The diversity and opportunities to work aboard superyachts around the world are endless. The yachts range in size from 60ft to 600ft with crew of 1 - 100 crew members in four primary departments. Each department is responsible for a unique set of tasks aboard and is suited for individuals with specific skill sets and experience. Explore professions within each department.


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They are in charge of the interior of the yacht and have a similar role to a steward/ess, but on a more senior level. The Chief Steward/ess manages and recruits the interior staff and reports directly to the Captain. 

The most important aspect of the Chief Steward/ess role is his/her attention to detail. This type of position requires the ability to think ahead, provide a service before the guest makes the request and to anticipate events before they happen. Most importantly, you must exhibit the ability to discreetly serve guests in a luxury 7-star manner.

As with any job on a superyacht this is not a 9-5  role, particularly when the owner or guests are on board. Work can be needed at any time, day or night. Days are often long and hard, but your time off will often be in parts of the world most people aspire to. Be open minded, flexible and ready to accept new and varied challenges each day.


A typical day’s tasks will include

  • Food service, including providing silver service

  • Drink service and bar tending

  • Overseeing the cleaning and polishing of accommodation

  • Cabin preparation

  • Flower arranging

  • Obtaining local currency

  • Arranging trips, transport and other similar events for guests or the owner

  • General yacht operations

Once established in a Chief Steward/ess role, he/she may elect to move into a Purser role. This is a highly administrative position that is found only on very large yachts. It requires a strong background in everything from service to administration and crew management.

Required Skills and Experience

The Chief Steward/ess will normally have experience in more junior roles, but for top-end superyachts they may have experience as a butler. There are no specific qualifications, but a background in food and drink, hospitality and catering or customer service is an advantage.

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A yacht stewardess (yacht stew) is an entry-level position to working onboard a superyacht. A Yacht stewardess is responsible for the maintenance of the interior of the superyacht and providing the highest standard оf hоѕрitаlitу аnd ѕеrviсе in line with the owners and guests expectations.

Depending on the size of the yacht, there are between 1 and 5+ yacht stewardess. The duties and responsibilities as a yacht stewardess will vary with the size of the yacht and number of crew on the yacht. Your first job as a stewardess on a larger size yacht will consist of learning the basic duties of a stewardess. Crew Mess duties, detailing, cleaning windows, polishing is high on the agenda to keep the yacht in immaculate condition at all times.

Onboard a smaller yacht with a lower number of stewardess, responsibilities will increase to more hands-on duties such as; tender driving, anchoring, mooring procedures, assist within the galley or deck operations.


  • Providing 5-star service to guests and ensuring guest satisfaction
  • Providing excellent guest service, silver service and bartending skills when needed
  • Maintaining laundry, housekeeping and wardrobe tasks for both guests and yacht crew
  • Floral arrangements and decorations
  • Excellent knowledge of fine dining, wines and cocktails
  • Maintenance of guest-cabin care and detailed cleaning
  • Assisting with inventory and restocking provisions
  • Watchkeeping within the crew mess
  • Stowage for sea
  • Attention to detail
  • To maintain a safe and secure environment
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The laundry stewardess onboard a superyacht is responsible for managing the laundry facilities and completing all laundry onboard. This position’s duties include washing, ironing, pressing, folding and expert stain treatment of clothes as well as linens, carpets and curtains in a timely and efficient manner. At times this role may require long hours in small, interior laundry facilities on board.

Job Responsibilities

  • Laundry - guest and crew
  • Washing, ironing and/or pressing, folding
  • Responsible for correct storing of linens, uniforms

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A deckhand is an entry level position aboard a mid- to large-sized yacht with primary duties including cleaning and maintenance of the exterior of the vessel. A successful deckhand often has some experience in the superyacht industry, or on board private vessels, and is keen to learn and work hard. It is essential that the deckhand can perform assigned tasks efficiently with a positive attitude in addition to interacting with owners and guests in a professional manner. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Cleanliness of the yacht wash downs, stainless polishing, waxing
  • Assisting bosun and mate in maintenance projects; sanding and taping up for varnishing or painting, caulking, filling
  • Continued learning of yacht maintenance, operations and systems; line handling, tender driving, navigation, safety, water sports

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The Chief Engineer is in charge of the engineering department and is responsible for its safe and efficient operation. He/she reports directly to the Captain. As well as managing the Engineers, Electricians and ETOs (Electronic Technical Officers), the Chief Engineer has overall responsibility for the engineering department.

Job Responsibilities

  • The chief engineer oversees all engineering operations on the yacht, reporting directly to the Captain about the technical condition of the engines, propulsion, ancillaries and interior systems. Working together with the Captain, the chief engineer is also in charge of maintaining the yacht in compliance with regulations. It is their responsibility to ensure the yacht passes all flag and port inspections. They also need to be able to effectively manage the team of yacht engineers below them, if such a team exists. On smaller yachts with fewer crew, the chief (and potentially sole) engineer may also need to help out deck as required, especially with docking, getting underway and anchoring.

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The first officer onboard a yacht is required to have in depth knowledge of all bridge, navigation and deck procedures as well as the ability to teach the deck crew new repair and maintenance skills. This person will also have a thorough understanding of safety procedures as well as managerial skills, strong leadership of and communication with the crew. The first officer is able to support the captain in every aspect of yacht management. This role necessitates at least five years of experience including positions as the first officer or the captain of a smaller vessel and a minimum license of OOW unlimited.

Job Responsibilities

  • Assisting captain with administrative and safety duties
  • Management of deck crew and maintaining crew discipline
  • Arrange regular safety drills
  • Setting watch schedules
  • Maintenance and deck inventory and deck equipment
  • Stowage of yacht for sea
  • Navigation
  • Adhering to deck budget
  • Continued education and licensing test