Career Opportunities at Nauticus

The Nauticus Campus includes the Nauticus Discovery Center, Battleship Wisconsin, Sail Nauticus, and Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center. The City of Norfolk and Nauticus Foundation work in unison to manage and maintain the Nauticus Campus.

Below are available positions offered by the Nauticus Foundation and the City of Norfolk. Check back again for updated postings.


Current Nauticus Foundation Opportunities

About Nauticus:

Established in 1994, Nauticus is a maritime discovery center that hosts 350,000 visitors annually and is home to the Nauticus Museum, Sail Nauticus sailing center, Schooner Virginia, the Battleship Wisconsin and the Half Moone Cruise Terminal. Nauticus’ mission is to benefit the community through education, impactful experiences and by sharing access to maritime resources. 

Job Summary:

Responsible for a variety of tasks related to selling, service, stock maintenance, receiving and display of items for sale in the Nauticus Gift Shop. Support our Nauticus mission by enhancing the visitor experience through expert customer service. Drive sales revenue to support museum programs. This is a part-time position. Employee discount and designated parking garage validation included with employment.

Reports to the Assistant Store Manager.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Greets and engages guests in dialogue to provide information about our products and services
  • Responsible for performing a variety of tasks in a specialty gift shop related to selling, customer service, stock maintenance, and merchandising
  • Process sales transactions; perform store opening and closing functions
  • Knowledge of customer service standards and procedures
  • Working knowledge of cash management
  • Working knowledge of computer functions and cash register/credit card terminal

Skills & Abilities:

  • Works as part of a diverse sales team and with diverse audiences and age groups.
  • Works well in a fast-paced environment under time constraints
  • Strong communication skills to receive customer concerns and answer in a calm and effective manner
  • Organizational skills; inventory management; and some merchandising knowledge

Working Environment:

  • Moderate physical activity. Requires handling up to 50 lbs. Able to stand and/or walk for more than four hours per day.
  • May require work in tight spaces and use of ladders to obtain merchandise or access to work locations
  • Part-time work schedule varying between the operating hours of Tuesday thru Saturday 9am-5:30pm and Sunday 11am-5:30pm. Some nights and holidays may be required for special events.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Prior experience in retail customer service.
  • FLSA status: This is a non-exempt position.

Disclaimer: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of all activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. From time to time, the supervisor will ask job holder to perform additional duties related to the completion of the work.

To Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to bananapier@nauticus.orgApplications will be considered on a rolling basis. Please include Banana Pier Gift Shop and Gift Shop Associate in the subject line. No phone calls, please – only applicants being considered for interviews will be contacted. 

About Sail Nauticus:

Sail Nauticus is a non-profit community sailing center located at Nauticus in Downtown Norfolk. Our mission is to positively inspire, instruct, and impact Hampton Roads youth through sailing and maritime sciences.

Job Summary:

Reporting to the Sail Nauticus Director, the purpose of this position is to take the lead on facilitating boat and facility repair, preventative maintenance and maintaining a safe and clean environment in our marina and Pavilion. An ideal candidate is organized and can work independently, trouble shoot, prioritize tasks, and discern priorities.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Cleaning, repairing, and maintaining the boats and facility.
  • Assess items in need of repair.
  • Ensure preventative maintenance checks are complete.
  • Maintain maintenance records for fleet.
  • Regularly inventory spare parts and keep in stock.
  • Lead volunteer groups for work parties.
  • Liaising and consulting with supervisor and vendors.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Knowledge of marina operations and small boat handling.
  • Familiar with fiberglass repair, marine wiring, aluminum fabrication, tapping, drilling, and varnishing.
  • Practical experience with tools and equipment used in marine maintenance.
  • Ability to read and understand technical manuals.
  • Familiarity with Torqueedo motors preferred.
  • Marine Mechanic certification preferred.
  • 3+ years of experience in fleet and motor maintenance preferred.
  • This position requires physical labor, as well as working in the elements. Candidates must be able to bend, stoop, kneel push, pull and lift.

Compensation: This is a part time position, 20-25 hours a week $20-25 an hour based on qualifications.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and sailing resume via email with the subject line “Maintenance Technician” to info@sailnauticus.org by September 19, 2022. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. For more information about Sail Nauticus, click here. No phone calls, please—only applicants being considered for interviews will be contacted.

About Nauticus:

Established in 1994, Nauticus is a maritime discovery center that hosts 350,000 visitors annually and is home to the Nauticus Museum, Sail Nauticus sailing center, Schooner Virginia, the Battleship Wisconsin, and the Half Moone Cruise Terminal. Nauticus’ mission is to benefit the community through education, impactful experiences, and by sharing access to maritime resources.

