Shipboard Physician

United States /
Field Staff – Field Staff Shipboard (Contract Positions) /
/ 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”.

Lindblad Expeditions staffs all its voyages aboard its four US flagged and four Bahamas flagged vessels with US licensed physicians. This is a voluntary position without direct financial compensation. In return for service, the physician receives the voyage at no cost, and may bring a companion to share their cabin. Lindblad will cover the cost of the physician's standard routing roundtrip airfare and reasonable travel expenses from their home to/from the vessel. The physician’s companions are responsible for their own roundtrip airfare and all travel expenses and receives the voyage at no cost.
Our ships are small expedition vessels carrying between 65-140 guests and 30-100 crew. We do carry a nurse on the Bahamas flagged ships but not on the US vessels. Medical facilities are limited, so we are seeking physicians who are adventurous and proficient in first‐response medicine. There is an ample supply of medications and equipment to cover most non‐life‐threatening situations. Specific medications and equipment available may vary from ship to ship.
Lindblad Expeditions’ itineraries include Alaska, Baja California, Central America, South America, the Arctic, Antarctica, Europe, Cambodia/Vietnam, and a variety of other worldwide locations. Voluntary work onboard these vessels is offered to our approved pool of doctors based on number of years and experience with Lindblad Expeditions and our scheduling needs.


    • Provide medical care for guests, staff, and crew on board ship
    • Comply with Lindblad medical protocols while onboard
    • Maintain proper inventory of medical supplies and re-order as necessary
    • Maintain medical records as detailed in the Medical Policies & Procedures manual
    • Provide training for shipboard personnel as directed by ship’s officer
    • Participate in shipboard safety drills as directed by ship’s officer
    • Minimum commitments are two consecutive weeks for most vessels and approximately one month for Bahamas flagged vessels depending on voyage length.


    • Active practice in Emergency Medicine (preferred), Family Medicine or Internal Medicine with US board certification
    • At least three years of post‐residency work experience
    • ACLS certification or board-certification in emergency medicine
    • Unrestricted license to practice medicine in at least one US state
    • Successful completion of credentialing process
Shipboard Physicians report to the Captain and to Lindblad’s Chief Medical Officer.
The shipboard doctor primarily deals with minor illnesses and injuries rather than major ones. Patients are guests, field staff, and crew, ranging in age from infants to octogenarians. In the event of a serious medical problem, the intent is to stabilize the patient until care can be obtained at the nearest medical facility, or arrangements for a medical evacuation can be made.
Doctors are expected to be ashore or in whichever location has the majority of the guests and may be asked to join a specific guest activity at the discretion of the expedition leader. Except when dealing with guests and crew in a professional capacity, doctors are welcomed and encouraged to partake in the activities and excursions of the voyage and are encouraged to socialize and dine with the guests on a regular basis.

Application window is year-round. Please note our Shipboard Physician Program is very popular and opportunities may be limited.  Thank you for your interest in Lindblad Expeditions.

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 position, this person is frequently required to sit, talk and hear. This person will also be required to write and type. 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 contracts and 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 daily range is based on national data and may be refined for a candidate's region/town/cost of living.

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 a contract or 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.