• Offshore Crew

    Let’s save lives together

    Seacrew
  • Offshore Crew

    Let’s save lives together

    Crew

Application as a crew member

The crewing is currently closed and will reopen in mid-December. We will inform you via our social media channels and our newsletter when you can apply again.

The rescue missions

The rescue missions are carried out by qualified and motivated crew members. Our international task force is made up of twenty people with very different skills. The missions are generally scheduled for four weeks. Since spots in our crew are limited, unfortunately we cannot guarantee a claim to a specific position at any point.

Our task forces consist of volunteering crew members (operational crew) and professional sailors (ship crew).

Participation in a mission is only possible with a complete COVID-19 vaccination.

Descriptions of the positions on board

Operational crew

You have good sea legs and are “weatherproof”, enjoy cooking and are willing and able to improvise. You’ll need to prepare three meals every single day for a crew of max. 20 people. Experience in the preparation of vegetarian and vegan food is required as well as organizational talent. This includes ordering, storing and monitoring supplies, provisions and cooling systems during the entire mission.

After a rescue, it may be necessary to provide food for far more people than the regular crew. The crew will support you in preparing all meals. Good knowledge of English is required.

As a cook you should be available to cook on board several days before and/or after the mission during the transition period between two missions.

The medical team on board consists of the doctor and the paramedic. It is your responsibility to care for all medical emergencies of the crew and the guests.

During a rescue, you are in close contact with the deck manager and the head of mission. You ensure order in the infirmary, are responsible for the completeness of the ship’s pharmacy, maintain the inventory and inventory lists and are responsible for handling the narcotics. Emergencies and treatment of everyone must be logged and documented accordingly.

Prerequisite for the position is a license to practice medicine, at least 3 years of professional experience and ideally specialist training in anesthesia, surgery, emergency medicine, trauma surgery or a comparable field. Good English language skills are important, as is handling hardware and software for documentation.

You have already led missions in a leading or deputy position with Sea-Eye or have worked for other civil sea rescue organizations or for humanitarian NGOs before.

You train the entire team on the way to the operational SAR area and coordinate the SAR operations during a rescue. Standardized operating procedures (SOPs) are available for this. You are in direct radio contact with the RHIB leader and deck manager and work closely with the captain. The captain is authorized to issue instructions to you regarding all questions of the ship’s command and general or special matters of safety.

Concerning strategic questions, you consult the operational support on land or the board. Your tasks include the creation and review of operational reports and protocols, as well as the organization of the routine work of the operational team on board. With your willingness to participate in everyday ship life, you demonstrate good teamwork skills. You hold and lead the daily briefings and familiarize the team with the current political situation and the principles of civil sea rescue.

You have good to very good computer knowledge and are fluent in written and spoken English, and ideally another European language (e.g. Spanish, Italian, French).

As a media coordinator, you are our gateway for the public. You monitor and operate the media hardware and ensure that it runs smoothly at all times. Daily reports are created by collecting, viewing and sorting photo, video and text material in a timely and up-to-date manner.

You are in contact with our press office. With very good knowledge in dealing with image and text processing software, you are responsible for a complete and comprehensive documentation of our rescue mission. The head of mission provides you with further materials and information.

Before the start of the mission, you will be extensively prepared for the mission by our press department and will be responsible for instructing the crew on board about how to correctly deal with media and social networks. Your English is fluent, both spoken and written, and ideally you also have experience with humanitarian operations on water or land.

As paramedic 1 you should have training as an EMT/Paramedic and at least three years of active work experience. Together with the doctor and another paramedic you will form the medical team on board and will be responsible for medical emergencies in routine and rescue operations. In addition, you are jointly responsible for the medical documentation of the entire mission.

You are used to working in a team, can grasp things quickly and work efficiently even in stressful situations. Good knowledge of English is required, knowledge of French and/or Arabic is an advantage.

As paramedic 2 you should have training in a nursing profession and at least three years of active work experience. We especially welcome individuals with experience in critical care, pediatric nursing, and obstetrics. Together with the doctor and another paramedic you will form the medical team on board and will be responsible for medical emergencies in routine and rescue operations. In addition, you are jointly responsible for the medical documentation of the entire mission.

