Employment with the Port of Nanaimo


Position Title : Deckhand
Department : Patrol Division
Reports to : Officer in Charge
Status : Full Time


Reporting to the Officer in Charge, the incumbent performs a variety of duties and functions that help ensure Port waterways are maintained in an orderly, safe and clean manner.  Typical duties include assisting the Coxswain in piloting Harbour Master Launches, enforcing proper pollution control procedures, collecting and stowing debris, investigating oil spills, patrolling the harbour, maintaining boats, ensuring safe navigation of marine traffic, emergency preparedness and response and participation with marine events.  Other related duties may be assigned as required by the Officer in Charge.


As a Deckhand, you are responsible for the maintenance and operation of vessels, performing the duties of helmsman, lookout, and engaging in ship’s husbandry and maintenance of any deck equipment as required, to support marine operations.  You are also involved in a wide variety of activities related to Nanaimo Port Authority initiatives such as search and rescue, maintenance of aids to navigation, environmental response, and assisting the authorities in regulatory enforcement.


Pre-requisites required for the above duties:

Applicants must have successfully completed secondary school (or an approved alternative) and meet the following criteria:

  1. Marine Emergency Duties

► Standards for Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW) Basic Safety (six days training)

► Standards for Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW) Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (three days training)

  1. Marine Basic First Aid (two days training)
  2. ROC-MC – Restricted Operator’s Certificate – Maritime Commercial
  3. Valid Transport Canada Seafarer’s Medical
  4. Valid BC Class 5 drivers license – with clean driver’s abstract
  5. Security clearance (carried out once hired)
  6. Applicable experience on governmental/commercial ships or fishing a precondition of employment, with a minimum of two years of service


  1. Ability to work in a marine environment, climb vertical ladders and operate patrol vessels
  2. Ability to pass “Fit Test” for Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) use (clean shaven)
  3. Ability to understand and carry out verbal and written instructions
  4. Ability to work an on-call, time on/time off schedule
  5. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Additional Qualifications:

  1. Canadian Passport an asset
  2. Master Limited Under 60 Gross Tonnage or above will be considered an asset


  1. Conduct short notice call outs to support operations
  2. Be able to perform other related duties as may be assigned and/or required

WAGE:             $27.58 per hour

POSTING PERIOD:            Friday, May 13, 2022  to Friday, May 27, 2022 at 4:00pm

Apply To:    

Arlene Rolston

Corporate Secretary

In person:      Administration Offices, 100 Port Drive, Nanaimo, BC  V9R 0C7

By mail:          Box 131, Nanaimo, BC  V9R 5K4

                        By Email:       [email protected]