Rotational Deckhand

United States /
Shipboard – Deck /
/ On-site
Lindblad Expeditions is the pioneer in the Expedition Travel space, from taking the first citizen explorers to Antarctica in 1966, to opening the Galapagos and Easter Island to tourism in 1967, to leading the first tourist expedition through the Northwest Passage in 1984, to launching our innovative partnership with National Geographic in 2004. Now taking nearly 25,000 guests per year to some of the world’s most remote and pristine locations on our fleet of 16 ships, we do whatever it takes to ensure our guests experience the “Exhilaration of Discovery”.

The licensed Rotational Deckhand is responsible for the maintenance/cleaning of the interior/exterior of the vessel. In addition, the deckhand will assist with bridge watch/navigation, perform hourly security patrols including nightly engine room inspections, and will assist with general boat operations. The rotational deckhand will be required to have a minimum of a 25 Ton Masters' License in order to operate our Zodiac vessels.

The Rotational Deckhands work a rotational schedule of approximately 2 months on/1 month off, approximately 12 hours per day.


Ship Maintenance

    • Sweeps decks, washes windows, and empties trash receptacles.
    • Cleans the public restroom and general areas such as bulkheads, lockers, etc.
    • Primes and paints the vessel as assigned.
    • Assists engineering as directed.
    • Uses chemicals for cleaning and ship maintenance while ensuring personal protective equipment such as gloves, safety glasses, respirators, etc. are used correctly.
    • May be assigned various special projects as per the Chief Mate's work list.

Boat Operations

    • Handles lines during docking and undocking procedures.
    • Assigned anchoring duties as needed.
    • Assists the Bridge Watch Officer with lookout and wheel watch.
    • Assists with lowering/raising and tying up/ casting off of the inflatable boats and kayaks.
    • Assists with loading guests, staff, and crew in and out of inflatable boats.
    • Assists in driving inflatable boats as directed by Chief Mate.

Safety & Security

    • Participates in on board safety training, meetings and drills, as directed by the Captain, including fire, abandon ship, man overboard, flooding and medical emergencies.
    • Participates in shore side training as required by the company.
    • Conducts hourly security patrols including inspection of the engine room and lazarette at night.
    • Serves as needed on gangway watch.
    • Familiar with all duties under the company Safety Management System including Emergency Response activities.

Additional Duties

    • Loads/off-loads guest luggage.
    • Hauls ship's trash, laundry, and stores as needed.
    • Pulls, cleans and replaces the galley mats, cleans the galley deck and washes any used galley rags.
    • Assists in the training of new/seasonal deckhands


    • Mechanical aptitude and interest.
    • Maritime/boating experience preferred.
    • Good customer service skills; professional demeanor, ability to use necessary levels of tact and courtesy.
    • Detail oriented and thorough; able to follow through on assigned tasks.
    • Able to work independently using initiative and creativity to complete assigned tasks.
    • Strong time management skills; able to handle multiple tasks, set priorities, and meet deadlines.
    • Works well under pressure.
    • Ability to get along well with co-workers and support a team environment.


    • 25 Ton Masters License required.
    • 100 Ton Masters License preferred.
    • Current First Aid/CPR certification required.
    • Valid TWIC card required.
    • Valid US Passport required.
    • STCW Basic Safety Training required.
    • STCW Crowd Management preferred.
    • STCW Crisis preferred.
    • VPDSD required.
    • Current Basic & Advanced Fire Fighting certification preferred.
$151.80 - $157.30 a day
Target salary range listed is based on experience/vessel and reflects the total daily compensation.
Breakdown of the total compensation range: $93 - $103 base daily rate + $50 guaranteed tip + 10% vacation pay
Bonus opportunity target: 5%
Employment is contingent on the following:
- In compliance with U.S. Coast Guard Regulations, 46 CFR Parts 4, 5, and 16, you will be required to undergo the following drug tests; post-offer prior to start date, random, reasonable cause, and serious marine incident per US Federal guidelines.
- Pre-offer background check; employment is contingent upon the results of this screening.
- Post-offer physical examination; your employment is dependent upon being determined fit for sea duty. 
Continued employment is dependent upon consent to and passing these tests.

Our Benefits
Vacation Pay (10% of the daily rate for each day worked)
7 Paid Holidays
Health insurance including Medical, Dental, Vision  
401(k) plan with employer match  
Room and board when scheduled
Travel Day Pay
Travel Expenses Paid
Travel benefits for employees and their family  
Uniforms Provided
Training Opportunities
Short Pay
Emergency Coverage Pay

Communication Skills 
Using the English language, this person must have the ability to read, write, and comprehend policies, legal guidelines, correspondence, and memos.   Must also possess the ability to effectively communicate--both in writing and orally--with a professional demeanor. 
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk and hear.  The employee will also be required to write and type. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms. The physical demands per position are described in the Job Analysis sheet and are available to all applicants upon request.

Lindblad Expeditions determines the pay for positions using local, national, and industry-specific survey data. We evaluate external equity and the cost of labor/prevailing wage index in the relative marketplace for jobs directly comparable to jobs within our company. Our posted salary range is based on national data and may be refined for a candidate's region/town/cost of living.

For new hires, we strive to make competitive offers allowing the new employee room for future growth. Salaries will be based on the applicant’s location, level of experience, education, and specialized knowledge and skills. An employee/candidate with a stronger skill set will receive higher pay.

At Lindblad Expeditions, we simply could not do our work without the diverse kaleidoscope of humanity that creates and delivers our remarkable offerings across the planet. As a Company that respects and celebrates the inherent diversity in the places we explore, we recognize the need to mirror that same diversity and all the interconnected perspectives within our organization. We are committed to building a community of different genders, races, ages, sexual orientations, chosen identities, and countries of origin where every person brings their whole self to work and whose skills, talents, and abilities are valued. We believe we can explore further and in a more meaningful way by actively creating a more diverse and inclusive organization where everyone feels they belong.

Lindblad Expeditions is an equal opportunity employer. Individuals seeking employment at Lindblad Expeditions are considered without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetics, marital status, pregnancy, unemployment status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or veteran status.