The Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park (AMMP) is seeking a full-time Vessel Operations Manager to oversee and manage the Museum’s boat operations including the Skipjack Wilma Lee, boat donations, and boat building programs. The AMMP educates youth and adults about maritime heritage and the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay through engaging programs, exhibits, and community events.

The primary responsibility is overseeing the day to day operations of the Wilma Lee. Other responsibilities include developing the boat donation program, providing technical assistance to the boat building program and supporting educational experiences for participants of all ages. This is a full-time permanent position with benefits, reporting directly to the Education Director, with a salary range between $35,000-40,000 commensurate with experience.


  • Oversee the operation of the Skipjack Wilma Lee, upholding high safety and professional standards for educational programs, heritage tours, and specialty cruises
  • Maintain and repair the Wilma Lee as needed including performing seasonal maintenance, scheduling haul-outs and coordinating significant repairs with vendors and boatyards
  • Maintain and repair AMMP’s vessels including kayaks, inflatables and dock facilities
  • Manage United States Coast Guard (USCG) certification and oversee inspections
  • Develop vessel operation checklists and maintain all records and logs required by USCG and AMMP, including those related to vessel and engine maintenance, training and safety drills and rigging
  • Manage both maintenance and crew volunteers including recruitment, scheduling, tracking and reporting hours, and conducting background checks
  • Develop and conduct Captain and Crew training programs, to include a final sign off process for each crew member
  • Develop and administer drug and alcohol testing, CPR, First-Aid, and safety program for crew and docents and all other USCG requirements regarding the operation of a commercial passenger vehicle
  • Assist the Education Staff with the implementation of all boat based educational programs
  • Assist the Community Program Manager with the implementation of the youth boat building program, proving technical assistance
  • Manage the Boat Donation Program by vetting vessels, transporting, completing paperwork and selling vessels
  • Ensure that all boat based programs are safe, experiential, and of the highest quality
  • Ensure all passengers have an outstanding experience by utilizing strong guest service skills and exercising effective communication skills
  • Represent Education Center at special museum events

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Must currently possess a current Merchant Mariner Credential of Master of Self-Propelled Vessels of at least 50 tons, including Auxiliary Sail upon Inland Waters with a satisfactory record, as well as a current Medical Certificate.
  • Experience operating commercial passenger USCG “t” vessels, with experience operating a vessel similar in size to the Wilma Lee preferred
  • Have and maintain Radio Operator Permit, CPR, and First Aid Certification
  • Experience with boat maintenance and small repairs, with wooden boat maintenance experience preferred
  • Physical ability to lift and carry heavy objects of at least 50 pounds
  • Willingness to work outside in all weather conditions and weekend and holidays
  • Knowledge of Chesapeake Bay ecology and environment issues facing the bay
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, high energy, and enthusiasm
  • Flexibility and the ability to problem solve
  • Must pass a background check and submit to pre-employment and ongoing drug and alcohol testing per the requirements of the USCG
  • Ability to become certified in Kayak Instruction or water rescue
  • Must be a US citizen or permanent resident per the requirements of the USCG

Please send a cover letter and resume to:

Sarah Krizek, Education Director

Deadline: September 10, 2018