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Be part of the crew!

Be part of the crew!

You want to support us as a crew member? On this page we have summarized all information about positions on board our ships.

Please keep in mind that not every job suits every person. In order our missions to be successful, we need crew members who have certain knowledge and skills. The individual profiles describe what kind of tasks you might be asked to do and what know-how and experience you should have.

What all our crew members should have: The necessary serenity to live and work in a small space with up to 12 other, in many ways different, people.

Duration of Missions

Due to the current pandemic, the missions on board our ships, including pre/post-preparation and quarantines, last up to 6 weeks. Of these, we are at sea for about 14 days. It would be desirable if you can accompany 2 to 3 missions in a row, because then we face less effort for preparation and logistics. The mission cycles are binding and not flexible.

Application

If you would like to apply for one of the below positions, please fill in the questionnaire and send it, as a PDF, to: crew@mission-lifeline.de. Please use the free-of-charge Adobe Acrobat Reader. We take the selection of crew members very seriously so it requires some time. Please be patient if you do not hear from us right away. We will get back to you as soon as possible!

English Questionnaire

Description of Crew Positions

Captain
First Mate
Head of Mission
Chief Engineer
2nd Engineer
Ship´s Electrician / IT Expert
Bosun / Able Seaman / Deck´s Management
Ship´s Cook
RHIB Team
Physician / Medical Doctor
Paramedic / Nurse / Paediatric Nurse / Intensive Care Nurse
Media Coordinator
Intercultural Mediator

Captain

As a captain, you assume overall management of the ship in port and during operations and are legally responsible for the ship and its crew. You are available to the crew as a contact person at all times. You organize and manage all nautical operations, check the safety of the ship, analyze weather reports, coordinate sentries, maintain VHF communication from ship to port authorities and ship to ship and are responsible for the ship’s log. Furthermore, your duties include the administration of bunkering, customs clearances and crew lists. You brief and train the crew for SAR operations. You coordinate and conduct safety training (fire, water intrusion, unsolicited guests on board, person overboard). You create sentry and task schedules and are responsible for the emergency role. You work closely with 1st and 2nd Officer/Head of Mission.

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Preferred Qualification

First Mate

As 1st officer you work closely with the captain. You assist in all nautical matters, take care of the personal safety equipment of the crew, manage the afterdeck operation under bridge command and are responsible for the overall deck safety.

Your detailed duties include:

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As Head of Mission, you are responsible for the entire team and coordinate the rescue operations. You lead the team, ensure the flow of information between the bridge and the deck and take care of the preparation and follow-up of operations.
In close coordination with the deck´s manager, you lead the rescue operations and pass on all important information to the bridge. Furthermore, you are responsible for the internal communication with MISSION LIFELINE and for the external communication with other NGOs, ships or governmental institutions during the mission and coordinate them.

Your other duties include:

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Chief Engineer

As Chief Engineer you are responsible for the technical part of the ship’s operation. You work on the generators, compressors and pumps and manage the hydraulic systems. The maintenance schedule, the engine monitoring and guiding of the technical team are part of your tasks.
During search and rescue operations you support the crew, e.g. launching boats, keeping a lookout, taking care of guests on board.

Your other tasks include:

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2nd Engineer

As a 2nd Engineer, you will monitor the engines as directed by the 1st Engineer, work on the generators, compressors and pumps and operate the hydraulic and pneumatic systems.
During Search and Rescue operations, you support the crew, e.g. launching boats, keeping a lookout, looking after guests on board.

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Ship´s Electrician / IT Expert

In this position, you are responsible for the electrical and IT systems on board. This means that prior to the mission you familiarize yourself with all electrical systems, navigation and radio technology and the LINUX IT systems of the ship and are prepared under way in the event of any malfunctions.
In addition, you will take turns participating in sentries with the other crew members and support the crew during Search-and Rescue missions (e.g. launching boats, keeping a lookout, taking care of guests on board, assisting the medical team).

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Bosun / Able Seaman / Deck´s Management

You are responsible for the smooth and safe operation of the work on deck, especially during rescue operations, and support the nautical and technical crew. During rescue operations, you help to take guests on board and take care of them.

Specifically, your duties include:

Ship´s Cook

You are in charge of the kitchen on board and coordinate all work in the galley.
You plan all meals for the mission (vegan/vegetarian/with meat), take care of ordering and bunkering supplies and prepare all meals for the crew during the trip (three meals per day, at least one of them hot).

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RHIB Team

The RHIB team (RHIB = Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat) is responsible for the emergency rescue boats. This includes driving and navigating the boats during rescue operations as well as their repair, maintenance and care. Together with the crew, the RHIB team conducts training around safety during operations. This includes, among other things, the person-over-board maneuver. During operations, the team on the RHIB works in close coordination with the Head of Mission and Deck Management. The RHIB drivers operate the radio devices on these boats and communicate with main vessel and with ships in distress. In cooperation with the medical team, they provide emergency medical assistance.

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Physician / Medical Doctor

The medical team of up to three people is responsible around the clock for all medical and psychological issues of the crew and the guests. You assume leadership of the medical team. We place great value to a balanced gender ratio in the medical team.
The medical tasks are comparable to the challenges in emergency medical service or in a local emergency room. The medical team will be individually prepared in advance related to special mission focuse areas. The medical function also includes training the crew, triage, hygiene officer activities, psychological crisis intervention and general medical measures. Special attention is paid to vulnerable guests such as pregnant women, children and victims of sexual violence.
Workplace is the onboard hospital on one of our ships. Equipped with one flat and one seated treatment station, the room holds comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic equipment for emergency medical care. Special situations may require transferring part of the medical crew to other boats. When there are no medical duties, all members of the medical team support the general operation of the ship (e.g. participation in sentry schedule).
Working on board requires, especially in physically and mentally stressful situations, a distinct ability to socially interact and communicate, and joy of meeting new requirements and tasks with interest, responsibility and a certain ability to improvise.

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MEDIC
Paramedic / Nurse / Paediatric Nurse / Intensive Care Nurse

The medical team of up to three is responsible around the clock for all medical and psychological needs of the crew and the rescued. It consists of at least one female or male medical doctor and up to two additional physicians, depending on the size of the ship. We place great value to a balanced gender ratio.
Workplace is the onboard hospital on one of our ships. Equipped with one flat and one seated treatment station, the room holds comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic equipment for emergency medical care. Special situations may require transferring part of the medical crew to other boats.
Working on board requires, especially in physically and mentally stressful situations, a distinct ability to socially interact and communicate, and joy of meeting new requirements and tasks with interest, responsibility and a certain ability to improvise. When there are no medical tasks, all members of the medical team support the general operation of the ship (e.g. participation in sentries schedule).

Required Qualifications:

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Media Coordinator

You will document our rescue missions and other activities on board. You take care of the technical equipment (e.g. cameras) and film, photograph and prepare written reports during our mission, especially during the rescue operations.
You communicate promptly with the team on shore about current rescue missions and their progress and document all important facts and figures related to the missions.
You prepare material so that we can use it for social media and/or press releases.

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Intercultural Mediator

As an intercultural mediator you are part of the rescue team and responsible for communication and first contact with refugee boats.
At the same time, you will be the contact person for guests staying on board, providing them with information and preparing them for the trip to the port and the procedure for docking/landing.

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