Skipjack Captain/Educator

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a full-time Captain/Educator on the skipjack environmental education program, Stanley Norman, based in downtown Annapolis, MD. The skipjack is primarily run from the City Dock in Annapolis, MD but spends time at other locations around Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of MD. This is a full-time position that is exempt from overtime.

About the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest regional non-profit conservation organization working solely to save the Bay. Established in 1967, CBF has a staff of approximately 185 employees working in offices in Annapolis Maryland; Richmond and VA Beach, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C., and in 15 field education program locations. Our staff and volunteer corps work throughout the region educating students and adults, advocating for clean water polices, restoring waterways, and litigating when necessary.

CBF's headquarters office in Annapolis, MD is the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, the world’s first U.S. Green Build Council’s LEED platinum building. In 2014, CBF opened The Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, VA. The Brock Center is one of the most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings in the world.

CBF has an annual budget of approximately $21 million and is supported by more than 200,000 members and e-subscribers. For more information on CBF please visit

CBF Environmental Education
Approximately 35,000 students and teachers participate each year in CBF’s education field experiences or teacher professional learning. 

The Bay and its watershed is our classroom and CBF environmental educators are responsible for bringing the Bay alive to students.  We strive to make a lasting impression about the excitement and vulnerability of the Bay. 

Each of CBF’s 15 education programs has its own individual character. The field experience options run the gamut from urban boat programs in Baltimore and Hampton Roads to Pennsylvania canoe programs to remote island-based residential centers.  We use hands-on experiential teaching techniques to educate students about the health of the Bay and connect them back to their local environment.  Educators promote and develop citizen knowledge about the Bay by providing unforgettable, hands-on, student lead experiences that inspire them with a commitment to take action for the restoration of the Bay.

The education department is comprised of field programs, Teacher and Principal Professional Learning, and Student Leadership.  All of these components work closely to encourage and lead students to take action toward “Saving the Bay.”

Context of the Position

The Stanley Norman, an authentic skipjack built in 1902, provides a unique educational experience.  There is no better place to study the culture, economics, politics, and literature of the oyster industry and the Bay than upon the decks of the skipjack.  The skipjack staff consists of the Captain, Program Manager, and Assistant Manager and all three staff teach students in grades 5th – 12th grades, college groups, and adults. The program staff promote and develop citizen knowledge about the Bay by providing unforgettable, “hands-on” experiences to students and their teachers.  The skipjack program also provides opportunities for legislators, agencies, donors, and business leaders to see first-hand the issues facing the protection and restoration of the Bay.  This position requires the ability to work some evenings and weekends.

Essential Functions

Education Program Essential Functions:

  • Safely & professionally serve as Captain and Educator
  • Maintain USCG inspected work boat.  Ensure safe operation of the boat.  Inform passengers of safety precautions 
  • Maintain/repair boat, equipment, and educational gear
  • Conduct & manage regular inspections and safety checklists
  • Develop and implement one-day field programs using multiple field based methods such as conducting biological sampling and water quality testing for middle and high school aged students, teachers, and other participants
  • Continually adapt program content based upon grade/age level of students, weather, and group dynamics and feedback/evaluations from teachers and supervisors
  • Plan and execute summer courses for Chesapeake Classrooms Teacher Professional Learning program and/or Student Leadership Program
  • Program staff are responsible for the safety of all field participants, ensure that all safety protocols are rigorously followed, and are required to respond to medical emergencies that may arise
  • Complete/submit timesheets, personal expense reports, credit card reports, and all other relevant administrative tasks in a timely manner
  • Provide timely communication and updates about the program to supervisors and other CBF departments
  • Develop and implement one-year program plan that is in alignment with CBF’s strategic plan
  • Attend all safety training and professional development offerings
  • This physically-demanding position involves fairly frequent weekend and evening work, year-round exposure to the elements, and overnight travel for staff trainings and meetings

Professional Experience and Qualifications

Successful Candidate should possess the following:

  • Minimum 25-ton Master of Inland Waters USCG Captain license with a sailing endorsement and FCC certification
  • 1-3 years’ experience operating & maintaining traditionally rigged wooden sailing vessels
  • 1-3 years’ experience teaching in either a formal or non-formal setting
  • A strong desire to teach in the field/outdoors (under all weather conditions) and work with students on a daily basis
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
  • Energy, enthusiasm, and passion for students and the environment
  • Creativity, humor and self-confidence
  • Collaborative work style
  • Desire and ability to relate to people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Knowledge of environmental issues facing the Bay
  • Knowledge of Chesapeake Bay Foundation & the Education Department mission, strategic plans & goals is plus
  • Strong commitment to safety and maintenance

Physical Requirements:

  • Physical ability to lift and carry heavy objects-at least 45 pounds (canoes and other equipment)
  • This physically demanding position involves year-round exposure to the elements
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and/or weekends
  • Ability to work away from home for multiple-day periods throughout the year
  • Ability to travel to attend trainings & meetings
  • Ability to have reliable transportation to travel to other CBF field programs & locations as needed


  • Must pass a criminal background check
  • All education staff participate in a pre-employment & random drug screening program per the requirements of the US Coast Guard

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for (3) references to:

SKJ Captain/Education Jobs
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Position open until filled by a suitable candidate

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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