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 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.
Mail or Email your completed application to:
Michael Gorman, Boatyard Manager
213 N. Talbot Street
St. Michaels, MD 21663-0636
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.