Hiring Small Vessel Machinery Operator/Deckhand

MV Cascadia: 138-foot expedition-style catamaran

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.

This collaborative position is the ideal choice for someone who has worked at sea on small to medium size vessels, has seamanship skills, and has a strong background in operating and maintaining vessel machinery.  This is a seagoing position on small passenger vessels during the operating season (April to November) with refit and maintenance duties for the remainder of the year.

If you enjoy working at sea and have experience in maintaining and repairing marine equipment, and like caring for unique and special ships, then this job may be for you.

This position will report to the Captain of MV Swell a 150 ton passenger vessel (converted wood tug).  During the Refit and maintenance periods the position may alternately report to the Chief Engineer of the MV Cascadia, a 500 ton catamaran-style pocket cruise ship.

– Operates, maintains, and repairs on board equipment including main propulsion, electrical generation and distribution (AC and DC), auxiliary equipment (such as water makers and heating boilers), deck machinery and galley appliances.

– Keeps maintenance records and logbooks up to date and makes recommendations for refit and long-term maintenance.

– Procures replacement parts and consumables and works with outside contractors where required for repair and maintenance.

–  Performs seamanship duties including maintenance of small vessels and engines

– Holds a bridge watch as required and assists in the navigation of the vessel.

– Operates small vessels and assists with leading excursions.

– Participates in safety drills and assists with maintaining safety equipment.


– Must hold an unlimited Small Vessel Machinery Operator Certificate (SVMO) Issued by Transport Canada.  Candidates with proven background and marine engineering may be considered if they are eligible to obtain a limited SVMO.

– Marine Emergency Duties Basic Safety or higher, Marine First Aid, and a valid Marine Medical.

– Valid Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP)

– 2 + years experience working at sea with deck related duties on commercial vessels

– Experience of working hands-on with ships and their systems (or demonstrated equivalent experience).  Include specific experience working with marine diesels, electrical systems, plumbing.

– Ability to provide demonstrated examples of initiative taken to create improvements in a workplace or similar situation.

– Proven decision-making capacity as guided by a close-knit team.

– Ability to use professional office software, including Excel, Word, Acrobat.

– Tact and the ability to build good relationships, across geographic and cultural boundaries; and

– Demonstrated analytical skills and appropriate attention to detail.


– 4th Class Marine Engineering Certificate or significant experience working as an engine room assistant on commercial vessels.

– Knowledge of Transport Canada regulations and compliance requirements.

– Experience in ship construction and/or refits

– 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 jobs@mapleleafadventures.com 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