Deckhand, Unlicensed

Juneau, AK
Entry Level

HIRING STATUS, 5/16: All Unlicensed Deckhand positions for the Alaska Summer sailing season are full. We are still collect applications for if 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.


  • Credential fee reimbursement and up to a $1000 for receiving your USGC licenses (qualifications required)
  • Room and board when scheduled
  • Rotation schedule (6-8 weeks sailing with 2-3 weeks off)
  • Travel stipend
  • Heath care Benefits (qualifications required)
  • Pro deals


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

The Deckhand is responsible for maintenance/cleaning of the interior and exterior of the vessel. In addition, the Deckhand will assist with bridge watch, navigation, perform hourly security patrols including nightly engine room inspections, and will assist with general boat operations. In addition to reporting to the 1st Mate, the Deckhand also falls under the authority of any Officer of the Watch.


  • Maritime/boating experience.
  • Excellent customer service skills: professional demeanor, ability to use necessary levels of tact and courtesy.
  • Detail oriented and thorough; able to follow through on assigned tasks.
  • Able to work independently using initiative and creativity to complete assigned tasks.
  • Strong time management skills: able to handle multiple tasks, set priorities, and meet deadlines.
  • Work well under pressure.
  • Ability to get along well with co-workers and support a team environment.

Required Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • Valid Passport
  • CPR / First Aid / AED 


Ship Maintenance:

  • Sweep decks, wash windows, and empty trash receptacles.
  • Clean general areas such as bulkheads, lockers, etc.
  • Prime and paint the vessel as assigned.
  • Assist the 1st Mate and Chief Engineer as directed.
  • May be assigned various special projects as per the Mate's work list.

Boat Operations:

  • Handle lines during docking and undocking procedures.
  • Assigned anchoring duties as needed.
  • Assist the bridge watch officer with lookout and wheel watch.
  • Assist the Bosun with lowering/raising and tying up/ casting off of the inflatable boats and kayaks.
  • Drive inflatable boats as needed.
  • Assist with loading guests, staff, and crew in and out of inflatable boats.

Safety & Security:

  • 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. 
  • Conduct hourly security patrols including inspection of all lower deck, mechanical, and crew spaces.
  • Serve as needed on gangway watch.
  • Familiar with all duties under the company Safety Management System including Emergency Response Activities.

Additional Duties:

  • Load/off-load guest luggage.
  • Haul ship's trash, laundry, and stores as needed.
  • Assist the Master in communicating and enforcing all company policies and procedures.
  • Pull, clean and replace the galley mats, clean the galley deck and washes any used galley rags.


  • 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.


  • $131 / day + $70 tip guaranteed


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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