Logistics crew career
"We were tasked to provide relief to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. I was impressed with the commitment of everyone on board and ashore who were involved. It was empowering to think that we were going to be able to help our neighbours to the south as opposed to helplessly watch things unfold on TV.” –Moira B., Storekeeper, Maritime Region
What do logistics crew do?
As a Cook, you prepare and serve the meals on board Canadian Coast Guard vessels. You are responsible for providing healthy meals, served on time and prepared in a clean environment. When opportunities arise, a cook may be promoted to Chief Cook. The Chief Cook is responsible for the operation of the galley (kitchen). This includes supervising staff, keeping inventory, and developing menus while adhering to health and safety standards.
As a Steward, you report to the Chief Cook. You are responsible for several housekeeping functions on board a ship, including cleaning officers’ cabins and common areas. You are also responsible for serving meals, stocking provisions for the officers, and other galley (kitchen) responsibilities. You may also be involved in CCG activities like search and rescue and environmental response.
As a Clerk/Storekeeper, you are responsible for managing the ship’s inventory, from main engine parts to deck equipment to food inventory. This includes interacting with international suppliers and shore personnel on a regular basis. You also provide clerical support for personnel administration, pay and benefits, and travel arrangements.
You can move up in rank by accumulating sea time and passing Transport Canada exams. These are some of the positions available:
- Logistics Officer
- Chief Cook
- various positions within the federal public service
Income and benefits
Ships’ logistics crew positions offer competitive salaries and benefits. The average income is roughly $45,000 to $54,000 a year. Salary increases with rank. Please see the collective agreement for current salary rates.
Hours of work
The hours you work will depend on the vessel and operational requirements. There are four common crewing systems:
- Conventional – 40-hour work week, Monday to Friday, 8 hours of work per day.
- Lay-day – 12-hour work day, 7 days per week. Each day worked earns an equal banked day off.
- 46.6 On-Call – 8-hour work day with 16 hours on call, 7 days per week. You earn days of rest for the exact period of time worked. Days of rest cannot be banked.
- 42-Hour Averaging system – 12-hour work day, 7 days per week. You earn days of rest for the exact period of time worked. Days of rest cannot be banked.
Most Canadian Coast Guard vessels operate on a rotational crewing system:
- 7 days on / 7 days off
- 14 days on / 14 days off
- 28 days on / 28 days off
- 42 days on / 42 days off (for vessels operating in the high Arctic)
Is this career right for me?
These qualities and interests are essential for this career:
- empathetic and generous
- enjoy providing high quality service
- good sense of organization and priorities
- interest in working at sea
- able to work irregular schedules and go to sea for maximum periods of 42 days
- taste for adventure and travel
Training and educational requirements
To become a Cook, you must complete a marine cooking program from a recognized institute. It would be beneficial to seek opportunities working in the galley on seafaring vessels (some college programs offer a work term in the galley on an offshore vessel).
To become a Steward, you need experience in the hotel, food, or janitorial industries. You can get this experience by working for a professional housekeeping unit, as a server in a food establishment, or as a cleaner in the janitorial field.
To become a Clerk/Storekeeper, you would normally join CCG as an entry level steward, cook, deckhand, or oiler. Once you have gained some experience in logistics functions, you would be eligible to apply for the position of Clerk/Storekeeper. The on-the-job training you need to get would include learning about central storekeeping systems, financial management, procurement, life cycle management, fundamentals of purchasing, and inventory control.
Like all seagoing crew, you must meet other Requirements as well.
To join the Canadian Coast Guard as a member of the logistics crew, you must meet all Requirements. You must then apply through jobs.gc.ca (do not apply directly to the Coast Guard).
Please note: Résumés and applications are accepted only when a recruitment poster is advertised on jobs.gc.ca. Applications are not kept on file for future recruitment selection processes.
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