with Caterpillar engines or similar engines

  • Experience in maintaining/repairing hydraulic systems

  • Experience with electric arc welding (manual and MAG)

  • Certificate of Proficiency for ‘ratings forming part of a navigational watch’ (STCW A-II/4)

  • Experience with mooring ships and line handling

  • Certificate of Proficiency in Security Awareness (STCW A-VI/6; can be obtained on short term by an online course)

  • valid medical fitness certificate for seafarers (can be obtained short term)

Ship’s Electrician / IT

As a ship electrician you will be responsible for the electrical and IT systems on the ship. While at sea you will be on standby in case of electrical problems. You support the chief, 2nd and 3rd engineer where needed. If the electrical systems are running smoothly you will be assigned to other tasks on the ship. During SAR operations you will be taking care of different tasks like: Taking part in launching the fast rescue boats, being on look-out, taking part in crowd control shifts, handling guests on the ship, preparing and handing out food and drinks to our guests and helping the medical staff.

Profile

  • Experience with (marine) electrical systems

  • Experience with IT

  • Good English language skills

  • Willingness to participate in watch keeping

  • Willingness to be part of guest handling on board

  • Willingness to do maintenance work all over the ship

  • Ability to work and live in a diverse team of 22 volunteers some of whom have limited nautical experience

  • Physical fitness and mental resilience

Desired Skills

  • Experience on ocean going ships

  • Certificate of Proficiency for ‘ratings forming part of a navigational watch’ (STCW A-II/4)

  • Experience with mooring ships and line handling

  • Certificate of Proficiency in Security Awareness (STCW A-VI/6; can be obtained on short term by an online course)

  • valid medical fitness certificate for seafarers (can be obtained short term)

Bosun

As bosun, you are responsible for maintenance and minor repairs on deck (painting, oiling and greasing, checking if all the doors, flaps, hoses and pipes work properly), you will train other crew members to support you with the daily maintenance. You are pro-actively checking, controlling and maintaining. Furthermore, you will be operating the cranes on deck, mostly the two davit cranes to launch and recover the RIBs (rescue boats). Together with the RIB drivers you will be responsible for the (daily) maintenance of RIB’s. During mooring operations, you are responsible for managing other crew members (line handling) to ensure a safe and smooth operation.

During SAR operations you are supporting the other departments and you are taking part in embarking people and the guest handling on board of the Sea Watch 3.

 

Profile

  • Experience as bosun or deck hand on ocean going ships

  • Certificate of Proficiency for ‘ratings forming part of a navigational watch’ (STCW A-II/4)

  • Valid Certificate of Proficiency Basic Safety Training (STCW A-VI/1)

  • Certificate of Proficiency in Security Awareness (STCW A-VI/6; can be obtained on short term by an online course)

  • valid medical fitness certificate for seafarers (can be obtained short term)

  • Experience with mooring ocean going ships

  • Ability and experience with training and managing a small team

  • Being pro-active

  • Experience with operating cranes and winches

  • Willingness to stand navigational watch

  • Willingness to take part in guest handling on board

  • Good English language skills

  • Ability to work and live in a diverse team of 22 volunteers some of whom have limited nautical experience

  • Physical fitness and mental resilience

Desired Skills

  • Experience with RIB and outboard engine maintenance and repairs

  • Completed vocational training as deck rating ship’s mechanic (integrated rating) (STCW A-II/5)

Deck rating

The Deck Rating will take responsibility for many different aspects of operating Sea-Watch 3. You will work closely with the bosun and support them with maintenance work, repairing of our RIBs and line handling during mooring operations. Additionally, you will operate one of the davits and the hydraulic crane on the aft deck. You will instruct other crewmembers on deck according to Sea-Watch principles and guidelines. With your nautical experience you make sure that everything runs smooth and safe both during standard ship- as well as rescue operations.

