US-based Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic operates its own fleet of six expedition ships and several seasonal charters offering adventures on all seven continents.
Lars-Eric Lindblad pioneered expedition travel to Antarctica with his company, Lindblad Travel. In 1969 his company launched Lindblad Explorer, the first private, purpose-built expedition ship. As well as Antarctica, he was also the first to bring civilians to some of the most exotic places including Galápagos, Easter Island, the Amazon, Papua New Guinea, and more.
The company’s name was changed to Lindblad Expeditions in 2000, and in 2004, Lindblad Expeditions became partners with National Geographic to further inspire the world through expedition travel. The partnership’s educationally oriented voyages allow guests to interact with and learn from leading scientists, naturalists and researchers while discovering natural environments, above and below the sea.
In March 2013, Lindblad acquired Orion Expeditions and then in 2015 Lindblad merged with Capitol Acquisition Corp. II. In April 2016, Lindblad acquired the Via Australis. It will debut in late 2016, after a significant refurbishment, as the National Geographic Endeavour II. It will then replace the National Geographic Endeavour in the Galapagos.
Additionally, the Company has two new coastal vessels on order, National Geographic Quest to be delivered in 2017 and a second new build vessel expected to be delivered in 2018. Lindblad Expeditions’ vessels are all US registered. Therefore, all shipboard employees must be able to legally work in the United States, and possess a valid US passport.
All their vessels sail with a full-time doctor, a video chronicler, an undersea specialist, a National Geographic photographer and a photography instructor as part of every expedition team. Additionally, stewards and deckhands are hired to work seasonal agreements. All other shipboard positions are full-time, year-round positions which have a work rotation of approximately two months on board and one month off the ship.
To apply to work for Lindblad Expeditions, view the “Open Positions” on their employment pages. Each position lists a Job Summary, Essential Duties, Qualifications, and a link to apply online.
Updated: October 30, 2016