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German Interpreter for expedition voyages

  • Application Deadline: July 31, 2022
  • Application Deadline: July 31, 2022

The role of the German interpreter is to simultaneously interpret lectures from English to German. We invite our guests to participate in science activities, developing a greater understanding of the region in which they travel, becoming true ambassadors, and returning home to champion the protection of our planet's most fragile ecosystems. In-depth talks on history, climate change, sustainability, wildlife, Earth science, culture, and other topics specific to the destination we are visiting are offered in the ship's lecture hall.

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

The Interpreter functions and responsibilities shall include, but are not limited to:

  • Simultaneous interpretation from English to German of the onboard lectures.
  • Simultaneous interpretation from English to German of port presentations.
  • Meet with the presenter too go through presentation.
  • Translation from English to German of shorter speeches (e.g., Captain's Welcome/Farewell, morning announcements from Bridge, Q&As, etc), in coordination with EL.
  • Translation of public announcements on ship.
  • Written translation from English to German of the daily program for the next day.
  • Maintain and edit documents related to Interpreters on onboard computers.
  • Assist with landings including tender boat briefings ashore.
  • Assist the Hospital Crew with German translation to English as needed.
  • Assist guests with audio translation equipment (earbuds, receivers) before and after lectures and Captains’ Welcome/Farewell.
  • Manage and maintain Interpreter’s equipment including tie-down in case of rough seas.
  • Translation from English to German during third-party shore excursions, in coordination with EL, Assistant EL and EC.
  • Be fully knowledgeable of the destinations and take all opportunities to engage guests with passion and enthusiasm about the destinations and your expertise.
  • Prepare a short biography (not more than 100 words). This will be posted with the Expedition team biographies for guest information at the start of the voyage.
  • Communicate with the Interpreter boarding as needed either by email or in person to facilitate a smooth and effective handover.
  • Assist the Expedition Coordinator (EC).
  • Assist with general onboard day-to-day duties as directed by the EL.
  • Undertake other duties as requested by EL.
  • Inform the EL if any procedures or documentation needs to be changed.

- A degree in (conference) interpretation or a minimum of 2 years experience as a professional interpreter about a variety of topics
- Basic knowledge of global travel, oceans, sustainability efforts and/or environmental science

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.