Clearwater is always accepting applications for sailing crew positions

We are currently hiring for the 2022 sailing season (Pro Crew – April thru October. Educator Deckhands are a two month position rotating throughout the season.)

All crew will be required to follow COVID-19 health and safety guidelines as set by the CDC and USCG. Vaccination for COVID-19 is required.

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.

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.

FULL SEASON PRO CREW POSITIONS

First Mate

Under the direction of the captain, the first mate carries out daily operations of the vessel directing and supervising the crew in safe daily deck operations and maintenance. The first mate is also responsible for the management of the crew and ships resources in the longer term. This includes but is not limited to managing supplies, safety and deck training, and days off for the crew. The first mate is always a model member of the Clearwater community and should serve as an example of good conduct when interacting with the public, passengers, and crew. This is a live aboard position.

Second Mate

Under the direction of the first mate, the second mate carries out daily operations of the vessel as a deckhand and educator, 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 a relief cook. 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 reporting inventory needs to the 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 and deckhand. This is a live aboard position.

Bosun

Under the direction of the first mate, the bosun is responsible for daily vessel operation as a deckhand and educator and is also responsible for deck maintenance. They maintain and monitor a list of maintenance projects and supplies. They maintain tools and equipment, keep the bosun’s locker properly stowed, and report inventory needs to the captain. They also work with the first mate in implementing and supervising crew in maintenance projects. At the end of their season, the bosun is expected to turn over a season’s end report. The Bosun may act as relief engineer or relief cook. 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. This is a live aboard position.

Deckhand

Under the direction of the First Mate, the Deckhand is responsible for the daily vessel operations, during maintenance periods and underway. The Deckhand takes part in the implementation of education programming. 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. This is a live aboard position.

PARTIAL SEASON POSITIONS (2 Months)

Educator – Deckhand Learner

The Clearwater is now accepting applications for the position of Educator Deckhand Learner for 8-10 week periods during the 2022 season. Under the direction of the First Mate, Educator Deckhands carry out the daily needs of the vessel, including underway operations and maintenance. Educator Deckhand Learners have a strong role in Clearwater’s educational program. Under the direction of the Onboard Program Coordinator, they assist with volunteer training in education stations and learn how to implement the onboard education program. Preference is for applicants to have a background in environmental studies, education, or a related field. As an entry-level learning position, Educator Deckhands are expected to take initiative to educate themselves in all aspects of vessel operations, safety, and seamanship. This is a live aboard position.

Sailing Trainee

The Clearwater is now accepting applications for the position of Sailing Trainee for one-month periods during the 2022 season. 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). This is a live aboard position.