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Shipwright II 



  • To perform wide variety of tasks related to preservation of MAYFLOWER II
  • Primary focus of work is Ship and Boat Carpentry related to maintenance, preservation and restoration


  • Maintenance and Restoration tasks related to watercraft preservation
  • Ability to perform research necessary to support specific work assignments
  • Perform work in support of other areas of Museum
  • Represent Mystic Seaport in a professional manner at all times
  • Perform other tasks as required


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 three 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 two years experience.
  • 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 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
  • Hold a valid drivers license
  • Hold or be willing to achieve a State Safe Boating Certificate
  • Knowledge and skill in application of traditional marine coatings

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 and communicate with Museum Visitors related to tasks performed
  • Interest in furthering the broader goals of Mystic Seaport
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.  
About the Organization Mystic Seaport is the nation's leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929 to gather and preserve the rapidly disappearing artifacts of America's seafaring past, the Museum has grown to become a national center for research and education with the mission to inspire an enduring connection to the American maritime experience.

The Museum's grounds cover 19 acres on the Mystic River in Mystic, CT and include a recreated 19th century coastal village, a working shipyard, exhibit halls, and state-of-the-art artifact storage facilities. The Museum is home to more than 500 historic watercraft, including four National Historic Landmark vessels, most notably the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan, America's oldest commercial ship still in existence.

With a full-time staff of 150 that swells to 350 during the summer season, the Museum hosts 250,000 visitors annually. Mystic Seaport employs a diverse staff of scholars, librarians, historic interpreters, educators, scientists, musicians, and skilled artisans.

A stroll through the historic village transports visitors back to the mid-1800s where they can experience firsthand from staff historians, storytellers, musicians, and craftspeople just what life was like to earn one's living from the sea. In the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard, they can watch shipwrights keeping the skills and techniques of traditional shipbuilding alive as they restore and maintain the Museum's watercraft collection.

The Museum's 41,000 sq. ft. Collections Research Center (CRC) offers access to more than 2 million artifacts and is also home to the G.W. Blunt White Library, a 75,000-volume research library where scholars from around the world come to study America's maritime history.

For more than 80 years, visitors, students, and scholars have turned to Mystic Seaport to preserve and interpret America's maritime experience. The Museum's commitment to that mission is as strong as ever.  

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