The Schooner Captain position is a per-diem position requiring a great deal of flexibility. This position supports the mission and goals of Maine Maritime Museum by giving top priority to strategic plan initiatives, teamwork, and public service. Under the direct supervision of the Programs and Operations Director the Schooner Captain is expected to operate the museum’s historic vessel Mary E lawfully and in a safe and seaworthy manner.
The Schooner Captain works in collaboration with the Director of Watercraft and Traditional Skills to develop maintenance plans, schedule work, ensure appropriate vessel maintenance and upkeep procedures and protocols are followed, and safeguard the vessel’s Coast Guard Certificate of Inspection. The Schooner Captain works with the Programs and Operations Director to develop crew schedules, off-site vessel appearances, and cruising schedules. The Schooner Captain holds the overall responsibility for the safety of the vessel and passengers while the vessel is underway. The Schooner Captain works collaboratively with other museum staff to maintain cohesion between the vessel and other museum departments. The Schooner Captain ensures that all supervised staff and programs support the mission of the museum and adhere to the museum’s strategic plan.
Specific responsibilities include:
• Assist the Director of Watercraft and Traditional Skills in ensuring the vessel is maintained and kept in a seaworthy manner in regards to condition, operation, safety, and maintenance.
• Safeguard the vessel’s Coast Guard Certificate of Inspection.
• Assist with pre-season and post-season preparation of the vessel.
• Oversee the day to day operations of the vessel including daily maintenance regimes, and operation of vessel while underway on trips.
• Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of passengers, crew and the vessel.
• Responsible for maintaining daily records and logs.
• Daily management of boat crew.
• Serve as an ambassador for the vessel and the Museum when underway and at off-site events.
• Other duties and responsibilities as required.
• 50 Ton Master Near Coastal Captain’s License with Auxiliary Sail Endorsement
• Navigation skills including reading charts, radar, dead reckoning.
• Competency operating a gaff-rigged vessel in an educational setting.
• Familiarity with Maine coastal waters.
• Marine Radio Operator Permit.
• CPR / First Aid Certificate.
• Strong management and organizational skills.
• Must pass pre-hire drug screening and subject to random testing.
• Customer relation skills.
Minimum of 5 years of experience aboard historic wooden schooner rigged vessels preferred. Knowledge of local waters and history is a plus.