WHO WE ARE
Viking has grown to be The World’s Leading River Cruise Line, with double-digit growth in recent years. With the launch of its ocean fleet in 2015, the company has also become the leader in small ship ocean cruising.
With operational headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, Viking provides destination-focused itineraries designed for experienced travelers who have an interest in geography, culture and history.
Each journey includes a shore excursion in every port, and an exclusive Viking Culture Curriculum program that provides deep immersion in the destination through performances of music and art, cooking demonstrations, informative port talks and carefully selected guest lecturers.
Viking currently operates a fleet of more than 80 vessels, state-of-the-art ships that have received numerous accolades since their launch from industry experts and travelers alike.
Viking was voted the #1 River Cruise Line by Condé Nast Traveler in their 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards, and for the third year in a row, has been named the #1 Ocean Cruise Line* by Travel + Leisure readers in the World’s Best Awards 2018.
PURPOSE OF POSITION
Viking Expeditions is a new arm of Viking Cruises. We are currently building two bespoke expedition vessels, designed to be the perfect platform for delivering expeditions.
Each vessel operates a fleet of Milpro Mk5 zodiacs, two offshore 13m RIBs, two U-boat Worx Cruise 7 submersibles, and a fleet of kayaks.
The vessels will also operate as credible, rigorous research platforms, with a 40sqm wet-lab onboard, a range of scientific instrumentation, and with resident field scientists year-round.
Viking expeditions are partnering with a suite of academic institutions, notably Cambridge University’s Scott Polar Research Institute, US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (NOAA GLERL), Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) to collaboratively deliver a comprehensive research program.
This specific new technical role has been created, to manage all field research activities and citizen science onboard, to liaise with our Academic partners, Viking Expedition shore management team and onboard Admin team;
and to ensure that rigorous research is undertaken a key contribution towards our vision of re-imagining the possibilities for an expeditionary Ship of Opportunity’.
The Field Research Coordinators will work in regular rotation offshore, and in liaison with each other when ashore.
Strong leader, team player and an inspiration to others
Practical, problem solver
Excellent communication skills
Knowledgeable about expedition operations
Works well under pressure
Smart, presentable, friendly and excellent people skills
Excellent computer & Microsoft Office experience (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc)
English speaking and writing to a high standard
Manage the onboard laboratory
Operate the RIB-mounted multibeam sonar, for bathymetric surveys and operational tasks
Operate and maintain the ship’s onboard oceanographic instrumentation ( FerryBox’)
During off-ship activities, act as an interpretative science guide for guests, enhancing their enrichment experience
Conduct field work to collect data relevant to the ongoing science projects, coordinating the
logistics with the Assistant Expedition Leader and Expedition Program Coordinator
Manage the onboard maintenance and update of the scientific database
Assist in data and report preparation to produce scientific papers for publication
Socialize and be visible in guest areas as often as possible
Assist with embarkation and disembarkation duties as necessary
Assist in any other general duties assigned by the Expedition Admin Team
Assist in any shipboard Crew Safety Duties
Mindset and Values
Be well groomed and of professional personality and focused on delivering 100% satisfaction
Operationally disciplined, able to rigorously ensure all research SOPs are followed
Adhere to schedules, always setting good standards
Be willing to travel regularly to various Viking offices and vessels
Communication & Coordination
Report to the Expedition Program Coordinator when onboard, and the Viking Expeditions Head of Science
Lead by example
Work with the Expedition Admin Team providing training and mentorship to all staff and crew
Ensure a positive working environment
Marine fieldwork experience - essential
Minimum of a science degree in relevant subject
Enthusiastic team member
Proactive problem solving
Teamwork and good communication
Well organized, efficient and positive
Understand guest needs
Good time management
Reliable and pressure resistant
Proactive in upholding Viking standards of excellence
Marine Radio Operator’s license (VHF) or equivalent
Previous technical support experience and laboratory management - Advantageous
Previous experience in the management of marine fieldwork Advantageous
Demonstrated experience in the Expedition Cruise Industry - Advantageous
Previous experience in polar regions - Advantageous
Small boat license (RYA Powerboat level 2 or equivalent / higher) - Advantageous
Guidelines and Regulations
Implement Standard Operating Procedures & STAR Service Standards within the department
Ensure appropriate appearance and clothing according to the updated Grooming Standards
For work in Polar Regions : have passed the appropriate and most recent field staff online assessment of IAATO / AECO
The company reserves the right to change / extend this job description if necessary, at any point of time during her / his employment