Job Opportunities

Clearwater offers a number of job opportunities. While passion for the Hudson River environment is a key requirement for working at Clearwater, we also strive for diversity and to hire individuals who have an outstanding track record. Employee selection is based on his/her ability to perform required tasks and Equal Employment Opportunity Act provisions. Check back with us often, as we update our Job Opportunities page regularly.

Clearwater is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  If you are interested in volunteering with Clearwater, please visit our Volunteer Opportunities page.


Job Description
Title: Manager of Business and Corporate Sponsorship

Clearwater, a leading environmental and educational organization in New York’s Hudson Valley, famous for its majestic floating classroom – the sloop Clearwater – for its environmental advocacy and for its music and concerts (including the annual festival known as Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival), seeks a Manager of Business and Corporate Sponsorship.

The manager will work on a commission basis, and be responsible for developing and obtaining corporate and other business sponsorship for the Clearwater organization, for specific programs, concerts and events and for online and other public communications, enabling Clearwater to increase its revenues by building a strong portfolio of sponsors interested in reaching and appealing to Clearwater’s audiences.

The position will report to the Director of Development; for Festival sponsorship, the manager will work under direction of the Festival Director.

Because of the importance of the organization’s integrity, image and public-policy positions, the Manager of Business and Corporate Sponsorship must work within Clearwater’s culture and policies with respect to the types of opportunities that can be offered and the types of sponsorships that can be accepted.

For a full job description, click here.  Apply by email only (no phone calls, please) with a cover letter and resume to Use the subject line “Business and Sponsorship Manager Position.”


Job Description
Title: Vessel Captain

The Captain of the sloop Clearwater is responsible for the safety and well-being of both the crew and passengers, and the safe and efficient operation and management of the vessel. The captain is the ultimate authority on the vessel, commanding respect and attention from all crew and passengers at all times. Clearwater tradition, seafaring tradition and legalities dictate the extent of the Captain’s command.

The 106’ sloop Clearwater is an all wood work boat, a replica of sloops that sailed the Hudson River in the 18th and 19th centuries. Instead of the bricks and produce cargo of earlier ages, Clearwater’s “cargo” is a message of care and concern for the environment, especially the Hudson River and its surrounding waterways. The Captain is an ambassador of Clearwater’s environmental agenda and acts accordingly.

Clearwater is owned by the members of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc., a nonprofit environmental education organization. The vessel follows the river’s sailing traditions while sharing its message environmental education and hope to those who come aboard.  Clearwater crew provide a solid schedule of onboard education programs for schools, educational groups, adult programs and members.

Clearwater is a Coast Guard inspected vessel.  It sails from the tidewater reaches of the Hudson River, including greater New York Harbor, northern New Jersey and Long Island Sound. The sailing season runs from early April through the end of October. The captains work ten days on the boat, then work five office days, and five days off before getting back on board.

The Captain has both Administrative Responsibilities and Boat Responsibilities. These areas of responsibility overlap and are not confined to the locality of the office or the boat.

For a full job description, click here. To apply, email a resume, cover letter to



Job Description:
Crew Positions
July 15 through November 2015

Clearwater is currently accepting applications for all deck positions (1st Mate, 2nd Mate, Cook, Engineer, Bos’un, Deckhand and Apprentices) for the Fall 2015 season (July 15th through November 1st 2015). You will be working with a crew of 10-18 people (some volunteers) delivering Clearwater’s education program to 4th-12th graders as well as occasional programs for adults. Applicants with prior educational/sailing experience are preferred. Applicants should have strong communication skills, an active interest in education and an ability to work/live in a close knit community. Crew members work a 5-day-on, 2-day-off schedule. Our fall sailing season will end at the end in early October for an extended haulout this winter.  The fall sailing crew will finish their season by helping prepare the vessel for a major hull restoration project.  All crew are required to pass a pre-employment drug test and background check. Compensation includes room and board.

See detailed job descriptions here: Applicants should sent their resume with a cover letter specifying which positions they’re interested in to


Winter Apprentices
Monthly, October to March

The 106’ sloop Clearwater is an all wood work boat, a replica of sloops that sailed the Hudson River in the 18th and 19th centuries. Instead of the bricks and produce cargo of earlier ages, Clearwater’s “cargo” is a message of care and concern for the environment,especially the Hudson River and its surrounding waterways. Clearwater is owned by the members of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc., a nonprofit environmental education organization.

Winter Apprentices work for one to two months alongside the crew of the Clearwater under the direction of the maintenance coordinator in Kingston, NY. An apprenticeship is a great opportunity to participate in both the basic maintenance and the intense restoration of the sloop going on this winter.  Apprentices will be extremely necessary for all of our typical annual maintenance (sanding, painting, cleaning, inspecting, and servicing), in addition to dismantling the interior and moving and organizing tools, lumber, and bilge weights.

While apprentices will not become shipwrights, rebuilding the centerboard trunk, or building or installing frames or planks, they’ll be on hand to help with and learn about those processes. Apprentices’ salary includes room, board, and $100/week.Applicants must be willing to work outside in cold weather. Experience doing maintenance projects is a plus, but will train the right person. Eagerness to learn new skills and be a part of the Clearwater community is essential.

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