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Employment and Internships

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is an equal opportunity employer. CBMM is a dynamic organization with diverse staffing needs that create a variety of job opportunities. From curatorial and Museum education staff, to shipwrights and apprentices, to accounting, fundraising, administration, and operations, professional staff work together to further CBMM’s mission.

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Shipwright Apprentice Program

CBMM immediately seeks a Shipwright Apprentice for the boatyard.  Beyond restoration and public programming, the CBMM’s Boatyard is working to pass fading maritime skills on to a new generation of wooden boat builders. Our Apprentice Program provides one year apprenticeships to graduates of boatbuilding schools, so they can get on-the-job training and experience under the tutelage of master shipwrights. In addition to preserving historic vessels and passing on traditional maritime skills our Boatyard Staff develop programs to engage our visitors.

The Chesapeake Bay shoreline was once home to scores of small boatyards where skilled shipwrights built and maintained hundreds of wooden vessels. These craftsmen not only supported the commercial growth of the Chesapeake, but they also passed along skills that had been refined over hundreds of years. Because most of these yards have vanished, and along with them, the skills and techniques of the builders, there is a deficit of proficient boat builders today.

The CBMM’s Shipwright Apprentice Program is on-the-job training in the form of a professional apprenticeship which gives apprentices the opportunity to work on a wide variety of Chesapeake Bay indigenous watercraft. The program provides the skills and experience of a working boatyard and bridges the gap for those coming out of wooden boat building schools and programs. The majority of apprentices completing the CBMM’s Shipwright Apprentice Program have taken jobs in the boat building or maritime industries, working in commercial shipbuilding yards or small boat yards around the Bay. Others have become shipwrights on large vessel construction projects and several are working in the maritime museum industry.

Requirements, Compensation & Application 
Successful completion of an accredited boat building school is preferred, but applicants with related experience will be considered. Though not required, it is strongly suggested that applicants visit the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum campus.

Click here to download the Shipwright Apprentice Application

Mail or Email your completed application to:

Michael Gorman, Boatyard Manager
213 N. Talbot Street
St. Michaels, MD 21663-0636
Phone: 410-745-4968

Watershed Coordinator:

Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy seeks a Watershed Coordinator for Eastern Bay and the Miles and Wye Rivers who will work between May and September each year from Thursday through Monday, including Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. During these months on weekends and holidays, this employee will operate our Pump-Out Boat, pumping out waste from sailboats and cruise boats in the Miles and Wye Rivers, and will have responsibility for maintaining such boat.

Starting each October and through April, the Watershed Coordinator will have normal Monday through Friday hours. The Watershed Coordinator will engage in water quality testing, oyster restoration, river patrols, will help manage our fifty water tester volunteers, will engage in community outreach, regulatory and permit enforcement, will work with other staff on a variety of projects, and will assist in fundraising and events.

The Watershed Coordinator will contribute to MRC’s general communications and outreach efforts to increase awareness of our work in the community and the importance of clean water, including contributing content to MRC’s newsletters, commenting on proposed regulatory and legislative changes, speaking regularly at public forums, and writing for local media publications.

Desired Qualifications:

  • A willingness to work the required schedule, Thursday-Monday including weekends and holidays during the May through September months, and normal workdays, Monday-Friday during October through April.
  • A strong commitment to environmental protection, and an understanding of, and commitment to, MRC’s mission.
  • An outgoing and congenial personality.
  • An understanding of environmental and regulatory issues that affect water quality.
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills, and the ability to identify and develop innovative solutions to pollution threats.
  • Ability to be diplomatic in adversarial situations.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills and IT skills.
  • Ability to work independently and manage others.
  • Ability to work as a team player and collaborate effectively with other MRC staff, partners, and volunteers.
  • Employee must have or obtain a boating license valid in the state of Maryland.
  • Relevant work experience and on-the-water experience a plus.


Rolling applications accepted until the position is filled.

Location: Easton, MD

Salary range: Commensurate with skills and experience, plus competitive benefits package

Application should consist of a resume and cover letter submitted either electronically or by mail to: Timothy Junkin, Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, 24 N Harrison St., Easton, MD 21601 or

Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer


We currently have filled all the Summer 2017 Internship opportunities.  Please check back in the Fall of 2017 for more information regarding Internship opportunities for Summer 2018.