Job Offer: Second Engineer / Watch Engineer in Civil Sea Rescue

SOS Humanity
Civil Sea Rescue in the Central Mediterranean

JOB POSTING: Second Engineer / Watch Engineer

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 a Second Engineer/Watch Engineer on board the HUMANITY 1:

Responsibilities and Duties:


  • Substitute of Chief Engineer
  • In special emergencies, involvement in the rescue operations
  • Maintenance and repair of the engine plant and equipment, accommodation and deck
  • Officer in charge of engine room watch in accordance with STCW Ch. VIII.
  • In charge of engine plant and equipment maintenance under direction of the Chief Engineer
  • Updates inventories and completes, or updates planned maintenance systems respectively
  • Maintenance of all mechanical equipment in and outside the engine room
  • Adhere to safe working practice and shipboard environmental policy
  • Adhere strictly to the bunker & fuel transfer procedures.
  • Ensure that there are no illegal discharges of oil, garbage, sewage from the engine room in contravention of the MARPOL Convention as amended
  • Provide input to junior engineers, assistant engineers, outboard mechanics, fitter / welder
  • Assist in deck gear operation on deck if required



  • Valid Certificate of Competence according to STCW A III/3(750kW-3000kW) or STCW A III/1
  • Valid certificate of proficiency in Basic Safety (STCW A-VI/1) (issued within the last 5 years)
  • Valid certificates of Security Awareness and Designated Security Duties (STCW A-VI/6)
  • Physical fitness and mental resilience, incl. valid Medical Certificate for Seafarers for desired position
  • Identification with the aims and work of SOS Humanity
  • Good team building skills, especially in extreme situations
  • Awareness of working for a NGO; potentially working with partially (sea) inexperienced volunteers and familiarity with principles of “flat hierarchies”
  • strong communication skills
  • 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: 21-70 years
  • Vaccinations: Covid19 booster vaccination, measles, rubella, tetanus
  • Ability to remain abstinent (drugs and alcohol) during rotation

We provide:


  • Salary: 2900 € / month (employee gross)
  • Possibility for longer 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]


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