The Captain of the sloop Clearwater is responsible for the safety and well-being of crew and passengers, and for the safe and efficient operation and management of the vessel. The Captain will oversee a crew of 10-16 experienced hands, apprentices, and volunteers, to sail a solid schedule of onboard education programs for schools, educational groups, adult programs and members. The Captain is an ambassador of Clearwater’s environmental agenda and acts accordingly.

In addition to sailing responsibilities, the Captain will collaborate with a second Captain to alternate periods of time on the sloop with periods of time attending to administrative tasks. The ideal candidate will have experience supervising a crew, the ability to speak publicly to diverse audiences, administrative experience, and familiarity with navigating the Hudson River.

The Captain position is eligible for health benefits through Clearwater, as well as a competitive paid time off package.

Tagged as: Full Time, Water Skills


Required certifications:
· 100 Ton Inland Masters license with a sailing endorsement
· FCC Radio License

Required Skills:

Experience managing a crew

About Hudson River Sloop Clearwater

The sloop Clearwater, a replica vessel modeled after the Dutch vessels that sailed the Hudson River in the 18th and 19th centuries, was launched on May 17, 1969 from Harvey Gamage Shipyard in South Bristol, Maine. Those early cargo vessels were specially designed for the variable winds, currents and depths of the Hudson. Sailing from town to town today, the Clearwater models her course after that of the historic Dutch sloops.

Their cargoes and crews were the main communication link between riverfront towns and outlying areas which now house one-tenth of this nation’s population.

Clearwater continues that tradition as a vital link between communities and carries a message to the people who sail on her and see her iconic broad sails from the shore about the beauty and wealth of our region’s waterways – and the everlasting need to protect, preserve and celebrate them.

Application Instructions

Please send resume and cover letter to [email protected]