Mercy Ships historically has used two main crew categories, Long Term and Short Term. While the length of service and requirements for joining each category has changed over the years, we have kept with this basic structure which set crew fees, PTO, etc. for each person.

Over the past few years, we have moved to develop a career path structure which would encourage tenure and accepting more responsibilities by offering retention benefits. We have therefore changed to a more clearly defined 6 category structure based on position. Each Position category will have a clearly defined minimum and maximum length of service together with the requirements and benefits that go along with that position and commitment. See Position Category Structure table below.

Length of commitment and staff development

Mercy Ships has reviewed each position and set a minimum and maximum commitment for each position. Having a maximum commitment will help set clear expectations from the very beginning and will set the foundation for pro-active discussions about career development with those who show potential both within their professional realm and within the social dynamics of the community.

Our philosophy is when crew know that we are interested in helping them develop into better leaders, it will give them a longer term focus and commitment to Mercy Ships. These pro-active discussions will also help us to identify the crew who may have reached their ceiling as far as professional development goes, but are key pillars within the community. Within the category system is a simple process for tenure extension to facilitate retention of these key individuals.

Retention benefits

Each Position Category has corresponding retention benefits (See Position Category Structure table below). These include the following:

  • Personal Time Off (PTO)
  • Crew Fee Discounts
  • Housing Priority
  • Insurance Coverage and Rebate
  • Re-Entry Savings Account
  • Use of Guest Cabins on board for Personal Guests
  • Subsidized Travel

More information regarding the details of these benefits will be discussed once you arrive on board.


Please click on the table above for an expanded view.