EXPEDITION - Specialist in Ornithology of the Great Lakes



Viking has grown to be The World’s Leading River Cruise Line, with double-digit growth in recent years. With the launch of its ocean fleet in 2015, the company has also become the leader in small ship ocean cruising. With operational headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, Viking provides destination-focused itineraries designed for experienced travelers who have an interest in geography, culture and history. Each journey includes a shore excursion in every port, and an exclusive Viking Culture Curriculum program that provides deep immersion in the destination through performances of music and art, cooking demonstrations, informative port talks and carefully selected guest lecturers. 

Viking currently operates a fleet of more than 80 vessels, state-of-the-art ships that have received numerous accolades since their launch from industry experts and travelers alike. Viking was voted the #1 River Cruise Line by Condé Nast Traveler in their 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards, and for the third year in a row, has been named the #1 Ocean Cruise Line* by Travel + Leisure readers in the World’s Best Awards 2018. 




Viking Expedition is a new leg of Viking Cruises to deliver expedition cruises in destinations previously not operated by Viking Cruises. The Specialist is a senior and role onboard Viking’s expedition vessels and a key member in the delivery of Viking’s Enrichment Program by delivering presentations, workshops and guiding interpretative walks and hikes on shore or by mingling in guest areas on board, encouraging and facilitating an environment of informal education. 

The specialist will be part of a world class team of expedition staff members. 




Professional Skills 

  • Strong leader, team player and an inspiration to others 

  • Ability to structure complex tasks 

  • Fantastic communication skills 

  • Knowledgeable about expedition operations 

  • Works well under pressure 

  • Smart, presentable, friendly and excellent people skills 

  • Good computer & Microsoft Office experience (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc) 

  • English speaking and writing to a high standard 


General Duties 

  • Prepare and conduct formal enrichment lectures, “Ted-x style” talks and informal workshops  

  • Lead walks, hikes or drive zodiacs as per instructed by the Assistant Expedition Leader 

  • During off-ship activities, act as an interpretative guide, engaging guests and enhancing their experience 

  • Socialize and be visible in guest areas as often as possible 

  • When assigned, write a short blurb reflecting the day’s experiences for marketing or other purposes 

  • Assist with embarkation and disembarkation duties as necessary 

  • Assist in any other general duties assigned by the Expedition Admin Team 

  • Be a role model by leading by example. 


Mindset and Values 

  • Be well groomed and of professional personality and focused on delivering 100% satisfaction 

  • Enthusiastic and proactive, loves to share his/her knowledge 


Communication & Coordination 

  • Report to the Expedition Program Coordinator 


Your profile 

  • Previous experience in similar role or demonstrated experience in the Expedition Cruise Industry or relevant experience lecturing 

  • Good administration & organization 

  • Proactive problem solving 

  • Teamwork and good communication 

  • Well organized, efficient and positive 

  • Understand guest needs 

  • Time management 

  • Reliable 

  • Proactive in upholding Viking standards of excellence 

  • Marine Radio Operator’s license or equivalent 

  • Small boat license (RYA Powerboat level 2 or equivalent) – advantage 


Guidelines and Regulations 

  • Implement Standard Operating Procedures & STAR Service Standards within the department. 

  • Ensure appropriate appearance and clothing according to the updated Grooming Standards. 

  • For work in Polar Regions: have passed the appropriate and most recent field staff online assessment of IAATO/AECO.  

  • The company reserves the right to change/extend this job description if necessary, at any point of time during her/his employment. 


“As for conditions — in terms of contracts, special benefits and vacations during the season — Viking is far above average within the industry.”

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