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Ship Security Officer - Now Hiring

Postby ArmouredSoup » Sat Mar 19, 2011 7:29 am

I heard through some friends and former colleagues of mine that several Cruise Lines are currently looking for Security Officers.

There is a posting up at the Canadian hiring agency that recruits for several of these cruise lines.

"Security Officer
This onboard position prefers candidates with deck officer or security experience onboard. Candidates with a military or police background will also be considered. Please email resumes to pmmarine@telus.net
"

The website is www.pmcmarine.com


I did this job for 3 years, was at sea for 5 years in total. It is a great job for a single guy, (not recommended for anyone in a serious relationship). I would have never quit but I met my wife onboard and we decided to settle down and start a family.

Do not be deceived by the job title, a Security Officer onboard manages a department of 10-20 Security Staff and is required to have a very broad skill set including screening, training, breath tests, counter-terrorism, anti-piracy, criminal investigations and crime scene management, even a little fire-fighting. This is not a cushy "coffee break all the time, feet on the desk"job. I was working 50-60 hours a week. There are no days off at sea, and you are always on call. Most cruise lines look for atleast ten years of police experience for this position.
(I was nowhere near this, I worked my way up the ranks, and let me tell you, my first year was a rough, rough ride. When I wasn't working, I was reading.)

Salary starts at about $4,000 US per month and tops out around $7,000 US. (excellent when the exchange rate is in our favour) Contracts are usually 3-5 months long. All expenses are included, and as officers "SECOs" have all passenger privileges. When I was making $5,000, I was saving around $4,500 a month.

Canadians are under represented on cruise ships, most of these jobs go to retired British cops, as many ships are flagged under Bermuda. I'd love to see more Canadians take to the high seas. If you are close to retirement or ready for a change, I highly recommend it.

If anyone would like any more information feel free to message me.
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Re: Ship Security Officer - Now Hiring

Postby CourtOfficer » Sat Mar 19, 2011 9:41 am

Posting is now gone so far as I can tell. In any event, definitely sounds attractive but I doubt my family would want me to live on a cruise ship. Unless they had married quarters. That would kick a lot of ass.

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Re: Ship Security Officer - Now Hiring

Postby ArmouredSoup » Sat Mar 19, 2011 9:46 am

No married quarters, that would be fantastic, I never would have left.

But after a year of service, you do get weeks of free travel for immediate family. The amount depends on the cruise line.
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Re: Ship Security Officer - Now Hiring

Postby former mleo » Sat Mar 19, 2011 10:42 am

Bermuda triangle........ YIKES 88)
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Re: Ship Security Officer - Now Hiring

Postby ArmouredSoup » Sun Mar 20, 2011 11:20 am

Bermuda triangle is no big deal... now the gulf of Aden, thats where things get hairy.
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Re: Ship Security Officer - Now Hiring

Postby wonka1990 » Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:28 am

My girlfriends sister does youth security on the cruise lines. She seems to really enjoy it. For youth security its like a paid vacation. Shes allowed to get off at all the ports, she works shift work on the ship so she has plenty of time off. Sounds like a good gig for sure.
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Re: Ship Security Officer - Now Hiring

Postby ArmouredSoup » Mon Mar 21, 2011 9:53 pm

Yes, youth security is a good gig, especially for university students. Or if you have seasonal employment like as a park warden in the summer, you could go on the ships all winter. Only pays about 1200-1500 a month but everything is covered and you get lots of time off to enjoy the travelling.
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Re: Ship Security Officer - Now Hiring

Postby RemingtonSteel » Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:04 pm

ArmouredSoup wrote:Yes, youth security is a good gig, especially for university students. Or if you have seasonal employment like as a park warden in the summer, you could go on the ships all winter. Only pays about 1200-1500 a month but everything is covered and you get lots of time off to enjoy the travelling.


Wait, your telling me that for the other 6 months of the year when I get laid off, I can ride a cruise ship for free?? Talk to me man :D
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Re: Ship Security Officer - Now Hiring

Postby ArmouredSoup » Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:23 pm

RemingtonSteel wrote:
ArmouredSoup wrote:Yes, youth security is a good gig, especially for university students. Or if you have seasonal employment like as a park warden in the summer, you could go on the ships all winter. Only pays about 1200-1500 a month but everything is covered and you get lots of time off to enjoy the travelling.


Wait, your telling me that for the other 6 months of the year when I get laid off, I can ride a cruise ship for free?? Talk to me man :D


Yeah as long as you don't mind kids. A lot of lines eased up on the hiring of youth security when the us economy nose dived and rolled their youth security programs into their youth centres. As the economy gets better hopefully they will bring the youth security programs back.

P&O Australia also hires Security "specialists" on six month contracts, but those ships are a lot busier in terms of action, lot more alcohol related problems down under.
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Re: Ship Security Officer - Now Hiring

Postby RemingtonSteel » Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:32 pm

What is youth security? dealing with little kids?

Sounds more in line with daycare work? Or have I got it all wrong?
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Re: Ship Security Officer - Now Hiring

Postby wonka1990 » Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:41 pm

RemingtonSteel wrote:What is youth security? dealing with little kids?

Sounds more in line with daycare work? Or have I got it all wrong?


Essentially. They have to monitor the kids on the ships. Alcohol, crime prevention, curfew. It's a more specific unuiform presence on the ship, and there isn't very many of them.
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Re: Ship Security Officer - Now Hiring

Postby ArmouredSoup » Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:46 pm

Princess Cruise Lines had the best Youth Security program, but they cut all of their youth security staff in 2009 and rolled all of them into their youth staff, who are non-uniformed staff who work in the youth centre and are basically babysitters for kids and teens.
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Re: Ship Security Officer - Now Hiring

Postby RemingtonSteel » Mon Mar 21, 2011 11:23 pm

Yeah no thanks, not my cup of tea after all...... you had me all excited about the carribean traveling though man :P

Is there any other Cruise ship security type work that I could do in the off season? Or is the rest of it more year round?
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Re: Ship Security Officer - Now Hiring

Postby ArmouredSoup » Mon Mar 21, 2011 11:35 pm

RemingtonSteel wrote:Yeah no thanks, not my cup of tea after all...... you had me all excited about the carribean traveling though man :P

Is there any other Cruise ship security type work that I could do in the off season? Or is the rest of it more year round?


The Security Officer position is the best, thats what I was doing and thats where the money is. Security Specialist or Supervisor positions pay less, but have far less responsibility. Officers do 3-5 month contracts, Specialists usually around 6 months. Not all lines use Specialists or Supervisors, have to check with PMC and see if any are hiring. P&O Australia is usually looking for specialists, and as our winter is their busy summer, they probably would be ok with a winter only schedule. Depending on how desperate Princess and Holland America are for guys right now, they might not mind having a few more part time guys, the only issue I can see is whether or not they would be willing to shell out the cash for the training.
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Re: Ship Security Officer - Now Hiring

Postby user999 » Sat Nov 26, 2011 8:47 pm

right on the money @ArmouredSoup!
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