Profile

  • Certificate of Proficiency for ‘ratings forming part of a navigational watch’ (STCW A-II/4)

  • Valid Certificate of Proficiency Basic Safety Training (STCW A-VI/1)

  • Certificate of Proficiency in Security Awareness (STCW A-VI/6; can be obtained on short term by an online course)

  • valid medical fitness certificate for seafarers (can be obtained short term)

  • Experience with mooring ocean going ships

  • Experience with operating hydraulic cranes

  • Ability and experience with training and managing a small team

  • Excellent decision-making skills

  • Good English language skills

  • Ability to work and live in a diverse team of 22 volunteers some of whom have limited nautical experience

  • Physical fitness and mental resilience

Desired Skills

  • SAR experience or previous work experience with refugees

  • Professional technical training / Experience with engine maintenance

Guest Coordinator

As a guest coordinator you organize all support for our guests while they are on board. You know the protocols and procedures of the ship and you can coordinate, train and support other crew members. While people are taken on board you make sure that everything runs smooth and you do the crowd management. Subsequently you are responsible for the deck watch shifts, food preparation and distribution, as well as preparation for arrival in Europe.

You will oversee the guest related stores and coordinate with the logistician ashore to arrange resupply.

 

Profile

  • Good knowledge of the Sea-Watch principles and SAR experience

  • Well informed about the current situation on the central Mediterranean sea and in Italy

  • Able to coordinate a team in stressful situations

  • Preparedness to act under pressure and in unexpected situations

  • Ability to prioritize, organize and delegate

  • Excellent leadership qualities

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Excellent social and team skills

  • Excellent English language skills

  • Willingness to take part in the guest handling and to do maintenance work all over the ship

  • Ability to work and live in a diverse team of 22 volunteers some of whom have limited nautical experience

  • Physical fitness and mental resilience

Desired Skills

  • French language skills

  • Italian language skills

  • Arabic language skills

  • Experience with humanitarian aid work

  • Experience of work on ocean going ships

  • Valid medical fitness certificate for seafarers (can be obtained short term)

  • Certificate of Proficiency in Security Awareness (STCW A-VI/6; can be obtained on short term by an online course)

  • Certificate of Proficiency for ‘ratings forming part of a navigational watch’ (STCW A-II/4)

  • Valid Certificate of Proficiency Basic Safety Training (STCW A-VI/1)

Cook

As a cook on the Sea-Watch 3 you are responsible for ordering the required food for the time on the ship (approximately two weeks for 22 people plus food for guests according to a fixed food plan). 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.

During SAR operations you will take care of additional tasks: Participating in launching the rescue boats, being on look-out, handling guests on the ship and together with other crew members preparing and distributing food for our guests, taking part in watch and crowd management shifts.

 

Profile

  • Experience with cooking for a group of 22 people or more

  • Experience with preparing a variety of diets including vegan and vegetarian meals

  • Ability to plan and order all required foods for the intended time on sea (with help of existing plans)

  • Willingness to improvise food for more than 350 guests on board if necessary

  • Willingness to be part of guest handling on board

  • Willingness to do maintenance work all over the ship

  • Good English language skills

  • Ability to work and live in a diverse team of 22 volunteers some of whom have limited nautical experience

  • Food hygiene familiarisation (can be obtained short term)

Desired Skills

  • French language skills

  • Italian language skills

  • Arabic language skills

  • Valid medical fitness certificate for seafarers (can be obtained short term)

  • Certificate of Proficiency in Security Awareness (STCW A-VI/6; can be obtained on short term by an online course)

  • Certificate of Proficiency for ‘ratings forming part of a navigational watch’ (STCW A-II/4)

  • Valid Certificate of Proficiency Basic Safety Training (STCW A-VI/1)

RIB Driver

As a rescue boat (RIB) driver you are, together with the bosun, responsible for the RIBs on board the Sea-Watch 3. This includes the maintenance of the engines, refilling fuel tanks as well as cleaning and repairing 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 person-over-board manoeuvre.

During SAR operations you will navigate and drive the boat and lead the RIB crew. You will have to make quick decisions and communicate with your team, the second RIB and the Sea-Watch 3.

