Chief mate, Schooner Bowdoin

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Reporting to the Master of the Bowdoin, the chief mate is responsible as second in command of the Schooner Bowdoin. Assists the Captain the operation, maintenance, safety and cleanliness of the Bowdoin. Employee has a moderate degree of public contact representing the Academy. Employee may assist Captain with input for budget and report preparation. Teaching Academy students required. Employee must possess a minimum 100 Ton Mate US Coast Guard License, with Auxiliary Sail Endorsement. Must be able to enter Canada. Must be prepared to travel extensively on vessel charters for extended periods. This position is a full-time 9-month (.75 FTE), benefits eligible, staff position. March 1 – November 30 annually. Position is paid over full calendar year.

Responsible for the safety of passengers and crew.
Adheres to USCG, OSHA, NFPA and other applicable safety codes.
Employee must stand bridge watches, operate and navigate the vessel safely.
Assist Captain with vessel operations and instruction, as assigned.
Supervise the deck crew when entering or leaving port of anchorage.
Assist Captain and supervises boat drills, fire drills, and other emergency actions.
Supervise and assist with loading, unloading and storage of equipment and stores.
Perform regular inspections of vessel including safety, proper storage of gear and equipment, maintenance of watertight integrity, safety of the sailing rig.
Supervise and assist deck crew in cleaning and maintenance of the vessel and equipment.
Assure storage and inventory of safety, firefighting, lifesaving, and other equipment.
Operate vessel in support of Academy educational programs.
Instruct in courses on Basic and/or Intermediate Sailing as directed.
Assist in the maintenance or operation of other Academy vessels as directed.
Other duties as assigned.
This job description reflects the general duties of the job but is not a detailed description of all duties, which may be inherent to the position. The Academy may assign reasonably related additional duties to individual employees consistent with policy and collective bargaining agreements.

Exceptional sailing skills.
Sail making and sail rigging skills.
Collaborative team player.
Strong customer service skills.
Professional presentation, appearance and work ethic.
Excellent organizational skills.
Ability to prioritize and to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
Good written, verbal and interpersonal skills required; ability to interact with all levels of staff and students.
Ability to maintain composure in stressful situations.
High degree of professionalism.
Strong customer service skills.
Professional presentation, appearance and work ethic.
Ability to work irregular/extended hours/weeks, including night and weekend duties as required.
Ability to work in a student-oriented training environment.

Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
Must possess minimum 100 ton US Coast Guard License with Auxiliary Sail Endorsement.
Minimum of three years’ experience sailing tall-masted ships preferred.
FCC Radio Operator’s Permit (COI vessel).
Unlimited Radar Endorsement.
Knowledge of USCG, OSHA, NFPA and other applicable safety codes.
CPR, First Aid (including AED).
Valid driver’s license, clean record.
Prior teaching experience preferred.
Sufficient computer skills to operate shipboard and other automated systems.
Working knowledge of Windows Microsoft office Suite.
Ability to enter Canada and current passport.

Current Drug-Free screening certificate and proof of current USCG physical (within last 12 months) or required to submit to same.
Criminal Background check required.
Tobacco-Free workplace (including all Academy vessels).

The physical requirements as outlined in the NVIC 04-08, as updated periodically by the US Coast Guard, are herein incorporated.
Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, pols and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Body agility is emphasized.
Lifting, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, and pulling are required frequently.
Frequent underway periods requiring time away from the Academy for extended periods: weeks, overnight and weekends.
This work includes sailing and maintenance work in outside areas, hot and cold weather, and exposure to elements such as the ocean, rain, salt spray, dirt, fumes, and loud noises.
Requires color vision: ability to identify and distinguish colors and depth perception. Vision requirements as set forth and covered under USCG requirements.

About Maine Maritime Academy
Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) is a public, fully accredited college located in the quintessentially New England coastal village of Castine, Maine. The college is one of six state-supported maritime colleges in the United States.
MMA is a college of engineering, management, science, and transportation with a community of approximately 950 students and 200 faculty and staff. Maine Maritime is a NCAA Division III institution that competes in the North Atlantic Conference, and is a New England Football Conference member.
MMA is a remarkable place to work and grow in a career, rich in opportunity, experiences and rewards. MMA offers a feeling of “family” that is unique. Our goal is to create and sustain a community where all are appreciated and respected for their individual and collective contributions.

The Area
Maine Maritime Academy is situated on a picturesque peninsula in the Penobscot Bay, a renowned sailing destination and home to more than 200 islands.
The Academy is only 40 miles from Bangor, Maine’s third largest city and home to Bangor International Airport.  It is less than 50 miles from Acadia National Park, where opportunities for outdoor exploration and adventure abound.
Hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, sailing, skiing, snowmobiling – all right at your front door!

Maine Maritime employees enjoy competitive wages and some of the best benefits in the state of Maine, including
health, dental, and vision insurance
employer paid life and long-term disability insurance
retirement plan with generous employer match
generous paid vacation, sick, and holiday time
tuition waiver for eligible dependents
Invest in yourself and your future with a career at Maine Maritime Academy!

How to Apply
Please visit for application instructions and forms.
Interested individuals should submit the following documents in a single email to (in the subject line of your email, please write your name and the position for which you are applying):
Cover Letter
Completed MMA Application*
Copies of applicable professional certifications and/or licenses
Contact information for at least three professional references
Completed MMA Application Checklist
MMA Self-Identification Form (attach as separate document)
*Pages 2 and 3 of the MMA Application must be signed and dated by hand or signed electronically using an electronic signature verification service. Electronic signatures, to include images of hand-written signature, will not be accepted unless so verified.

All offers are made contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background investigation. Individuals cruising onboard our ships are also required to undergo a pre-employment drug-screening.
Tobacco-Free Notice
For the health and wellbeing of our community, the Maine Maritime Academy campus and vessels (ashore and afloat) are smoke- and tobacco-free as of August 1, 2016.

Equal Employment Opportunities
Maine Maritime Academy is an equal opportunity employer.  The Academy complies with federal and/or state law that prohibit unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, marital status, disability, age, genetic information or veteran status.  The Academy provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals upon request. Women, minorities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. 
MMA is unable at this time to sponsor visas. We welcome foreign nationals with valid U.S. work authorization to apply.

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