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Part-time Boatswain - Seamanship Specialists

at HMCS YORK in Toronto

Make A Difference with the Canadian Armed Forces – Naval Reserves!


There is no career more challenging or rewarding than serving in the Canadian Armed Forces. You will obtain world-class qualifications, develop leadership skills, and make great friends along the way. There really is no other career quite like it!


About Us: HMCS YORK is proud to be Toronto’s Naval Reserve Division.


As a member of the Naval Reserve, you will truly see the world. Members of HMCS YORK travel all across Canada and around the world, contributing to the missions of the both the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Navy respectively.


Employment Model: Naval Reservists serve primarily in part-time roles, while leading full lives in the civilian world. There are also significant full-time opportunities, including full-time training that will usually occur over the summer period.


Our training model is built around the academic year. During the months from September to April, we work and train on a part-time basis in Toronto. From May to August each year, our sailors travel across Canada and work full-time to progress in their military training.


From September to April, HMCS YORK trains on Wednesday evenings from 7 pm to 10 pm, and one Saturday per month from 9 am to 5 pm.


All members of the Naval Reserve start their careers at their home unit. There is a package of lectures and distance learning material that must be covered in order to prepare for basic training. This package is completed on a part-time basis under instruction from HMCS YORK Training Staff.


The first full-time course for all members in their first summer is basic training, held at CFB Valcartier, located in Québec City.


Job Title: Boatswain


As a Non-Commissioned Member (NCM) within the Naval Reserves, Boatswains are the seamanship specialists on our navy ships. They are responsible for the safe operation and maintenance of the ship’s rigging, shipboard cargo handling equipment, and small craft in enclosed waters.


Job Overview


The Boatswain’s range of responsibilities and supervisory duties is wider than in most other sea occupations. Their primary responsibilities are to:

  • Operate and maintain shipboard equipment associated with cargo handling and inter-ship personnel, fuel, and materiel transfer at sea
  • Operate and maintain a ship’s anchor and cable equipment for such tasks as towing, launch, and recovery of boats and rescue operations
  • Operate and navigate small craft in enclosed waters
  • Perform required tasks with a ship’s rigging, rope work, and lifesaving equipment
  • Organize the storage, training, and use of small arms, demolitions, and ammunition
  • Plan, organize, and conduct drill and ceremonies
  • Assist and supervise deck crews in maintaining the ship and its equipment
  • Operate light industrial equipment required for associated tasks
  • Coordinate watchkeeping duties at sea and in harbour

Pay and Benefits: You will benefit from world-class leadership training and gain invaluable skills that will help you in your everyday life.


Members pursuing educational qualifications are eligible to receive up to $8000 in tuition reimbursement total (i.e. $2000 for each of your four years of post-secondary school).


While training away from your home, you will always receive paid travel, food, and accommodations, on top of your salary.


Pay is based on a daily rate. Pay rates increase annually, and upon promotion.


When working on a part-time basis, you will receive a full day’s pay (i.e. $90.30) for any event lasting longer than six hours, or a half-day’s pay for any event less than six hours.


When working on a full-time basis, including while on training, you will receive the full daily rate every day, on a salary basis.


Eligibility: Applicants must meet three conditions of basic eligibility.


Age – Applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 57. There are no restrictions on applicants aged 18-57. Applicants aged 17 and 16 must have parental permission to apply, and applicants aged 16 must be in school.


Citizenship – Applicants must be citizens of Canada. Unfortunately, permanent residents are not eligible to apply.


Education – Applicants to most NCM roles must have completed at least Grade 10 high school.


Apply Now!


No resume required!


To apply, complete the online application:

  • Go to
  • Click on “ Apply Now
  • Select Primary Reserves, Navy

Point of Contact


Find out more about becoming a Royal Canadian Navy – Naval Reserve Boatswain and see what other opportunities are available in your area by contacting:


HMCS YORK Recruiting Office

659 Lake Shore Blvd West

Toronto ON M5V 1A7


Phone: (416) 635-4400 ext. 6340



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