 

Profile

  • International Certificate of Competence: RYA Powerboat Level 2 or equivalent license

  • Experience with driving RIBs or on similar boats

  • VHF license (Short Range Certificate) and experience with radio communication

  • Basic first aid certificate

  • Ability to work under pressure

  • Experience in leading a small team

  • Very good English language skills

  • Willingness to take part in the watch-plan

  • Willingness to be part of guest handling on board of the Sea Watch 3

  • Willingness to do maintenance work all over the ship

  • Ability to work and live in a diverse team of 22 volunteers some of whom have limited nautical experience

  • Physical fitness and mental resilience

Desired Skills

  • Experience with the maintenance of 2 and 4 stroke engines

  • Experience with the maintenance of RIBs

  • Experience with humanitarian SAR missions

  • Sprachkenntnisse Französisch

  • French Language skills

  • Arabic Language skills

  • Valid medical fitness certificate for seafarers (can be obtained short term)

  • Certificate of Proficiency in Security Awareness (STCW A-VI/6; can be obtained on short term by an online course)

  • Certificate of Proficiency for ‘ratings forming part of a navigational watch’ (STCW A-II/4)

  • Valid Certificate of Proficiency Basic Safety Training (STCW A-VI/1)

Medic

As part of the four-person medical team you will take care of both the crew’s and the migrant’s health issues. The medical team usually consists of two doctors and two nurses or paramedics. Medical students in their final years with relevant practical experience (including water rescue experience and nautical training) can also be part of the team. You will have an air-conditioned, well stocked first aid/emergency room at your hands – nevertheless many situations will require improvisation.

During SAR operations at least one of the four 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 3 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). One of the female medics will be responsible for vulnerable people on board (unaccompanied minors, victims of rape or torture, trafficking victims). When there are no medical situations you will take part in the general crew tasks.

 

Profile

  • Appropriate diploma or degree

  • Good English language skills

  • 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 team of 22 volunteers some of whom have limited nautical experience

  • Physical fitness and mental resilience

Desired Skills

  • Experience in handling complex emergency situations (mass-casualty incidents) and/or qualification regarding relevant emergencies on board i.e. children and pregnant women

  • Experience in working in remote areas

  • Emergency room experience

  • Management or leadership experience

  • French language skills

  • Italian language skills

  • Arabic language skills

  • Experience with rescue boats

  • Experience with mobile radio devices

  • Valid medical fitness certificate for seafarers (can be obtained short term)

  • Certificate of Proficiency in Security Awareness (STCW A-VI/6; can be obtained on short term by an online course)

  • Valid Certificate of Proficiency Basic Safety Training (STCW A-VI/1)

Cultural Mediator

As cultural mediator you will be part of the rescue boat (RIB) team, responsible for the communication and first contact with boats in distress. When there are guests on board of Sea Watch 3 you have an important role in ensuring communications run smoothly and guests are well informed on what will happen. On board, your main task is the protection of our guest. Therefore, a CM is the person with a unique opportunity to facilitate the best possible service and protection for our guests, working with all other crew but particularly closely with the Guest Coordinator, Medical Team, Bosun and HoM.Furthermore, you will help with communication between master/HoM and Libyan coast guard or local fishers, when needed.

Profile

  • Strong social skills

  • Good English language skills

  • Good Arabic language skills

  • Good French language skills

  • Genuinely interested in people and able to get along well with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

  • Experience in humanitarian protection and mediation
  • Able to stay calm in hectic situations and being able to calm down other people

  • Willingness to take part in the watch-plan

  • Willingness to take part in guest handling on board

  • Willingness to do maintenance work all over the ship

  • Ability to work and live in a diverse team of 22 volunteers some of whom have limited nautical experience

  • Physical fitness and mental resilience

Desired Skills

  • Italian language skills

  • German language skills

  • Experience with humanitarian crises situations

  • Experience in humanitarian action
  • Experience with rescue boats

  • Valid medical fitness certificate for seafarers (can be obtained short term)

