Captain/Expedition Leader

Passing Cloud-4-2

Captain and Expedition Leader

Date Posted:

19-September, 2017

Closing Date:

15-December, 2017

Start date:

Winter/Spring 2018

About the position:

We’re looking for a CAPTAIN AND EXPEDITION LEADER to join our professional, passionate, and energetic crew for our 2018 expedition season and beyond. The successful candidate will captain our 70’ expedition sailing vessel, the classic wooden schooner Passing Cloud, and work closely with our crew to lead and deliver exceptional wilderness, wildlife, and cultural expeditions throughout the BC Coast.

This position requires a unique combination of marine industry qualifications, practical knowledge and experience of sailing, seamanship, vessel operations and maintenance, extensive knowledge of the BC coast, a strong environmental and educational ethic, and exceptional interpersonal, leadership, communication skills.

Critically, candidates must thrive in a close-knit team-based environment and be genuinely excited to provide the hard work and attention to detail required to ensure that our guests have the best possible experience during their time onboard.

This position is seasonal and typically involves being onboard for 2-3 weeks at a time during our April through October expedition season. This position also includes the possibility of work during our off-season (Nov-March) participating in vessel repair, maintenance, upgrades, and general administration.


  • Assume responsibility for the safety of passengers, crew, and vessel at all times.
  • Assume responsibility for expedition planning, leadership, and delivery.
  • Work closely with the owner to realize Outer Shore’s standards and visions for safety, vessel operations, support of crew, expedition success, and guest experience.
  • Work closely with all crew members (mates, chefs, and expedition specialists) to plan, coordinate, lead, and deliver exceptional expeditions throughout the BC coast, including Haida Gwaii, the Great Bear Rainforest, and Vancouver Island.
  • Work closely with the owner to oversee, participate in training, and ensure that the roles and responsibilities, and aspirations of all crew members are being supported and achieved.
  • Work closely with the owner to ensure that all agreements, rules, regulations, and guidelines with First Nation communities and governments, provincial and federal governments, and various regulatory agencies and associations/affiliations are strictly adhered to.
  • Maintain, troubleshoot, and repair as necessary vessel hull and machinery, onboard systems, inflatable skiff, outboard engine, and sails and rigging (typically with the support of numerous specialists and service providers).

Minimum qualifications:

  • Transport Canada 60 GRT Master Limited
  • Transport Canada Small Vessel Machinery Operator (SVMO) Restricted
  • Transport Canada Small Vessel Operators Proficiency (SVOP)
  • Radio Operator Certificate – Commercial
  • Formal sailing certification and/or equivalent experience
  • Wilderness First Aid and Marine First Aid

What we also look for:

  • Additional/higher marine industry certifications and experience (e.g. Transport Canada, sailing certifications and experience, Canadian Coast Guard training, Search and Rescue training, etc.).
  • Training and experience maintaining wooden boats, diesel engines, sails and rigging, and small vessel systems/machinery.
  • Training and experience operating rigid hull inflatable boats and outboard engines.
  • Training and experience in Marine Tourism.
  • Wilderness Guiding and Leadership training and experience.
  • Interest, knowledge, or training in biology, ecology, natural history, cultural history, environmental studies, and conservation biology.
  • Experience and knowledge of, and passion for, the regions, cultures, communities, and conservation of the BC coast.


Commensurate with experience

How to Apply:

Please send your CV, including a detailed description of all training and experience relevant to this position, and a short cover letter to Russell Markel c/o Due to our limited ability to reply to the typically high numbers of applications we expect, only those short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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