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.

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

Essential Functions:

  • 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 and Experience:

Work requires knowledge of a specific vocational, administrative, or technical nature which may be obtained with a two year associate’s degree, diploma or equivalent from a college, technical, business, vocational, or correspondence school. Appropriate certification may be awarded upon satisfactory completion of advanced study or training.

Two years of experience in business administration or customer service.

Previous experience working in similar environments , museum or educational institutions preferred. Previous management of staff and ability to work in a multi-faceted ,fast paced environment.  Additional Information & Requirements

Work Hours:  Tuesday-Saturday, 40 hours per week.  Occasional evenings and Sundays are required.

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.

Position Description:

Sail Nauticus, a department of the Nauticus Foundation, 501c3, is seeking qualified applications for the position of Captain aboard the Schooner Virginia.

Virginia is a 120-foot replica of a 1917 pilot schooner launched in 2004. She mostly operates in the southern Chesapeake Bay conducting educational sails and programming from her homeport next to the Nauticus museum. This position is not liveaboard; however, as the sailing schedule dictates, overnight, liveaboard travel is required. 4-6 weeks per year travel is expected.

The Captain will report to the Sail Nauticus Director and will collaborate with the Sail Nauticus team and Nauticus Executive Director in developing sailing schedule and programs for Schooner Virginia.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Operations & Maintenance –

  • Maintain USCG compliant operation of Schooner Virginia including maintaining official records for Schooner Virginia.
  • Assist with crafting budget and maintain fiscal responsibility for Schooner Virginia projects and personnel.
  • Conduct safe operations ensuring passengers, staff, and property are protected during underways and dock-side events.
  • Manage crew (volunteer and paid) and run the deck during day sail and overnight operations.
  • Create a welcoming environment for passengers aboard Schooner Virginia.
  • Oversee short-term and long-term preventative maintenance and safety checks.

Programming & Communications –

  • Work with Nauticus leadership team to develop program planning, scheduling, and schedule for Schooner Virginia.
  • Maintain excellent communication with museum personnel and external groups regarding programing.
  • Assist in promotion of vessel and programs.
  • Share your passion for sail training and youth education with day sail and overnight passengers.

Desired Qualitifcations:

  • 500 ton Near Coastal license preferred, minimum 100 Ton Near Coastal required.
  • Auxiliary Sail Endorsement, required.
  • Experience running a USCG inspected vessel required, 3+ years’ experience preferred.
  • Experience on traditionally rigged tall ships commensurate to Virginia’s size, 5 years’ experience preferred.
  • Previous work in shipboard education, including overseeing shipboard calendar of operations.

Physical/Mental Requirements:

  • Team player with strong public speaking skills who can act as an ambassador of Schooner Virginia/Nauticus Foundation.
  • Applicants must be organized and methodical to handle record keeping requirements of a certificated vessel.
  • Strong organizational skills to keep projects running smoothly.
  • Ability to lift, stoop, kneel, climb, and comfortable with small spaces.
  • Ability to lift 50+ pounds.
  • Ability to withstand non-climate-controlled working conditions.
  • Ability to participate in a USCG approved drug testing program.
  • Ability to work weekends, evenings, holidays, as needed.

Salary:

This is a full-time, salaried position. Nauticus Foundation benefits include access to employer-employee cost shared Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage, benefits also include retirement and life insurance, holiday pay and paid time off. Starting salary
commensurate with experience and qualifications: $ 65,000-75,000.

Desired start date: April 2023

To Apply:

Please send resume, including references, and cover letter to info@sailnauticus.org by February 15, 2023. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Please include “Schooner Virginia-Captain” in the subject line.

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 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 2023 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)

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

Anticipated start date, March 6, 2023

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.


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