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Second Mate
Posted date [2023-Feb-17] (ID: 2886)

Pelee Island Transportation Company operates the Pelee Islander and Pelee Islander II ferries between Pelee Island and the Mainland from April to December. Licensed employees work seasonally from March to mid-December each year although one position will commence on March 20 to support vessel dry docking and the other position will begin on April 18.

We seek to fill two 2nd Mates positions working a 7 day on/off rotation. The company provides meals and accommodation is available on the vessel during your work rotation.

We offer a comprehensive pay and benefits package including:

  • Annual salary paid on a bi-weekly basis ($75,722.00)
  • Work hours that support a healthy home/work/life balance
  • Participation in a company RRSP
  • Health, dental, vision, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment, short- and long-term disability insurance, Employee Assistance Program


  • Conduct a navigational watch per Watchkeeping Procedures, Code of Nautical Procedures and Practices, Collision Regulations and Company Standing Orders; when in charge of the navigational watch, is responsible for the safe navigation of the ferry in accordance with Company Policy, Standing Orders, watchkeeping procedures and collision regulations.
  • Orientation and training of crew per the Safety Management System.
  • Load, unload, moor and secure the vessel; ensure passenger safety and welfare.
  • Ensure freight is loaded on the deck securely and in compliance with company policy.
  • Maintain navigational charts, list of lights, radio aids to marine navigation, notices to Mariners etc.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Qualifications, Experience and Abilities

  • Watchkeeping Mate
  • Marine Emergency Duties – Advanced Fire Fighting, Basic Safety and Proficiency in Survival Craft
  • Advanced First Aid
  • Specialized passenger safety management
  • Valid Transport Canada Marine Medical Certificate
  • Valid Canadian passport; Canadian citizenship or landed immigrant status.
  • Ability to perform high physical demands including:
  • Regular need to climb stairs
  • Lifting up to 50lbs
  • Ability to stand for 2 hours at a time
  • Ability to climb up to 12ft ladders       
  • Ability to read, write, understand and speak English.
  • Proficient with Microsoft applications; experience with Helm or ABS ship management system is an asset
  • Preferred applicants possess initiative, are analytical problem solvers, have a team-oriented work style and a track record for safety at work .

Safety Sensitive Environment

  • Zero tolerance for drugs or alcohol
  • Safety equipment provided (boots, pants, eye and ear protective wear)

We are committed to the principle of fair representation of individuals from the four designated groups as defined by the Employment Equity Act. We encourage qualified women, indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities to apply for our positions.

How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter in confidence to Brooklyn Hewton at: careers(at)

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and suitable candidates will be contacted at that time.


Job Title Second Mate
Job Details
Posted By Owen Sound Transportation Copmany
Start Date
Salary $75,722.00
Location Leamington, ON
Deadline for Application
Contact Phone #
Contact Email careers(at)
Categories and Description
Ship's Main Trading Area Ship's Main Trading Area -> Great Lakes / St-Lawrence River
Term Term -> Long-term
Position / Rank Position -> Watchkeeping Mate