How To Get a Job On A Yacht


Published on May 24, 2020

Working on a yacht can be an absolutely amazing experience. You will enter a very special and exclusive world and have the opportunity to travel to the most wonderful places. To get into this world, you really need to know how to get a job on a yacht. There are so many different jobs on a yacht, so it is also important to find the one right for you!

So, how can you get a job on a yacht?

Types of Jobs

You might be surprised to find out how many different jobs there can be on a yacht. Especially on the big yachts, it doesn’t just stop at the stewardesses and the captain. Your first step to getting a job on a yacht is to find out which area might be right for you.

Deck Crew

The Deck Crew team consists of the yacht captain, captain, further officers, a chase boat captain, officer on watch, bosun, Deckhand, and security. To find out more about all their specific tasks and duties, read this detailed article.


The interior team will consist of a purser, stewards and stewardesses, Chef, Housekeeping, and laundry personnel. This team is responsible for the full client experience. From making the interior look as best it can be, through to service for all the guests. The purser specifically is in charge of the interior and financial matters in accordance with the ship.


The engineering department will consist of the Chief Engineer, potential 2nd and 3rd engineers, as well as an Electrician Technical Officer (ETO), Electrical engineer, and fitter. This team is required to oversee and ensure that the electrical and engineering of the yacht is operating without issues.  They should be flexible and willing to help fix not only important problems but even be willing to help fix a broken toilet! At sea the right part might not be immediately accessible, so an engineer should be able to troubleshoot and think outside the box.

How To Get a Job On A Yacht

So now that you have an idea of what type of jobs you can find on a yacht, think about what suits you best.

Training & Qualifications

Some of the jobs on a yacht require you to have a specific degree. This mainly counts for the engineers. You really should have an engineering background and degree, for you to be able to get a job on a yacht as an engineer. The same counts for a purser. It really helps to have a financial background or degree to be able to get a job like this on a yacht.

If you are looking to work as a steward or stewardess, doing the right training and qualifications is key. If you have never worked on a yacht it is vital to do a Yacht Management training course or get a similar yacht training qualifications.

For a steward role, you need to realise that you will be doing lots of different tasks. Especially on a smaller yacht. So you should really be multi-skilled and prepared for this. Make sure you at least have a Silver Service training qualification, as well as a Housekeeping Training qualification. The more qualifications like this you have, the better it will look on your CV when you go for an interview.

Register with agencies

Agencies are the key in how to get a job on a yacht. Make sure you register with all the reputable agencies who will deal with yachts, and make sure your CV is up to date. If you need help updating your CV, you can use our handy guide here. Treat your registration with an agency in the same way as you would a job interview. Show up on time for any appointments with them, and always be professional and well presented. Remember they have the direct link to and contact with your potential new employer, so you want to leave a lasting impression!

How can Polo & Tweed help?

Polo & Tweed regularly source and place the finest yacht crew around the world.  If you are interested in registering with us or are looking to recruit your new crew members, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. If you are looking to get a job on a yacht but you have not done any of the training yet – we can help too! We have Yacht Management, Silver Service, and Housekeeping courses all available in group, private, and e-learning format. You can read all about our training options here. Get in touch today and we will help you get a job on a yacht!


  1. Adam kimball says:


    My name is Adam Kimball. I’m 35 years old, I am single no kids and I have been a chef for over 20 years.
    I have spent most of my career in fine dining and given the recent circumstances, I would love to transfer to a different sector of the industry.

    I only know one person that has worked in this industry and he would definitely vouch for my abilities. He has worked on private yachts in Monaco, France for families all over the Mediterranean.

    I would love to submit my resume and know if there’s anything I can do to enhance my chances of obtaining a job as a chef on a yacht.
    Thank you.

    • Aafke Meelen says:

      Hello Adam,

      Thank you for getting in touch! You can apply to register on our books by following this link. One of our recruiters will then be in touch to talk about the next steps. If you would like to boost your CV by adding training, some of our Yacht training courses might be suitable. You can find an overview of all our training courses here – hope that helps!

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