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Chantey Foreman 


Purpose of Position: The Chantey Foreman works with the Interpretation Department supervisors to coordinate all music-based interpretation activities for Mystic Seaport Museum, both on and off site.

Essential Functions

Be a skilled singer, musician and performer: Demonstrate music performance ability including an adequate sense of tonality and intonation for a cappella singing, vocal stamina and voice projection skills, and proficiency on at least one traditional instrument; present engaging solo educational performances, both on-site and as school outreach as determined by museum management; present solo or multi-performer entertainment performances, both on-site and outreach as determined by museum management; lead chanties for all required demonstrations.

Participate in and lead shipboard demonstrations: The Chantey Foreman plays a key role in various demonstrations throughout the museum's working waterfront exhibits. As such, they must be able to communicate safely and effectively with other members of demonstration team; be able to work outside for a full day in any and all weather conditions; be able to climb and work aloft on the Museum's sailing vessels (working aloft duties include setting and furling sails, bending and unbending sails, gear, and running rigging); be able to memorize rigging lines and the order of operations for complicated demonstrations; be able to support one's own body weight, to haul on lines to control and lift heavy weights, to lift at least 50 pounds; assist with additional physical activities in response to: the beginning and ending of the season, holiday weekends, and storm preparation.

Provide leadership to the museum's team of Working Chanteymen and Sea Music Interpreters: Mentor, coach and train interpreters assigned to the chantey and sea music staff; assist with evaluation and scheduling by providing supervisors with information about the strengths and weaknesses of the interpreters assigned to program area, as well as who may be a good interpreter to add to the list of qualified interpreters for the area under the foreman's oversight; periodically review and provide input to the supervisors to update, as necessary, the qualifications necessary to be a member of the museum's chantey staff; coordinate and help to schedule staff for special programs and classes as advertised by the museum; maintain relevant materials, equipment, and working environment in a neat and orderly fashion; order and procure materials as may be necessary for the proper function of the exhibit / program area; develop, review annually, and update as necessary, relevant training materials including the exhibit /demonstration handbooks; maintain close contact with staff assigned to the chantey program, as well as supervisors, and schedule regular check-in meetings.

Help to plan and execute mission-driven programming: Work closely with supervisory staff to plan and execute the museum's annual Sea Music Festival, including artistic direction, promotion, fundraising efforts, and all related logistics.

Be an effective Museum Interpreter: The Chantey Foreman is part of the museum's team of Interpreters. As such, they must provide a friendly, welcoming environment for museum visitors; utilize a variety of interpretive techniques to accurately communicate the American maritime experience to museum visitors; ensure dissemination of accurate information through ongoing training and professional development; be familiar with and demonstrate knowledge of the museum and its offerings so as to orient and guide visitors to help them make the best use of the museum; be familiar with and follow museum-wide and departmental policies; care for exhibits, objects and artifacts in the spaces assigned and serve as the 'first line' of security for them; and participate in classes and special programs as assigned.

Position Requirements
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with a supervisory team
  • Demonstrated management skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Computer literacy and proficiency in using Microsoft Office suite
  • Ability and willingness to accept work assignments in challenging conditions, such as: hot/cold temperatures, all types of weather, proximity to wood/coal stove fires
  • B.A. / B.S. preferred, but significant professional experience may serve as a substitute for a college degree.

Full-Time/Part-Time Part-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 Museum 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 New England coastal village, a working shipyard, formal 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.  

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