Lead Captain, Wilma Lee Skipjack    

Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park

Seasonally Full-time Contractor

The Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park (AMM) aims to inspire a connection and respect for the Chesapeake Bay for generations to come. With a mission to educate youth and adults about the Annapolis area’s rich maritime heritage and the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay through programs, exhibits and community events. This mission is accomplished through a suite of hands-on programming including a robust educational department, winter lectures, community events and two annual fundraisers that bring visitors to two unique locations along Back Creek. The AMM is a 501 (C)(3) non-profit organization.

The AMM seeks a contractor position to act as lead Captain for the Skipjack Wilma Lee, based out of multiple locations on or around Back Creek in Annapolis.  The contractor will be paid an hourly rate of $25 per hour. Hours will vary seasonally.

One of only a few remaining Chesapeake Bay Skipjacks, the Wilma Lee is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Wilma Lee was built in 1940 on the Maryland eastern shore by the well-known boat builder Bronza Parks. The Wilma Lee has an LOA of 75 feet, 47 feet on deck and a 16-foot beam. She is sloop-rigged with a centerboard, and her push boat has been replaced with two inboard motors. This season a non-functioning push boat has been attached to the boat to use as an example for guests.

Wilma Lee will be used for educational programing, heritage tours, sailboat race watch cruises, specialty and sunset cruises, and private events and charters.


  • Oversee operations of the Skipjack Wilma Lee, upholding high safety and professional standards for all cruises.
  • Ensure timely preventative and remedial maintenance and repair of the Wilma Lee. Including seasonal maintenance, scheduling haul-outs and coordinating significant repairs with vendors and boatyards.
  • Manage United States Coast Guard (USCG) certification and oversee inspections including those on Tilghman Island.
  • Maintain vessel operation checklists and all records and logs required by USCG and AMM, including those related to vessel and engine maintenance, training and safety drills and rigging.
  • 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.
  • Serve as the on-call Captain and contact.
  • Ensure all passengers have an outstanding experience by utilizing strong guest service skills and exercising effective communication skills.
  • Call Charter Guests if a cruise is canceled to alert them and follow the proper cancellation protocol.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Must 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
  • 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.
  • Ability to stand for full 8-hour shift as needed.
  • Willingness to be on-call and monitor the boat during inclement weather and manage emergency repairs.
  • Willingness to work outside in all weather conditions and on weekends, evenings and on holidays.
  • Knowledge of Chesapeake Bay ecology and environment issues facing the bay.
  • Passion for sailing and educating children.
  • 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.
  • Must be a US citizen or permanent resident per the requirements of the USCG.

Please send a cover letter and resume to:

Sarah Krizek, Capital Project Manager


To learn more about the museum visit www.amaritime.org