Juneau, AK
Full Time

HIRING STATUS, 5/16: All Bosun positions for the Alaska Summer sailing season are full. We still collect applications and interview well qualified candidates incase a position becomes available. 


At UnCruise Adventures, we work together to provide an enriching adventure experience while inspiring 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, the Hawaiian Islands, & Baja California.


  • Room and board when scheduled
  • Rotation schedule (6-8 weeks sailing with 2-3 weeks off)
  • Travel stipend
  • Pro deals
  • Credential fee reimbursement (qualifications required)
  • Heath care benefits (qualifications required)


This position begins in shipyard (Seattle, WA) over the winter months prior to the summer 2024 Alaska Sailing Season. 

The Bosun is responsible for the care and maintenance of inflatable boats, rescue boat, and related gear such as outboard motors, tool kits, fuel, fuel tanks, collapsible anchors, and the crane used for raising/lowering the inflatable boats and kayaks. This position also assists with deckhand work. The Bosun reports to the 1st Mate and will assist company officers in communicating and enforcing all company policies and procedures. In addition to reporting to the 1st Mate, the Bosun also falls under the authority of any Officer of the Watch.


  • Excellent customer service skills: professional demeanor, ability to use necessary levels of tact and courtesy.
  • Must be professional and have the ability to present information and respond to questions. 
  • Detail oriented and thorough: able to follow through on assigned tasks.
  • Work independently using initiative and creativity to complete assigned tasks.
  • Experience with Yamaha Outboard motors preferred 
  • Strong time management skills: able to handle multiple tasks, set priorities, and meet deadlines.
  • Work well under pressure.
  • Able to get along well with co-workers.

Required Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • Valid Passport
  • CPR / First Aid / AED
  • Medical Certificate  
  • USCG 25T Masters License (1) 
  • Valid TWIC (2) 
  • STCW Basic Training (3)    
  • STCW Crowd Management (3) 
  • VPDSD (3) 
  1. Inland required for Alaska, Near Coastal required for Hawaii and Baja itinerary
  2. Required for all vessels
  3. Preferred 


Small Boat Maintenance:

  • Perform routine upkeep and maintenance of the inflatable boats and rescue boat, and adhering to an outlined schedule on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Make repairs to equipment in a timely fashion, such as patching, replacing worn parts, varnishing wood, and replacing worn lines. 
  • Coordinate necessary boat operation arrangements with the Captain, Expedition Leader, and Hotel Manager for various guest activities.
  • Operate the inflatable boats during small boat excursions.
  • Assist in training of new staff members in the proper operation of the inflatable boats.
  • Maintain up-to-date inventory of all small boat gear and equipment. 
  • Oversee the fantail cleanup for pre-boarding of inflatable’s directing assigned deckhands.
  • Prepare the inflatable boats for guest boarding.
  • Prepare the inflatable boats for stowage following completion of the day’s excursions.

Safety and Security:

  • Ensure the cleanliness and readiness of the rescue craft. Perform weekly test launching, running and raising to insure readiness in case of an emergency situation. 
  • Fulfill Fire and Emergency Station Billet by acting as fire hose nozzle person donning full firefighting gear, and serving at the scene of the fire.
  • Follow company safety and pollution prevention policies and procedures.
  • Request supervisory assistance when necessary, regarding safety and pollution prevention policies and procedures.
  • Participate in on board safety training, meetings and drills, as directed by the Captain, including fire, abandon ship, man overboard, flooding and medical emergencies.
  • Participate in shore side training as required by the company. 
  • Relieve and/or performs gangway watch as directed by the duty schedule.
  • Familiar with all duties under the company Safety Management System including Emergency Response Activities.


  • Living Conditions- Crew live in close quarters with 4 to 8 crew per room depending on the vessel. Having your own room is not an option due to limited berthing.
  • 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 to 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.


  • Summer season, $180 / day + $70 tip guarantee


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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