Sea-Watch is looking for an Engineering Watchkeeping Officer (f/m/d)


About us

Sea-Watch e.V. is a non-profit initiative dedicated to the civil sea rescue of refugees. In view of the humanitarian disaster in the central Mediterranean Sea-Watch provides emergency aid, demands and at the same time forces the rescue by the responsible European institutions and publicly stands up for legal escape routes. We are politically and religiously independent and are financed exclusively by donations.


For our fleet we are looking for an

Engineering Watchkeeping Officer (f/m/d)

to join our mission as of now.

Your assignments:

  • Maintenance and repair of the engine plant and equipment, accommodation and deck
  • Officer in charge of engine room watch in accordance with STCW Ch. VIII
  • Reports to the Chief Engineer daily on work plans and any relevant data
  • In charge of engine plant and equipment maintenance under direction of the Chief Engineer
  • Updates inventories and completes, or updates planned maintenance systems respectively
  • Report all deficiencies to the Chief engineer
  • Maintenance of all mechanical equipment in and outside the engine room.
  • Regular testing of machinery not in regular use
  • Maintains and records all spare parts and updates planned maintenance software.
  • Supervise the work of the Fitter / Welder when on board
  • Supervise deckhands when required to work in the engine room
  • Ensuring that there are no illegal discharges of oil, garbage, sewage from the engine room in contravention of the MARPOL Convention as amended.
  • Assist the Chief Engineer in administration as required
  • Assists in deck gear operation on deck if required
  • Follows the Safety Management System (ISM) of Sea-Watch.
  • Assists for mooring operation on deck, if required
  • Assists for deck gear operation on deck, if required
  • Ensures cleanliness and arrangement of tools inside engine workshop
  • Participate in all required trainings and safety drills
  • Follow the Safety Management System (ISM) of Sea-Watch

Your profile

You should bring the following skills:

  • Valid Certificate of Competency as Engineering Watchkeeping Officer on ships powered by main propulsion machinery between 750kW and 3000kW or higher (STCW A-III/1, German license OR endorsement for the German flag)
  • Expert technical / troubleshooting experience
  • Basic electric engineering knowledge
  • Good English language skills
  • Microsoft excel/word skills
  • Ability to work with volunteers without sea experience
  • Physical fitness and mental resilience

Desired skills:

    • Experience working with pre-automation equipment
    • Experience in maintaining/repairing hydraulic systems
    • Advanced electrical engineering knowledge
    • Experience with Electric Arc Welding (Manual and MAG)

We offer you:

  • Salary: 2800 €/month (employee gross)
  • 2 months on/off rotation (2 months on board, 2 months leave – monthly salary will be paid as mentioned above)

We look forward to receiving your application!

Please send your application with letter of motivation (especially why you want to work for Sea-Watch instead of a regular shipping company) and a CV (listening all your relevant certificates including their validity) without photo to:

Applications (letter of motivation and CV) please in ONE pdf-document.

We are committed to an inclusive society without racism and with freedom of movement for all. In case of equal qualification, we favour applications from women*, LGBTQI*, BIPoC, people with disabilities, people with migration experience and people from other groups underrepresented in the maritime and NGO world. Should you feel addressed here, we invite you to provide relevant information on this in your application. Please refrain from providing application photos and any information on age and marital status.