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Paint Shop Manager 


Purpose of Position:
Manage shipyard painting operations, equipment, and supplies. Preparation and coating of museum vessels of all types. Work with other shipyard areas as required.

Essential Functions:

  • Maintain inventory of supplies needed for current, ongoing, and future shipyard projects.
  • Execute all aspects of vessel maintenance and preservation.
  • Maintain cleanliness and orderliness of paint shop, and around all vessels and equipment within this area
  • Maintain full environmental compliance in all vessel maintenance activities
  • Plan and participate in maintenance of vessels, rigs and spars of museum and outside service vessels.
  • Operate work boats and supply support services for the Museum as needed
  • Maintain accurate and timely records for vessel maintenance
  • Work with shipyard general maintenance supervisor and foreman to plan, coordinate, and supervise volunteer activities related to paint shop operations
  • Support shipwrights and others in planning, selection, and application of coatings to various restoration projects
  • Maintain working knowledge of paint types, applications, and best practices
  • Participate in hauling, launching, and movement of all watercraft
  • Work as needed in other areas of the Watercraft Department including vessel operations and shipwright work.
  • All other projects as assigned
Position Requirements
  • Must have received or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccination and booster by date of hire to be considered. Proof of vaccination will be required.
  • Five years’ experience with traditional vessel maintenance and coatings.
  • Experience in safe operation of forklifts, woodworking, and machine tools.
  • Knowledge of traditional vessel maintenance practices, procedures, and materials
  • Knowledge of application of marine coating, traditional and modern to vessels constructed of all materials
  • Knowledge of environmental regulations and management of all materials within this area of responsibility
  • Knowledge of shipbuilding techniques, vessel structure terminology and all materials
  • Ability to work with staff, trustees, volunteers, and the general public
  • Willingness to work flexible hours in performance of responsibilities
  • Willingness to work weekends to coordinate volunteers, special events, and other functions
  • A valid Connecticut state driver’s license
  • A valid USCG license or Connecticut State Safe Boating Certificate or equivalent is desired.
  • A high degree of flexibility in performance of responsibilities and tasks
  • Job requires bending, lifting, climbing, and prolonged physical activity in all weather conditions
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 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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