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Deckhand

Overview
We are seeking Deckhands for our upcoming season on the New England coast aboard the 131-foot wooden schooner Harvey Gamage.  Tall Ships Maine is organizing the programs while Ocean Passages is responsible for hiring crew and keeping the ship in good order.

The Deckhands will live aboard the ship with trainees and crew (captain, cook, three mates and four deckhands) for the duration of the season, April 29 to October 31, 2019.  Room and board provided.

About the Program
Our 2019 programs will focus on five-day sailing voyages for students ranging in age from 13 to 19.  We expect between 15-22 sail trainees, program directors and/or chaperones each week.  Groups change every week and the mission will vary slightly per program.

The crew will be responsible for operating the ship, teaching the students how to operate the ship and performing maintenance when the ship is not operating (we expect the ship to be at the dock about 10 weeks during the 26-week season).  The ship will also take passengers out sailing on weekend evenings to raise funds for the sail trainees.  We will also participate in some Tall Ship festivals.

Responsibilities
The Deckhand will

  • act as the watch officer’s assistant and help with duties assigned to the watch, execution of maneuvers and any ship’s work

  • teach trainees many basic seagoing skills, ranging from knots and lines to proper cleaning of the heads

  • maintain the ship’s routine and set a positive, supportive tone for the trainees

The Deckhand may also assume the collateral duty of Medical Officer or Engineer.  An additional stipend will be added to the crew member’s base pay.

The Medical Officer

  • should be trained to at least the level of Wilderness First Responder (WFR) 

  • is responsible for the inventory and upkeep of the medical locker, emergency treatment of injuries, distribution of any and all medications and the documentation of medical events requiring treatment

The Engineer

  • is responsible for the routine maintenance of all the ship’s mechanical systems, including the engine, generator, electrical systems, pumps, stove, refrigeration, heads, etc.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Sailing experience on board a Tall Ship preferred

  • Flexible and adaptable to changing environments and schedules

  • Enjoys the work of inspiring young people to new self-discovery

  • Accepts the vagaries of sail training cheerfully and enthusiastically

All crew members must be willing to undergo a background check and drug testing in compliance with U.S. Coast Guard regulations.

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and three professional references to Sydney Hebert at sydneylhebert@ocean-passages.org.