Become part of the ship’s crew

Become part of the ship’s crew

You want to support us as a crew member? We are looking for the following positions:

Our next operating periods:

Application Form 2022

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.

Required Qualifications:

  • EU/EEA Nationals: Valid certificate in worldwide navigation according to STCW Convention
  • Long Range Certificate or General Operators Certificate or comparable radio license according to STCW Convention
  • Very good English language skills
  • Professional experience on ocean-going vessels
  • Experience with sentry, navigation and handling of boats
  • Sound meteorological knowledge
  • Experience with the use of professional radar
  • Good knowledge of safety equipment on ships
  • Willingness to participate in sentries (shift operation 24h/d)
  • physical and mental resilience

Preferred Qualification

  • Italian Language Skills
  • Spanish Language Skills

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:

  • Independently navigating the vessel during sentries
  • Responsibility for the safety equipment and the execution of safety trainings
  • Working closely with the crew during rescue operations
  • Assisting the captain, especially on the bridge, in maintaining logbooks and external communications
  • Management of the afterdeck operations
  • Responsibility for deck´s safety

Required Qualifications:

  • Professional nautical training and/or experience on larger (motor) vessels

Preferred Qualification:

  • Long Range Certificate
  • Basic Safety Training (SCTW)
  • Italian Language Skills
  • Spanish Language Skills

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:

  • Along with Captain and First Mate, briefing the crew on equipment on the bridge, operation of radio equipment, operation of ship's stowage, sentries, and safety plans (fire, water intrusion, person overboard, unsolicited guests).
  • Assisting the crew with their duties
  • The operational planning and discussion of the operations with the crew
  • The organization of trainings and the preparation of briefings for the crew
  • The preparation of mission reports and the documentation of the missions (in cooperation with the bridge team)
  • The coordination and execution of handover in case of crew changes

Required Qualifications:

  • Experience in Search and Rescue operations
  • Basic understanding of the scope of work on board
  • Good knowledge of the situation in SAR area as well as the situation in the neighboring countries
  • Ability to lead and guide a team
  • Ability to work under pressure and deal with unexpected events
  • Ability to coordinate multiple teams in parallel, even under stressful conditions
  • Organizational skills and the ability to prioritize and delegate tasks
  • Ability and willingness to organize training for the team
  • Willingness to perform maintenance work on the ship and to take care of guests on board
  • Very good (intercultural) communication skills
  • High social competence and ability to work in a team
  • Physical and mental resilience
  • Very good English language skills
  • Sport boat license sea and VHF radiotelephone certificate

Preferred Qualification:

  • Good German Language skills
  • Good Italian Language skills
  • Good Spanish Language skills
  • Good Arabic Language skills
  • Basic Safety Training (SCTW)
  • Experience in working in humanitarian crisis situations
  • Experience in deep-sea navigation

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:

  • Operating the engines and aggregates (main engine, auxiliary diesel, pumps).
  • maintenance and care of the engines and aggregates during operation (filter change, operating material control)
  • Documentation of the ongoing operation
  • documentation of maintenance work
  • Operation of the hydraulic and pneumatic systems, e.g. tailgate, warping heads

Required Qualifications:

  • Ship operation technicology education or better
  • Basic understanding and operation of electrical equipment in engine compartment and on deck
  • Knowledge of ship operations, sentries, rope service
  • Good English language skills
  • Improvisational skills
  • Experience with MWM, Solé Diesel, Scania engines or comparable engines
  • Willingness to participate in the engine watch
  • Experience in welding and metal processing
  • Experience in maintenance and repair of hydraulic and pneumatic systems

Preferred Qualification:

  • Experience on ocean-going vessels
  • Vocational education as ship's mechanic or ship's operations Certificate of Competency Technical Watch Officer (STCW A-III/1) Certificate of Competency Technical Second Officer (STCW A-III/2)
  • Certificate of competency for ship's personnel on navigational watch (STCW A-II/4)
  • Valid Certificate of Competency Basic Safety Training (STCW A-VI/1)
  • experience in mooring ships

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.

Required Qualifications:

  • Experience with large marine engines
  • Good knowledge of safety equipment on ships
  • Willingness to perform maintenance work on the entire ship
  • Willingness to participate in engine watch (shift operation in engine compartment 24h/d)
  • Good English language skills
  • Physical and mental resilience

Preferred Qualification:

  • Professional education as ship's mechanic / technical watch officer
  • Basic Safety Training and Advanced Firefighting Training (STCW)
  • Experience on ocean-going vessels
  • Experience with marine diesel engines
  • Experience in maintenance and repair of hydraulic and pneumatic systems
  • Experience in metal processing
  • Experience with rope service on deck

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).

