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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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CBMM seeks a seasoned, strategic leader to oversee daily operations. Position reports directly to the President and serves on the senior management team. Duties include: oversight of Guest Relations, Marina, Boatyard, Museum Store, and Charity Boat Donation Program; growth in group tour visits; drive boatyard apprentice and education program growth; manage boatyard and CBMM projects.

Strong project management and implementation skills; 5+ years’ management experience; master’s degree desired. Knowledge of not-for-profit industry, general fiscal practices, operating systems, retail and marina helpful. Must be a strategic thinker and able to communicate to all levels of stakeholders, from Board to staff.

Full-time position with excellent benefits. Send cover letter, resume, and references to or Human Resources, CBMM, 213 N. Talbot Street, St. Michaels, MD 21663.


Marine Mechanic

CBMM has an immediate need for a Marine Mechanic. The Marine Mechanic assists in engine maintenance and repair operations of the Floating Fleet, as well as Charity Boat donation program. The Marine Mechanic will also assist in teaching basic engine maintenance and repair skills to CBMM’s shipwright apprentices, and youth in our Rising Tide After-school Boat building program.

Basic Skills/Requirements:

Three plus years of experience as a mechanic. Ideal candidate owns necessary tools and has experience with marine engines. Must be able to diagnose and repair diesel, gas, hydraulic equipment, and possess basic understanding of marine electrical systems. American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) certification and outboard engine experience is a plus. Part-time or contract employment is possible—full-time employees receive benefits; salary is commensurate with experience. Competent written, oral skills and computing skills, for Microsoft Excel and Word, as well as Gmail. Ability to deal with the public in a positive and enthusiastic manner. Willingness to participate in community affairs. A background in teaching mechanics is desirable.

Part-time or contract employment is possible. Otherwise, this position is a full time, hourly position of CBMM with an expected minimum work schedule of 32 hours per week. The work hours will seasonally be flexible to coincide with CBMM’s public hours: during summer the hours are 9-5 pm, and during winter the hours are 10–4 pm. All staff is expected to be available to work a flexible schedule that may include evenings and weekends.

The Marine Mechanic is expected to be present for all special events/development functions unless otherwise arranged with the President and may be assigned to work in a capacity alternate to that defined.

Send letter with resume and references to or to HR, CBMM, 213 N. Talbot St., St. Michaels, MD 21663.

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 two-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



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.