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Shipwright I 



  • To participate in planning and execution of a wide variety of tasks related to preservation of the MAYFLOWER II
  • To research, preserve and pass on the skills required for the preservation, documentation and new construction of traditional watercraft
  • Primary focus of work is Ship and Boat Carpentry related to maintenance, preservation and restoration


  • Proficient in Maintenance and Restoration tasks related to watercraft preservation
  • High level of proficiency in heavy timber ship carpentry and joinery
  • Perform research related to traditional watercraft
  • Ability to work as project leader on a wide variety of tasks related to preservation of Museum watercraft
  • Perform work in support of other areas of Museum
  • Represent Mystic Seaport Museum in a professional manner at all times
  • To teach and pass on skills to others through a variety of methods

Note: Because of the broad interests of the Watercraft Preservation and Programs Area and the variety of work expected by the Museum from this area, much work outside the parameters of this job description is to be expected. Within limits set by their supervisor, all Shipyard employees are encouraged to become involved in aspects of Watercraft Preservation and Programs Area which are not normally within the scope of their job description.

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and advise that only those to be interviewed will be contacted.

Position Requirements
  • Minimum of five years experience in a variety of ship and boat maintenance, preservation or restoration projects. Time spent in formal Boat Building Programs may replace up to three years’ experience
  • Possess a high degree of skill within the above areas of responsibility
  • Willingness to work flexible hours in performance of responsibilities
  • Willingness to work weekends on a rotational basis
  • Willingness and ability to work with non-professional shipyard volunteers
  • Ability and willingness to record, log and document work performed
  • Ability to work unsupervised on assigned tasks and projects
  • Posses a high degree of flexibility regarding scheduling of projects, tasks and responsibilities
  • Job requires bending, lifting, climbing, and prolonged physical activity and exposure to all weather conditions

Special Skills:

  • A high level of aptitude and ability in the following areas:
  • Carpentry as related to traditional watercraft preservation and new construction
  • Caulking
  • Research related to watercraft preservation and specific assignments
  • Interest in and the ability to interact, communicate with and lead Museum Visitors and others in programs related to tasks of maritime preservation
  • Interest in furthering the broader goals of Mystic Seaport Museum
  • Hold a valid drivers license
  • Hold or be willing to achieve a State Safe Boating Certificate
  • A high degree of knowledge and skill in application of traditional marine coatings
  • Completion of high school or college degree program desirable
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
EOE Statement Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and state and federal laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. In addition, state and federal laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, Veteran's status, age (40 years and over), physical or mental disability, religious affiliation or other protected status. It is our policy to comply fully with these laws and information requested on this application will not be used for any purpose prohibited by law.  
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