Job title: First Mate

Reporting to: Captain Sarah Parry

Salary: This position is governed by the Marine Tourism and Charter Vessels Award, and pays above award salary, commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Hours: This is a full-time position that includes normal 5-day weeks when in port, and a standard watch system while at sea.

Location: This is a non-liveaboard position that is Hobart-based, and includes regular sea-going voyages throughout the year. Applicants must be willing and able to reside in the Hobart region, and participate in all voyages.

Purpose of the position: The First Mate’s role exists to provide structure to the Trust’s shipboard programming both in port and at sea; supervision and support to trainees, volunteers, and staff crew; and oversight of the ship’s maintenance program under the guidance and direction of the Master.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Master <24 M up to 200 NM (Master <35 and/or STCW ’95 a bonus)*
  • MED III (MED II a bonus)*
  • MROCP (Satellite endorsement and GMDSS a bonus)

Minimum skills & experience:

  • “Fore and aft” and “Square rig” experience as a watch-keeper or Master to endorsement level
  • Previous experience in the role of First Mate
  • Proven experience working with young people
  • Basic computer skills

Other minimum requirements:

  • Average weight for height**
  • Able to comfortably lift own weight**
  • Able to work at heights
  • Non-smoker, non-drug user**
  • Current Australian Driver’s License
  • AMSA Medical or ability to acquire
  • Working with Children Registration or ability to acquire
  • Australian permanent residency or citizenship

*Must be Australian national certificates
**The Windeward Bound Trust holds anti-discrimination exemption number 03/069

Position benefits:

  • Full-time position with award benefits and above-award salary
  • Professional training and development opportunities
  • Career advancement opportunities, e.g. progression to relief Master and beyond
  • Guaranteed significant open sea time hours
  • Family flexibility
  • Waterfront parking permit
  • Making a difference in the community with one of the ships in Australia actively focusing on youth development voyages
  • Small charity where you can make a real impact
  • Unique position combining seamanship, programmed maintenance, education, and contribution to voyage and volunteer program development.

Advertised: Monday 14 September 2015

Applications closing: Monday 12 October 2015

To apply: Complete this online application, and send your confidential CV to Please note, CV's sent without completing the online application will not be considered.