Work & Holiday maritime jobs Down Under?
April 22, 2011 7:36 PM Subscribe
If I were to do a Work and Holiday Visa in New Zealand/Australia what jobs could I reasonably expect to get that allow me to legitimately log USCG Sea Time and and gain other valuable maritime experience?
posted by DetonatedManiac to work & money (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So, I've already jumped away from my life in the USA for the last 3 months. I find myself here in Kiwi Land about to do a working-sail on a square rigger to Fiji, New Cal, and then Vanuatu, before returning to New Zealand. I have no return ticket and nothing (other than perhaps homesickness) pushing me to return home.
I've not really tested my sea legs yet, but something tells me that I really want to jump full bore into a maritime career (as I posted previously I'm also considering going back home and trying to get into the Merchant Marines or something like that).
I'm 25, almost 26, and it occurs to me that the time to do some Work & Holiday Visas is now. Maybe I can combine the two impulses: backpacking wonder lust and maritime career advancement?
So in all honesty, could I find jobs while backpacking around down-under that would allow me to improve my nautical resume and work towards the 360 days logged at sea?
Where would be the best places to look or best jobs to look for? Should I start in New Zealand or Australia?
Some additional considerations:
*** Fitness. For the last 2 weeks I've been doing maintenance work on the square rigger we're about to sail and I realize that the last 3 years of cubical work and preceding 4 years at college have done my body and coordination no favors. I'm not as fit or as sure footed as the average amature-sailor I'm with. I am also not the most experienced or coordinated with a tool in my hand (but I'm learning).
My spirit and my mind, however, are facinated and enthralled with navigation, helmsmanship, logistics and the other aspects of life at sea, and I WANT to get better and fitter.
So I figure I'd need to work my way up: take some work and adopt a lifestyle that will improve my fitness and experience. But I don't think I can hack a truely salty sea job off the bat.
***Career Wise, I really want to work my way to be a Deck Officer in the mid term (Cruise, Container ship, Tug... doesn't matter), but my dream goal (retirement?) would be to own my own eco-tourism business of some sort on my own sailboat, taking people (tourists and/or researchers) to explore coastal and marine wildlife.
So I'm interested in touristy/wildlife jobs, but again, I want to work towards those 360 logable days at sea if possible.
***Money, Fortunately I have a sizable chunk of savings I could utilize for this work & holiday adventure, especially if the experience would be beneficial to my future career. But obviously, I'd prefer to take jobs that pay me, or at least are no cost to me.