Launch Master - Fiordland

Date: 12 June 2019

Are you a talented Launch Master looking for a change of scenery? Would you like everchanging wheelhouse views across the vast Wilderness that is Fiordland; skippering in glacier carved fiords one week and on some of New Zealand's largest lakes the next?

We are looking for a qualified 'floating' Launch Master for our Fiordland operation.  You would be providing cover across various locations ensuring we deliver remarkable daily cruises whether you are rostered in Doubtful or Milford Sound or on Lake Te Anau or Manapouri.

Life in this position is busy and dynamic, requiring strong leadership, interpersonal communication and excellent ship handling abilities as weather in Fiordland can be challenging. You will need to be flexible and adaptable, working with some of the best crew across the business and fitting seamlessly into their day to day operations each time.

As a Real Journeys Launch Master you have complete responsibility for vessel, crew and passengers and for ensuring the vessel is operated within legislative requirements and Real Journeys guidelines at all times.  

This is a permanent, full time position. You would generally be working on a 5 days on, 2 days off roster in a truly unique working environment with some great remote area benefits.

Key requirements for this role are:

  • Ensure the safety of all staff, customers, contractors and general public on the vessel under your command
  • Manage emergency situations on the vessel under your command
  • Implement the Real Journeys safety management system in your role as Master
  • Ensure that the highest standards of customer service are maintained at all times
  • Provide high quality interpretation and commentary during all cruises
  • Provide effective leadership and mentoring for all vessel crew
  • Deliver effective crew training

The successful applicant will have (as minimum certification):

  • Inshore Launch Master or Skipper Restricted Limits (>24m Passenger endorsed up to 500GT and high-speed endorsement) certificate of competency
  • Full NZ Drivers Licence

The successful applicant will be put through training and clearance processes to ensure operational   proficiency. If you have any questions regarding this position please contact one of our Chief Launch Masters, either Tom at or Brent at

If you need some variety in your day to mix things up and this sounds like the opportunity you have been waiting for we want to hear from you. We are looking for a candidate with the right skills, experience and attitude to ensure we are delivering remarkable customer experiences every day - if that sounds like you, we encourage you to apply.

Job Details

Reference # 21871
Posted on 12 Jun 2019
Closes on 05 Jul 2019 23:55
Location(s) Doubtful Sound, Manapouri, Milford Sound, Te Anau
Expertise Launch Masters
Job level(s) Experienced
Work type(s) Permanent - Full Time