Sea-Watch is looking for Deck Rating (watchkeeping) (f/m/d)

starting 15.10.

About Sea-Watch

Sea-Watch e.V. is a non-profit initiative dedicated to the civil sea rescue of people on the move. 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 SEA-WATCH 5 we are looking for a Deck Rating (watchkeeping) to join our mission, starting ~15.10.

The Deck Rating (watchkeeping) will take responsibility for many different aspects of operating Sea-Watch 5. You will work closely with the bosun and support them with maintenance work, ships cleaning and mooring operations. Additionally you will instruct other crewmembers on deck according to Sea-Watch principles and guidelines, promoting a safe and healthy work place where all people feel welcome. With your nautical experience you make sure that everything runs smooth and safe both during standard ship- as well as rescue operations. After rescues your duties will include care for survivors and crowd management as directed by the bosun and guest care coordinator.

Your 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 ships over 50m
  • Ability to assist in navigational watches and manual steering as per watch officers order
  • 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 30 crew members, some of whom have limited nautical experience
  • A tolerant, relaxed attitude and good social skills
  • Physical fitness and mental resilience
  • Huge interest in Guest Care (cooking, deckwatches, spending time) once we performed rescues
  • Commitment to challenging racism, sexism and the EU border policy

Desired Skills:

  • SAR experience or previous work experience with people on the move
  • Experience with crowd management
  • Professional technical training / Experience with engine/RHIB maintenance
  • Experience in operating and working with heavy hydraulic equipment such as cranes, davits, winches and A frames is desired but not essential. On the job training will be given.
  • French, arabic and italian language skills are a plus

We offer you:

  • 2 months on/off rotation
  • Salary: 3400 €/month (employee gross)*
  • The position is initially limited for a year with the wish for extension.
  • A rapidly growing non-profit organisation with constantly new challenges and ideas
  • A young, dynamic working environment with flat hierarchy


We look forward to receiving your application until 21.07.2024!

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 STCW certificates including their validity) without photo to:

Applications please in ONE pdf-document not larger than 5MB.

As we are committed to an inclusive society without racism and with freedom of movement for all, we particularly welcome applications from women, LGBTQIA+, BIPoC, people with disabilities, people with migration background and people from other groups under-represented in the maritime and NGO sector.

Please refrain from using application photos and any information about age and marital status.



*From January 1, 2024, we have a new salary model that allows for percentage gross salary increases that take into account family needs and personal disabilities. In addition, the salary increases by 3% with every year being with Sea-Watch

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.