Working aboard a windjammer is a grand experience worth pursuing. The key to success is persistence. There are very few jobs and many applicants. We prefer applicants who are career oriented and available for the entire season. We begin fitting out the schooners in April and finish putting them away in October. Priority will be given to those capable of making a commitment for the entire season, but occasionally we hire people for only part of the season.
A prerequisite for any job with Maine Windjammer Cruises® is a polite and friendly manner and the ability to work with people. In addition to the regular full time captains, cooks, mates and deckhand positions, we have a volunteer/apprentice position, which usually requires a one-month commitment.
The captain needs to be fully licensed and usually comes up through the ranks. Deckhands preferably have previous experience. The position of senior deckhand requires a license and previous experience. The captain and deckhands need to be of good personality to work well with each other and with up to 29 passengers.
The ability to climb is essential; familiarity with tall boat, gaff and square rigging is a plus.