The Seafarers’ Ministry Interns [SMI] will provide hospitality and pastoral care to visiting seafarers from a Christian [or other faith] perspective. Likewise, the Ministry Intern is expected to introduce and promote seafarers’ issues and concerns within their faith community.   


  • Create an atmosphere of welcome and hospitality to seafarers visiting the IMC
  • Successfully Complete Ship Welfare Visitor Course [online at] and other learning assignments
  • Visit crews onboard ships in port of Oakland [possibly other Bay Area Ports].
  • Communicate and Minister to seafarers of multi-nationalities and faith traditions [onboard and/or virtual spiritual guidance and counseling]
  • Conduct religious service[s] on ship or at the Maritime Center [as requested]
  • Escort family members on ship to visit loved ones
  • Provide help in an emergency or crisis. 
  • Attend North American Maritime Ministry Association [NAMMA] conference in Seattle WA August 1-3, 2023 [REQUIRED]
  • Assist in the design and content development for the and websites, and The Seafaring Channel on YouTube.
  • Conduct outreach to faith organizations to educate and inspire congregations to support seafarers’ welfare and rights.  


  • Ideal applicants have interest and gifts for pastoral care/chaplaincy. Also have some familiarity with maritime industry.  
  • Ideal candidates will be currently enrolled in an educational, skills or career development program; actively involved in a faith-based or community serving organization; be considered an emerging leader in the organization or community.  
  • Detail-oriented with ability to work independently and manage time effectively
  • Able to handle multiple projects with collaborative work style. 
  • Have valid CA drivers’ license with clean driving record
  • Be eligible to obtain a TWIC card .  Before applying, please review the requirements here 


  • Be skilled in using Microsoft Office, and digital platforms [esp. websites/social media]. 
  • Be able to climb steep stairs [to board ships]