SIU JobsSIU-contracted companies offer plentiful opportunities for employment aboard all types of vessels, including (but not limited to) deep sea cargo vessels, tankers, military support ships, Great Lakes vessels, cable ships, tugboats, passenger ferries and more.

If you already are a member of the SIU and are ready to ship, please register at one of the union halls. Click here for a list of SIU halls.


If you already have your merchant mariner credential/z-card and TWIC – and are not currently an SIU member – and are interested in joining the SIU, please contact the nearest SIU hall. For a list of halls, click here


If you are interested in applying for the unlicensed apprentice program at the union-affiliated Paul Hall Center and its Seafarers Harry Lundeberg School in Piney Point, Md., click HERE for information on how to apply.


Both the SIU and the Paul Hall Center appreciate your interest.


Currently seeking:


For the veterans program at the Paul Hall Center, military veterans with Deck and Engine ratings in a watch-standing capacity who have sea time within the last seven years, honorably discharged.


Culinary specialists with food preparation experience and at least eight years of military service.


Through the school, you will have opportunities to obtain Basic Safety, Able Seafarer Deck or Able Seafarer Engine, and VPDSD endorsements.


Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are guaranteed a first job on board a U.S.-flag merchant vessel manned by the SIU.


Registered Nurses with emergency room experience (for MDR jobs)


Independent Duty Corpsmen




Cooks to work aboard U.S.-flag merchant vessels. Must have at least 5 years of food preparation experience or equivalent education from a two-year culinary college or program, plus two years of work experience in the food preparation field.


Note that applicants for the school’s entry level program must qualify for a Transportation Worker Identification Credential, U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Credential, and U.S. Passport. No experience required. Must be at least 18 years old.


Engineering ratings:






The SIU also is seeking mariners with active security clearances. These positions include but are not limited to STOS, QMED and steward department positions. The jobs are on various MSC vessels. Typically, rotations are 120 days on and 120 days off.


Please contact Bart Rogers at 1-800-732-2739


Steward Instructor

The Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education, located in Piney Point, MD, has two (2) full time Steward Instructor positions open. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:


- Teaching assigned courses with approved curriculum;

- Maintaining sanitation code needed to meet inspection regulations;

- Maintaining and updating curriculum with the Curriculum Development Coordinator;

- Collaborating with the Curriculum Development Coordinator in the design of assessments;

- Administering assessments in accordance with specific lesson plans;

- Directing Phase 1 trainees in specific duties related to a fully operational galley;

- Providing direct instruction to individuals seeking to upgrade their steward certification;

- Organizing menus and daily prep needed for meal schedules;

- Demonstrating specific techniques and methods used for recipes;

- Training Unlicensed Apprentice classes to support chain of command abroad contracted vessels;

- Monitoring all equipment for functional and safe daily use;

- Designing and distributing Wellness Initiative recipes for students and staff;

- Supporting the needs of the School for special events, company requests and other specific tasks as needed.


Qualifications for this position are: Serv-Safe Manager Certification; Train the Trainer Certification; proficient communication skills; knowledge of ship board culinary training requirements; the ability to organize daily meal production.


Compensation is $21-26/hr. If interested, please send resume via e-mail to or fax to 301-702-6060.


Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. The employer is an equal opportunity employer of individuals with disabilities. Salary can be adjusted at employer’s discretion based on experience, skill, ability, seniority, and/or education.


For information about sailing as an MDR or Storekeeper specifically with Crowley Maritime, click HERE to open a 2-page PDF file that includes detailed information and additional links.



Career Opportunities with Norwegian Cruise Line

SIU members are invited to check out shipboard opportunities with Norwegian Cruise Line for positions on board the M/S Pride of America in Hawaii.


Recruiters are currently seeking experienced candidates for a variety of positions in the Hotel Departmentt.


For more information, visit Click the CAREERS section and go to SHIPBOARD EMPLOYMENT.


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