This position is funded by the Nauticus Foundation, the 501(c)3 nonprofit, raising funds to support the mission and activities of Nauticus.

Job Summary:

Sail Nauticus is seeking instructors to teach our US Sailing First Sails and Basic Keelboat Courses. Applicants will preferably have instructor certification and USCG credentials.

We are seeking qualified and enthusiastic applicants for the position of Deckhand/Educator reporting to the captain onboard Schooner Virginia. Our season runs from May through October. Virginia offers single day and occasional extended programs (3-5 days) focusing on STEM-based education and maritime history. Additionally, we offer charters and occasional public sails to augment educational trips. All crew members are expected to do double duty as educators and sailors/maintenance crew.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Work with the captain and mate to assure safe vessel operations and facilitate maintenance projects onboard.
  • Ability to learn educational stations and deliver content to diverse students of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.
  • Demonstrated success at teaching; teaching experience in an outdoor setting is preferred.
  • Ability to follow directions regarding sail handling and safety according to captain’s orders.
  • Candidate will need to be able to work in tight spaces and perform engine and bilge checks.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Prior experience working in marine or outdoor environmental education preferred.
  • First Aid and CPR (within 30 days of hire)
  • Serve in our drug screening consortium
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, experience in customer service preferred.
  • Must possess the ability to act as an ambassador to the Sail Nauticus program.
  • Knowledge of sailing and ability to follow directions
  • Ability to hear alarms and audibly identify dangers or hazards.
  • This position requires physical labor, as well as working in the elements. Candidates must be able to bend, stoop, kneel push, pull and lift.

Compensation: This is a part time seasonal position, 3-5 days per week, (8-12 hours), per week. Rate: $150/day  Some overnight voyages required.

To Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to info@sailnauticus.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Please included “Deckhand/Educator” in the subject line. No phone calls, please—only applicants being considered for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls, please—only applicants being considered for interviews will be contacted.


Current City of Norfolk Opportunities at Nauticus

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About Nauticus:

Established in 1994, Nauticus is a maritime discovery center that hosts 350,000 visitors annually and is home to the Nauticus Museum, Sail Nauticus sailing center, Schooner Virginia, the Battleship Wisconsin and the Half Moone Cruise Terminal. Nauticus’ mission is to benefit the community through education, impactful experiences and by sharing access to maritime resources.

The City of Norfolk’s Maritime Center, Nauticus, is currently seeking an Accounting Technician II that will be responsible for financial and administrative duties.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Essential functions include but are not limited to:

  • Performs financial duties by processing transactions and preparing checks for distribution, processing sales and transfers, receiving, compiling and depositing monies into accounts, monitoring petty cash, performing calculations to determine benefits, performing assessments of court orders and tax data, entering data into the system to process payroll, reconciling and balancing cash drawers, setting up vendor accounts, verifying payments, processing vouchers, requisitions and other documents for payment, preparing reports, entering data into the financial system, reconciling accounts, processing journal vouchers and invoices, maintaining files, reviewing invoices for payment and consulting with vendors regarding accounts..
  • Assists with capital improvement projects by processing contract payments, preparing monthly status reports and calculating engineering and inspection charges for multiple projects.
  • Performs administrative duties by answering and directing telephone inquiries, typing, compiling data for reports, filing documents, processing various reports, resolving administrative personnel issues, maintaining files, compiling information and keeping logs, writing correspondence and providing information.
  • Assists with budget preparation and monitoring budgetary accounts by reviewing financial files, inputting the budget into the budget request system, making recommendations, gathering and analyzing data and preparing statistical and financial reports.
  • Assists customers by processing payments, conducting research, providing technical support to system users, responding to telephone requests to establish or terminate accounts, arranging payment extensions for delinquent accounts, providing information and resolving any related issues.
  • Assists with inventory control by preparing invoices and receiving documents for payment, receiving and tagging merchandise, preparing reports and restocking supplies.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Work requires knowledge of a specific vocational, administrative, or technical nature which may be obtained with six months/one year of advanced study or training past the high school equivalency. Junior college, vocational, business, technical or correspondence schools are likely sources. Appropriate certification may be awarded upon satisfactory completion of advanced study or training.
  • Two years experience in bookkeeping or accounting.
  • The preferred candidate will possess a minimum of two years experience in QuickBooks, and Microsoft Office.

Compensation: $37,940. This position is eligible for a one-time $5,000 signing bonus.