Clearwater is always accepting applications for sailing crew positions

We are currently hiring for the 2021 sailing season (Pro Crew – April 5 thru September 19. Educator Deckhands are a two month position rotating throughout the season)

To apply for a position, review the descriptions below and send your resume and letter of interest to: Clearwater Captains at crewapps@clearwater.org with a subject line naming the position you are applying for.

Clearwater employs 6 full season professional crew (First Mate, Second Mate, Engineer, Bosun, Deckhand and Cook) for four-month contracts and 4 partial season crew (Sailing Trainees and Educator Deckhands). In addition to pay, room and board, crew members receive two days off per week. All crew members are expected to develop a thorough knowledge of the vessel, safety standards and emergency procedures. Crew are required to pass a pre-employment drug test and are subject to random drug testing throughout the course of their contract. Clearwater crew serve as instructors in the sloop’s education program under the direction of an Onboard Education Coordinator. The crew are joined by 4-6 education volunteers each week with whom they are expected to maintain good rapport throughout the week. Crew are also expected to maintain good communication with the Captain, Mate, and Onboard Education Coordinator.

FULL SEASON POSITIONS

Second Mate

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. In addition, the second mate assumes the duties of the first mate in their absence. This includes directing and supervising the crew in safe daily deck operations and maintenance, per orders of the captain. The second mate must also be prepared to act as designated engineer, in the engineer’s absence. The second mate may act as relief cook.

Applicants must enjoy working with people of all ages and backgrounds and be able to maintain a work environment that challenges gender stereotypes and is LGBTQ+ affirming. Applicants also must have experience working in, sensitivity to, and appreciation for ethnically diverse viewpoints and different communication styles.

This is a live aboard position.

Engineer

Under the direction of the Captain, the Engineer is responsible for the care and maintenance of the vessel’s mechanical and electrical 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. While not performing engineering duties they are responsible for daily vessel operation as an Educator Deckhand.

Applicants must enjoy working with people of all ages and backgrounds and be able to maintain a work environment that challenges gender stereotypes and is LGBTQ+ affirming. Applicants also must have experience working in, sensitivity to, and appreciation for ethnically diverse viewpoints and different communication styles.

This is a live aboard position.

Deckhand

Under the direction of the First Mate, the Deckhand is responsible for the daily vessel operations as an Educator Deckhand, both during maintenance periods and underway, education programming or otherwise. As an entry-level position, the Deckhand is expected to take initiative to educate themselves in all aspects of vessel operations, safety and seamanship. The Deckhand may act as relief Engineer or relief Cook and is encouraged to train to become a relief mate.

Applicants must enjoy working with people of all ages and backgrounds and be able to maintain a work environment that challenges gender stereotypes and is LGBTQ+ affirming. Applicants also must have experience working in, sensitivity to, and appreciation for ethnically diverse viewpoints and different communication styles.

This is a live aboard position.

Cook

The Cook is responsible for planning and serving three well-balanced meals per day for all crew. Meals must be planned within budget limitations and time constraints, taking into account special dietary needs and with a preference for local and sustainable food. The Cook maintains adequate provisions including propane supplies. They work closely with the Captain and Mate on meal scheduling and provisioning. The galley equipment and cooking utensils must be properly cleaned and maintained and the galley properly stowed. The Cook is expected to participate on deck when necessary. 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.

Applicants must enjoy working with people of all ages and backgrounds and be able to maintain a work environment that challenges gender stereotypes and is LGBTQ+ affirming. Applicants also must have experience working in, sensitivity to, and appreciation for ethnically diverse viewpoints and different communication styles.

This is a live aboard position.

PARTIAL SEASON POSITIONS (2 Months)

Educator Deckhand “Ed Deck”

Under the direction of the First Mate, Educator Deckhands carry out the daily operations of the vessel, both during maintenance periods and underway, education or otherwise. Under the direction of the Onboard Education Coordinator, Educator Deckhands assist in providing the educational program and have additional responsibilities such as preparing education equipment and assisting with volunteer training in education stations. Preference is for applicants to have a background in environmental studies, education, or a related field. As an entry-level position, Educator Deckhands are expected to take initiative to educate themselves in all aspects of vessel operations, safety and seamanship

Applicants must enjoy working with people of all ages and backgrounds and be able to maintain a work environment that challenges gender stereotypes and is LGBTQ+ affirming. Applicants also must have experience working in, sensitivity to, and appreciation for ethnically diverse viewpoints and different communication styles.

This is a live aboard position.

Sailing Trainee (We are not accepting trainees for 2021 due to COVID limitations)

Under the direction of the First Mate, Sailing Trainees carry 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, Sailing Trainees are expected to take initiative to educate themselves in all aspects of vessel operations, safety and seamanship. Trainees are encouraged, but not required, to advance their skills and learn the skills of the professional crew (Mates/ Engineer/ Bosun/ Deckhand).