EXPEDITION - Photographer

WHO WE ARE 

 

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. 

 

PURPOSE OF POSITION 

 

Viking Expedition is a new leg of Viking Cruises to deliver expedition cruises in destinations previously not operated by Viking Cruises. For any guest, photography is often a major part of their holiday experience. Viking Expeditions’ once-in-a lifetime remote destinations bring an even bigger focus in photography. 

The Expedition Photographer role has a strong component in the guest’s education and enrichment, delivering lectures, workshops and assisting guests with their equipment. 

 

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES 

 

Professional Skills 

  • Strong team player and an inspiration to others 

  • Ability to structure complex tasks 

  • Good communicator  

  • Knowledgeable about expedition operations 

  • Familiarized with the destination and it’s flora and fauna 

  • Works well under pressure 

  • Smart, presentable, friendly and excellent teaching and people skills 

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

  • English speaking and writing to a high standard 

  • Familiarized with different brands of cameras, lenses, filters and their general maintenance and troubleshooting. 

  • Solid knowledge of Lightroom, Photoshop and other post-production software 

 

General Duties 

  • Manage the “Photography Studio” 

  • Administrate and curate the guest photography sharing platform 

  • Embrace a positive sharing of pictures with guests 

  • Deliver photography presentations and workshops 

  • Host informal sessions with guests both onboard the ship and during activities 

  • Provide daily a few pictures to the Assistant Expedition Program Coordinator, reflecting the day’s experiences and activities 

  • Take part in off-ship excursions as directed by the Assistant Expedition Leader, leading onshore photography sessions  

  • Be present in guest areas and mingle with guests 

  • Assist the marketing department or other departments with any picture or list of pictures requirements 

  • Create a slideshow or small video to be displayed at the end of the voyage and for guests to keep as a memento of their unforgettable voyage  

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

 

Mindset and Values 

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

  • Adhere to schedules, always setting good standards as a member of the shore side team 

  • Be willing to travel regularly to various Viking offices and vessels 

 

Communication & Coordination 

  • Reports to the Expedition Program Coordinator on board the ship and Assistant Expedition Leader during off-ship activities 

 

Leadership 

  • Lead by example 
  • Work with the Expedition Admin Team providing training and mentorship to all staff 
  • Ensure a positive working environment 

 

Your profile 

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

  • Good administration & organization 

  • Proactive problem solving 

  • Teamwork and good communication 

  • Well organized, efficient and positive 

  • A leader 

  • Understand guest needs 

  • Time management 

  • Reliable and pressure resistant 

  • Proactive in upholding Viking standards of excellence 

  • Enthusiastic team member 

  • Marine Radio Operator’s license or equivalent 

  • Drone piloting license - preferential 

 

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.”