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. Our flagship initiative, the Sail Nauticus Academy, is a hands-on sailing and STEM education after-school program that focuses on teaching lifelong leadership, communication, and teamwork skills to Norfolk youth.

We consider our sailing instructors our most important asset, promoting our mission by teaching sailing, STEM curriculum, and important life skills both on and off the water. Our staff works with youth ages 10-14 as their teacher, mentor and friend, helping them navigate their way to becoming successful young adults.

Job Summary:

We are looking for skilled, enthusiastic, and competent sailing instructors for our 2022 Spring Semester (beginning in March). The Academy Instructor position is a part-time seasonal position that runs Monday through Thursday from 2:30-6:00 PM.

The City of Norfolk’s Maritime Center, Nauticus, is currently seeking a Battleship and Nauticus Facilities Manager. This position coordinates departmental services and manages the administration of the cruise operation’s units. The incumbent will coordinate the development of unit and departmental budgetary requirements, direct special projects, and daily operations. The primary focus for this position will be the daily Maintenance Operations, care, and upkeep of the Battleship Wisconsin with a secondary role supporting needs across the Nauticus Campus for housekeeping and security and as liaison with contactors and City General Services to complete campus projects. The successful candidate will be a strong team leader, with proven experience working with many different groups across many different departments. This position works with staff, volunteers and contractors. This position will be required to assist with creation of project and annual budgets, create and maintain spreadsheets. This is a hands-on operational position.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Our Instructors:

  • Mentor students in soft-skills such as leadership, teamwork, communication, and confidence.
  • Teach our sailing curriculum to 6th-8th grade Norfolk Public School students.
  • Ensure safety of students and boats during program hours.
  • Assist with boat maintenance as necessary.
  • Provide feedback for student evaluations.
  • Participate in staff training and development.
  • Assist with other duties and responsibilities as assigned by Program Managers.
  • Commit between the hours of 2:30-6pm, at least 1 day per week (Monday-Thursday).

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Self-motivated team player
  • Sailing experience required (Level 1 Sailing or Basic Keelboat Certification preferred but not mandatory).
  • Experience teaching children preferred; Must enjoy working with children.
  • Current CPR/First Aid certification (must obtain no later than Spring Training).
  • Current Virginia Safe Boating Certification (this is a free online course) or have a current USCG Captain License (must obtain no later than Spring Training).

Compensation: $17/hour

To Apply:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and sailing resume via email with the subject line “Sail Academy Instructor for Spring 2022” to Annabelle Wax, Assistant Programs Manager, at annabelle.wax@norfolk.gov. For more information about our youth programs, please click here.

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.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Must be available to work at least one weekend a month. Our Keelboat course runs Friday evening through Sunday.
  • Safely navigate a busy harbor while providing direct education to Keelboat certification candidates.
  • Ability to make sound weather judgements giving clients optimal time on the water while maintaining safe parameters.
  • Independently plan engaging sailing lessons on and off the water based on existing US Sailing curriculum.
  • Possess the ability to act as an ambassador to the Sail Nauticus program.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Current Virginia Safe Boater’s License by hire date.
  • First Aid and CPR (within 30 days of hire)
  • Two plus years’ experience operating small vessels.
  • Current USCG OUPV license or greater with current TWIC card, preferred.
  • US Sailing Keelboat Instructor certification, preferred.
  • Have a good attitude and pleasant demeanor when interacting with customers and staff.

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

To Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to info@sailnauticus.org by April 10, 2022. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Please included “Keelboat instructor” in the subject line. 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:

Reporting to the Sail Nauticus Assistant Operations Manager, the purpose of this position is to perform a variety of duties in support of Sail Nauticus programming including maintaining a safe and clean environment in our marina and Pavilion, acting as the point of contact for boat reservations, and serving as a response boat driver to on-the-water incidents.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assist members with signing in/out, launching, and docking vessels.
  • Ability to safely drive response boat and tow disabled boats to assigned berths.
  • Perform daily walk-throughs of marina and Sail Nauticus Pavilion to assess items in need of repair and report to Manager.
  • Monitor marine radio and serve as point of contact between members and Manager on Duty.
  • Perform preventative maintenance, complete minor repairs, and clean fleet as directed.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Current Virginia Safe Boater’s License by hire date
  • First Aid and CPR (within 30 days of hire)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, experience in customer service preferred.
  • Must have a good attitude and pleasant demeanor when interacting with customers and staff.
  • Knowledge of marina operations and small boat handling preferred.
  • Ability to hear alarms and audibly identify dangers or hazards.
  • Must possess the ability to act as an ambassador to the Sail Nauticus program.
  • 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, 20-25 hours a week $14-16 an hour based on qualifications. Shifts times will range between 9:45 AM-7:45 PM Monday-Friday and 9:45 AM-5:15 PM Saturday and Sunday. A minimum, must be available to work 1-2 evenings (3:15-7:45 PM) and 1 weekend day a week.

To Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to info@sailnauticus.org by April 10, 2022. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Please included “Recreation Aid/Dock Attendant” in the subject line. 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 by April 10, 2022. 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.


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.

Job Summary:

The City of Norfolk, Maritime Center – Nauticus is seeking to hire an Administrative Assistant II- Altru Reservations Assistant.

This position will perform clerical, administrative, and financial support duties and provides records support. Assists with information requests. Manages planning and reporting processes. This position has key responsibilities related to the Altru ticketing system, will enter ticketing information and maintain the clean database This position will hold Altru Team meetings and through training, audits and database cleanup will lead the efforts to maintain strong database standards. Assists as third key holder and backup admissions ticket seller.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Essential functions include but are not limited to:

  • Performs administrative duties 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
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

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 general office work.

Certifications:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • A CPR/First Aid certification.

Work Hours:

Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, 40 hours per week. Position requires some evening, holiday and weekend shifts.

Departmental Hiring Salary: $38,457

Signing Bonus:

This position is eligible for a one-time $5,000 signing bonus for applications received on or after February 22, 2022 until June 30, 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.

About Nauticus:

Nauticus is a maritime discovery center located along the waterfront in downtown, Norfolk offering a unique form of experiential learning for all ages. Through interactive exhibits and STEM to STERN programming, Nauticus uses the museum, Battleship Wisconsin, sailing center, and Schooner Virginia to tell the story of the maritime environment, industry, and the military.

Job Summary:

The City of Norfolk’s Maritime Center, Nauticus, is seeking an energetic and enthusiastic Maritime Center Specialist I (Nauticus Ticket Sales).

Duties & Responsibilities:

Essential functions include but are not limited to:

  • Delivers excellent guest services.
  • Maintains quality guest experience along with safety in the assigned work area.
  • Attention to detail
  • Cash handling
  • Works in a team environment.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • The preferred candidate will have previous customer service, and telephone experience.

Additional Information & Requirements:

  • Vaccination Requirement: The City of Norfolk values the safety of our employees, our residents, and our visitors.  In support of these values, if you are selected for a position, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs.  If you are selected to join Team Norfolk, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be granted a medical or religious exemption.

Work Hours:

Intermittent Part-time 20 hours max, 1040 per year.  Includes weekends, may include some evenings and holidays

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. Nauticus, is seeking an Event Support Crew Member I that supports the overall function of Cruise and Nauticus events.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Essential functions include but are not limited to:

  • Supports the set up and clean up of special events by performing delivery, assembly and dismantling of equipment, chairs, tables; installs, removes and repairs bleachers and fencing for special events.
  • Cleans the interior of event facilities.
  • Performs event facility maintenance.
  • Maintains the exterior of event facilities.
  • Aids in the maintenance of event equipment and facilities.
  • Supports increase activity for Cruise Operations and Facility needs.
  • Moves stanchions, bike racks and signage as needed.
  • Using excellent customer service skills, establishes and maintains effective working relationships with other employees, officials and all members of the general public.
  • Ability to stand, for extended periods of time, lift from ground to above shoulder, climb, bend stoop, sit, push, pull and perform tasks requiring manual dexterity.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Requirements:

Work requires the ability to read and understand written instructions, to understand simple processes and the routine operation of machines. Level of knowledge equivalent to high school or equivalency.

One year of Facilities, Housekeeping, Maintenance or related experience preferred. Great Customer Service Skills Required.

Additional Information & Requirements:

  • Valid Driver’s License.
  • Certification(s): CPR and first aid a plus
  • TWIC card eligibility required

Work Hours:

40 hours per week. Position requires some evening, holiday and weekend shifts to support cruise and event operations.