Seasonal Positions

19th century village

Dock Attendant

Mystic Seaport is hiring seasonal, part-time Dock Attendants for the summer 2015 season. The position assists the Dock Master accepting reservations, assisting with dock space assignments, greeting visiting yachtsmen, and directing boats to proper location and securing vessels. Applicant must have good people skills and boat experience is a plus.

To apply: send resume, cover letter, and Mystic Seaport application to human.resources@mysticseaport.org or to PO Box 6000 Mystic, CT 06355 Attn: Human Resources. An EOE.

Interpreter

The Interpretation Department is hiring part-time seasonal Interpreters, Demonstration Squad Interpreters, and Musician/Demonstration Squad Interpreters. These positions will be involved in a variety of activities from interpreting historic artifacts, overseeing family craft activities, and, for those who qualify, participating in demonstrations of traditional maritime skills and music.

We are looking for personable individuals interested in sharing the stories of America and the Sea with people of all ages.  Qualifications include the willingness to work at least one weekend day, excellent communication skills, sufficient eyesight, hearing, voice projection and stamina to withstand the rigors of the assignments.

Demonstration Squad applicants must also be willing and able to climb ship’s rigging, work aloft, row boats and perform other strenuous activities.

In addition to the Interpreter and Demonstration Squad requirements, musicians also need to:

  • Be able to sing and to play one or more of the following instruments in front of a live audience in an outdoor public environment: fiddle, banjo, button accordion, concertina, mandolin, harmonica, tin whistle, and flute (or similar appropriate traditional instruments); and
  • Develop a 45-60 minute performance repertoire of historically accurate work songs, ballads, occupational songs, and traditional instrumental music.

Two years of college education is preferred.  Individuals with maritime knowledge, seamanship skills and/or 19th century trade skills are encouraged to apply.

To apply: Please submit a Mystic Seaport application, resume, and cover letter to human.resources@mysticseaport.org or to Mystic Seaport PO Box 6000 Mystic, CT 06355 Attn: Human Resources. An EOE.

Visitor Services Specialist

Visitor Services Specialists set the tone for an exceptional visitor experience for all visitors by welcoming them, educating them regarding what the Mystic Seaport experience can mean for them, efficiently processing them at the gate, and preparing them adequately and enthusiastically for their on site visit. Visitor Services Specialists make the “customer centered” concept a daily reality in all interactions, decisions, and exchanges they make with all visitors.

Responsibilities:

  • Warmly greet all visitors by creating a welcoming and friendly environment where they receive prompt, efficient, and pleasant service in person, on the phone, and via email
  • Always maintain a positive and professional image, reflecting pride in the position and enthusiasm for the institution
  • Anticipate and respond to visitor needs by providing accurate and helpful information about the museum and its offerings
  • Make it easy for visitors to have a positive and pleasantly memorable experience at Mystic Seaport
  • Efficiently and effectively process visitors from all gate stations using computerized ticketing system
  • Act with integrity and honesty in safeguarding gate location monies and working with cash/credit cards/passes/coupons/other financial related transactions
  • Promote and educate visitors to the benefits of membership and processes membership applications including upgrades
  • Solicit and record visitor feedback, suggestions, complaints, and compliments about their experiences at Mystic Seaport and make management team aware of such feedback
  • Using best judgment, respond to visitor situations, calling upon Senior Visitor Services Specialists and supervisory staff as needed

Qualifications:

  • High energy, enthusiastic, customer-centered intelligence is essential
  • Must possess superior interpersonal and communication skills as well as the ability to maintain a calm exterior presence during periods of high volume, high stress, or unusual events
  • Proven ability to work comfortably and efficiently with computers and registers, including the ability to accurately and responsibly work with cash and change
  • Requires weekends, holidays, and some evenings as well as willingness to leave early if not needed
  • Must be able to stand long periods of time and endure extreme weather conditions (hot, cold, rainy days)

This is a seasonal position with varying hours.

To Apply: Please submit a Mystic Seaport, resume, and cover letter to human.resources@mysticseaport.org or to Mystic Seaport PO Box 6000 Mystic, CT 06355 Attn: Human Resources. An EOE.

Community Sailing Instructor

Mystic Seaport is seeking three seasonal sailing instructors to teach sailing to youth and adults. One position begins March 2015 until approximately December 2015 and two of the positions start in June 2015 and end in September 2015. The Community Sailing program at Mystic Seaport encourages and celebrates the responsible use and long-term stewardship of Mystic Seaport by fostering educational and recreational opportunities for all members of our community. The sailing instructors will be teaching beginning and intermediate sailing classes to youth, adults, and families. In many cases, the sailing instructors will be the first contact that the student has with Community Sailing. He/she, therefore, must be friendly, courteous, and knowledgeable of the rules, regulations, and operations of the Community Sailing program. Instructors must be enthusiastic about the sport of sailing and seek to expose students to the fundamentals of sailing as well as the importance of the natural environment in which we sail, and the basic leadership skills inherent in the sport of sailing. For a full description of Mystic Seaport’s Community Sailing program, please visit www.mysticseaport.org/sailing.

Responsibilities:

  • The sailing instructor must be able to teach safety, boat handling, and sailing theory to children and adults in dinghies (JY15s) who are beginning, intermediate, or racing sailors.
  • He/she must be able to develop and follow lesson plans that include dry land and on-the-water drills and inclement weather activities.
  • He/she must have empathy for the students and be able to adapt to their individual needs.
  • The instructor is responsible for notifying students of any changes in class times, postponement due to weather conditions and make-up dates. Accurate records of attendance, injuries, and boat damage is required.
  • Other duties include care and maintenance of boats and the facility.
  • The instructor must have knowledge and respect of the rules and regulations of Community Sailing and be able to enforce them.
  • Instructors help maintain and clean the docks, boats, and grounds before and after class.
  • Instructors help supervise junior volunteers.

