Sailors operate marine vessels of all kinds, ensuring passenger and crew safety in the process. Cruise ships, yachts, sail training and educational vessels, cargo carriers, tugboats, passenger ferries, rescue vessels and tankers all employ sailors to clean and maintain the vessel, assist passengers, stand watch, handle lines, navigate and steer.
Before you start writing your sailor job description, think about what specific tasks are relevant to the day-to-day work on your vessel. For example, if you operate a historic ship that focuses on overnight educational experiences, your write-up will differ from one focusing on ocean-going salvage expeditions.
In any case, sailors need physical strength and dexterity along with mechanical skills and the ability to take direction and follow the chain of command. Depending on your vessel’s focus, your ideal candidate may need good customer service skills and public speaking ability. See the sailor job description template below for more ideas.
Sailor Job Summary
Are you a hard-working, experienced sailor looking for steady work and solid pay? If not, are you a physically fit, dedicated worker looking for a challenging job in a unique environment? Our nonprofit organization is looking to fill the position of deckhand on our fleet of three historic sail training vessels. If selected for this role, you will have the exciting job of operating and maintaining a square-rigged vessel in the grand tradition of seafaring explorers. You will see the coast, if not the entire world, and will have the opportunity to learn a trade with ongoing opportunities for advancement.
- Ensure safe vessel operations by following established procedures and chain of command at all times, whether in port or underway
- Maintain vessel by varnishing, sanding, scrubbing, cleaning, polishing and repairing under the direction of the boatswain or engineer
- Stand watch on a four-hour rotation while underway, performing engine room checks and sail adjustment as necessary, observing and recording vessel’s progress by means of visual checks and use of radar screens, verifying that vessel is on-course and reporting to the watch-leader every 30 minutes
- Prepare vessel for sea by stowing and securing items, checking and repairing both standing and running rigging and performing passenger and crew counts
- Work as part of a unit to carry out assignments, including vessel maintenance, maneuvering and emergency response
- Greet passengers and record names on the passenger manifest, sometimes collecting payments and making change
- Assist passengers while underway and during emergency procedures
- Work one shift per week in the galley and one shift per week with the engineer as cross-training
Job Skills & Qualifications
- Be physically fit and able to work on your feet all day
- Be at least 18 years old
- Be comfortable working aloft (after onboard training)
- Able Seaman credential
- Sail endorsement
- 1 or more years of experience working on the water
Now that you have studied the example, create a job ad with details relevant to the position you are trying to fill. Take the time you need to ensure that all your required and desired skills and abilities are listed and that you have accurately represented what the job entails.
Once your sailor job description is written, the work of distribution begins. Post your ad in the local classifieds and on any relevant local bulletin boards. Ask your current employees to spread the word. To really get your posting out there, though, you should use the internet. MightyRecruiter can help you post jobs for free to hundreds of online job boards at once.
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