Photo by Mark Russell

Photo by Mark Russell


Currently accepting applications for: 

Professional Crew Positions

Mates: The mates are responsible for leading a safe navigational watch, supervising deck operations and assisting the Captain in vessel operations, maintenance and instructing students in sail operations. The Mates maintain the deck logbook and are responsible for keeping all the navigational and safety equipment in order. Experience aboard square-rigged sailing vessels is required. Minimum license requirement for this position is 500-ton Ocean Mates with Auxiliary-Sail.

Engineer: The Engineer is in charge of the proper operation and maintenance of all electrical and mechanical equipment aboard the ship. The Engineer monitors fuel and water supplies, maintains the highest level of fuel and energy efficiency and keeps tools and spare parts organized and inventoried. He/she also instructs all crew members in the procedures for operating the generator, engines, bilge pumping system, and fire fighting equipment. Record keeping is through an online system called Wheelhouse. The right candidate for the position of Engineer will have at least a Designated Duty Engineer (1,000hp), Basic Safety Training & Advanced Fire Fighting. Full job description here

Cook: The cook prepares and serves three meals daily for up to 49 crew, students and teachers; Other duties include sanitation and hygiene management of the galley, planning, provisioning and stowage. Cook must have creative menu ideas, a good sense of budget, the highest standard of hygiene and cleanliness and produce timely delicious and nutritious healthy meals. Full job description here

Program Manager: The Program Manager will play an important role in the content and delivery of programs aboard Oliver Hazard Perry , working both as part of and alongside the ship’s professional crew to facilitate the core sail training experience, to coordinate auxiliary courses, and to administer the programs.

Bosun: The Bosun is responsible for the ongoing maintenance and repair of the hull, deck, rigging and sails of the boat. The Bosun works closely with the Captain and Mate to coordinate maintenance priorities and available materials and labor. The Bosun is responsible for maintaining an appropriate inventory of maintenance supplies, tracking use of materials and projecting future needs. 

Able Seaman: Able Seamen are the core deck crew members working the ship both on deck and aloft. They also lead the trainee crew members (both youth and adult) in all aspects of shipboard operations. The Able Seaman is a US Coast Guard issued merchant mariner document.  STCW rating of AB Deck is required, including Basic Safety Training, Personal Survival Craft, and Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch. Full job description here

Medical Officer: The Medical Officer is a member of the deck crew with the following additional responsibilities: Maintaining full inventory of medical supplies, first point of contact for major and minor medical incidents, accompanying students on visits to hospital or doctor’s office, keeping a record of all injuries aboard and medication administered, taking custody of all student’s prescription medication, and recording their distribution. Must hold a valid EMT license with additional wilderness medical training. Full Job description here


Application Process: 

Apply by emailing cover letter & resume to