Photo by Mark Russell

Photo by Mark Russell


Currently accepting applications for all positions for the spring/summer 2018:

Traditional sailing on deck and modern amenities below. Join as we teach a new generation about traditional sailing and marine stewardship. We run programs for trainees of all ages ranging from youth to adults during year-round operation in the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Training programs on this full-rig ship usually range between 1-4 weeks. All crew are educators, and must have enthusiasm and passion for teaching about sailing and life at sea. 

Captain: Available May 10 - July 1, 2018 

The Captain must hold a minimum of a 500 ton Masters License with Auxiliary Sail Endorsement. The Captain must have strong ship handling skills and experience handling vessels of similar size, and must be comfortable docking and anchoring at a variety of locations. Captain should have a strong commitment to Sail Training and education at sea, with experience delivering programs to students. Contract commitment of 3-4 months per year is ideal.  Read more here


Second Mate position available starting April 24 2018 (500 gross ton, Sail Endorsement)

Third Mate position available starting April 3, 2018 

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. Full job description here


Assistant Engineer position available starting May 10, 2018 (Unlicensed)

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 for Chief Engineer here.

Bosun: Available starting June 2018

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. Full job description here.

Steward: Available starting April 19, 2018

Preparing and serving three meals daily at sea and in port for up to 49 persons; Other duties include sanitation and hygiene management of the galley, planning, provisioning and stowage. Chef 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

Able Seaman: Available starting May 10, 2018

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.  AB special or AB sail licenses required. Full job description here

Medical Officer / Deck Hand: Available starting May 10, 2018

We hope that medical issues are minimal and the medical officer will be primarily a member of the core deck crew, working both on deck and aloft. They will lead the trainee crew members (both youth and adult) in all aspects of shipboard operations.  Medical Officer must hold a valid EMT license with additional wilderness medical training. Full job description here

Deckhand: Available starting May 2018

Deckhands 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. Of the four deckhand positions on board at all times, two are USCG certified Ordinary Seaman, and the other two are unlicensed positions.  Full job description here

Program Manager: Available starting May 25, 2018

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, coordinate auxiliary courses, and to administer the programs. Full job description here

Application Process:

Apply by emailing cover letter & resume to Chris Dimock and Hannah Spicer:   

  • Experience working on the largest civilian full-rig Tall Ship in the U.S. 
  • Square rig seamanship
  • Ocean voyaging
  • Funded Professional Development: more info
  • Comfortable accommodations 
  • Well paid positions
  • Helly Hansen sponsored crew uniforms
  • Paid Vacation time
  • Unique programs
  • Great destinations

Oliver Hazard Perry is proud to partner with Helly Hansen Newport to provide crew clothing and uniforms.