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.


Crew Positions,
March through July 2015

Clearwater is currently accepting applications for all deck positions (1st Mate, 2nd Mate, Cook, Engineer, Bosun, Deckhand and Apprentices) for the Spring 2015 season (mid-March through the end of July). 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


Onboard Education Interns,
April through June 19

Clearwater is seeking Education Interns for the Spring 2015 season to serve onboard the Clearwater or the Mystic Whaler. Education Interns work alongside the Educators as part of the crew, and are trained extensively to ensure the success of our education programming. They will work from early April until the Clearwater Festival in June.  They are responsible for writing blog posts, working on education projects, sailing the vessel, and teaching education stations.

For a full job description, and more information, Click Here. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to

Winter Apprentices
Monthly, December to March

Winter Apprentices work for one to two months alongside the crew of the Clearwater under the direction of the maintenance coordinator in Kingston, NY. Apprentices are responsible for participating 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. Winter Apprentices should be prepared work long hours outside in the cold. Living space at a crew apartment and a limited food budget are provided, along with a stipend of $100 per 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. Click here to apply.  (If an error message occurs, please copy the application and email it to


Clearwater Vessel Captain

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater seeks a qualified captain for the sloop Clearwater . During the sailing season, from early April through mid-November, the Clearwater sails from New York Harbor to Rensselaer with a crew providing environmental education programs to school children, young people, and adults. The start date for the position is any time from December through March 2015.

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

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