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 Center. 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©3 nonprofit, raising funds to support the mission and activities of Nauticus.  

The Role 

The Human Resource Generalist leads the daily responsibilities of employee onboarding, administration of compensation and benefits plans and ensuring compliance with organizational policy and procedures. 

The Human Resource Generalist reports directly to the Chief Financial Officer.  

Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Administer compensation and benefit plans. 
  • Assist with the monthly benefit reconciliation with the accounting team. 
  • Assist in talent acquisition and recruitment processes. 
  • Conduct employee onboarding and help organize training & development initiatives. 
  • Provide support to employees in various HR related topics such as leave, compensation, benefits. 
  • Promote HR programs to create an efficient and conflict free workplace. 
  • Assist in the development and implementation of human resource policies. 
  • Assist with the roll out of performance management system for the organization. 
  • Gather and analyze data with useful HR metrics. 
  • Maintain employee files and records electronically and in paper form. 
  • Ensure compliance with employment labor regulations.  
  • Continually updating position knowledge  
  • All other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications and Requirements: 

  • BA or BS degree 
  • Minimum 3 to 5 years of Human Resource experience in a corporate, non-profit, museum or relevant field. 
  • Proven oversight of process and procedure experience required. 
  • Highly motivated, detail-oriented for thriving in a fast-paced, collaborative team environment. 
  • Self-starter who is inspired by regulatory compliance and driven to ensure excellence in all transactions processed. 
  • Strong verbal and written communications and project management skills 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office especially in Excel, Word, and Outlook 
  • Customer Service Orientation  

Working Environment 
This is an office-based position with occasional physical requirements for events, programs, etc. (Must have ability to lift 25 lbs.)   Occasional nights, weekends, and holiday work required. 

This position is a Part Time Hourly role and Pay Range is based on experience.  This position is currently open and will close on February 28, 2024. 

TO APPLY Please send resume, cover letter to amy.owens@norfolk.gov. Please include Human Resource Generalist 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 Center. 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©3 nonprofit, raising funds to support the mission and activities of Nauticus. 

The Role

The Event Manager oversees the execution of external event rentals and the planning and vision of internal events to advance the mission of the Nauticus Foundation. The Events Manager will collaborate with external partners, vendors, and internal colleagues to create and oversee special events in multiple venues throughout the entire campus that include the Discovery Center, Battleship Wisconsin, Sailing Center & Half Moone Cruise Terminal. 

This Event Manager reports directly to the Special Events Director and works in conjunction with the Director of Development & Marketing. This position supervises internships, volunteers, part-time employed, or contracted, that are directly involved with the Special Events Department. 

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Oversee execution of all event rentals held on the Nauticus campus. This includes administrative tasks to ensure the functionality and coordination of the event. 
  • Serves as the lead of the on-site event team managing logistics, catering, A/V, rentals, décor, performers, wayfinding, internal staffing, housekeeping, security, etc.
  • Collaborate with Executive, Events, Communications & Marketing, and Development teams in conceiving, planning, and executing signature events that effectively engage target audiences.  
  • Utilize event management software Altru to track event details, costs and client payments.
  • Responsible for organization of special event inventory that includes tables, chairs, linens, podiums, etc.
  • Maintain purchase order process and ensure invoices are coded to appropriate events.
  • Provide prompt client and vendor communication while maintaining professional and outstanding customer service. 
  • Develop relationships with vendors, clients, and community partners to benefit Foundation fundraising efforts. 

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • BA or BS degree
  • Minimum 3 to 5 years of event planning and management experience in a corporate, non-profit, museum or relevant field
  • Staff supervision experience
  • Highly motivated, detail-oriented for thriving in a fast-paced, collaborative team environment.
  • Self-starter who is inspired by the creative process to develop meaningful event experiences.
  • Strong verbal and written communications and project management skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office especially in Excel, Word, and Outlook
  • Experience in fundraising event planning is a bonus
  • A flexible schedule is required as the position must be able to work some early mornings, weekend days, holidays and evenings as needed for various events

Working Environment
This is an event venue and office-based position with occasional physical requirements for events, programs, etc. (Must have ability to lift 40 lbs.) Work week can vary depending on event schedule and requires evening hours, weekends, and holidays.

Benefits include vision, dental, IRA, paid time off, holiday. This position is currently open and will close on January 29, 2024.

TO APPLY Please send resume, cover letter to eventrentals@nauticus.org. Please include Special Events Manager 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 Center. 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©3 nonprofit, raising funds to support the mission and activities of Nauticus. 

The Role

Serves as an executive assistant to the President & CEO of Nauticus, an assistant secretary to the Board of Directors and executive office manager. The Executive Assistant reports directly to the President & CEO of Nauticus.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Administrative Support to the President & CEO:

  • Perform all administrative duties for the President & CEO of Nauticus, including but not limited to maintaining files, correspondence calls, manage calendar and schedule appointments, reconcile credit card account. Maintain confidentiality in all matters. 
  • With direction from the President & CEO, manage special projects including events, donor relations, etc. 
  • Arrange meetings and special events related to the President & CEO’s office, senior staff and Board of Directors. 
  • Assist with President & CEO report to the Board of Directors.
  • Prepare agendas for department head meetings, attend and participate in meetings.
  • Participate as needed in various department projects.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Administrative Support to the Board of Directors Activities:

  • Prepare agendas, minutes, and notifications for full board, Executive Committee, and Nominating Committee meetings with President & CEO approval.
  • Coordinate Board of Directors meeting logistics and record keeping.
  • Maintain and update directors contact list, terms, bios, and committee assignments.
  • Plan, coordinate and attend Board of Directors off-site retreat and other offsite meetings.

