Chief Mate

Chief Mate


SUPERVISORY DUTIES: 2nd Mate, 3rd mate, Deck hands 


Ensure the safety and comfort of the vessel, guests and crew as a Bridge Watch Officer and perform as the vessels Security Officer.The Chief Mate is also responsible for managing the deck crew. The Chief Mate leads and manages according to the Core Values of True Alaskan Hospitality as defined in our Mission Statement that drive the Guest Experience Culture.


  • Emergency situations:
    • Chief Mate holds a position on the vessel’s Emergency Station Bill as Scene Leader.
    • 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.
    • Scene leader decides who attacks the fire, where fire boundaries are set, equipment needed, firefighting agents used, etc.
    • Fulfills other emergency response duties as outlined in the vessel’s Emergency Station Bill.
    • Responsible for writing all Incident Report Forms as required by company policy and furnish to vessel Captain.
  • 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 federal, state, and local laws, regulations and instructions and Alaskan Dream Cruises. Make use of all bridge tools and personnel, alerting the Master as needed or as per orders.
    • When in port will assign a gangway security watch amongst other duties as assigned by Captain.
  • Medical supplies:
    • The Chief Mate is responsible for the supervisory management of the ship’s medical locker and the reordering of medical supplies,
    • Ensure that there is always a proper and current certified medical response team aboard the ship on all cruises.
  • Supervision of deck staff:
    • Assign deck work lists. Every day provide a priority list of what needs to be done. Perform deckhand scheduling regarding what watch they will be on with Captain’s final approval.
    • Provide deck staff with a minimum of two written evaluations per operating year.
    • Train the new deckhand staff as they come aboard on how the ship operates, how they should handle lines, navigation basics, how to pilot the vessel, and emergency drill training. Shall instruct new deckhands in various procedures on how to maintain the ship e.g. painting, splicing lines, doing varnish/bright work, and docking procedures.
    • Teach the licensed deckhand staff in proper small boat operations. (Zodiac, DIB, etc.)
  • Responsible for the oversight of deck supplies inventory and procurement as needed.
  • Oversee and assist 2nd Mate with keeping all chart corrections, light lists, bridge resources and Notice to Mariners publications current.
  • Responsible for replying to safety or office memorandums and writing all Incident report forms as required by company policy. After review by Captain furnish to Operations Manager.
  • 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.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum education of a specialized or technical knowledge requiring formal training above high school is required. Minimum of a Master’s license for a 100-ton inland vessel.
  • License endorsement required for “Unlimited Radar Observer”.
  • 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 discontented, argumentative and emotional crewmembers and passengers in a professional manner while maintaining Alaskan Dream Cruises high level of service and commitment to its guests and crew.
  • Proven team player and have a Can-Do attitude.
  • Must pass a security background check and drug test.
  • CPR/ First Aid certified


  • 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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An Excellent Crew -

“It was nice getting to know the Captain and others there. It was always special to me to begin my day there seeing where we were as well as watching the sunrise over the Alaskan mountains and waters. The cruise was a great escape for us all. Sharing the experiences of the serenity of the humpback whales, the activities of the orcas, the excitement of the bears, and the challenges of the salmon going up the rivers will touch our lives forever. The towns, the people, and the scenery will always be remembered. Alaskan Dream Cruises has put together a great package for folks like us to experience. All this with a great ship captain and an excellent crew thrown in – wow. How lucky can we be.”