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:Learning to take the helm

  • Shipboard Program Coordinator
  • Assistant Program Coordinator
  • Relief Captain
  • Chief Mate
  • Educator/Deckhands
  • Educator / Deckhand / Spring-Summer-Fall Interns


Brief Crew Position Descriptions:

Captain - This is a full time position with benefits.  This position requires a 100 Ton NC Master’s license with sail endorsement.  Previous command experience strongly preferred.  A strong commitment to safety and Bayshore Center at Bivalve’s mission is essential.  Our program includes day sails, week long and day long camps.  The Captain is responsible for day to day operations and maintenance of the boat, keeping the boat’s books and regular reports.  Together with the Executive Director develops the winter work plan and makes sure the boat and crew meet and exceed CG requirements.  With the help of the Shipboard Program Coordinator, is responsible for hiring the crew.

Shipboard Program Coordinator - This is a full time position with benefits.  Responsibilities include overseeing the on board education program; presenting our programs on board and onshore; supervision, hiring and training of educators, interns, and volunteers; curriculum and program development; outreach to schools and other youth organizations; ship's scheduling; and managing the online ticketing system for public sails.  During the sailing season, this is a full time shipboard position.  A relevant degree along with education experience is required.  Willingness to live aboard a boat with limited privacy, a strong environmental ethic, plenty of stamina, flexibility, great organization skills, and positive attitude are essential.  Salary is based on experience.  Meals (vegetarian) are included when living on the boat.

Chief Mate - Expected to work closely with other crew members, volunteer crew, and office staff to ensure a high quality on board educational program.  (S)He will also be responsible for running a safe navigational watch during transits, supervising deck operations during day sails, as well as overseeing the maintenance of the A.J. Meerwald.  Requires 100-ton mate license with sail endorsement (near coastal preferred), and diesel engine maintenance skills. Masters license a plus.  Depending on license and boat handling skills, may also be considered for Relief Captain.

Educator/Deckhand/Second Mate - Help coordinate shipboard maintenance and vessel operations as well as participate in the on board education program.  Previous experience operating and maintaining a traditionally rigged wooden sailing vessel is required.  100-ton mate license with sail endorsement is preferred.  Applicable experience will be considered.  Diesel engine maintenance skill and previous education experience a plus.

Ship's Cook - Responsible for three vegetarian (some seafood) meals daily for 8-12 crew as well as occasional special events and/or light catering for up to 41 passengers.  The cook will purchase provisions, manage a galley budget, and oversee galley upkeep.  Applicant must be amiable, flexible, adventurous person with good cooking skills and strong environmental ethic.

Educator/Deckhand - Present Delaware Estuary specific education stations on board and onshore in addition to participating in shipboard maintenance and vessel operations.  The position requires environmental education experience, a degree in natural resources or equivalent experience, strong environmental ethic, plenty of stamina, flexibility, and a positive attitude.  Boat experience is a plus.  There is potential to be Relief Galley Coordinator or Relief Program Coordinator.

Interns - Same responsibilities as the Educator / Deckhands, but serve for a two to three month period with positions starting in April, June and August.  The position requires some environmental education (or equivalent experience), strong environmental ethic, plenty of stamina, flexibility, and positive attitude. Boat experience is a plus.

Flaking the sail

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, completed Employment Application and three references to Captain Jesse Briggs.

Bayshore Center at Bivalve
ATTN: Capt. Jesse Briggs
2800 High Street
Port Norris, NJ 08349