Captain & Crew

Clearwater Crew 2016

captainsCaptain Aleythea Dolstad
aleythea@clearwater.org
(845) 265-8080, x7163
If a home flag is to be flown for Aleythea, it is the flag of Cascadia. Having grown up on an island, being surround by water seems not only natural but unavoidable. Aleythea’s first sailing experience was on the schooner Ruben de Cloux at eight days old, their toddler years were spent on the longboats Porpoise and Discovery’s Launch. The summer after middle school they began sailing on the schooner Adventuress, first as a participant, and eventually spending multiple seasons both sailing and yard. Having dedicated a majority of their time on the waters of the Salish Sea working with environmental education and environmental and social justice, coming to the fine and splendid sloop Clearwater just made sense. Aleythea is happy to be working in a place where the folk tradition of making voices heard, strong in the face of injustice, and sailing a tall ship successfully meld together. Enjoys climbing stuff, playing hot dice, a well done Hudson River gybe, cilantro, bonfires, making a cozy nest, and tea with milk and honey. Shipboard titles have included but are not limited to; volunteer, deckhand, educator, rigger, spare part, bosun, first mate, trouble, winter coordinator, watch officer, and captain.

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SUMMER/FALL CREW


Caitlin Zinsley, Onboard Education Coordinator

caitlinCaitlin first sailed on the good sloop Clearwater in 2008 as a week-long volunteer and never looked back, returning the next two years as an apprentice and as deckhand in the fall of 2013. In between visits to the boat, Caitlin attended and graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in Environmental Studies. Recently, she worked for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program, specializing in getting kids to touch American eels. (Long live anguilla rostrata!) Caitlin also led weekend educational programming at the Sarah Lawrence Center for the Urban River at Beczak, focusing on the Hudson River Estuary. When not on the river, Caitlin is likely thinking about it. She is excited to share her love of the river with  everyone! Caitlin also teaches swing dancing and enjoys cooking soup.

See this year’s past crew members


Education Job Descriptions:

Onboard Education Coordinator live aboard Clearwater, on alternating weeks, and lead two three-hour education programs daily in the spring/fall with some multi-day programs in the summer. While aboard, Educators train volunteers to teach learning stations, operate/maintain a trawl net and other education equipment. While in the office, Educators coordinate program content between schools, volunteers and staff. More Info

Educator/Deckhand (½ Season)

Description:  Under the direction on the first mate, the deckhand carries out the daily operations of the vessel, both during maintenance periods and underway, education or otherwise. They work closely with the volunteers in this capacity.  Under the direction of the Educator Coordinator, the deckhand assist in providing the educational program. Half season deckhands are more focused on environmental education, and will have more responsibilities such as maintaining fish logs and more training in specialized education stations. Preference is for applicants to have a background in environmental studies, education, or a related field.

As an entry-level learner position, the deck hand is expected to take initiative to educate themselves in all aspects of vessel operations, safety and seamanship


Clearwater employs 6 professional crew (First Mate, Second Mate, Engineer, Bosun, Cook, Deckhand/Educator) on a seasonal basis; a 4-month contract, with two days off per week.  The professional crew works closely with the on board Educators and is joined by 2-4 monthly interns and 4-6 weekly volunteers.  All crew members are expected to have a thorough knowledge of the vessel, safety standards and emergency procedures. All crew members will be required to pass a pre-employment drug test and will be subject to random drug testing throughout the course of their contract.  They are expected to participate in Clearwater’s on board education program. They are expected to work with volunteers, getting them settled when they arrive and maintaining good rapport throughout the week. They are expected to maintain good communication with the captain, mate and educator.

First mate

Description:   The first mate is second in command to the captain, and assumes the responsibilities of the captain in their absence.  They are directly responsible for deck safety and rig maintenance.  They direct and supervise crew and volunteers in daily deck operations, per orders of the captain.  In consultation with the captain, bosun and engineer, the first mate coordinates and supervises all maintenance projects.  They are responsible for volunteer training in deck operation and safety.  The first mate is expected to be a role model of initiative and leadership and to set a general tone on board reflecting that. A USCG 100-ton inland Master license is not required, but is preferred and may allow the first mate to train and sail as relief captain.

Second mate

Description:  Under the direction of the first mate, the second mate carries out daily operations of the vessel as a deckhand/educator, both during maintenance periods and underway, education or otherwise.  They work closely with volunteers in this capacity.  In addition, the second mate assumes the duties of the first mate in their absence. This includes directing and supervising the crew and volunteers in safe daily deck operations and maintenance, per orders of the captain.  They also share responsibility for volunteer training in the first mate’s absence.  The second mate must also be prepared to act as designated engineer, in the engineer’s absence.

Engineer

Description: Under the direction of the first mate, the engineer is responsible for daily vessel operation as a deckhand/educator and is also responsible for the care and maintenance of the vessel’s  systems.  This includes daily, weekly and monthly maintenance of the main engine, the on-deck engine and fire pump system, the fresh water system, the bilge pumping system, the refrigerator system and electrical systems.  The engineer is responsible for regular checks of the vessel’s safety and emergency gear.  They are responsible for the maintenance of engineering tools and equipment,  keeping the engine room properly stowed, maintaining engine room logs and reports inventory needs to captain.  The engineer is expected to train the crew in relief engineer duties. At the end of their season, the engineer is expected to turn over a season’s end report.

Bosun

Description:  Under the direction of the first mate, the bosun is responsible for daily vessel operation as a deckhand/educator and is also responsible for deck maintenance.  They maintain and monitor a list of maintenance projects and supplies.  They maintain tools and equipment,  keeps the bosun’s locker properly stowed, and reports inventory needs to captain.  They also work with the first mate in implementing and supervising crew and volunteers in maintenance projects. At the end of their season, the bosun is expected to turn over a season’s end report.

Cook

Description: The cook is responsible for planning and serving three well-balanced meals per day for all crew and volunteers.  The meals must be planned within the budget limitations and time constraints, taking into account specia l dietary needs.  The cook must maintain adequate provisions, including keeping track of propane.  They work closely with the captain and mate on meal scheduling and provisioning.  The galley equipment must be properly maintained and the galley properly stowed.  The cook is encouraged, but not expected to participate in the education program.  They are expected to train the crew in relief cook duties.  The cook is expected to develop a working knowledge of the vessel and emergency procedures.

Deckhand/Educator (season long)

Description:  Under the direction on the first mate, the deckhand/educator carries out the daily operations of the vessel, both during maintenance periods and underway, education or otherwise. They work closely with the volunteers in this capacity.  As an entry-level position, the deck hand is expected to take initiative to educate themselves in all aspects of vessel operations, safety and seamanship.

Sailing Trainee

Description:  Under the direction on the first mate, the trainee carries out the daily operations of the vessel, both during maintenance periods and underway, education or otherwise.  They work closely with the volunteers in this capacity.  As an entry-level learner position, the sailing trainee is expected to take initiative to educate themselves in all aspects of vessel operations, safety and seamanship.

Sloop Clearwater is always accepting applications for Sailing Crew:
1st & 2nd Mates, Cook, Bos’un, Engineer and Deckhand
First season start early April and run through mid-July, second season starts mid July and ends mid-November (sailing typically ends October 31) and includes room and board.
Interested parties should review the appropriate description below and send a resume and letter of intent to:
Captains
HRS Clearwater Inc.
724 Wolcott Ave 
Beacon, NY 12508
or crewapps@clearwater.org