Become a Host or Matelot/deckhand on the luxury hotel barge Luciole in France

  • Langue: It is important that you can speak a good word of English.
  • Période: From mid-April unil the end of October.
  • Salaire: A gross monthly wage of €2,197.73
  • Aide à l'installation: Travel expenses paid.
  • Repas: Food and refreshments.
  • Logement: Accommodation with individual cabins.

Inland Voyages is looking for a Host and Matelot/deckhand for their hotel barge the Luciole. You will be cruising the glorious Nivernais Canal in Burgundy, Central France during the 2023 Summer season.

Please note that you need to have a valid EU passport to be able to apply for this vacancy! Also, it is important that you can speak a good word of English since our passengers are generally American. 

Job information Host


The role of the host is to provide a high standard of care and attention, looking after our twelve passengers on the inside of the boat. There is a considerable amount of work shared between the two hosts, on a split shift rota. The role consists of two main areas; cleaning – of the 8 cabins, and service – for each meal, as well as hot and cold drinks throughout the day. Hosts are also responsible for turning around the boat each weekend, with guests leaving on Saturday mornings and arriving Sunday evenings.


The role requires a good deal of flexibility, versatility, stamina and good communication skills. A good host is well organised, with an attention to detail and hospitable with guests. Teamwork is essential on the Luciole, an ability to work in a team is imperative, with an easy attitude of helping others when required. Being able to speak French is a bonus, but not required.

Job information Matelot/deckhand


The barge cruises at a slow and steady pace along the Nivernais Canal, a varied and challenging waterway of river and canal. Passing through 6 or 7 locks each day, it is the deckhands’ responsibility to help guide the captain through locks, using lines to stop the boat and tie her up in each lock or port. The deck hand is responsible for tidying and cleaning the boat, a continuous task. Painting is required regularly to keep her in good condition and problem solving abilities are necessary to fix any issues onboard, including within passenger cabins and bathrooms. Twelve bikes also require regular maintenance. During the 6 night cruise, it is the deckhand’s responsibility to assist in the kitchen, washing up the 4 course evening meal twice per week. Further responsibilities include removing rubbish daily and visiting the bread shop in the morning.


Ideally we are looking for a technically able person with a good attention to detail. The deckhand must have the ability to maintain the barge’s outside appearance, bikes, plumbing and mechanical systems. We will provide training on boatmanship. This is a very physically demanding role, the continuous workload requires a good amount of stamina to achieve the heavy workload.

We require someone with a friendly and positive attitude. This still remains a customer-facing role, as there is a lot of contact with our passengers. Teamwork is essential on the Luciole, it is vital that crew members work together and are flexible within their roles. We welcome new employees to the family and enjoy to see them progress, with the option for the deckhand to obtain a bus driving license.

What will you get?

  • A gross monthly wage of €2,197.73
  • Accommodation: a personal cabin with basin, shared shower/wc
  • Travel expenses paid
  • Two nights off a week are offered + from Saturday – Sunday afternoon


Are you excited about this job opportunity in beautiful Burgundy, France? Please apply by clicking on the green “apply now” button. Have a look at our website ( if you would like to know more about Hotel Barge Luciole.

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