Maine's First Vessel Operations Coordinator

Program Area: Vessel Operations
Category: Part Time, variable
Compensation: $24 / hr / No lodging aboard
Location: Bath  Maine


The mission of Maine’s First Ship is to use our reconstruction of the 1607 pinnace Virginia to immerse the public in an exploration of the region’s early history, craftsmanship, and relationships, and their impact on our community and environment today. MFS serves as steward of the recently built and launched 17th-century-styled wooden pinnace Virginia as well as the 19th century railroad building known as the Bath Freight Shed.

Using these historic cultural resources, along with a talented pool of nearly 100 active Volunteers, MFS Explores History, Celebrates Ingenuity, and Fosters Community in Maine’s Midcoast.


Maine’s First Ship seeks a handy problem solver and organized team-player to keep the vessel operationally ready in season and maintained in the lay-up season. The Vessel Operations Coordinator works closely with the Executive Director and MFS volunteers to ensure care and keeping of a 17th-century-style traditional wooden sailing vessel that is used for engaging educational programs and joyful adventures. This position will support the efforts of a talented and committed volunteer labor force as well as visiting captains. Vessel Stewardship is the focus of this position. The position will coordinate maintenance and rigging October-November and March-April and support operations from May to October. Time on task varies over the two seasons.


  • Organize and oversee upkeep of the pinnace Virginia; maintain records; collaborate with volunteer pool to implement work plan; organize tools and materials
  • Ensure USCG vessel compliance for seasonal operations; support crewe readiness and sail training
  • Liaison for Port Visit logistics
  • Serve as crewe for sails and transits


  • Carpentry, diesel, and/or electrical systems operation and maintenance
  • Traditional sailing and wooden ships
  • Capacity to learn rig and other systems and skills
  • Organized – scheduling and leading diverse groups of people & maintaining logs
  • Current USCG UPV captain licensing preferred
  • Able to pass a drug test
Contact Person:
Kirstie Truluck, Executive Director
207-443-4242 (office)

Requesting: Resume and Cover Letter