Required Qualifications:

  • Hold a current US Sailing Level 1 Small Boat Instructor certification at a minimum.
  • Current Red Cross and CPR certification.
  • Must have a passion for sailing, the environment, and working with kids.
  • Must have a positive, enthusiastic, and flexible attitude.
  • Must possess strong problem-solving skills and an ability to adapt to changing program needs depending on weather, number of students, number of boats, etc.
  • Experience working with children and youth (and adults) in formal or informal settings; ability to engage students in a dynamic and energetic manner.
  • Self-directed learning, ability to retain learned information, and use of knowledge to engage audiences of all ages and learning styles.
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills.
  • Must possess and reflect a polished professional demeanor in a variety of situations.
  • Willingness to work a highly flexible schedule corresponding to the needs of the Museum

Physical/Mental Requirements and Environmental Conditions:

  • Deliver programs in venues that can be cold, wet, hot, or dirty; work outside in all weather.
  • Position requires sufficient eyesight, hearing, and physical stamina to fulfill successfully the requirements of the Community Sailing program.
  • Weekend and holiday work assignments are required.

To Apply: Please submit a Mystic Seaport application, resume, and cover letter to human.resources@mysticseaport.org OR to Mystic Seaport PO Box 6000 Mystic, CT 06355 Attn: Human Resources. An EOE.

First Aid Director/Sailing Instructor

This position will assist the Watercraft Director and Assistant Watercraft Director in the daily operations of the Joseph Conrad program using the facilities of the Museum. This position will coordinate and operate a first aid program.

Responsibilities:

  • Aids Assistant Watercraft Director in day-to-day direction of training program
  • Instruct trainees in sailing, rowing, seamanship, and maritime history
  • Administers first aid and dispenses prescriptions
  • Maintains first aid supplies and log
  • Keeps accurate records, in particular the heath records for all staff, volunteers, leaders, and trainees
  • Maintains close communication with group leaders and museum personnel to ensure smooth program operation
  • Related responsibilities as assigned

Qualifications:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Current American Red Cross certification in Standard First Aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (the long versions of each) or their equivalents
  • Previous residential program and sail instruction experience
  • Ability to work with young people
  • Current American Red Cross Advanced Life Saving is preferred

This position is seasonal for summer 2015. To apply: please send your resume, cover letter, and Mystic Seaport application to human.resources@mysticseaport.org OR to PO Box 6000 Mystic, CT 06355 Attn: Human Resources. An EOE.

Office Manager/Sailing Instructor

This position will assist the Watercraft Director and Assistant Watercraft Director in the daily operations of the Joseph Conrad program. This position will manage all office functions of the programs.

Responsibilities:

  • Aids Assistant Watercraft Director in day-to-day direction of training program
  • Instructs trainees in sailing, rowing, seamanship, and maritime history
  • Assists with the maintenance of launches and Dyer Dhows
  • Prepares and posts all information for trainees
  • Maintains an inventory of all supplies and materials
  • Keeps accurate records, particularly all group and individual forms and payments
  • Maintains close communication with group leaders and Museum personnel to ensure program operation
  • Other responsibilities as assigned

Qualifications:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Ability to run an organized office and check-in/check-out procedure
  • Previous residential program and sail instruction experience
  • Ability to work with young people
  • Current American Red Cross Advanced Life Saving, Standard First Aid, and CPR certification preferred

This position is seasonal for summer 2015. To apply: please send your resume, cover letter, and Mystic Seaport application to human.resources@mysticseaport.org OR to PO Box 6000 Mystic, CT 06355 Attn: Human Resources. An EOE.

Talemaker

Mystic Seaport’s Talemakers are an outdoor, interactive children’s theatre troupe that perform five shows daily during the summer season. Performances include four original scripts and short-form improvisation. Applicants should have significant theatrical experience and comfort working with children. Knowledge of maritime history is beneficial, but not necessary. Other duties may include facilitation of hands-on educational activities. This is a seasonal position of 25-35 hours per week. To schedule an audition, please contact Denise Kegler at denise.kegler@mysticseaport.org or at 860.572.0711, ext. 5075.

Watercraft Director/Sailing Instructor

This position will organize and operate a safe and high quality instructional program on the water. This position will assist in the daily operations of the Joseph Conrad program using the facilities of the Museum. This position will assume program leadership in the absence of the Program Director.

Responsibilities:

  • Aids in day-to-day direction of training program
  • Directs supervision of sailing and rowing program as well as the staff when instructing in these areas
  • Instructs trainees in sailing, rowing, seamanship, and maritime history
  • Responsible for staff launch operation and launch equipment
  • Assists with the maintenance of launches and Dyer Dhows
  • Keeps accurate records
  • Maintains close communication with group leaders and Museum personnel to ensure smooth program operations

Qualifications:

  • At least 20 years of age
  • Current American Red Cross certification in Advance Life Saving, Basic Sailing, Basic Rowing, Basic Outboard Boating or their equivalents
  • Current American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, Standard First Aid, and CPR certification preferred
  • Previous residential program and sail instruction/teaching experience
  • Ability to work with young people is essential

This position is seasonal for summer 2015. To apply: please send your resume, cover letter, and Mystic Seaport application to human.resources@mysticseaport.org OR to PO Box 6000 Mystic, CT 06355 Attn: Human Resources. An EOE.