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

Compensation: $15.00/Hour

Essential Functions include but are not limited to:

  • Greet and interact with guests.
  • Answer on-site guest questions and resolve guest issues.
  • Accurately process monetary transactions and adhere to all cash handling policies.
  • Process admission tickets, membership enrollments/renewals/gifts through CRM software.
  • Maintain and update membership database ensuring accuracy.
  • Supports events by staffing check ins, membership sales, and maintaining lines.
  • Supports end of day sales reconciliation, contribute to preparation / closeout of tills utilized by Guest Services team.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education/Experience:

Work requires knowledge necessary to understand basic operational, or technical processes. Previous experience working in similar environments:  guest relations, entertainment, or educational institutions preferred.  

Previous cash handling experience, preferred

Work Location:  One Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA 23510

Work Hours:  This position is intermittent part-time working 20 hours per week. Includes weekends, may include some evenings and holidays.

About Nauticus/Sail 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 Description

We are looking for skilled, enthusiastic, and competent sailing instructors for our 2024 Summer Camp season. Camps run from June until August, and specific dates will be posted in the spring of 2024. Campers will range from beginner sailing to the basics of coastal cruising and racing.  We focus on teaching lifelong leadership, communication and teamwork skills through sailing and STEM education. Training is provided.

Qualifications

  • Must be available to work summer of 2024 (30-40 hours per week)
  • Experience teaching children preferred; Must enjoy working with children ages 8-15.
  • Ability to comfortably and safely navigate a busy commercial waterway while ensuring a safe, organized and education experience for campers.
  • US Sailing Level 1, US Sailing Keelboat instructor. or USCG license preferred
  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Must have VA (or other state) Safe Boaters License by hire date
  • Be able to prepare lessons, Chalk Talks and other related daily activities
  • Must hold current CPR/First Aid certifications

Compensation:  $17 – $20 an hour

How to Apply: Interested candidates should send a cover letter, work resume, and sailing resume via email with the subject line “2024 Summer Instructor” to Dylan Guill at Dylan.guill@norfolk.gov.

About Nauticus/Sail 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 Description

Sail Nauticus, a department of the Nauticus Foundation, is looking for skilled, enthusiastic, and competent sailing instructors for our 2024 Academy Spring semester.  As a Sail Nauticus instructor you will assist in teaching our sailing curriculum to 6th – 8th grade Norfolk Public School students.  Instructors must also be able to safely navigate a busy commercial waterway while ensuring a safe, organized, and educational experience for our students. Other duties include minor maintenance and upkeep of our equipment, facilities, and fleet.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Co-lead educational STEM lessons alongside Sail Nauticus Education Coordinator
  • Keep middle school students engaged and supported during programming
  • Safely oversee a small group of middle school students for land-based and on-the-water instruction
  • Operate a keelboat in an active harbor (Elizabeth River)

Qualifications

  • Experience operating a keelboat with multiple passengers in an active waterfront
  • Experience working with or teaching youth (Preferred)
  • Experience in teaching sailing
  • Must possess Virginia or other state Safe Boating Certification
  • US Sailing Basic Keelboat or Level 1 instructor (Preferred)
  • Active First Aid and CPR (Preferred)

Hours: The Academy is an after-school program that run Monday – Thursday from 2:30 -6:00 PM. Must work at least 1 day per week to be considered.

Compensation:  $17-$20 an hour, dependent upon experience and certifications held.

Anticipated start date, March 4, 2024

How to Apply: Interested candidates should send a cover letter, work resume, and sailing resume via email with the subject line “Sail Academy Instructor” to Dylan Guill at Dylan.guill@norfolk.gov .

 Dates: June 24 – August 9 

Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM 

Compensation: $18/Hour 

Summary 

The Nauticus Camp Counselor provides fun programs and experiences for our Design. Build. Sail. Summer Campers. Working with a talented team of Museum Educators and Sailing Instructors, the Camp Counselor is responsible for maintaining a safe and joyful environment for campers ages 8 to 13 to play, learn, and grow together. 

The Camp Counselor is responsible for supporting daily camp operations, which include interacting with families during drop-off and pick-up, supervising Museum exploration in small groups, participating in camp games/songs/dances, hands-on programs, supervising lunch, and more. Counselors may be asked to lead groups and/or programs at any given time during camp activities. 

