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UnCruise Adventures Chief Engineer - Safari Voyager in Seattle, Washington


At UnCruise Adventures, we work together to support and build a brand that provides an enriching adventure travel experience that inspires an appreciation of local cultures and the natural world. This means we kayak among icebergs, travel to hidden waterfalls, snorkel with sea lions, dive with manta rays and share air with whales. Our destinations include Alaska, Columbia & Snake Rivers, Costa Rica & Panama, Belize, Galapagos, Hawaiian Islands, Mexico’s Sea of Cortes, and Pacific Northwest. Every team member plays a major role in bringing the adventure to life. When you join our team, you become an important part of our uniqueness.​


The Chief Engineer is responsible for the maintenance, operation, and repair of all vessel systems. This position must be bilingual in Spanish with the ability to understand cultural differences and language nuances. The Chief Engineer manages the First Engineer. The Chief Engineer reports to the Master of the vessel and will assist the Master in communicating and enforcing all company policies and procedures. This is a full-time benefits eligible position.


The Chief Engineer position is year-round with a sailing rotation schedule between January '22 and June '22 on the Safari Voyager (SVO) in Baja, Mexico with shipyard work in the off-season starting as early as November 2021. There is also potentially the opportunity to sail as Chief Engineer in Alaska during Summer '22.


Repair and Maintenance:

  • Maintain the ship in a state of readiness at all times.

  • Maintain potable water and auto chlorination system.

  • Maintain black water/gray water/waste tanks, treatment, and testing program.

  • Monitor and ensures completion of all deficiencies noted in Cabin Maintenance Notebook.

  • Oversee all fuel, oil and Potable water bunkering operations and ensures safety and environmental compliance.

  • Oversee and maintain vessel systems including engineering, deck and hotel department preventative maintenance programs on a daily, weekly and monthly basis with the support of the Assistant Engineer.

  • Proactively participates in drydocking, shipyard repair and maintenance periods.


  • Directly supervises the First Engineer.

  • Monitors and counsels work performance throughout the year and conducts written performance evaluations.

  • Trains all new and relief Chief Engineers and First Engineers.


  • Keep vessel maintenance records, inventories, and voyage status reports. Make proposals for maintenance and repair projects.

  • Assist in building the annual shipyard budget and manage projects to the established budget.

  • Maintain log sheets for all equipment.

  • Oversee all accounting reports, inventory and requisitions regarding equipment maintenance.

    Safety and Security:

  • Follow company safety and pollution prevention policies and procedures and will request supervisory assistance/guidance when necessary.

  • Conduct periodic inspections to ensure that crew observes regulations pertaining to safe vessel operation.

  • Prepare the vessel for all U.S. Coast Guard annual drydocks and other inspections.

  • Participate in shore side and on-board training as required by the company.

  • Maintain familiarity with all duties under the company Safety Management System including Emergency Response Activities.


  • Maritime Engineering School Graduate in good standing and/or a Designated Duty Engineer License, or equivalent, preferred.

  • Fluently conversant in both English and Spanish.

  • Two years experience as Engineer onboard similar sized vessels preferred.

  • Strong knowledge of diesel propulsion and electrical generating systems, fuel centrifuges, air compressors, pumps, hydraulics, water makers, hotel systems, plumbing, refrigeration, heating, and air conditioning.

  • Computer experience: Microsoft programs Excel, Word, and SharePoint are required.

  • Maintain professional demeanor at all times.

  • Strong time management skills: able to handle multiple tasks, set priorities and meet deadlines.

  • Crisis management: work well under pressure, act quickly and decisively using sound judgment.

    Communication Skills :

    The Chief Engineer will interact with our passengers daily and must be professional and engaging at all times. Must be able to interpret maritime technical literature and governmental regulations. Must be able to verbalize and write technical information clearly and precisely.

    Required Certificates, Licenses, Registrations for the Safari Voyager:

  • Valid Passport

  • CPR / First Aid / AED

  • Drug/Alcohol Test Specimen Collector (Company provided)

  • St. Kitts Continuous Discharge Certificate (CDC) (Company provided)

  • St. Kitts Certificate of Endorsement (CoE) (Company provided)

  • OICEW Endorsement of III/3 for 750-3000 kW

  • Medical Fitness Certificate

  • STCW Basic Training (taken in the last five years)

  • STCW Crowd Management (Company provided if needed for Voyager)

  • STCW Crisis Management (Company provided if needed for Voyager)

  • VPDSD (Company provided if needed for Voyager)

  • STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft (1)

  • STCW Advanced Fire Fighting (1)

  • DDE 1000hp or higher (1)

  • Shipyard Competent Person (1)

    (1) Company preferred


    During shipyard and dockside maintenance periods, works hours are assigned by the vessel Master; these are typically Monday to Friday, 0700-1530.


  • Covid-19 - Our crew and guests are fully vaccinated prior to boarding the vessels. The safety of our crew and guests is paramount in providing fun, adventuresome and a memorable time for all.

  • Length of Work Shift- Physically able to work 12 hours per day, 7 days a week for 6 to 8 weeks at a time. Rotations off the vessel are usually 2-3 weeks.

  • Mobility- Frequent bending, reaching, twisting, kneeling, crawling, and pushing/pulling. Must ascend and descend stairs and ladders, sometimes while carrying tools or objects. Able to stand or sit for long periods of time.

  • Handling/Strength- Able to handle, lift, and lower objects totaling 50 pounds between the ground/deck level to a height of about 4 to 6 feet, and able to repeat these movements. Able to carry these objects up to 100 feet continuously for 20 minutes.

  • Environmental Conditions- Able to work in all weather conditions, around loud noise, in small spaces, and fit through a 28-inch wide hatch.


    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 or persons so classified or assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    It is the policy of UnCruise Adventures not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, religion, marital status, citizenship, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, ancestry, national origin, or veteran status in its educational programs, activities, or employment as required by law.

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