Job Opportunities

Just how does one run an 18th-century ship in the 21st century? Do you know how? Would you like to bring your expertise and skill to our vessels and programs? The Los Angeles Maritime Institute provides a unique workplace, even among other organizations doing similar programs. While our peer organizations are built around one ship, we have three tall ships running daily programs and another being restored in our boat yard as we speak. Needless to say, there is plenty to be done.

Below you can find current employment opportunities at the Los Angeles Maritime Institute.

  • Deckhand/Educator Interns
  • Mates
  • Captains

Please direct all inquiries, cover letters, and resumes/CV’s to:

Los Angeles Maritime Institute
Berth 73, Suite 2
San Pedro, CA 90731

recruiter@lamitopsail.org | 310-833-6055 x204

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Deckhand/Educator Interns

As a 6 month, live-aboard, the deckhand is constantly learning and evolving. And has the privilege to help the world develop a closer relationship with the ocean, through the course of our discovery-based school sails, fun adventures during summer camps, and all types of other public and private events.

The crew is called on to learn a wide range of skills to help run our ships, interact with the public as ambassadors of maritime excitement, and help our students to grow throughout their time with us.

Responsibilities 

  • Support the Captain and Mate in ensuring that all deck operations are carried out in a safe and orderly manner.

  • Live and work aboard a tall ship while learning shipboard maintenance, including: sanding, varnishing, painting, cleaning, replacing rigging, and decking.

  • Instructing and overseeing students and volunteers in proper vessel operations.  The ships are learning vessels so crew members are required to teach volunteers the duties and responsibilities of being crew members onboard the vessels.

  • Teaching educational sails: sail handling, water chemistry, marine ecology, navigation, ocean plastic pollution, mechanical advantage, knots, maritime history, and the physics of sailing.

  • Being a leader and role model during programming.  It is our expectation that staff members maintain a professional attitude, work as a member of a team, enjoy working in an outdoor setting, and assist in creating a positive caring environment for all of our participants.

  • Willing to work long days, stand night watches, and be on-call 24/7 to help with ship needs

  • Other duties as assigned by Captains or Mates.

Qualifications

  • Experience or interest in teaching students

  • Sufficient physical strength and agility to carry out the essential duties of the role, including all boat-based activities, and lifting and carrying gear.

  • Degree in Marine Biology, Environmental Sciences, Education, or related field, preferred

  • Experience or desire to work in outdoor education, sail training, or informal education

  • Experience working aboard a traditionally rigged sailing vessel, preferred

  • Ability to pass DOT background check and drug test

Required Certifications

  • Medical: First aid/CPR, preferred

  • Lifeguard Certification, preferred

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Ability to lift and carry weights up to  60lbs

  • Ability to stand and sit for long periods and perform tasks that require bending, stooping, kneeling, bending, twisting, crouching, climbing, reaching, standing, sitting, carrying, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, and accessing small spaces on the boat

  • Ability to swim

  • Ability to communicate effectively – including visual, auditory and tactile, and ensure safety of the ship

  • Ability to work evenings, holidays, and weekends. Exposure to outside inclement weather conditions including summer sun, and some office conditions.

*The schedules of the vessels vary greatly. Offering a dynamic program of single-day experiences and residential programs, we strive to reach all youth in new and innovative programming models. Varying schedule that includes weekends and some holidays.

Compensation

  • Shared room and board

  • Scholarship and paid day (1)/wk

Mate

As a full-time, live-aboard mate, you will be responsible for overseeing the crew in the Captain’s absence, assists the captain in management of the ship’s operations, and instruction/teaching students.  This position is an opportunity for professional mariners to develop in a leadership position.  Enthusiasm for sailing and working with school age youth and the public is essential, with the focus of traditional vessels.  

Responsibilities

  • Works with the captain to manage programs and the safe operation of the vessel.
  • Oversees training of the ship’s crew and volunteers.
  • Manages the vessels rigging, departments, daily schedule, safety systems, personnel, and maintenance.
  • Attends to operational details of the vessel to ensure the seaworthiness of the ship and crew.
  • The continued education and interest of tall ship seamanship and sail. 
  • Knowledgeable about the points of interest that are sailed past so one can help point out sights or answer guests’ questions about them and facilitate community.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Qualifications

  • A 100-ton Master’s License with Aux. Sail endorsement, and FCC MROP preferred. Candidates should have solid sailing experience, with demonstrable boat handling skills in tight quarters. Small boat sailing experience a plus. Prior education and/or hospitality and/or passenger boat experience is a plus.

Required Certifications

  • License Required: Master
  • Tonnage: 100t
  • Where Sails: Near coastal
  • Medical: CPR, preferred

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Ability to lift and carry weights up to  60lbs, and to assist adults and small children on and off the boat
  • Ability to stand and sit for long periods and perform tasks that require bending, stooping, kneeling, bending, twisting, crouching, climbing, reaching, standing, sitting, carrying, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, and accessing small spaces on the boat
  • Ability to swim
  • Ability to stare at a computer/monitor for long periods at a time 
  • Ability to communicate effectively – including visual, auditory and tactile, and ensure the safety of all passengers and property  
  • Ability to work evenings, holidays, and weekends. Exposure to office conditions and outside inclement weather conditions including summer sun.

Compensation & Benefits

  • Room and board
  • Full benefits package 
  • Competitive wages

Captains

As a full-time, live-aboard Captain, you will be responsible for all elements of your vessel including: safety, crew, training, education programs, maintenance, and repairs. Enthusiasm for sailing and working with school age youth and the public is essential. 

Responsibilities

  • Captains are responsible for doing and overseeing daily checks, working with the crew on various tasks, being a gracious host and helping provide a safe, welcoming, and positive experience for all.  Many of our crew have become captains so teaching and mentoring crew is vital.
  • Captains must learn and adhere to arrival and departure schedules for our boats and others we share the dock with.
  • Learn the boat, pay attention to sail trim, tides, and current. Sail the boat well enough that you get it where it needs to go, so you deliver what’s described, meet and manage guests’ expectations.
  • Knowledgeable about the points of interest we sail past so you can help point out sights or answer guests’ questions about them. And able to educate and engage passengers, have conversations, answer questions, and facilitate community.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • A 100-ton Master’s License with Aux. Sail endorsement, and FCC MROP preferred. Candidates should have solid sailing experience, with demonstrable boat handling skills in tight quarters. Small boat sailing experience a plus. Prior education and/or hospitality and/or passenger boat experience is a plus.

Required Certifications

  • License Required: Master
  • Tonnage: 100t
  • Where Sails: Near coastal
  • Ability to maintain valid driver’s license
  • Medical: CPR

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Ability to lift and carry weights up to 60lbs, and to assist adults and small children on and off the boat
  • Ability to stand and sit for long periods and perform tasks that require bending, stooping, kneeling, bending, twisting, crouching, climbing, reaching, standing, sitting, carrying, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, and accessing small spaces on the boat
  • Ability to swim
  • Ability to stare at a computer/monitor for long periods at a time 
  • Ability to communicate effectively – including visual, auditory and tactile, and take a commanding presence to ensure the safety of all passengers and property 
  • Ability to work evenings, holidays, and weekends. Exposure to office conditions and outside inclement weather conditions including summer sun.

Compensation & Benefits

    • Room and board
    • Full benefits package
    • Compensation: Dependent on experience. 
      • Competitive salary
    • or Relief Captain*
      • Room and board
      • Pay per day