Responsibilities 

  • Supervise and care for campers throughout the camp day – which includes drop-off, snack and lunch, educator-led activities, exploration time, and pick-up. 
  • Learn, lead, support, and participate in the hands-on programs, games, and activities. 
  • Observe campers – report concerns and be knowledgeable/aware of medical concerns regarding campers assigned to your group (asthma, allergies, etc.). 
  • Maintain standards of safety and participate in required training. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications 

  • Energetic, friendly, outgoing, with a professional and approachable attitude. 
  • Experience working directly with and caring for elementary school-age children. 
  • Previous experience in camp or a recreational setting is a plus. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with diverse, intergenerational audiences, and work collaboratively in a team-oriented environment. 
  • Excellent customer service with oral communication, and the ability to present to large groups. 
  • Experience leading and implementing educational experiences is a plus. 

Requirements 

  • Must be available to attend the required camp orientation. 
  • Must be available to work complete camp schedule. 

How to Apply: Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume via email with the subject line “Camp Counselor” to 

Departmental Hiring Salary: $41,187

Essential Functions include but are not limited to:

  • Manages the daily operations of the education department at Nauticus. 
  • Supervises and schedules education staff.
  • Develops work plans for the education staff.
  • Manages the education department by assisting staff with STEM program development and delivery.
  • Manages volunteers and staff by determining staffing needs, developing policies and procedures, maintaining files and reports, assisting with recruiting, training, and monitoring of staff.
  • Assists in planning and coordinating of STEM education events and programs.
  • Aids patrons by answering telephone inquiries, greeting visitors, giving directions, conducting programming, and resolving problems.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education/Experience:

Work requires broad knowledge in a general profession or technical field. Knowledge is normally acquired through four years of college resulting in a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.

One year in the guest relations field.
The preferred candidate will possess:

  • Coursework in Education, Science, History, Museum Studies, or closely related fields.
  • Previous experience working in similar environments, museums or educational institutions preferred.
  • Previous management of staff and ability to work in a multi-faceted, fast-paced environment.

Additional Information & Requirements:

Work Location: One Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA 23510
Work Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 40 hours pers week.  Occasional evenings and Sundays are required.

Signing Bonus: This position is eligible for a one-time $5,000 signing bonus for applications received on or after February 22, 2022. The signing bonus will be paid in two (2) increments: $2,500 upon completion of 60 days of employment, and $2,500 upon completion of your probationary period. To receive the signing bonus, you must be an active employee in good standing.    

Department Starting Hiring Salary: $41,187

Essential functions include but are not limited to:

  • Performs administrative duties as related to the Altru Ticketing system by answering telephone inquiries, sending and receiving e-mail messages, distributing information, facilitating requests for computer security access, coordinating meetings and appointments, ordering supplies, taking meeting minutes, distributing mail, updating manuals, greeting and screening visitors for entry into secured areas, performing data entry, maintaining databases and filing systems, reviewing, analyzing and transcribing reports, writing letters and statements, responding to emails, processing paperwork and conducting research, reviewing reports and resolving issues. Daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly & annual reports- relating to visitation, program attendance, event attendance utilizing the Altru ticketing and reservation system.
  • Performs financial duties and provides fiscal records support by preparing electronic documents relating to ticketing, reservations and the Altru ticketing system
  • Supervises personnel as needed by participating in the hiring of new employees, training them to enter various data into related Altru computer program.
  • Coordinates training for support personnel by establishing a system of identifying sources of information, arranging training courses, providing learning opportunities, monitoring and managing training account
  • Assists with the information requests by accepting, reviewing and distributing documents, ensuring all departments/divisions/bureaus involved are notified, reviewing completed requests for accurate calculation fees and monitoring in-house records of submitted requests.
  • Manages planning and reporting processes by tracking key department assignments, outlining tasks and deliverables and providing management with solutions and alternatives.
  • Performs related duties by assisting with contract administration, running errands, attending weekly staff meetings and coordinating special projects and executive recruitment activities, and assigned research projects

Education/Experience:

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 office administration. 

Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required

CPR/First Aid certification a plus

Additional Information & Requirements:

Work Location: One Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA 23510
Work Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 AM – 5:00PM, 40 hours per week. Position requires some evening, holiday and weekend shifts

Signing Bonus: This position is eligible for a one-time $5,000 signing bonus for applications received on or after February 22, 2022. The signing bonus will be paid in two (2) increments: $2,500 upon completion of 60 days of employment, and $2,500 upon completion of your probationary period. To receive the signing bonus, you must be an active employee in good standing.   


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