JOB DESCRIPTIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
Employment on a San Diego sportfishing vessel offers fair pay and many additional benefits that should be discussed with the individual owner/operator. As vessels have varying schedules – from trips of one-half day to voyages of three weeks and longer - they have different expectations and requirements from their employees. The job requirements outlined below are the minimum standards for this industry; each vessel will have additional prerequisites.
In general, successful employment in sportfishing requires timeliness, fortitude, good work habits, ability to be part of a crew, and a genuine desire to serve the public. Many crew persons start on one-half day or three-quarter day boats to gain a feel for the sea and fishing, and go on to longer trips with the overnight and multi-day fleet. Almost all owners and operators of these vessels started as deckhands and worked their way up!
Begin by talking to crew persons around the three landings and see if you have the interest and required aptitude for employment on a sportfishing boat. Formal education is not a requirement. In this industry your ability to learn seamanship and public relation skills is more important than a formal education. Many recent high school graduates and college students on school breaks have found gainful employment. Working on the ocean may be just what you are looking for!
DECKHAND: Applicants must be at least eighteen years of age at the time of employment, have passed an approved Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) course (if employed on international voyages), and passed a pre-employment drug test at an approved facility. The cost of the course work and pre-employment drug test are negotiable with each employer and may be recovered after a probationary period.
While employed you will be enrolled in a United States Coast Guard required Random Drug Testing Program. The position of Deckhand, as are all positions mandated by a vessel’s Certificate of Inspection, is a zero tolerance position for drugs and alcohol. A positive random drug test results in an automatic and immediate suspension from employment.
CAPTAIN/SECOND CAPTAIN: Applicants must be at least eighteen years of age at the time of employment. Applicants must possess a current Coast Guard license to serve in the position sought and valid for the waters on which the vessel operates, an STCW certificate if operating in foreign waters, and have passed a pre-employment drug test or be currently enrolled in an approved Random Drug Testing Program.
COOK: Applicants must be at least eighteen years of age at the time of employment, have passed a pre-employment drug test or be currently enrolled in an approved Random Drug Testing Program. STCW requirements depend on each vessel’s description of its cook’s duties and crew responsibilities.
To apply for a position please print out and complete the EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION and take it to one of the sportfishing landings listed below. Submit a copy of any certificates that you hold with the application.