Required Qualifications:

  • Good knowledge in electrics
  • Good knowledge in Linux system administration
  • Knowledge in data bus systems (NMEA)
  • Good English language skills
  • Willingness to participate in sentries (shift operation 24h/d)
  • Willingness to take care of guests on board
  • Willingness to perform maintenance work on the entire ship
  • Physical and mental resilience

Preferred Qualification:

  • Knowledge of radio technology
  • Good Arabic language skills
  • Good Spanish language skills

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:

  • The responsibility for safety on deck
  • The guidance of other crew members while working on deck
  • The preparation of the rescue equipment
  • The maintenance of the RHIBs (together with the engineers and drivers)
  • Ancillary work on deck, rope service, minor repairs (e.g. painting, oiling/greasing, checking hatches, doors, hoses, pipes, etc.)
  • The coordination of guests on board and the crew in action (Who belongs on which post? Who takes over which task?)
  • The coordination of the entire supply to the guests on board
  • The responsibility for an orderly boarding and crowd management
  • The planning of deck watch and food service
  • The preparation of the disembarkation of the guests

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).

Required Qualifications:

  • Experience in catering for up to 12 people for an extended period of time.
  • Experience in planning, purchasing and serving up to three meals daily for an extended period of time
  • Willingness to improvise meals for more than 80 guests when needed
  • Willingness to participate in the provisioning (not only food) of guests on board
  • Willingness to take on maintenance work on the ship

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Training as a cook or chef
  • Valid certificate of competency Basic Safety Training (STCW A-VI/1)
  • Certificate of Competency for ship's personnel on bridge watch (STCW A-II/4)
  • French language skills
  • Arabic language skills

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.

Required Qualifications:

  • Sport boat license sea or equivalent
  • Radio license and radio experience
  • Experience in maintenance of RHIBs
  • Experience in maintenance of two- and four-stroke engines
  • Experience in sea rescue (at least one operation)
  • First aid course
  • High mental and physical resilience
  • Experience in driving emergency rescue boats
  • Willingness to participate in sentries (24h/d)
  • Willingness to take care of guests on board
  • Good English language skills
  • Good French language skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in Search and Rescue
  • Good Arabic language skills
  • Good Spanish language skills

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.

Required Qualifications:

  • Proof and evidence of medical qualifications (approbation, specialist certificate)
  • At least two years of professional experience/preferrably as a specialist (anesthesia, trauma surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics and adolescent medicine, gynecology and obstetrics, general medicine)
  • Good English language skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Supplemental education in intensive care medicine/ emergency medicine/ neonatology
  • Experience in prehospital emergency care (NEF/ RTH/ ITW)
  • ATLS-, PHTLS-, PALS-, ACLS- Provider
  • Experience in leading a team
  • Work experience abroad
  • Experience working in challenging environments and with limited resources
  • Physical and mental resilience
  • Search and Rescue experience/radio operation experience/nautical patents/nautical experience
  • Basic Safety Training
  • French language skills
  • Good Arabic language skills
  • Good Spanish language skills

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:

  • Proof and evidence of medical qualifications
  • Several years of professional experience
  • Good English language skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Specialized training in emergency care
  • Advanced training in intensive care
  • Work experience in pediatrics
  • Work experience in gynecology or obstetrics
  • Services in an emergency medical service vehicle (NEF)
  • Firefighter / Rescue diver
  • High-Altitude rescuer / lifeguard
  • Boatman
  • Physical and mental resilience
  • Work experience abroad and/or in crisis areas
  • Search and Rescue experience/radio experience/nautical experience
  • Basic Safety Training
  • Good French language skills
  • Good Arabic language skills
  • Good Spanish language skills

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.

Required Qualifications:

  • Confident in handling of social media channels (FB, Twitter, Instagram …)
  • Confident handling of photo and video equipment (photo cameras, GoPros) and the corresponding editing software (Adobe Premiere, Adobe Photoshop or similar).
  • Willingness to work in unusual environments
  • Good English language skills
  • Experience with editing and publishing journalistic material
  • The ability to process information efficiently and reliably
  • Ability to meet tight publication deadlines under pressure
  • Awareness of high ethical requirements for photojournalism, especially in a humanitarian crisis context
  • Willingness to participate in sentries schedule

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Own photo/video equipment
  • Good French language skills
  • Good Arabic language skills
  • Good Spanish language skills

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.

Required Qualifications:

  • High social competence
  • Good language skills in English
  • Good language skills in French
  • Good language skills in Arabic
  • Ability to relate to people from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds
  • Ability to remain calm and reassure others in hectic situations
  • Willingness to take care of guests on board
  • Physical and mental resilience
  • Willingness to participate in sentry schedule

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in humanitarian crisis situations
  • Experience on rescue boats
  • Experience abroad
  • Good language skills in Italian
  • Good knowledge of Spanish

Please keep in mind, not every job fits every person. For successful missions, we need crew members who have certain knowledge and skills. The job descriptions explain what tasks you may encounter and what knowledge and experience you should have.

What everyone should bring: The composure to live and work in a small place with up to 12 other people who are different in many ways.

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 10 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.

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