• free food and accommodation
  • medical insurance are provided during the work contract
  • contract 4-5 months on


Public Health Officers for Carnival drive shipboard compliance and commitment to the highest public health standards in the areas of Disease Surveillance, Prevention and Control of Infectious illnesses, Food Safety, Potable & Recreational Water Safety, and Integrated Pest Management through structured audits, training, and effective communication.

As the Company’s public health representative onboard the vessel, they oversee compliance with the ship’s COVID-19 response and reports findings to the Captain onboard and Head of the Public Health Department ashore.
Our Public Health Officers are in front and behind the scenes Officers who undertake vital compliance takes to ensure our guess and crew are kept safe and healthy and all Public Health standards are met and maintained.

Disease Prevention and Control:

  • Oversees the implementation and compliance with shipboard prevention and control activities at all response levels including for COVID-19, AGE, and other communicable diseases.
  • Participates as a key member of the shipboard Outbreak Management Team (OMT) and coordinates the implementation and compliance with OMT decisions.
  • Oversees the correct and safe storage, par levels, condition and use of all infection control related PPE, disinfectants, hand sanitizers, and other supplies and related equipment. Monitors compliance with all shipboard public health and infection control procedures including, hotel services for isolated/quarantined individuals, PPE use, and disinfection protocols.
  • Assists with investigating illness cases and contact tracing to identifying exposure and transmission risks to individuals, areas, or events.
  • Monitors the public health and infection control protocols and measures related to individuals in quarantine and/or isolation.
  • Coordinates drills on the company’s Outbreak Prevention and Response Plan (OPRP) to ensure all crew are adequately trained, equipped, and prepared to effectively respond to outbreaks of communicable diseases.
  • Assists the Medical Team in responding to local health authority requests for public health information, data, or investigations.
  • Provides regular reports to shipboard and shoreside leadership outlining illness status and operational preparedness and response during elevated illness response levels.

Vessel Sanitation Compliance:

  • Oversees the implementation of shipboard Public Health procedures/measures and compliance with the Global HESS Public Health policies and Corporate Instructional Notices.
  • Oversees facilities and equipment cleanliness & maintenance issues to ensure compliance with applicable public health standards.
  • Works with the Technical and Deck Departments onboard to identify and prioritize relevant repair and maintenance activities and refit planning as per public health standard.
  • Measures and reviews chemical and microbiological parameters within potable water (PW) and recreational water facilities (RWFs) to ensure compliance with applicable public health standards. Works with both, Hotel and Technical Departments onboard to implement corrective actions as necessary and/or close the facilities when water testing values are out of range.
  • Reviews the food safety management, PW, RWF and air handling systems and records, to ensure compliance with public health standards.
  • Effectively communicates with both shipboard and shoreside management to facilitate the correct interpretation and application of public health policies and procedures.
  • Accompanies internal and external public health inspectors and health authorities during their ship visit and inspections.
  • Reviews all internal and external inspection reports to identify trends and avoid repeat deficiencies.
  • Escalates issues of non-compliance and/or public health gaps to onboard management and well as shoreside management as necessary.
  • Follows-up to ensure open items are corrected and appropriate actions taken as soon as possible.
  • Reviews the public health standards and operating procedures on company approved shore excursions and company owned private ports and destinations as part of illness investigation, reported non-compliance by crew or guests or upon request from shoreside or shipboard management.
  • Accompanies and facilitates third party vendor public health services, including but not limited to water samplers and sampling events.

Public Health Audits and Inspections:

  • Conducts internal audits of shipboard public health programs and activities to verify compliance with applicable requirements.
  • Delivers information on public health observations based on trends and audit results to shipboard management to address in their operations.
  • Conducts daily public health monitoring rounds of targeted areas and operations to ensure compliance with company policy and to evaluate public health gaps and risks onboard.
  • Conducts a minimum of one public health unannounced inspection of an area per week.
  • Engages crew with feedback and coaching.
  • Provides disciplinary recommendations on reported public health violations.
  • Provides public health weekly audit & compliance reports to onboard management.

Public Health Training:

  • Delivers effective public health training applicable to identified and specific training needs.
  • Conducts ad hoc training of shore excursion operators and private destination team members based on gap analyses or at the direction of the shoreside Public Health Department.
  • Uses trend and gap analyses to determine public health training needs.
  • Employs a variety of techniques to evaluate and improve the efficacy of public health training.
  • Works with the shoreside Public Health Department to improve and standardize public health training content.


  • Education in Public Health, Environmental Health, Sanitary Engineering, Medical & Biological sciences, or closely related fields.
  • Cruise ship experience not mandatory but preferred
  • Three years of full-time shoreside experience in implementing, overseeing, or auditing public health programs.
  • Knowledge of infection control practices and Vessel Sanitation Standards. Ability to thrive in a fast- paced cruise ship environment, while prioritizing workloads. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate to culturally diverse teams. Self-sufficient and able to work independently.
  • Good level of English

Last updated: May 12, 2021

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