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Shipboard Employment

"Everybody Teaches" is our philosophy on board the Schooner AJ Meerwald.  From the Captain to the Cook to the Deckhand Volunteers, every shipboard position is expected to participate in educating all who come on board to fulfill our mission “to inspire people to take care of the history, the culture and the environment of New Jersey’s Bayshore region through education, preservation and example".
Our primary vehicles for accomplishing this mission are the Schooner A.J. Meerwald and the Bivalve Center, an education facility for exploring the region’s rich environment and heritage located on the Maurice River waterfront in southern New Jersey.  Shipboard crew are occasionally involved in shore-side events at the Bivalve Center in addition to their shipboard responsibilities.

If this appeals to you and you are currently seeking an adventure, check out our current position openings below.

Open positions (updated 5/31/18):

The Bayshore Center at Bivalve is seeking applicants for the following positions aboard the AJ Meerwald for the 2018 sailing season. If interested, please email your resume and three references to Ali Place at All positions are paid, with room and board provided aboard the AJ Meerwald. All positions run through early November.


The Bayshore Center at Bivalve is seeking a consulting Shipwright to assistant with the long term care and maintenance of the AJ Meerwald.

The Bayshore Center at Bivalve (BCB) is a working water front museum dedicated to environmental education and the history of the Delaware Bay region.  The organization owns and operates the historic Schooner the AJ Meerwald.


  • Proficient in Maintenance and Restoration tasks related to watercraft preservation
  • High level of proficiency in heavy timber ship carpentry and joinery
  • Perform research related to traditional watercraft
  • Ability to work as project leader on a wide variety of tasks related to preservation of Museum watercraft
  • Perform work in support of other areas of Museum
  • Represent the AJ Meerwald and the Bayshore Center at Bivalve in a professional manner at all times
  • To teach and pass on skills to others through a variety of methods

The Schooner A.J. Meerwald is New Jersey's official Tall Ship. She is a restored oyster dredging schooner, whose home port is in Bivalve, Commercial Township, New Jersey. Launched in 1928, A.J. Meerwald was one of hundreds of schooners built along South Jersey's Bayshore before the decline of the shipbuilding industry which coincided with the Great Depression.


  • Sparred Length: 115 feet
  • Length on Deck: 85 feet
  • Draft: 6 feet (without Centerboard)
  • 12 feet (with Centerboard down)
  • Beam: 22 feet 3 inches
  • Rig Height: 70 feet
  • Freeboard: 4 feet
  • Sail Area: 3,562 sq. feet
  • Gross Tonnage: 57 tons

The consulting shipwright would help to create a long-term work plan for the Meerwald and then help implement the plan.  Her or she would work on sight along with the crew, captain and other professionals.  This position is intended to be a long term seasonal/as needed position based on work plan. 

Interested parties should contact:

Captain Johann Steinke


The Bosun is responsible for overseeing and conducting maintenance of sails, rigging, and hull.  The Bosun also participates in onboard and shore-based programming. Marlinspike seamanship and other bosunry skills aboard a traditionally rigged sailing vessel are required. Education experience is a plus.



Responsibilities of a Deckhand/Educator include participating in onboard and shore-based programming and participating in vessel maintenance and operations. A strong environmental ethic, plenty of stamina, flexibility, and a positive attitude are required. Environmental education experience and experience working aboard a traditionally rigged sailing vessel are strongly recommended.