Hiring Engineers (MV Cascadia)

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MV Cascadia: 138-foot expedition-style catamaran

Seasonal relief and on-call positions: Multiple contracts available between April to November with the opportunity to join our winter maintenance teams.

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 Ships:

Our ships are certified passenger vessels, but they are not cruise ships. Each is unique and hand-built with purpose. Maple Leaf is a classic, 92-foot schooner. She accommodates up to 8 guests, and a crew of 5. Swell is a beautiful, classic, converted tugboat. She accommodates up to 12, and a crew of 5. Cascadia is a luxury, expedition style catamaran. She accommodates up to 24, and a crew of 10.

Successful Candidates:

Our Maple Leaf Crew have an immense amount of enthusiasm for environmental sustainability, natural history, fostering the local economy, connections with science and discovery, and sharing the coast’s wonders with our guests. Our ideal candidate is flexible and organized with proven ability to anticipate the needs of guests and overall operations.

The Engineer aboard MV Cascadia is primarily responsible for the mechanical and electrical systems onboard the vessel, including powering and key functions such as steering, anchoring, cargo handling, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, communication systems and other related equipment.   The engineer will have some passing contact with guests, projecting assurance and confidence as a key crew.  In addition to experience as an Engineer on equivalent-sized vessels, the ideal qualities for our Engineers include:

  • Being flexible and organized with proven ability to anticipate the needs of the operations.
  • Having strong interpersonal skills to establish respectful relationships with colleagues and guests.
  • Having a personal interest in the nature of the B.C. coast.

Reporting to the Captain, the Engineer aboard Cascadia has overall responsibility for the preparation and readiness of all mechanical and electrical systems throughout the expedition season.   The Engineer will support the overall operations aboard MV Cascadia during each expedition, which includes:

  • Ensuring that the ship’s systems operate in compliance with all national, international, and local regulations (particularly those related to pollution prevention), and the company’s safety management system.
  • Ensuring that the vessel maintains all company standing orders and is sailing under company policy.
  • Maintaining records such as defect lists, maintenance and repair records, and statutory documentation such as oil record books.
  • Working with the Captain, Mate, and Headquarters to effect scheduled maintenance and repairs both directly and by supervising crew and outside trades.
  • Planning of repairs and maintenance by leading or assisting in the development of refit lists and preventative maintenance programs.
  • Conducting inspections to ensure that all systems are in operational order and that an adequate level of supplies and routine parts are available aboard the vessel.
  • As needed, providing guest and hospitality support while guests are aboard.


  • Fourth Class Engineer Certificate or higher, and at least a few years of marine engineering experience.
  • STCW Advanced Firefighting
  • STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft
  • Marine Emergency Duties (MED) A1/A2 or higher.
  • Current Marine Medical and Marine First Aid (CPR)


  • Experience in, and suitability for, in-situ troubleshooting and remote locations.
  • Presentability in a passenger guest environment.
  • Additional certifications, including additional engineering, mechanical, first aid, electronics, passenger guiding or communications.
  • Application of lifecycle management and refit programs for vessel systems.
  • Interest in adventure tourism and the nature and environment of the B.C. coast.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Salary compensation commensurate with experience
  • Meals, accommodations onboard, transportation to and from the vessel
  • Gratuities
  • Opportunity for career development
  • Flexible schedule where the operation can accommodate
  • Regular Employees are eligible for health benefits, including a health spending count.

Maple Leaf Adventures:

We are proud to be a leader in regenerative travel and part of British Columbia’s conservation economy. We are the first adventure cruise company (and the first cruise company in the world) to be part of 1% For The Planet.

At Maple Leaf Adventures we have the privilege to visit unique communities and cultures. We are dedicated to creating a team that reflects the spaces in which we live and work. We are committed to fostering a place where all feel included and recognized. Our crew return year after year, as life on board our ships reflects both our shared values and a wide variety of experiences, backgrounds and interests.  

Maple Leaf Adventures recognizes the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. All throughout the coast our tours travel through traditional lands of Coastal First Nations, which include the W’SANEC, Songhees, Qwuwtsun’, Sto:lo, Squamish, Sne-Nay-Mux, Se’shalt, Qualicum, Comox, Sliammon, Klahoose, Homalco, Kwakwaka’wakw, Nuu-chah-nulth, Oweekeno, Nuxalk, Heiltsuk, Haisla, Tsimshian, Haida, Nisga’a, and Tlingit First Nations.

How to Apply:

  • Please send a Cover Letter and Resume to including the position you are applying for and your last name in the Subject line. For example: Captain Smith.
  • Must be able to legally work in Canada. Canadian passport is mandatory (due to travel to and from the USA and Canada).
  • Due to the high number of applicants, only successful candidates will be contacted.

No phone calls or drop-ins please


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