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Crew needed for living history programs!

The year is 1906, San Francisco has just experienced a devastating earthquake and fire, and the city lies in ruins. The sailing ship Balclutha (1886) will set sail tonight for lumber to rebuild, but there are no officers to lead the crew. The captain needs YOU!

We are seeking enthusiastic instructors for an innovative children's (4th-8th grade) maritime history, teambuilding and sail training program aboard historic sailing vessels. Starting in late August, our programs run primarily during the school year with additional opportunities to work over the summer.

All applicants must be responsible, creative, motivated team players with a strong interest in a waterfront environment and a love of working with children. Prior teaching and/or outdoor experiential education experience required. Sailing or related experience, performance/theater experience and an interest in San Francisco's maritime history desired. Current CPR/First Aid certification required. Must be willing to commit to a minimum of one school year.

FT & PT positions available. Eligible for medical and dental benefits. $15-20 per hour DOE with overtime wages and additional benefits available for overnight shifts.

Work aboard an 1886 Sailing Ship!
Make history come alive!
Teach Life Skills like teamwork, leadership, & problem solving!
Develop your own salty characters and sharpen your improvisation skills!
Earn $15-$20/hr. plus medical, dental, & vision benefits, paid time off, and more!
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Job Web Site: SF Maritime Website
Application Closing Date: Not Specified
Application Contact Email:

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TITLE: Age of Sail Instructor

SUMMARY: Responsible for direct instruction of 25-35 students ages 9-13 while in the costume, character, and setting of a 1906 square rigged sailing vessel. Reports directly to the Age of Sail Program Manager. Responsible for utilizing appropriate teaching skills and strategies to accomplish program goals, in a safe and professional manner.

PROGRAM GOALS: Overnight and 4 Hour “Living History” Field Trips aboard historic ships. This program is designed to fulfill the requirements of the California State Dept. of Education Frameworks for History – Social Science. Using the medium of role-playing and hands on activity, we create a cooperative learning environment for the students to develop the life skills of self-respect, respect for others, listening, and meaning of responsibility. The students should finish the program with a greater awareness of the role of history in their lives, and an appreciation of San Francisco’s maritime heritage.


Demonstrate the ability to utilize the program’s characters in role play to dramatically and effectively engage the students and meet the goals and objectives of the program, as described in the staff training manual and teacher’s guides.
Assist the Program Manager in administration of the program by:
Willingness to perform all roles
Setting up/breaking down all programs
Maintaining equipment and areas of the ship used for the program
Identify maintenance problems
Available to work evenings and weekends
Communicate problems/needs of staff and/or participants
Anticipate and react to problems proactively
Understand and maintain all safety rules and standards;
Interact professionally and positively with colleagues (Maritime Park Association staff, NPS staff and volunteers) and members of the public;
Perform necessary first aid for illness or injury, if required, during program;
Demonstrate general understanding of California history, (specifically the Gold Rush era) and U.S. history (specifically the Industrial Revolution, the end of the “century of steam” and the beginning of the “century of electricity”).
By the end of the 90 day probation period, demonstrate a general knowledge of local maritime history, sail theory, and basic navigation. (This can be acquired through Park resources).
Other duties as requested by the Age of Sail Program Manager.

CPR/First Aid certifications are required by all staff
Instructors must pass a series of tests based on the program content, skills and safety regulations
Staff members may not work under the influence of any drug, legal or illegal.
Staff members must always be in control of motor skills and exhibit clear judgment
Staff members must be ready to work (in costume and character) at the assigned start of the shift


Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university or two-year attendance at a college or university and two years related experience and/or training.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be met to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk,
climb, bend, reach and use hands and fingers to handle and/or feel. The employee is occasionally required to sit. The employee is required to talk and hear. The employee must have the ability to physically and emotionally handle, in a professional manner, possible strenuous conditions aboard the vessel due to foul weather or other unpredictable conditions. The employee must regularly lift and/or move between 25 - 35 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

100% outdoor environment aboard a historic and/or sailing vessel. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

Compensation: $15-$20/hr.

Benefits: Medical and Dental Insurance available for staff working more than 22.5 hrs/week.

Please send resume and cover letter to:

Glenn Howe, Education Director:

• Location: California, San Francisco

• Post ID: 80667022 sf is an interactive computer service that enables access by multiple users and should not be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider. © 2017