Shipwright positions available in Philadelphia

Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia, PA operates the Workshop on the Water (WOW), dedicated to the skills and traditions of wooden boat building and sailing in the Delaware Valley and the New Jersey Shore.

 The Workshop is constructing a 1790’s Topsail Schooner which will assist in displaying the chronicles of the Birth of the United States Navy and its accounts of combating piracy in the Philadelphia region and beyond. Located inside the museum, this traditionally built ship shall be full scale from the waterline up and displaying working ship components. Museum visitors will be able to board the schooner and enjoy commanding the wheel to maneuver the rudder, fire a cannon, man the windlass to hoist the anchors, haul and carry provisions with block and tackle, raise and lower sails and climb the rigging.

ISM invites applications for the following hourly positions:
1 Shipwright - temporary, full time, November 2014 – Spring 2015.
2 Shipwrights – temporary, full time, January 2015 – Spring 2015
1 Rigger/Laborer – temporary, full time, January 2015 – Spring 2015

Candidates capabilities and skills should include shipwright knowledge with experience on wooden vessels; self-sufficient work ethic; consistency in exercising independent judgment & discretion in significant matters; willingness to engage in and oversee day to day shop projects, as needed; the ability to work with and impart knowledge to a diverse corps of volunteers and visitors; consistent and punctual attendance; good communication skills; availability to work nights & weekends with variable schedule as necessary with overtime possibilities. 

Apply by emailing or mailing your cover letter, resume and references to: 

WOW Director Mark Donohue 

211 South Columbus Blvd. & Walnut Street 

Philadelphia, PA  19106 

(215) 413-8638