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Mates for brand new Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry


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SSV Oliver Hazard Perry is the first full-rigged ocean-going ship to be built in the United States in over 100 years. She will run programs for student of all ages during year round operation initially along the East Coast. Our programs include 1-2 week voyages in partnership with academic institutions, as well as teen summer camps and adult voyages. Her traditional rig reaches 130ft high with a total of 19 spars, seven miles of rope and wire and 20 sails that total 14,000 square feet. This contrasts her modern below deck features, including an environmental science lab, state-of-the art classroom technology, wheelchair accessibility, and climate-controlled living and learning spaces.

Job Description: The Mates are responsible for leading a safe navigational watch, supervising deck operations and assisting the Captain in vessel operations, maintenance and instructing students in sail operations. The Mates maintain the deck logbook and are responsible for keeping all the navigational and safety equipment in order.

Experience aboard square-rigged sailing vessels is required. A minimum license requirement for this position is 500-ton Auxiliary-Sail.
Skills and Qualifications:
- Licensed and experienced in seamanship, being a watch officer, and running a deck
- A 500-ton Oceans Auxiliary-Sail and experience on traditional vessels required
- Capable of taking direction from Captain as well as taking initiative as needed
- Responsible for leading a watch team, consisting of 2-3 other crew members and a group of trainee students
- Confident in seamanship and interpersonal skills and able to inspire confidence in others
- Commitment to execution and follow through
- Flexible and adaptable to changing environments and schedules
- An interest in furthering the educational mission of Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island
- Clear communication and modeling of appropriate behavior
- Willing to live by and enforce rules and regulations aboard the ship
- Must have situational awareness and focus on the mission at hand
- Able to include students in operation of vessel and serve as educator
- Must have command presence, be organized and decisive
- Must also work well as member of a team
- Mature well-grounded sense of personal ethics, evident in the individuals integrity and responsibility"upholding the highest standards in public and personal relations

Employment Dates: Immediate " October 21, 2016
Positions are full-time, live-aboard. Room and board provided
To be paid, candidates must be US citizens or permanent residents.
Location: Based out of Newport, RI. Operating in New England waters in summer 2016

SSV Oliver Hazard Perry crew are not permitted to consume alcohol during programs or smoke aboard the vessel at any time, and must be willing to undergo a criminal background check and drug-testing in compliance with U.S. Coast Guard regulations.

Crew positions on SSV Oliver Hazard Perry include all aspects of tall ship sailing and good seamanship as well as an ability and desire to educate students of all ages in day and overnight programs. All crew participate in daily housekeeping, routine maintenance, safety drills, and take an active educator role. All crew must be enthusiastic, flexible, and energetic leaders with experience in the industry.

How to apply: Applicants should send resumes and references with a cover letter to Jessica Wurzbacher

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