  • Certificate of Proficiency in Security Awareness (STCW A-VI/6; can be obtained on short term by an online course)

  • Valid Certificate of Proficiency Basic Safety Training (STCW A-VI/1)

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 of the RIB team during SAR operations. In addition 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 rescue 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 document 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 for motives 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

  • Die Fähigkeit selbstverantwortlich und unabhängig zu arbeiten

  • Ability to work independently and self-reliantly

  • Excellent English language skills

  • Willingness to take part in the watch-plan

  • Willingness to take part in guest handling on board

  • Willingness to do maintenance work all over the ship

  • Ability to work and live in a diverse team of 22 volunteers some of whom have limited nautical experience

  • Physical fitness and mental resilience

Desired Skills

  • French language skills

  • Arabic language skills

  • German language skills

  • valid medical fitness certificate for seafarers (can be obtained short term)

  • Certificate of Proficiency in Security Awareness (STCW A-VI/6; can be obtained on short term by an online course)

Not possible via the form.

Simply send applications including portfolio and excerpts of work to presse@sea-watch.org.

Head of Mission

As the Head of Mission, you are responsible for the team on board of the Sea Watch 3. You are the point of contact for the crew, the organisation and other parties (NGO’s, state parties, other vessels etc). You support people in taking the responsibility for their position and you will introduce the complete crew to the mission and vision of Sea-Watch e.V. You oversee trainings, briefings and handovers during crew change. Additionally, you will make sure the crew functions as a team. 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. You oversee the correct implementation of SOP’s and you ensure daily briefings and debriefings when in operation.

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 are responsible for reporting and documentation of the rescue operations, you work in close relation with the master.

Profile

  • Good knowledge of the Sea-Watch principles

  • SAR experience is essential

  • Well informed about the current situation in the SAR zone and in Italy

  • Able to coordinate different teams simultaneously especially in stressful situations

  • Preparedness to act in unexpected situations

  • Ability to prioritize, organize and delegate

  • Excellent leadership qualities

  • Basic knowledge of all positions on board of Sea-Watch 3

  • Ability and willingness to organize and manage crew trainings

  • Excellent communications skills

  • Excellent social skills

  • Excellent English language skills

  • Confident in decision taking

  • VHF license (Short Range Certificate)

  • Pleasure craft license

  • Ability to work in a mixed team of volunteers

  • Willingness to take part in the guest handling and do maintenance work all over the ship

  • Ability to work and live in a diverse team of 22 volunteers some of whom have limited nautical experience

  • Physical fitness and mental resilience

Desired Skills

  • Good German language skills

  • Good Italian language skills

  • Experience with humanitarian aid work

  • Experience on ocean going ships

  • valid medical fitness certificate for seafarers (can be obtained short term)

  • Certificate of Proficiency in Security Awareness (STCW A-VI/6; can be obtained on short term by an online course)

  • valid Certificate of Proficiency Basic Safety Training (STCW A-VI/1)

FAQ

I have already been in contact with Sea-Watch in the past but have never been on a mission. Should I fill in the form again?

Yes, please fill in the online form again. Some of our crewing requirements have changed over the last years mostly due to the new ship. Also we would like to know about your availability for 2018. Please just include the information that you applied previously.

Can I apply for different positions at the same time?

Yes, this is possible. Please make sure to double check that you fulfill all required skills. The crewing team will then decide on your possible position based on demand, skills, after consulting you again.

Which languages are spoken on board of Sea-Watch 3?

Our teams are diverse and usually consist of many different nationalities. Therefor all communication on board will be in English. Please make sure that you meet the language requirements which are listed in the position descriptions.

I have a physical or psychological health issue. Can I still contribute to your mission on board of Sea-Watch 3?

This depends very much on the individual situation. We would like to encourage you to consider this question before you apply for a position on board. Existing or previous psychological issues might restrict your ability to cope with traumatic events within a search and rescue missions. We work in an extreme environment and all our crewmembers need to be physically fit to be able to fulfill all required tasks. Please feel free to contact us in case you have a question regarding this topic!