If you’re looking for a summer job with some excitement and adventure, consider applying for a position aboard New Bedford’s historic Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey.

The schooner, owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and operated by the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, is home ported in New Bedford but will give those working aboard the chance to sail south this spring.

The Ernestina-Morrissey – which initially launched on this date 129 years ago – recently returned home after a seven-year refurbishing in Boothbay, Maine.

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The ship will be sailing to the Gulf Coast in March for the Tall Ships America Gulf Coast tour, with events in Galveston, Texas and Florida events in both St. Petersburg and Pensacola. It will then return to New Bedford in May for training and onboard programs.

The ship will be sailing to the Gulf Coast in March for three tall ship events. Then returning to New England for the rest of the sailing season. Doing a mix of educational sails, deck tours, public day sails and other port events throughout New England.

Anyone interested in any of the positions should email Captain Tiffany Krihwan at tkrihwan@maritime.edu with questions or send in their resumé to apply.

Ship’s Cook Sought for the Ernestina-Morrissey

The Ship’s Cook would start this month and work until June 30. They get to work in a brand-new galley with all new equipment, and can set it up however they wish and even request additional equipment or galley items that may be needed.

The cook is responsible for preparing three meals a day, as well as homemade snacks, for the crew of 10 to 13 and up to 22 trainees when they are aboard.

The cook is also the ship’s Hygiene Officer, and must oversee the daily cleaning of the galley – although the cook does not need to be the one doing the cleaning.

The position pays around $2,900 per month, plus room and board. According to the job listing, when the ship is home ported in New Bedford over the weekend and without a program taking place onboard, the cook can expect to have the weekends off.

Able Seafarers Wanted for Ernestina-Morrissey

The Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey is searching for two qualified Able Seafarers for the sailing season, which will run until July 3.

What is an Able Seafarer? It’s someone who assists the Mates and the Captain in the operation of the ship, as well as helping train the ship’s crew and cadets. Serving as the lead deckhands, they’ll also be in rotation as lead watch stander for the Captain’s watch and will report to and work directly under Captain Krihwan.

Applicants must have traditional sailing experience, hold an AB Sail endorsement or 100 Ton Inland Mates license and be a U.S. citizen. Applicants must have experience as a deckhand on traditional sailing vessels and be able to lead work aloft and on deck.

You’ll also have to provide your current passport.

The position pays around $2,400 per month and you will live aboard the ship during your employment.

Deckhands Sought for the Ernestina-Morrissey

The Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey is seeking three deckhands to work until July 3 and assist in the ship’s operation and the training of cadets.

The position pays about $2,200 per month and you will live aboard the ship for the duration. The job posting also mentions that “if crew sign up for next sailing season, the Academy may consider helping with certifications.”

This position also requires proof of citizenship and a current U.S. passport.

COVID-19 Vaccination Required Aboard the Ernestina-Morrissey

According to the job postings, all crew will be required to follow COVID-19 health and safety guidelines aboard the Ernestina-Morrissey, and are required to be vaccinated and boosted.

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