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Our ships are in Southeast Alaska during the summer, the Pacific Northwest and along the Columbia and Snake Rivers in early fall, and in Baja California Sur, Mexico, Costa Rica Panama and Belize for the winter. Our guests fly into these areas and join the ship for a trip of exploration and discovery. Trips range from 4-14 days in length, but average 7 days. Although we carry many independent guests, we also have quite a variety of special interest and alumni groups that travel with us.
For the National Geographic Sea Bird and National Geographic Sea Lion, the Stewards and Deckhands are hired to work six month seasonal agreements. All other shipboard positions are full-time, year-round positions which have a work rotation of approximately two months on board and one month off the ship. For the National Geographic Quest, the Stewards and Deckhands are hired to work seven month seasonal agreements. All other shipboard positions are full-time, year-round positions which have a work rotation of approximately seven weeks on board and seven weeks off the ship. Everyone works varying shifts which average 12 hours a day.
Employees receive a daily wage. The seasonal positions and some of the year-round positions also receive a share of crew tips, which is guaranteed at a certain rate each day. Year-round employees also receive 10% vacation pay that is paid out during the month off. All earnings are subject to IRS tax withholding. In keeping with the team spirit on board, tips are pooled and divided equally amongst the crew. Room and board is provided by Lindblad Expeditions. A less tangible, but in many ways more valuable form of compensation is the opportunity to see an area in a special way that few ever experience. Since you aren’t in port very often, crew find that working on the National Geographic Sea Lion and National Geographic Sea Bird is an excellent way to save money. They take cash advances on board and will typically only spend money on purchases such as hygiene products, books, magazines, souvenirs, or the occasional taxi ride.
Your appearance must be professional as a matter of respect to our clients and in keeping with the company’s image. You may be asked to cut your hair. While on duty jewelry must be very basic for both men and women. Bracelets, necklaces and anklets are not to be visible while on duty. Earrings may be simple hoops and studs, and cannot exceed 1/2” in diameter. Crew may wear only one earring per ear while in uniform. No other visible piercings are allowed. Tattoos/body art must not be offensive.
Safety is of utmost importance to Lindblad Expeditions. Each job on the ship is physically demanding, and we have a list of physical expectations for the position, which describes the amount of lifting, pushing, pulling, reaching, etc. When you are interviewed, this will be discussed with you in great detail. In general, all crew members will be required to lift boxes, haul bags of laundry, and climb stairs regularly.
Smoking areas are limited to designated outdoor decks. You will not be permitted to smoke in your cabin or in front of the guests while in uniform.
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You must be at least 18 years of age for most positions. Stewards and Bartenders must be 21 years of age.
Our vessels are US registered. Therefore, all shipboard employees must be able to legally work in the United States, and possess a valid US passport. (Regretfully, we cannot sponsor foreign citizens.)
All positions require pre-employment, random, reasonable cause, and post accident alcohol and drug testing, as per US Coast Guard and DOT regulations.
After accepting a position with Lindblad Expeditions, you must pass a post-offer physical examination and post-offer background screen before joining the vessel.