Clearwater is always accepting applications for sailing crew positions
First season: early April-mid July | Second season: mid July-mid November
To apply for a position, review the descriptions below and send your resume and letter of interest to: Clearwater Captains at email@example.com 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 (4 Month)
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.
Under the direction of the First Mate, the Second Mate carries out daily operations of the vessel as a Deckhand, 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.
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.
Under the direction of the First Mate, the Bosun is 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. While not performing bosun duties they are responsible for daily vessel operation as an Educator 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. They work closely with the volunteers in this capacity. 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.
The Cook is responsible for planning and serving three well-balanced meals per day for all crew and volunteers. 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 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.
PARTIAL SEASON POSITIONS (1-3 Month)
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. They work closely with the volunteers in this capacity. 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
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).