OPEN DAILY 9:30 to 5

Lead Captain, Merrymeeting



Maine Maritime Museum (MMM) is an independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to celebrating Maine’s vibrant culture. Because this vibrant culture includes different backgrounds, perspectives, and voices—and because our museum welcomes visitors from around the world—our institution is firmly committed to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion.

If you believe in museums’ important role to reveal the past, to inform the present, and to shape the future, we invite you to join our team. You will join us on the beautiful banks of the Kennebec River, on a twenty-acre campus where collaboration and creativity are encouraged.

Position Summary

The Captain position is a part-time seasonal position (up to 30 hours per-week). 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 Chief of Staff / Director Operations, the Captain operates and manages the Museum’s cruise vessel Merrymeeting lawfully and in a safe and seaworthy manner. The Captain supervises the operation, maintenance, and upkeep of the Merrymeeting keeping the vessel to the highest standard. In addition, this position is responsible for conducting and oversight of crew trainings. The Captain is responsible for basic routine maintenance, and upholding all classifications and certificates of inspection in full force and effect safeguarding all Coast Guard certifications and requirements to carry passengers. The Captain works collaboratively with other Museum Staff to maintain cohesion between the boat and other Museum departments ensuring that all supervised staff and programs support the mission of the Museum and adhere to Museum’s strategic plan.

Essential Job Functions

  • Hold and maintain required United States Coast Guard (USCG) marine documents and/or licenses valid for the position of Master for Inspected Passenger vessels appropriate for the Merrymeeting and all USCG requirements to be able to renew and maintain the documents of licenses as required by law.
  • Enrollment in the museum’s Maritime Consortium program and subject to random drug testing as required by the D.O.T. / USCG.
  • Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of passengers, crew and the vessel.
  • Provide coverage as captain or crew when staff is unable to cover their shift and an alternate cannot be found.
  • Crew Training – Schedule and conduct training for pre-season safety drills, and arrange for demonstrations for Crew and Captains (fire, man overboard, etc.). Ensure that captains and crew know and practice the emergency procedures on a regular weekly basis and ensure all trainings are documented and recorded in the vessel log.
  • Records – Maintain accurate records regarding vessel log book, passenger counts, crew trainings, fuel delivery and usage, routine and or unscheduled maintenance, boat inventory, onboard injuries and incidents, etc.
  • Ensure the vessel is maintained and kept in a seaworthy manner regarding condition, operation, safety, and maintenance.
  • Conduct and document scheduled routine boat maintenance including, but not limited to, fuel and oil filter changes and main engine oil changes. Notify the Supervisor to make arrangements for any unscheduled repairs or needed maintenance beyond the abilities of the Captain.
  • Inspect and maintain all safety, firefighting, and lifesaving equipment and schedule drills and training of crew as required by USCG.
  • Scheduling and oversight of vessel fuel deliveries and holding tank pump-out as needed.
  • Work with the Chief of Staff / Director of Operations to determine and coordinate necessary pre and post season maintenance and scheduling of yard services.
  • Coordinate with Guest Services and/ or Education staff regarding charters and special events.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as required.



  • Minimum 2 years’ experience captaining passenger carrying vessels.
  • 50-Ton Near Coastal Captain’s License required, 100-Ton preferred.
  • Marine Radio Operator Permit.
  • Valid CPR / First Aid Certificate.
  • Familiarity with local waters including Kennebec River, Sasanoa River, Sheepscot River, Boothbay Harbor, Booth Bay and Merrymeeting Bay.
  • Strong management and organizational skills.
  • Friendly and outgoing personality.
  • Solid customer service skills.
  • Must pass pre-hire drug screening and be subject to random drug testing.
  • Knowledge of local waters and a love of history a plus



The Captain position is a part-time, hourly, non-exempt position in Bath, Maine. Starting pay is $27 per/hour.

Equal Opportunity Employer

MMM is an equal opportunity employer and does not tolerate discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, age, protected genetic information, status as a parent, marital status, political affiliation, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


Please email a cover letter and resume to hr@maritimeme.org.

Maine Maritime Museum