Join the Crew

Join the Crew

Starting in April 2018 we are scheduling a new set of rescue missions on the Mediterranean Sea. Starting now you can apply to join our crew. You can also support our work with a donation.

22 volunteers are working on board of Sea-Watch 3 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.

The forms on this website will be open till the March, 5th. After this period we accept additional crewmembers only in special cases. If you fill in our forms you can expect an answer from the April, 9th on.

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:

Captain

The captain of Sea-Watch 3 has the responsibility for the handling of 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 a captain 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 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:

  • License for ships of 50 m x 11 m, GT: 648 (SSS/Yachtmaster), professional licenses are preferred
  • Recent experience on board of offshore vessels and strong leadership skills
  • VHF radio license
  • Long range certificate for GMDSS equipment
  • (STCW) Basic Safety training
  • Experience in using a professional radar
  • Ability to cooperate well within a team and work closely with the Head of Mission
  • Good knowledge and experience of standard safety equipment for ships
  • 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:

  • Professional nautical experience or experience on motor yachts > GT 200
  • Italian language skills

1st Officer

As a 1st officer on Sea-Watch 3 you will support the captain 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 write 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, radio communicating and how to use ropes. Together with the 2nd officer you arrange regular safety drills for situations like fire, MOB, water intake and unwanted visitors.

Profile:

  • Recent work experience on board of offshore vessels
  • Ability to stand in for the captain during her/his absence (professional nautical license or appropriate pleasure craft license). Sea-Watch 3 is registered as a pleasure craft (dimensions: 50m x 11m, GT 648).
  • Experience in boat handling, watch keeping and navigational skills
  • Ability to read weather maps and predictions
  • Experience in using a professional radar
  • VHF license and excellent radio communication skills
  • Good English language skills
  • Good knowledge and experience of standard safety equipment for ships
  • Willingness to part take in the watch-plan (24h/d shift work)
  • Willingness to do maintenance work on 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:

  • Professional nautical experience or experience on large (motor)yachts.
  • Long range certificate for GMDSS equipment
  • (STCW) Basic Safety training
  • Italian language skills

2nd Officer

The 2nd officer will work closely together with the captain 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 first officer you will organise regular safety drills. Furthermore, you will work closely with the rest of crew during SAR operations by supporting the captain with log keeping and external communication on the bridge.

Profile:

  • Work experience on board offshore vessels
  • Ability to stand in for the captain during her/his absence (professional nautical license or appropriate pleasure craft license). Sea-Watch 3 is registered as a pleasure craft (dimensions: 50m x 11m, GT 648).
  • Experience in boat handling, watch keeping and navigational skills
  • Ability to read weather maps and predictions
  • Experience in using a professional radar
  • VHF license and excellent radio communication skills
  • Good English language skills
  • Good knowledge and experience of standard safety equipment for ships
  • Willingness to part take in the watch-plan (24h/d shift work)
  • Willingness to do maintenance work on 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:

  • Professional nautical experience
  • Long range certificate for GMDSS equipment
  • (STCW) Basic Safety training
  • Italian language skills

Chief Engineer

As the 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 ships manager. During the mission you will inform the crew on land 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:

  • Recent professional experience on board offshore vessels
  • Professional ship engineering qualification
  • Expert technical / trouble shooting experience
  • Experience with Caterpillar engines or similar engine
  • Experience with Engine Maintenance System
  • Experience with welding
  • Experience with overseeing and managing a small (engineers) team
  • Good knowledge and experience of standard safety equipment for ships
  • 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 have limited nautical experience
  • Physical fitness and mental resilience

Desired Skills:

  • Experience as technical watch officer
  • Experience in using hydraulic cranes
  • Experience in maintaining/repairing hydraulic systems
  • (STCW) Basic Safety Training
  • (STCW) Advanced Firefighting Training

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 big 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:

  • Professional training as a ships engineer
  • (STCW) Basic Safety training and advanced firefighting
  • Experience on board offshore vessels
  • Experience with Caterpillar engines or similar engines
  • Experience in maintaining/repairing hydraulic systems
  • Experience with welding
  • Experience with line handling

Ships Electrician / IT

As a ship electrician you will be responsible for the electrical and IT systems on the ship. While on sea you will be on standby in case of electrical problems. If possible 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 guest on the ship, preparing and handing out food and drinks to our guests, and helping the medical staff.

Profile:

  • Experience with (nautical-) electrical systems
  • Experience in IT
  • Good English language skills
  • Willingness to participate in the 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:

  • On-board experience on offshore vessels

Bosun

As a bosun you are responsible for the maintenance and small repairs on the decks (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 (tenders). 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 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 on offshore vessels as a bosun or deckhand
  • Experience with line handling on offshore vessels
  • Ability and experience with training and managing a small team
  • Being pro-active
  • Experience with operating cranes and winches
  • Willingness to take part in watch shifts
  • Willingness to take part in guest handling on board of Sea Watch 3
  • 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
  • STCW Basic Safety Training

AB Seaman

The AB Seaman will take responsibility for many different aspects of the running of Sea-Watch 3. You will work closely with the bosun and support him/her 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. According to Sea-Watch principles and guidelines you will instruct other crewmembers on deck. With your nautical experience you make sure that everything runs smooth and safe both during standard ship- as well as rescue operations.

Profile:

  • Professional training as AB Seaman or similar experience
  • Experience with line handling on seagoing ships
  • Experience in operating hydraulic cranes
  • Ability to manage and train a 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
  • (STCW) Basic Safety training
  • 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 organize the crowd control.  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 stock and coordinate with the logistician on shore 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 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
  • (STCW) basic safety training
  • Experience with humanitarian aid work
  • Experience with work on offshore vessels

Cook

As a cook on the Sea-Watch 3 you are responsible for ordering the required foods 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 fast 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 control 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
  • Physical fitness and mental resilience

Desired Skills:

  • Italian language skills
  • Arabic language skills

RIB Driver

As a speedboat (RIB) driver you are, together with the bosun, responsible for the RIBs on board of 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 MOB manoeuvre.

During SAR operations you will navigate, drive 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 3.

Profile:

  • International Certificate of Competence: RYA Powerboat Level 2 or equivalent license
  • Experience with RIB driving or on similar boats
  • VHF license and experience with radio communication
  • Basic first aid certificate
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Experience in leading a small team
  • Strong 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 RIB boats
  • Experience with humanitarian SAR missions
  • French language skills
  • Arabic language skills

Medic

As part of the four -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 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
  • Excellent 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 supervision experience
  • French language skills
  • Arabic language skills
  • Experience in using a mobile radio
  • Experience on fast rescue boats

Cultural Mediator

As cultural mediator you will be part of the speedboat (RIB) team, responsible for the communication and first contact with migrant boats. 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. Furthermore, you will help with communication between captain/HoM and Libyan coast guard or 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
  • Genuinely interested in people and able to get along well with people from culturally and linguistically different backgrounds
  • 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 of Sea Watch 3
  • Willingness to do maintenance work all over the ship
  • Able 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 on rescue boats

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 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 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
  • 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 of 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
  • Be physically fit

Desired Skills:

  • French language skills
  • Arabic language skills
  • German language skills

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 captain.

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
  • 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:

  • German language skills
  • Italian language skills
  • (STCW) basic safety training is considered a plus
  • Experience with humanitarian aid work
  • Experience with work on offshore vessels

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!