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Open Positions

Onrust and RiverQuest Crew Member

Sailing vessel Onrust and Tour Boat RiverQuest needs crew for Summer and Fall 2022! Ideal applicants will be able to work at least through the end of October. Onrust is a re-creation of the Dutch Yacht used by Captain Adriaen Block to explore the New Netherlands territory in 1614. RiverQuest is a 65’ twin hulled catamaran style tour boat. Both depart from the CT River Museum dock in scenic Essex CT, we offer regular public cruises to museum patrons. We also offer special themed cruises, private charters, and educational experiences to school groups, with a focus on local history and the environment. Occasional voyages to other ports are a possibility.

Crew must be capable of following the captain’s orders. Some level of physical fitness is needed to haul on lines and move about the boat in a safe manner. Crew must also serve as educators, nature guides, and historic interpreters on board, and will be called on to speak clearly, audibly, and enthusiastically to groups of up to 50 people. When representing the museum and the vessels, crew should maintain a high level of civility. Above all, the crew must be safety conscious and be aware of their surroundings.

Onrust and RiverQuest are US Coast Guard inspected passenger vessels. As such, all crew must pass a pre-employment drug test and be enrolled in a random drug testing program for the term of service.

Onrust and RiverQuest are not live-aboard vessels; crew must commute to work.
This work is seasonal; both vessels operate May through October. We offer regular public sails & cruises Wednesday through Sunday, but charters and special programs may be scheduled on any day, at any time. The more available and flexible you can be, the more work will be available to you. Maintenance work such as painting and varnishing is a possibility, and may continue into November.

Experience working on the water is valuable, but we will train the right people. This is a great job for anyone who loves nature, history, and engaging with the public in a beautiful outdoor setting.

Non-vaccinated individuals are expected to have a mask on them, and wear it if going below. Hand sanitizer is available on board. All current museum staff and boat crew are fully vaccinated.
Interested applicants should email their resume to Dan Thompson: captain@ctrivermuseum.org

 

Gunner’s Mate – Volunteer Opportunity

Gunner’s Mate

Expectations

  • Experience with the use and care of black powder weapons
  • Some knowledge of history regarding black powder weapons
  • Good public speaking/presentation abilities
  • Safety conscious

Responsibilities

  • Clean and maintain Onrust‘s guns; this may include repairing and staining the carriages as well as cleaning and oiling the barrels
  • Demonstrate cannon firing to the public for occasional events
  • A Gunner’s Mate may be asked to act as a Boatswain’s Mate at times

Time Commitment

  • At least twice a year there will be a day devoted to cannon care
  • Be willing to sign up for specific events, either underway or dockside, that involve the firing of Onrust’s

Non-vaccinated individuals are expected to have a mask on them, and wear it if going below. Hand sanitizer is available on board. All current museum staff and boat crew are fully vaccinated.

Interested applicants should email their resume to Dan Thompson: captain@ctrivermuseum.org

Carpenter’s Mate – Volunteer Opportunity

Carpenter’s Mate

Expectations

  • Have significant skill and experience with carpentry; wooden boat experience a big plus
  • Own your own tools; access to a woodshop very desirable
  • Metal working/blacksmithing ability very desirable
  • Ability to work independently

Responsibilities

  • Take on specific repairs or improvements on board Onrust, as outlined by the Captain. Examples of jobs: build new gangway steps, rebuild/repair engine cover, replace wooden cleats, replace deck planking, rebuild some interior cabinets

Time Commitment

  • Meet with captain and/or volunteer coordinator at least twice a year to discuss and plan projects.
  • Project time depends on the project

 

Non-vaccinated individuals are expected to have a mask on them, and wear it if going below. Hand sanitizer is available on board. All current museum staff and boat crew are fully vaccinated.

Interested applicants should email their resume to Dan Thompson: captain@ctrivermuseum.org

Boatswain’s Mate – Volunteer Opportunity

Boatswain’s Mates

Expectations

  • Ability to follow orders and work with others as a team
  • Familiarity with hand tools, paint brushes, electric sanders
  • Other desirable skills/ knowledge: splicing, knot tying, sewing, marine diesel maintenance, marine electrical
  • Safety conscious
  • Able to swim

Responsibilities

  • Participate in general vessel maintenance, including, but not limited to, tasks such as sanding, painting, varnishing, caulking

Time Commitment

  • Between April and October, there will be at least 4 “all hands” Onrust maintenance days of about 6 hours in length
  • During haul out times (typically spring or fall), there may be several days in a row where Boatswain’s mates will be asked to serve as much as they are willing
  • Depending on skill set and needs of the vessel, other responsibilities may be assigned to particular mates

Non-vaccinated individuals are expected to have a mask on them, and wear it if going below. Hand sanitizer is available on board. All current museum staff and boat crew are fully vaccinated.

Interested applicants should email their resume to Dan Thompson: captain@ctrivermuseum.org

Internship

The Connecticut River Museum, located on the waterfront in Essex, CT is seeking interns to assist in many areas of important Museum work. Internship opportunities are available for College Students in the education, collections, marketing, and fundraising departments. The Connecticut River Museum uses its exhibitions, museum programs and on-water activities to explore the rich cultural and environmental heritage of the River. Interns will have the opportunity to receive broad-based experience through a wide range of projects. Some evening and weekend time may be required.

Per-diem Museum Teacher

The Connecticut River Museum, a regional interdisciplinary museum that explores and documents the history, culture, and environment of New England’s largest river, seeks a per-diem, enthusiastic Museum Teacher. Teachers must support the objectives and goals of CRM by implementing educational activities in support of the educational mission of the museum.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Act as a Museum Teacher and deliver:
School Programs, in house and outreach
Summer Camp programs
Adult Education Programs
Group Tours
Public Programs
Assist with interdisciplinary youth group and overnight programs.
Assist with events and fundraisers as assigned.

Qualifications:

Minimum 2 years’ experience teaching in nontraditional learning environments.
BA in museum studies, education, history, environmental science or related field.
Understanding of educational theory and techniques, knowledge of state educational standards.
Able to lift at least 30 pounds and be on your feet for long periods of time.
Positive, energetic, interactive approach with participants of all ages and learning styles.
Excellent oral, written, and computer communication and organizational skills.
Flexibility solving problems in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.
Must have consistent, reliable transportation.

Hourly, part-time position; hours vary seasonally. May work up to 15 hours during peak season, average 4-8 hours.

To apply, please email cover letter, resume, and three references to Director of Education, Tami Christopher, at  tchristopher@ctrivermuseum.org.  No phone calls please.

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