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Deckhand – Bluenose II

Applications are now closed for the 2023 sailing season. Applications will be open in December 2023 for the 2024 sailing season.

Are you looking for a meaningful and adventurous job? Bluenose II is looking for Deckhands for the 2023 season who are hardworking and have great people skills — no experience required!

Positions are available for those enrolled in post-secondary education who are not available to work the entire season, but are available to work the majority of the season, with a start date prior to May 1st and an end date around Sept. 3rd.


The Deckhand's responsibilities include ship maintenance, steering and sail handling, standing watch, cleaning, and interacting with ship’s visitors and passengers.

Bluenose II is a Canadian Icon and Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador. The ship travels around the Maritime provinces promoting the history of the Atlantic fishery and acting as a tourist destination to the ports she visits.

The season runs from April 1 to October 15. When in port, you will stand deck watches, engage with visitors, clean, and do maintenance as needed. While underway, you will take turns steering the ship, handle sail and keep watch on a 4-hours-on, 8-hours-off schedule. In most ports, the ship sails with passengers on 2-hour cruises twice per day. You will be required to handle sail, steer, and interact with passengers on harbour cruises.

The season starts in April with two months of maintenance of rigging, followed by sail and safety training. The sailing season finishes late September and is followed by 2 weeks of down-rigging and winterizing. Exceptions for start and end dates will be made for those who are completing studies.

To be successful as a Deckhand, you should be able to follow orders and obey all safety regulations. You must be hardworking and able to work long hours on irregular schedules. During the sailing season, most of your time will be spent interpreting the ship to the general public and participating in public harbour sails.

Please note that no experience is required - all necessary safety courses and training will be provided prior to the sailing season.


  • Be at least 19 to 30 years of age during the 1st year as a Deckhand
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Work and live on board continuously starting April 1 through October 15 (exceptions will be made for post-secondary students)
  • Be able to pass a Transport Canada Seafarer’s Medical
  • Hold a valid Canadian Passport that will not expire within the current year
  • Must be able to live in close quarters for the season
  • Be professional, respectful, and able to interact with passengers and crew from all backgrounds
  • Be fully vaccinated


  • Perform maintenance on Bluenose II including dealing with paints and other chemicals, heavy lifting, and working in dusty and dirty environments.
  • Sail handling
  • Steering the ship under direction of officers
  • Seamanship including knots, bends and splicing as required
  • Assist the Chief Cook as required on a rotational basis
  • Assist the Chief Engineer as required
  • Stand watch on a 4-hours-on – 8-hours-off basis at sea and as required in port
  • Stand night watch on a rotational basis
  • Participate as required in the ship’s security plan
  • Participate in and pass specialized training as required under Transport Canada regulations for Bluenose II (Marine Basic First Aid, MED-DVS A2)
  • Continuously promote Bluenose II and what it stands for as well as promote Lunenburg, Nova Scotia and Canada
  • Engage with the public and answer any and all questions that visitors may have relating to the Bluenose II
  • Participate in duties, drills and sail handling on a regular basis
  • Be prepared to participate in a physically demanding job in various weather conditions

The ideal candidate is:

  • Interested in working at sea
  • Interested in working in the tourism industry
  • Hardworking
  • A team player and enjoys working with people from all walks of life
  • Able to work long and irregular hours
  • Has a taste for adventure and travel

This is a paid position. Room and board are provided on ship during the season.

Salary: $720.00 per week 

To apply, submit your application, resume and cover letter by January 16, 2023, no later than 4pm.

Application forms can be found here

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