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Naturalist

Naturalist

POSITION SUMMARY:

Naturalist with specialized knowledge in glaciology, geography, flora & fauna, topography, history, geology, culture, marine biology, wildlife and current issues of the area traveled. Create and present public narration on deck, by sharing their knowledge in a friendly and easily understood manner. Encourage guests to spend as much time on deck exploring and experiencing the natural surroundings. Educate guests on the eco-system and environment in a non-condescending manner. Share your passion of science and nature with guests.

Supports the Cultural Heritage Guide administratively by printing and distributing Adventure Updates and coordinating the ShoreEx program and other tasks as assigned.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES INCLUDE:

  • Develop and deliver educational presentations dealing with environmental science, history and relevant topics to the itinerary.
  • The cultivation of the guest experience focused on the observation of the surrounding geology, flora and fauna by encouraging the guest to be on deck during narration. Interactive tools such as maps, charts, guidebooks and spotting scopes should be used to involve the guests.
  • Work on deck while the ship is cruising during daylight hours, locating marine and wildlife sightings that may go unnoticed, even when the guests are focused on being inside and protected from inclement weather.
  • Will frequently represent Alaskan Dream Cruises to guests during meals and social time to answer their questions. Is expected to dine with guests as frequently as possible.
  • Responsible for assembling the content of the “Welcome Aboard” binder in staterooms.
  • Assists other departments onboard the vessel when it’s possible.
  • Safety duties: Holds a position on the ship’s Emergency Station Bill. Must perform requirements of Emergency Station Bill for both drills and actual emergencies to include fire, flooding, man overboard, abandon ship, medical, and spill response. Participates in safety meetings

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • BS or higher degree dealing with natural resources, marine biology, environmental education or policy, botany, forestry, environmental geography, anthropology, history or other related field of study preferred, or equivalent experience.
  • Prior cruise industry experience strongly preferred.
  • Communication and writing skills require the ability to provide explanation of very complex or technical matters to people with little or no background in the area under discussion.
  • Must pass pre-employment drug screening and comply with company random drug testing program.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES:

  • First Aid/CPR

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Duties and responsibilities are generally performed in a Marine Operations setting, primarily onboard a vessel but also pier side on turn-around-days. You may be required to share a cabin with one to three other shipmates of the same gender and will be required to be courteous of your movement in and out of the cabin while shipmates are sleeping.

You must be physically able to work a 12- hour workday. On any given day hours could be more or less. You may be required to wear protective clothing/eyewear for activities including handling of chemicals and cleaning agents. Some of your work will involve engaging guests and may include talking on a PA system. Physical demands include lifting up to 50 pounds repetitively, and passing along to other crew such as in loading ship’s stores, luggage, linen, etc. Also must have the ability to climb a 7-foot vertical ladder and fit through a 28-inch wide hatch.

Working aboard ship can be very demanding but at the same time very rewarding, which is driven by the guest’s appreciation of your efforts to deliver our unsurpassed True Alaskan Hospitality.

NOTE:

This job description is intended only to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an employee in this position. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills or abilities required of persons so classified or assigned.


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