Crew Selection Process
Below is an outline on how we “crew-up” our vessels whenever we are preparing for a campaign or
whenever a crewmember position opens up:
We first look at the “Dates Available” area on all applications, as we are usually filling positions for a specific period of time. We would also consider anyone that has written “Open” or “Any time” in the Dates Available field. The minimum commitment is at least one month with a maximum of 4 months. The longer you can dedicate the better chance you have of being accepted. We can of course evaluate how things are going at any point along the way and make changes.
There are seven primary areas onboard our ships:
Previous experience working on board a ship is not required. First-time deckhands, engineers,
quartermasters and galley workers are trained by veteran crewmembers.
We choose crew based on the ever-changing needs of our ships throughout the year. Sometimes we need experienced crew who help us get our ships from port to port, or on campaigns, but often we need volunteers to work while our ships are in port.
Our ships often request crew with little notice--a few days to a few weeks at best. Once you apply, your application will be put in our database and could be selected based on your skills and availability. We will keep your application on file forever so there is no need to reapply! If your skills and availability change please keep us updated.
Desirable Crewmember Attributes
Working on our ships requires a lot of passion and teamwork. The most sought-after crewmember would have a positive attitude, a good work ethic, and be flexible to changes and new situations.
If you would like to improve and add to your skills and knowledge base to be a better candidate, the
following are some suggestions:
1. First Aid and CPR
Local classes: Red Cross or equivalent organization
Literature: “First Aid, CPR, and AED Essentials”(4th Ed) by Alton L. Thygerson
2. Knot tying
Literature: Handbook of Knots by Des Pawson/Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd
Literature: Chapman Piloting and Seamanship (65th Ed) by Elbert S. Maloney
Able Seamen Certification Classes:
USCG Approved Able seaman classes or international equivalent. Upon completion of the course you will be knowledgeable in the
Basic Marine Navigation
Deck Procedures and Safety
Survival at Sea
You can “get your foot in the door” by starting to volunteer from wherever you are now!
We strongly encourage all applicants to reach out to their local chapters to see if our onshore teams can use their help on the ground or with local campaigns. If you would like to find a chapter near you, click here.
Applicants who are accepted to crew must pay for their travel to and from their assigned vessel. Our vessels may not return from the same port in which they left so we ask all crew members to ensure they have adequate savings so that they can easily travel home once their role has finished or in case of an emergency.
While we have medical teams on board during campaigns, crew members are responsible for any other medical service required and may wish to invest in an insurance that protects them while they are working or traveling within their role. We are unable to provide recommendations or advice in relation to insurance. If you require any special medication you will need to ensure that you bring this medication with you as our ships medical supplies are limited and do not accommodate for crew members with ongoing medication needs.
Applicants who are accepted to crew are also responsible for their own visa applications and costs. All
Applicants must have and maintain a valid passport. As our ships dock all around the world there is no way to predict where Applicants may end up if they are selected for crew. While we cannot provide any advice in relation to visa costs, requirements or processes, we suggest that Applicants do not worry about obtaining a visa until they are selected for crew and know which country they will be docked in.
If you are accepted and join one of our vessels, you will be provided with a bunk and three vegan meals a day.
If you suffer from any allergies, please detail them on the next page.
Other costs may arise if you wish to purchase personal items such as clothing, tools, food, travel or entertainment.