Over 15,000 kilometres of coastline and Kiwis’ great love of the water offer many opportunities to build a career in the maritime sector

Maritime Crew

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What does it involve?

Maritime crew may assist in vessel operations, fishing and taking care of passengers. Crew work on all kinds of vessels; passenger vessels, superyachts, commercial fishing vessels, charter boats, coastal freight ships, tankers, and navy ships. Larger passenger boats have specialist hospitality crew. Fishing vessel crew may also operate fishing gear and large fishing vessels have crew who process the fish.

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Typical day

Typically shift work, of varying hours, weekend work is common. Deck hands assist with vessel operations, maintenance, cargo and emergency procedures. Fishing crew assist with fishing, cleaning and processing fish. Passenger crew assist passengers, prepare and serve meals and provide advice. 

Does this sound like you?

Study areasAttributesHelpful experiencePreferred work environments
  • Sciences or Workshop Technology
  • Physical Education or Health
  • Confident communicator
  • Reasonable strength and fitness
  • Good initiative/'ca do' attitude
  • Good work habits/time management
  • Customer service or helping people
  • Making or fixing things
  • Working with machinery
  • Coastguard Boating education
  • Lifesaving
  • Experience on boats
  • Outside (marine)

How much could I earn?

  • Newly Qualified/Smaller Vessels

    $35k- $50k

  • Experienced/Deep Sea Vessels

    $45k- $90k

Career pathway

SchoolEntry level jobsAdvancing jobsSenior jobs
  • No minimum entry requirement
  • Deck Crew
  • Passenger Crew
  • Engineering Crew
  • Fishing Crew
  • Watch Ratings
  • Mate/Master/Skipper
  • Electro-Technical Officer
  • Marine Engineer
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What do we offer?

We partner with industry associations like the Maritime and Seafood Educators Association and members of your industry to help recruit and build talented employees. This support includes promoting careers in your industry, identifying potential learners, and encouraging work placements.

We also ensure your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs, support industry events like conferences and regularly celebrate your learners’ success.

When apprentices enrol, we assign them a Competenz account manager. Our account managers understand the industry and the skills learners and businesses need.