Come sail on the Chesapeake Bay! Implement Shipboard Education one day and extended sailing programs on the skipjack Sigsbee. High energy, dedication, enthusiasm, flexibility, organization, professionalism, and strong work ethic are required. Qualified applicants must possess a strong commitment to the education of all students, be motivated self-starters, function successfully as part of a team, and maintain a desire to work outdoors in a challenging but fun environment.


About Living Classrooms: The Living Classrooms Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides hands-on education and job training, with a special emphasis on at-risk youth and groups from diverse backgrounds. Utilizing maritime settings, the Foundation provides experience-based educational programs emphasizing the applied learning of math, science, language arts, history, economics, and ecology. The Living Classrooms Foundation has the goal of offering hands-on experience-based education programs that are of the highest quality and excellence. The Foundation’s history and future focuses on hands-on education programs that motivate student through “learning by doing”.

Summary: The Relief Educator/Deckhand assists in the implement of Living Classrooms Foundation Shipboard Education program’s different day, extended and summer onboard and land programs. High energy, dedication, enthusiasm, flexibility, organization, professionalism, and strong work ethic are required to lead these programs. Unique to this position is the requirement to switch between boats in the fleet to cover for other crew. As such, the relief crew members must become familiar with the responsibilities of all crewmembers and safety protocols of each boat to substitute as assigned.

Essential Functions: Responsibilities of the Relief Educator/Deckhand for assisting the education department with its objectives include, but are not limited to:

  • Conduct and supervise safe and successful educational programs with assistance from onboard staff and other Living Classrooms employees
  • Become familiar with Living Classrooms safety and emergency protocol and procedures
  • Work with staff in a professional and cohesive manner
  • Work with the Shipboard administration to address any conflicts with staff/or students in a timely fashion
  • Work with Captain and crew to coordinate logistics for extended trips with special emphasis on summer programs
  • Assist land-based portion of programs
  • Assist with the ship’s operations including (but not limited to) line/sail handling, navigation and manning the helm
  • Assist with ship’s maintenance when needed
  • Become familiar with instructing special groups i.e. at risk, gifted, learning disabled, etc.
  • Become familiar with Living Classrooms camping policies, camp with youth whenever required
  • Encourage and integrate volunteers, interns and crew to participate in all aspects of presenting the education program
  • Maintain professionalism at all times as an important representative of the Living Classrooms Foundation
  • Maintain a neat, orderly, presentable appearance while working whether in or out of uniform
  • Such other duties as are necessary for the operation of the programs or the Foundation or as assigned by the Director of Shipboard Education and/or Director of Operations

Minimum Requirements/Experience:

  • Excellent communication and public speaking skills.
  • A passion for nature and working with children in an informal setting.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Preferred background in environmental science, education, or related field.
  • Experience working on or around boats, or a willingness to be trained.
  • Previous experience working with youth and implementing group management techniques.

Additional Information:

  • This is a seasonal position that runs March – mid August 2020.
  • Responsible for working ten day programs and two evening programs during the two week pay period, including occasional weekends and/or evenings.
  • Work up to ten days on Living Classrooms Live-Aboard programs
  • Housing may be available for interested parties.
  • Lunch is provided during programs.
  • Will be expected to lift moderately heavy objects and work outside in a variety of weather conditions, including light to moderate rain and warm and cool weather.

Position Start Date: Monday, March 2nd, 2020

Job Duration: Seasonal Full-Time

Living Classrooms Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities, Women, Handicapped Persons are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap status, Vietnam era or disabled Veterans status.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by personnel assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time as needed.

Please send resume and cover letter to:

Kelly Drake

Director, Shipboard Education

Living Classrooms Foundation