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onboard educator/deckhand

Overview
We are seeking an Onboard Educator/Deckhand 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 Onboard Educator/Deckhand 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 Onboard Educator/Deckhand will

  • be responsible for training crew members in how to teach sail training

  • ensure the sail training curriculum is being taught properly and effectively to trainees

  • help coordinate the program schedule with the captain and affiliate organization’s program director

  • act as program director when affiliate organizations do not supply one

  • make sure trainees are actively engaged in each activity and provide a safe environment for learning

As a deckhand, the Onboard Educator/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

Skills & Qualifications

  • A degree in education or a related field and several years of classroom or outdoor teaching experience are required

  • 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.