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Dates of employment:

– Starting July 2018 in refit on Cascadia in Victoria, BC, then optionally later aboard Cascadia operating trips on the BC coast.

Our company:

Maple Leaf Adventures is a highly respected marine ecotourism company that operates small ship nature cruises to world-class wilderness destinations along the coasts of British Columbia and Alaska.

Our Vessels:

– SV Maple Leaf (O.N. 116788). 92 foot classic schooner (40 ton).

– MV Swell (O.N. 130882). 82 foot classic passenger vessel (140 ton).

– MV Cascadia 138 foot expedition catamaran (498 ton).

Our Ideal Candidate:

If you thrive in a dynamic working environment, are hardworking, have a good sense of humour, and like meeting new people, you would make a great addition to our dedicated team!  We look to hire passionate and enthusiastic individuals with a love for coastal adventure.

– Able to work as part of a well-functioning refit team, and as part of a live-aboard team for extended periods in remote regions of the BC coast.

– Experience working on passenger vessels in a customer service role is not mandatory but is an asset.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Vessel: Cascadia

In shipyard: This position will assist with a variety of jobs at shipyard, such as painting, varnishing, assisting with carpentry, cleaning, moving and storing goods, creating or updating inventories.

During operations: This position will be responsible for assisting with all aspects of running an expedition tourism vessel including: guest interaction, deck duties, cleaning duties, and vessel tender operations.  A background in natural history interpretation is a major asset in this part of the role.

– Working with and assisting the Captain, First Mate, Chef and Naturalist, as required;

– Assisting in ensuring the safe operation of the vessel;

– Assisting in ensuring the environmentally sound operation of the vessel;

– Assisting with any ship maintenance, that may be required;

– Cleaning the exterior of the vessel, its tenders and/or equipment;

– Preparing shore vessels, kayaks and other expedition equipment for use;

– Assisting with steward duties, which include, as follows:

  • Interior public areas and/or cabin cleaning;
  • Table service;

– Galley assistance as needed, including, as follows:

  • Assisting in storing supplies, as required;
  • Helping to ensure that all dishes and cooking utensils are washed and put away;

Qualifications for shipyard work (Mandatory):

– Must be able to legally work in Canada.  Canadian passport is mandatory.

– Experience with jobs such as painting and varnishing (aboard boats is preferred).

– Physical ability to do manual labour.

– Attention to detail, pleasant demeanour.

Qualifications for trip operations work (Mandatory):

Only those with the following (or the ability to achieve by a specified deadline) need apply.

– MED A2

– Marine & Wilderness 1st Aid and CPR

Qualifications (Asset):

– Post-secondary education or working towards a degree in natural/environmental sciences or adventure tourism is an asset.

– Preferred candidates will bring other guiding/outdoor leadership certifications and relevant experience.

– Small Vessel Operators Proficiency (SVOP)

– Restricted Operators Card – Marine Commercial (ROC-MC)

– Small Vessel Machinery Operator – Restricted (SVMO-R)

– Relevant work experience on BC coast.

– Interest in green business.

– Superhost and/or Serving It Right


– Competitive wages and, during trip operations, guest tips.

– During trip operations: Meals, accommodations aboard and transportation to and from the vessel.

How to Apply:

Send resume and cover letter to ellen[at]MapleLeafAdventures[dot]com.  Please add Position: Cascadia Deckhand in the subject line.

Thank you for your interest. Due to the high number of applicants, only the top candidates will be contacted.