First Officer / First Mate Yacht Jobs

YPI Crew is a crew recruitment agency that places the utmost importance on the efficient and successful placement of crew on yachts. From Captain, Stewards/Stewardesses, Chefs, Deckhands to yacht Officer jobs, our placement process ensures that both crew member and the employer are entirely happy with our match.

First Officer Job Description:

  • The First Officer also known as Chief Officer or Chief Mate is the second in command and reports to the Captain.
  • In charge of the deck crew : Second Officer, Third Officer, Bosun and Deckhands (depending on the size of the yacht)
  • S/he or the Second Officer may be the designated security, safety and medical officer
  • Responsible for overseeing deck operations and maintenance
  • Deck budgeting/ inventory
  • Supervision of all toys and tenders
  • Setup of watch schedules and passage planning


First Officer Required Skills:

As a Captain to be, the Chief Officer needs to have

  • Good navigational skills
  • A charismatic and unflappable personality
  • A”can-do” attitude”
  • Excellent leadership, etiquette and communication skills
  • Maintenance and engineering experience or understanding
  • Good grasp of accounting and IT
  • Good knowledge of all international maritime laws and regulations

If you have not yet registered with YPI Crew on our database, it is an easy and straightforward procedure. Simply upload your CV, certificates, references, and a medical certificate such as an ENG1 and you will automatically be considered for all First Mate jobs currently available.

Our administrator will review your CV and email you to acknowledge the application. Once you are registered, you can check in online through the website by clicking on ‘Log In’ and then ‘Check In’.


How much does a First Officer/First Mate on a yacht earn?

As a part of a YPI CREW salary survey, 214 Deck Crew have contributed their salaries, broken down as 116 Chief Officers, 16 Second Officers, 12 Third Officers, and 64 Deckhands.

From the data, we see that fewer Chief Officers (43%) reported having a rotational position compared to Second Engineers (57%). However, they reportedly benefit more from rotation than Captains who are at 33%.