Launch Master

Job Description

Do you fancy the island life, or would you like to be at the helm taking passengers to New Zealand's best island? We have an amazing, fixed term opportunity on offer for anyone that has a passion for people, the sea and the outdoors and would like to join the Stewart Island Experience team as a Launch Master.

We are looking for a qualified Launch Master for our Stewart Island Experience operation; you could be transporting guests across the ever-changing and challenging strait or skippering for our Wild Kiwi Encounter. This is a fixed term, full time position starting asap and working over our busy summer season.

Both experiences are busy and dynamic, requiring strong leadership, interpersonal communication and excellent ship handling abilities as weather can be challenging and as a part of the Wild Kiwi Encounter Excursion you will be operating the vessel at night. As Launch Master you have complete responsibility for vessel, crew and passengers and to ensure the vessel is operated within legislative requirements and Real Journeys guidelines at all times.

We are looking for people who:

  • Hold an Inshore Launch Master or Skipper Restricted Limits (<24m Passenger endorsed & high-speed endorsement for the Bluff ferry) certificate of competency
  • Hold a full NZ Drivers Licence
  • Can ensure the safety of all staff, customers, contractors and general public on every vessel under your command
  • Are capable of managing emergency situations on any vessel under their command
  • Can efficiently implement the Real Journeys safety management system in their role as Master Can ensure that the highest standards of customer service are maintained at all times
  • Provide high quality interpretation and commentary for all product voyages
  • Provide effective leadership and mentoring for all vessel crew
  • Deliver effective crew training

The successful applicant will be put through a full induction, training and clearance process to cover the vessels and operation and provide you with all you need to jump into your new role in one of the most unique work environments in New Zealand. Those seeking additional information should contact our Chief Launch Master, Brent Marshall on

For more information and to apply online visit

Applications close 30th November, 2020

All applicants must be eligible to work in NZ

Launch Master

Real Journeys Ltd

Job type:

Full Time, Contract/Temp

Hours of work:





$25.00 - $40.00 per hour