Hiring Mates (SV Swell)

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MV Swell (O.N. 130882).  1912 80-foot classic converted tug to luxury passenger vessel.  

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.

Our Ideal Candidate:

The successful candidate must be able to work closely with captain, crew and guests. The Mate must be fit to stand an unsupervised watch and, under normal conditions, safely and professionally navigate the ship applying good seamanship and situational awareness. This position will be responsible for assisting with all aspects of running an expedition tourism vessel including: deck duties, cleaning duties, tender operations, and leading shore excursions.

– Has very well developed, marine-specific situational awareness.

– Experience working with vessels’ engineering and systems, wood boat maintenance and upkeep.  Shipyard experience also an asset.

– Able to work as part of a team for extended periods in a variety of weather conditions.

– Flexible & organized, with proven ability to anticipate the needs of the operation.

– A background in natural history interpretation, tourism, or guiding is not mandatory but is an asset.


– MED A2 or higher

– Marine / Wilderness 1st Aid (CPR)

– Small Vessel Operators Proficiency (SVOP)


– Small Vessel Machinery Operator – Restricted (SVMO-R) as a minimum.


– Degree or post-secondary education in natural/environmental sciences or adventure tourism is an asset. Preferred candidates will bring other guiding/outdoor leadership certifications and relevant experience.

– Mate 150 Domestic.

– Small Vessel Machinery Operator (SVMO) or other marine engineering certification a huge asset.

– Small Vessels Masters (150 ton).

– Relevant work experience on BC 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 postion 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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