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Deck Crew Employment

SEA hires deck crew (ie Mates, ABs, Engineers, Stewards, Deckhands and Volunteer Sailing Interns) on a rolling basis; we welcome inquires at any time.

If not yet familiar, please spend some time surfing through SEA website to oritent yourself with the SEA Programs and Mission. Then if interested in being considered for a crew position, please contact us at in February 2020, for applications to be considered, they must include the following:

  •         One-page cover letter detailing the applicant's interest, qualifications, and availability
  •         One-page resume, noting your USCG Mariner Credential reference number
  •         Contact information, email address and phone number, for 3 references (applicants will be notified before references are contacted)

Ideal candidates for SEA's Crew positions have USCG credentials with STCW, strong sailing skills and experience teaching at the college and high school level. Contract priority is often given to those candidates who are able to commit to working 2-3 cruises per year , though we do also offer short term contracts as well.  Positions are generally filled 6-12 months in advance of the contract period, but openings sometimes occur on short notice. The work is demanding, but exciting and rewarding for those who enjoy teaching and life at sea.

Working aboard SEA's Sailing School Vessels requires our team to live in close quarters with coworkers and students. Each crew member has a bunk with a small area for their possessions, and marine heads (bathrooms) are communal. Meals are prepared by Stewards and students, and are served family style. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated, especially those medically necessary. Everyone on board is expected to participate in cleaning efforts. Connectivity on SEA vessels is limited, which means almost no internet access during semester programs.

While traveling to new places is one of the highlights of working for SEA, we also expect all crew to work in shipyard/maintenance periods in addition to sailing semester trips. We also expect that crew will participate in non-traditional programs shorter than semester trips that sometimes have missions and goals that diverge from the typical SEA Semester. These include leadership training for business groups, fundraising sails for voyagers and alumni, high school programs, and other educational programs. We work with a multitude of organizations on these shorter sails, and frequently have new programs.

Trips are grouped together to create contracts that work for both the programmatic and operational needs of the vessels and their crew. All crew start with a short term contract which is typically a 2-3 month period on board the vessels. After that, crew can opt to work either a long term (with the approval of the Port Captain) or to continue with short term contracts. Crew members on a long term contract work at least 180 days (not continuous) in a 12 month time period, making them eligible for SEA's health, dental, and vision benefits.

We are fortunate that SEA attracts such skilled, enthusiastic, and dynamic individuals and we strive to retain them.

NOTE: All crew must have the legal right to work in the U.S.

Please send applications and references to:

Marine Operations
Sea Education Association
P.O. Box 6
Woods Hole, MA 02543