You are used to working in a team, can grasp things quickly and work efficiently even in stressful situations. Good knowledge of English is required, knowledge of French and/or Arabic is an advantage.

You have already participated in one or more sea rescue missions with Sea-Eye or another NGO and/or have experience working with refugees and vulnerable people in other contexts.

In cooperation with the deck manager and the on-board logistician you will be responsible for coordinating the provision of water, food, clothing and sleeping places for the rescued people, and enforce basic rules. You will organise the daily routine and activities for rescued people on deck, keeping a special eye on vulnerable groups in cooperation with the medical team. You are responsible for communicating with the rescued people until they are disembarked, working closely with the Head of Mission.

You have very good organisational and coordination skills and experience in leading teams. You are able to maintain an overview even in stressful situations and can have a verbal and non-verbal calming effect.  You speak fluent English, conversational French and if possible Arabic.

You have experience working with refugees and vulnerable people in the context of civil sea rescue or other contexts.

You will support the Post Rescue Coordinator (PRC) in the registration of the rescued people and the coordination of the provision of water, food, clothing and sleeping places for the rescued people, as well as enforce basic rules. You will help implement daily routines and activities for rescued people on deck, keeping a special eye on vulnerable groups in cooperation with the medical team.

You have good organisational and coordination skills and possibly a background in social work, psychology or trauma relief. You are able to maintain an overview even in stressful situations and can have a verbal and non-verbal calming effect. You speak fluent English, conversational French and if possible Arabic.

As a RHIB communicator, you are the first to make contact with the people on the boat in distress. You are sitting at the bow of one of our RHIB rubber boats and appoint one person among the refugees to be the mediator/translator. Quiet gestures, clear and short sentences and instructions with constant eye contact will ensure safety and reassurance, so as to keep everything calm and controlled for the life jackets to be handed over.

Very good English and/ or French language skills are required, basic Arabic language skills are desirable.

You will steer one of the emergency boats responsibly. To do this, you need to think and act quickly- also in very stressful situations, should maneuver carefully, and be able to work well in a team. You are also responsible for the maintenance and taking care of the RHIB and are actively supported by the machinist.

The tasks of a rescue boat after craning include taking the life jackets and handing them over to the people in distress. Sometimes people have to be rescued from sea or injured people have to be transported.

You speak English well. A prerequisite for your participation is possession of a valid certificate of proficiency, for example the SBF See or an equivalent, internationally recognized certificate. You hold a VHF radio certificate (SRC or LRC or comparable certificates).

You have already participated in one or more missions in a leading position and have a lot of experience in rescue operations at sea and/ or on land.

As a RHIB leader, you should be very assertive and but also be able to work well in a team and you must be able to carry out a triage. You should be able to take emergency measures in the smallest of spaces and be in constant radio contact with the head of mission and the deck manager. You are authorized to give instructions to the RHIB driver and RHIB communicator.

You speak English fluently. You have a VHF radio certificate (SRC or LRC or comparable certificates).

Ship crew

Certificate according to STCW-Convention: III/3, VI/2, VI/3

Valid medical fitness certificate for seafarers.

Certificate according to STCW-Convention: II/2, IV/2, VI/2, VI/3.

Valid medical fitness certificate for seafarers.

Certificate according to STCW-Convention: III/1, VI/2, VI/3  OR  III/7, VI/1

Valid medical fitness certificate for seafarers.

EU/EEA national

Certificate according to STCW-Convention: II/2, IV/2, VI/2, VI/3.

Valid medical fitness certificate for seafarers.

Certificate according to STCW-Convention: II/1, IV/2, VI/2, VI/3

Valid medical fitness certificate for seafarers.

Certificate according to STCW-Convention: II/4, VI/1 or II/5, VI/1

Valid medical fitness certificate for seafarers.

Certificate according to STCW-Convention: III/4, VI/1 or III/5, VI/1

Valid medical fitness certificate for seafarers.

Let’s save lives from land

Get active in our local groups

Those who would still like to be involved in sea rescue can join our local groups. Our local groups are represented throughout Germany and beyond and are always happy to welcome new, committed members. Our onshore crew supports Sea-Eye’s rescue missions in a creative way, taking our demands to the streets and informing about the situation at the external borders of the European Union.

Demonstration in Berlin © Sophie Seydel