JOB POSTING: Able Seafarer

As an organisation for civil sea rescue, we as SOS Humanity are working towards a world where no one has to drown while fleeing and everyone is treated with dignity. Founded in 2015 in Berlin as SOS Mediterranee Germany, we have been working in the Central Mediterranean since 2016. During this time, we were able to rescue 34,631 children, women, and men from drowning and brought them towards a safe place. With our new sea rescue ship, Humanity 1, we brought our own vessel to the Central Mediterranean in August 2022.

For our marine crew we are looking for an Able Seafarer (AB) on board the HUMANITY 1:

The AB’s primarily support our officers in the management of the ship and are supporting the bosun in the maintenance of the vessel. They help with the maintenance of the rescue equipment and regularly assist with the reception of rescued people on board during rescue operations.

Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Support for safe operations on deck
  • Support the maintenance of the vessel, including Galley, Accommodation, Mess room and common areas
  • Responsible for the tidiness and cleanliness of the ship
  • Assists in all operations on deck as directed by the bosun including crane and SAR operations



  • Valid Navigational Watchkeeping Certificate (STCW A-II/4 or ATCW A-II/5)
  • Valid Certificate of Proficiency in Basic Safety (STCW A-VI/1) (issued within the last 5 years)
  • Valid Certificate of Security Awareness (STCW A-VI/6-1) as well as Certificate of Designated Security Duties (STCW A-VI/6-2)
  • very good teamwork skills, especially in extreme situations
  • strong communication skills
  • Physical fitness and mental resilience, incl. valid Medical Certificate for Seafarers for desired position
  • Identification with the aims and work of SOS Humanity
  • Awareness of working for a NGO; potentially working with partially (sea) inexperienced volunteers and familiarity with principles of “flat hierarchies”
  • Good English language skills (confident communication in an international team; spontaneous, fluent, detailed communication with native speakers in a broad range of themes)
  • Advanced PC skills especially Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook
  • Age: 23-70 years
  • Vaccinations: Covid19 booster vaccination, measles, rubella, tetanus

We provide:

  • Salary: 2800 € / month (employee gross)
  • Possibility for longer-term employment
  • 1-1-Contract
  • Travel Expenses

In addition to the Covid19 booster vaccination, a week of self-isolation and a negative Covid19-test (not older than 24h!) are required.


The HUMANITY 1 sails under German flag, therefore we are bound to European citizenship in certain positions. However, it is very important to us that our crew is as international and diverse as possible. In particular, we would like to encourage women* to apply in order to ensure a balanced gender ratio on board.


We are looking forward to receiving your application at  [email protected]

Nadja Krueger

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