RIVER - Nautic - Sailor



Viking is a strong and dynamic company with a growing fleet of more than 80 river ships and seven ocean vessels cruising over 100 itineraries around the world. In 2022, Viking guests could enjoy the comfort and elegance of our award-winning fleet with 8 new river ships, two expedition ships built specifically to explore the world's most remote destinations, and a unique Mississippi River ship in the U.S. In 2023 Viking celebrates the inaugural season of our 8th Ocean vessel: the Viking Neptune and the building of our 9th Ocean vessel: the Viking Saturn.




The sailor is subordinate to the captain or his representative and assumes a special role during emergencies; Respiratory protection - Operation of the lifeboat - Leak sealing


Your Responsibilities



  • Responsible for safety on board of the ship as assigned by the Captain
  • Compliance with the guidelines, instructions (nautical manual) and regulations
  • Co-responsible for the impeccable cleanliness, hygiene and order on board
  • Report damage, issues and concern immediately to the Captain
  • Be familiar with the security role and understand your duties
  • Responsible for the operational readiness of the rescue boat


Travel Operation

  • Responsible for the external appearance of the ship



  • Exchange information with the parties involved (Captain, 1st Officer, Engineer)


Special Tasks

  • Appropriate and professional securing of the ship
  • Safe deployment of the gangway (only at the direction of the Captain / 1st Officer)
  • While navigating narrow waters, a Sailor must be present as instructed
  • During the night a sailor must be present wearing clean work clothes
  • For securing the ship in a lock, sailors must be present on deck
  • When passing low bridges on the sundeck pay attention to the guests and close off stairway access
  • Make sure the sundeck meets the expectations of our guests at all times
  • Execution of all deck and outboard work
  • Luggage service according to assignment by the Captain / 1st Officer
  • Participation in meetings and company relevant training



Your Profile


  • Education:
    • Sailor training in inland waterway transport
    • Schifferdienstbuch with relevant stamps
  • At least 3 years’ experience inland waterway transport
  • Language: German and English
  • Interested in further education (e.g. certificate extension, language skills)
  • Independent and flexible
  • Decisive and assertive
  • Strong team worker and able to motivate the crew
  • Shows ambition and initiative; perseverant




Job description – Contract – Company Rules and Regulations

Onboard ABC Nautical – Uniform Regulation – Manual


Superiors: Captain / 1st Officer in the absence of the Captain


Cooperation with:

  • Captain
  • 1st Officer
  • 2nd Officer
  • Engineer
  • Technician


Sailor gives instructions to: Trainee


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

Job Segment: Respiratory, Healthcare