2nd Mate

2nd Mate


SUPERVISORY DUTIES: Supervises Deck Staff as directed by Captain and Chief Mate


Shall ensure the safety and comfort of the ship, guests and crew as a Bridge Watch Officer and perform as the vessel’s Safety Officer. The 2nd Mate is also responsible for making all chart corrections and the upkeep of the vessel’s Bridge.


  • Safety duties: 2nd Mate 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 crew safety meetings.
  • Navigation/bridge watch: Operate vessel during assigned watches to the highest professional and Alaskan Dream Cruises standards, with the safety of guests, crew and vessel being paramount.
  • Monitor communication equipment and keep logs and records as required by U.S. Coast Guard, FCC, ADEC and Alaskan Dream Cruises. Make use of all bridge tools and personnel, alerting the Captain as needed or as per orders.
  • Safety Equipment: The 2nd Mate is responsible for the oversight of the ship’s safety locker and all safety equipment. Ensures that all equipment is inspected daily, weekly and monthly and the required forms filled out and kept in the onboard safety log.
  • Requisition of chart supplies: Responsible for the oversight of chart supplies inventory and procurement as needed.
  • Administration: Responsible that all chart corrections, light lists, bridge resources and Notice to Mariners publications are kept current. Responsible for replying to safety or office memorandums and writing all safety inspection forms.
  • Turnaround Day: Assist in the expeditious preparation of the ship for oncoming guests which includes loading ship’s stores, taking on potable water, movement of luggage, movement of laundry, and other duties as assigned by the Captain.


  • Minimum of 3-5 years in the maritime industry with progressively responsible experience is required.
  • Must have excellent communication skills
  • Writing skills require the ability to communicate technical information, maintain all ships logs, all vessel forms and documentation of vessel operations.
  • Interpersonal skills require the ability to deal with situations where strong opposing views are encountered and satisfactory resolution of issues must be achieved.
  • Must pass pre-employment drug screening and comply with company random drug testing program.


  • First Aid/CPR
  • Minimum of a Master’s license for a 100-ton inland vessel.
  • License endorsement required for “Unlimited Radar Observer”.


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 other shipmate of the same gender, and will be required to be courteous of your movement in and out of the cabin while your shipmate is 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.


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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