Third Mate

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 Third Mate is responsible for managing crew and staff familiarization and participation in the ISM Safety Management System, as well as assisting with the vessel's piloting, navigation, safety, and small boat operations. The Third Mate is responsible for the care and maintenance of the kayaks and all related gear. 

The Third Mate works a rotational schedule based on the vessel they're on. Either approximately 8 weeks on/4 weeks off or 6 weeks on/6 weeks off. All days are 12-hour days. Daily 12-hour shifts are comprised of standing one watch, administrative work, and small boat operations.


Watch Duty:

    • Performs bridge navigation and deck watch during specified periods as assigned by the Captain. Determines the geographical position of the ship, using all available means such as GPS, radar ranges, visual observations, depth sounders, etc.
    • Makes necessary entries in navigation and radio logs.
    • If directed by the Captain may assist in docking, anchoring, piloting, en route, in close quarters, and open sea conditions.
    • Navigates vessel to ensure avoidance of marine hazards such as reefs, outlying shoals, shallow waters, etc. using aids to navigation such as lights, lighthouses, and buoys.
    • Able to perform voyage planning and navigational calculations.

Safety and Security:

    • Participates in onboard safety training, meetings, and drills, as directed by the Captain. Including fire, abandon ship, man overboard, flooding, medical emergencies, and kayak recovery drills.
    • Fulfills Fire and Emergency Station Billet by acting as fire hose nozzle person donning full firefighting gear, and serving at the scene of the fire.
    • Participates in shoreside training as required by the company. 
    • Performs kayak safety briefings.
    • Relieves and/or performs gangway watches as directed by the duty schedule.
    • Maintains familiarity with the ISM Code and requirements.
    • Maintains familiarity with all duties under the company Safety Management System including Emergency Response activities. Completes internal SMS training for all crew members.
    • Performs and documents all Safety Familiarization tours with crew and staff.

Small Boat Operations:

    • Drives inflatable boats as necessary.
    • Assists with loading guests, staff, and crew in and out of inflatable boats.
    • Is responsible for routine upkeep and maintenance of the kayaks and associated equipment.


    • Acts as shipboard Waste Management Officer.
    • Responsible for Integrated Pest Management Plan as required by CDC.
    • Maintains ships inventory of Material Safety Data Sheets.
    • Ensures all crew have access to SMS and SMS document library.

Desired qualifications:

    • Experience as Mate operating a passenger vessel, including navigation and bridge watch responsibilities, operating inflatable boats, and completing ISM Safety Management System inspections, checklists, and reports.
    • Experience operating port-to-port between Southeast Alaska, the Columbia and Snake Rivers, the Gulf of California, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Panama (including the Panama Canal).
    • Excellent crisis management skills; ability to act quickly with confidence while exercising sound judgment.
    • Good customer service skills: professional demeanor, ability to use necessary levels of tact and courtesy.
    • Strong time management skills; able to handle multiple tasks, set priorities, and meet deadlines.

Licenses, Certificates, Registrations:

    • Minimum Master 500 GRT USA tonnage and 3,000 GT ITC tonnage license required.
    • Current First Aid/CPR certification required.
    • Valid TWIC card required.
    • Valid US Passport required.
    • ARPA required.
    • ECDIS required.
    • GMDSS Restricted Operators License required. 
    • Radar Observer endorsement required.
    • STCW Basic Safety Training within the last five years required.
    • STCW Crowd and Crisis Management preferred.
    • Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties required.
$192.50 - $226.60 a day
Target salary range listed is based on experience/vessel and reflects the total daily compensation.
Breakdown of the total compensation range: $175 - $206 base daily rate + 10% vacation pay
Bonus opportunity target: 10%
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.