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 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.


Crew Positions

Winter Maintenance Coordinator for Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
November 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018

The winter maintenance coordinator is in charge of the winter maintenance list, two to three professional crew, two to three trainees, and occasional volunteers at our winter shop in Kingston, NY.  They will be responsible for training and overseeing all of the winter work,  setting up the shop in early November, and keeping track of the of the maintenance done in the maintenance log.  At the end of the winter, a report of the work accomplished is expected.  The maintenance coordinator is responsible for setting the tone for the winter crew.  They will foster a strong work ethic, and a supportive and efficient community driven work environment.

The winter maintenance coordinator will live in the crew apartment, be responsible for maintaining order in the shared apartment, and keep track of the food budget for the crew.  There is no cook hired for the winter, so the maintenance coordinator and crew decide together whether to have shared or individual meals with the allotted funds.

Organization and previous experience managing people of various levels of experience are required. Work on wooden tall ships highly preferred.



Winter Crew for Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
November, 2017 to March, 2018

Under the direction of the maintenance coordinator, the winter crew will participate in a variety of maintenance tasks needed to keep a historic wooden vessel sailing.  Such tasks may include: sanding, painting, varnishing, cleaning, organizing, moving wood, shoveling snow, breaking ice, and various small carpentry projects. The winter crew should be ready to work long hours outside in the cold.  Living space at a crew apartment and a limited food budget are included.  There is no cook hired for the winter, so the maintenance coordinator and crew decide together whether to have shared or individual meals with the allotted funds.
Applicants must have a willingness to work in the cold.  Experience with paint, varnish, woodworking, and power tools are highly preferred.

Full season, and month long positions available
Apply by resume to
Contact Name: CLEARWATER
Tel: (845) 265-8080 x7163


May 2017 through November 2017

Clearwater is currently accepting applications for all deck positions (1st Mate, 2nd Mate, Cook, Engineer, Bos’un, Deckhand/Educator and Trainees) for the Spring and Fall 2017 seasons. 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.  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