Office Management:

  • Support management of Museum calendar and certain personnel documents.
  • Plan all staff meetings & events, including monthly All Staff Meetings and staff holiday party.
  • Maintain office supplies for Executive wing.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Nonprofit and Board management experience preferred. 
  • Minimum Associate’s degree or higher.
  • Team oriented and goal focused with strong organizational skills. Ability to manage multiple priorities and responsibilities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Highly motivated, detail-oriented for thriving in a fast-paced, collaborative team environment.
  • A flexible schedule is required as the position must be able to work some early mornings, weekend days, holidays and evenings as needed for various Nauticus media activities.

Working Environment

This is an office-based position with occasional physical requirements for events, programs, etc. (Must have ability to lift 25lbs). Occasional nights, weekends and holiday work will be required.

Salary range is $40,000 – $50,000 based on experience. Benefits include vision, dental, IRA, paid time off, holiday. 

TO APPLY 

Please send resume, design examples and salary requirements to Director@nauticus.org. This position is currently open and will close on February 19. Please include Executive Assistant 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.

Position Description:

Sail Nauticus, a department of the Nauticus Foundation, 501c3, is seeking qualified applications for the position of mate/relief 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 in Norfolk, Virginia. 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 mate/relief captain will assist the captain in all aspects of the vessel’s operation ranging from teaching the crew (volunteer and paid), maintenance of the vessel, and leadership with educational programs. Applicants should enjoy working with student and adult participants in addition to watch standing responsibility.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Volunteer management: Virginia has an active volunteer corps of deckhand/educators. You will be responsible for project management of volunteers as well as overseeing volunteer training.
  • Vessel maintenance: Assist captain as necessary with short-term and long-term project planning, basic ship’s maintenance (including engineering and rigging projects).
  • Operations: Assist captain in operation of the vessel including: handling lines, docking and undocking, operation of deck machinery. Perform the duties of the Captain when the Captain is absent, including navigating and piloting the vessel. Ensure the safety of crew members and passengers by providing safety instruction, conducting drills and monitoring activities.

Desired Qualifications:

  • 100 ton or greater USCG Master’s License with Sail endorsement, required.
  • Virginia Safe Boater’s Certification, required.
  • Valid driver’s license and insurable record.
  • Ability to con a watch and manage deckhands (volunteer and paid).
  • Experience in one or both specialties: Bosun or Engineer.
  • Previous work in shipboard education

Physical/mental requirements:

  • Team player with strong public speaking skills who can act as an ambassador of Schooner Virginia and the Nauticus Foundation.
  • 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 work aloft.
  • 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. Salary ranges from $47,500-55,000 and is commensurate with experience. The Nauticus Foundation offers competitive benefits including health, dental, retirement, and paid leave.

Desired start date: Wednesday, March 27th, 2024

TO APPLY Please send resume, including references, and cover letter to info@sailnauticus.org by March 1st, 2024. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Please include “Schooner Virginia – mate/relief captain” in the subject line.

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 .

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: 

We are seeking qualified and enthusiastic applicants for the position of Waterfront Camp Coordinator who will report to the Sail Nauticus Manager. We are offering six 1-week sessions between June 24 and August 9. This position will work closely with Sail Nauticus and Nauticus Education staff to assist as the waterfront camp lead. They will monitor sailing activities, lead programming on STEM education linked to sailing, and also serve as a liaison between parents and Nauticus. This position will also lead trainings and assist in camp planning.  

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Assist with sign-in and sign-out of campers, serve as point of contact between parents, staff, and campers. 
  • Act with integrity and professionalism as an ambassador of Nauticus. 
  • Deliver STEM land-based educational lessons and engage with diverse students of all backgrounds and capabilities. 
  • Coordinate with Design. Build. Sail. and Sail Voyagers staff. 
  • Monitor marine radio and traffic as well as man the response/safety boat when students are on the water. 

Skills and Qualifications: 

  • Current First Aid and CPR 
  • Must be comfortable operating small, motorized vessels.  2 years’ experience preferred. 
  • Current Virginia Safe Boater’s License by hire date (free online course) 
  • Have a good attitude and pleasant demeanor when interacting with campers and colleagues.   
  • Experience teaching educational stations and delivering content to diverse students of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. 
  • Demonstrated success at teaching; teaching experience in an outdoor setting is preferred. 
  • Ability to work outside in a variety of conditions. Candidates must be able to bend, stoop, kneel, push, pull and lift. 
  • Ability to effectively lead a team of sailing instructors and coordinate with other camp staff. 

This is a Full-Time seasonal position between mid June and mid-August 2024.  There is no camp scheduled the week of July 4, 2022. Hours 8:15 AM-4:45 PM Monday-Friday. Rate of pay depending on experience and qualifications. 

TO APPLY Please send resume and cover letter to dylan.guill@norfolk.gov by February 26th, 2024. Please be sure to describe your experience as both a motorboat driver and educator. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Please included “Waterfront Camp Coordinator” in the subject line. No phone calls, please—only applicants being considered for interviews will be contacted.  


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