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Small boat Captain and Guide

  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
  • Sitka
  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
  • Sitka

Hurtigruten Group is the world’s leading adventure travel group. Formed of three main business units — Hurtigruten Expeditions, Norwegian Coastal Express and Hurtigruten Svalbard — we offer unique small-ship and land-based adventures from pole-to-pole. For 130 years, we’ve been committed to continuously improving what we do for our guests and the people we work with.

We are currently looking to hire experienced Expedition Boat Drivers and Guides for our 2022 Alaska season, which will run from early May until August 24, 2022. As a Zodiac Driver you’ll be responsible for the following duties and responsibilities:

Duties and responsibilities :

  • Prepare, launch, take command of, and recover the expedition Zodiac boats
  • Convey passengers from ship to shore, and back by Zodiac
  • Convey passengers on sightseeing cruises by Zodiac
  • During boat operations, follow regulations and industry standard best practice for wildlife watching.
  • Provide guiding, interpretation of the surroundings and commentary to the guests, on the zodiac, on shore and on board the ship.
  • On board, reporting to the expedition leader, carry out guest relation duties such as handing out and receiving equipment, answering questions and making bookings relating to shore excursions, maintaining expedition equipment, taking part in wildlife watches and other expedition duties
  • On shore, when not driving Zodiacs, act a boat catcher, guide, lead walks and accompany excursions.
  • If you are able to give talks to the guests of up to 35 minutes about the wildlife, landscape or history, that would be an advantage.

Work with great people

Tessa van Drie
Expedition Leader
"For ten years I’ve been motivated and supported to try different roles and grew into the role of Expedition Leader. Together with the team on board we aim to give our guests a journey a lifetime."
Kris Willassen
Head of Port and Nautical Operations
"Working in an international environment with ships and professional colleagues from all around the world is very inspiring and motivating!"

Skills & Requirements

We are looking for skippers for our 12-guest capacity expedition Zodiac boats who can be guides as part of the expedition team onboard MS Roald Amundsen, the world’s first hybrid powered expedition ship.

Essential Qualifications :

  • Candidates must be qualified to take command of a vessel transporting 12 fee-paying guests in US waters.
  • US Citizenship and a valid passport
  • US Masters 50- or 100-ton near-coastal license
  • Valid First Aid and CPR certification
  • Covid Vaccinations mandatory

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Experience in expedition cruising
  • Guest focused with experience in the tourism and/or customer service industry
  • Strong knowledge of marine wildlife, local geography, history and/or indigenous culture a strong asset

Great Place to Work

  • Play your part

  • Inspire the Adventure

  • Make tomorrow better

About the company

The undisputed global leader in sustainable inspirational adventure travel — a catalyst for change towards a greener travel industry. Formed in 1893, Hurtigruten Group is the world’s leading adventure travel group. We have 2,400+ employees worldwide, representing more than 50 nationalities. They form part of three main business Units — Hurtigruten Expeditions, Hurtigruten Coastal Express and Hurtigruten Svalbard — which offer unique small-ship and land-based adventures from pole-to-pole.

At Hurtigruten Expeditions, we sail guests on adventures to more than 250 destinations across 30+ countries. Through the experience of exploration, we are changing people’s perspectives on what adventure travel looks like while impacting the lives of millions of people.

As a Group, we are revolutionising the travel industry’s approach to sustainability through a number of vital initiatives to protect the world we explore.

Quick overviewTOM

Single-use plastic banHurtigruten was the first major travel company to have removed single-use plastic from its entire fleet and our hotels.

Hybrid Explorer shipsHurtigruten has two hybrid-electric powered expedition cruise ships that offer a 20% reduction of fuel consumption.

Beach cleanupsHurtigruten Expedition Teams encourage guests to take part in beach clean-ups, which results in several metric tonnes of trash every year being removed.

Hurtigruten FoundationThe Foundation specialises in the conservation of endangered species, fighting against marine and plastic pollution.

Bob van Beers | Contact Person

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