According to All Cruise Jobs, environmental officers (EO) on cruise ships are responsible for ensuring environmental compliance onboard ships. EO’s accomplish this task by “providing oversight and assistance to shipboard personnel in complying with international, federal, state and V. Ships laws and regulations and ISO 14001 EMS requirements that apply to the assigned ship.” Environmental officers report directly to the Master, “with line of communication available to the Environmental Operations Director and his/her staff, as well as the Compliance Audit Team. The EO is a non-watch standing officer with responsibility for the oversight and verification of shipboard environmental compliance. The EO has full access to all employees and to all areas of the ship.”
The following EO job description was provided by All Cruise Jobs at www.allcruisejobs.com:
Principal Duties and Responsibilities of Environmental Officers on Cruise Ships:
Conduct, together with pertinent shipboard personnel, monthly shipboard environmental rounds required by Fleet Regulations to ensure the self-assessments are properly performed
Assist V.Ships technical department with his/her staff to perform internal environmental audits.
Assist the crew in resolving environmental concerns, such as inoperative or ineffective pollution prevention and waste handling equipment, ineffective procedures, or ineffective pollution minimization programs, such as recycling, hazardous materials management and minimization of oily bilge waste.
Maintain ship copies of all waste manifests and provide copies of manifests to shore side offices for corporate record keeping.
Ensure all wastes subject to special handling requirements are being managed properly and in compliance with applicable requirements and operating line policies.
Regularly review the Oil Record Book, Garbage Record Book and Sewage and Grey Water Record Books for completeness and accuracy.
Ensure the Master is notified of releases or spills into the environment, and ensure that the Master notifies the V.Ships technical dept., as well as the local, state, federal and international authorities as required. In the event the Master is unavailable or fails to make the required reporting, the EO shall notify the V.Ships S&Q Director.
Serve as the ship’s liaison to the V.Ships S&Q Director for all aspects of evaluating shipboard environmental management and performance.
Assist in the training of shipboard personnel in environmental policies and procedures.
Assist the Master and the V.Ships S&Q Director in responding to inquiries or complaints of any crewmember or guest regarding perceived improper environmental practices.
Participate in the development, implementation and enforcement of corporate operating line environmental policies and procedures.
Coordinate with the V.Ships S&Q Director and his/her staff to assess the vessel’s shipboard environmental programs including but not limited to: pollution minimization, evaluation of new technologies, bilge water management, gray and black water management, hazardous materials and chemical management, solid and hazardous waste management and spill response
Ensure shore side personnel, including but not limited to, the V.Ships S&Q Director, are notified when pollution prevention equipment is inoperable for more than 48 hours.
Conduct semi annual ISO 14001 EMS Management Review
Participate in regularly scheduled meetings of the Master and vessel’s department heads to discuss environmental issues.
Supervise the collection and shipment of waste stream samples, when required, in accordance with established sampling protocols. The EO will receive copies of the results of such sampling and shall ensure that appropriate action is taken.
Environmental Officer Requirements
Licensed Engineer holding a Class Two certificate of competency or above is desired. An environmental related degree/qualification will also be considered and will be valuated by Environmental Operations Director.
Audit experience is desirable.
Good organizational skills are mandatory.
Good communication and interpersonal skills are essential.
The ability to speak, read and write properly in English is required.
Ability to work across departmental boundaries is required.
Proactive and positive approach to protecting the environment and assuring conformance with fleet Regulations and ISO 14001 is essential.
Necessary training will be provided.
How to Find Environmental Officer Jobs on Cruise Ships
If you have a specific cruise line in mind, locate the cruise lines’ OFFICIAL website first. Visit the Ships and Cruises Directory for official listings. Once you have located the site, visit the website and search around for job postings. Most cruise line websites have a career center or job postings page. If the cruise line lists job openings, be sure to follow the application procedure to the letter. Applicants that do not follow directions are typically passed over in favor of those that do. If the cruise line does not list job openings on its site, send a polished cover letter and resume to the cruise lines Human Resources Department. The Human Resources Department is typically located at the cruise lines headquarters. This information is usually listed on the cruise line website. It is important to include the position you are interested in so that it can be directed to the appropriate department manager.
For more information about jobs on cruise ships visit Cruise Ship Jobs online. Here, you can download the 2010 cruise ship employment guide; you can read through cruise line profiles; you can find out which ships are hiring and for what positions — and you can even apply for a cruise ship job right online. Please note that this website charges a fee. You can apply for a job on your own, free of charge, sign up with a placement agency, or use Cruise Ship Jobs’ service.
Cruise Ship Job Perks
Environmental officers on cruise ships may earn anywhere from $52,190-$76,832 per year. Environmental officers also receive free accommodations and meals, health insurance, savings and retirement benefits, and free air travel to and from the ship.