Assistant Engineer

Juneau, AK
Full Time

HIRING STATUS, 5/16: All Assistant Engineer 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.


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


The Assistant Engineer is responsible for assisting the Chief Engineer in the maintenance, operation, and repair of all vessel systems onboard. The Assistant Engineer reports to the Chief Engineer.


  • Working knowledge of diesel propulsion and electrical generation systems.  Knowledge of support systems such as 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.
  • Must be a self-starter, able to handle multiple tasks, work with little supervision, and work in confined spaces.
  • Crisis management: work well under pressure, act quickly and decisively using sound judgment.

Required Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • Valid Passport 
  • CPR / First Aid / AED 
  • Valid TWIC (1)  
  • STCW Basic Training (2)  
  • STCW Crowd Management (2)  
  • STCW Advanced Fire Fighting (2)  
  • VPDSD (2) 
  • QMED (2)  
  • Shipyard Competent Person (2)  

(1) Required for vessels operating on the Washington/Oregon rivers 

(2) Company preferred 


Repair and Maintenance:

  • Perform routine maintenance checks and keeps records of jobs performed.  Keeps the Chief Engineer informed of all maintenance and repairs that have been done.
  • Help with engineering, deck, and hotel preventative maintenance programs on daily, weekly, and monthly basis.
  • Complete maintenance and repair tasks as requested by Chief Engineer or Master.
  • Perform hotel maintenance tasks as directed by Chief Engineer or Master.
  • Participate in yearly shipyards.
  • Assist Chief Engineer in all operations and duties as assigned by the Chief Engineer.


  • Update vessel maintenance records for weekly and monthly work items. Assists the Chief Engineer with inventories.

Safety and Security:

  • Follow company safety and pollution prevention policies and procedures.
  • Assist in the preparation of the vessel for all U.S. Coast Guard annual dry docks and other inspections.
  • Participate in shore side training as required by the company. 
  • Familiar with all duties under the company Safety Management System including Emergency Response Activities.

Communication Skills:

The Assistant 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.


During shipyard and dockside maintenance periods, works hours are assigned by the vessel Master or Chief Engineer; these are typically Monday to Friday, 0700-1530.  All crew members work 12 hours per day during the sailing season.


  • 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.


  • $141 - $165 / day based on vessel and experience as determined by the company + $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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