Job Opening: Schooner Maintenance Coordinator

Job TitleSchooner Maintenance Coordinator
Reports ToDirector of Programs & Visitor Experience
Employment DatesYear round starting mid-April: 24 hours per week, flexible schedule

Job Purpose

The Schooner Maintenance Coordinator coordinates the management and maintenance of the Canal Schooner Lois McClure and the tugboat C.L. Churchill, including some interpretation for the general public. The position reports to the Director of Programs & Visitor Experience and works collaboratively with the Director of Facilities, Schooner Programs Coordinator, Director of Maritime Programs, and the team of program volunteers to ensure that the Schooner and the Churchill are in good condition throughout the year. The position also provides support for the daily operations of the Museum, including some opening & closing responsibilities. We are looking for a motivated, reliable and engaged candidate and are open to providing training and resources for someone looking to gain more hands-on experience. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinates maintenance and management of Schooner Lois McClure and C.L. Churchill
    • Executes and updates seasonal maintenance plans for both boats
    • Monitors daily lake and weather conditions and responds appropriately to ensure safety of the Schooner and dock system
  • Engages and interprets the Schooner for the public
    • Regularly interacting with visitors and providing accessible and engaging interpretation of ongoing work and repairs
    • Providing basic history of canal schooners on Lake Champlain
  • Coordinate caretaking & maintenance of the Schooner, including:
    • Maintenance of topside projects, including on decking, painting, and carpentry
    • Preparing the boat for rigging in the spring of 2023, including inventory of current lines and length of connection points and removing line from the forecastle
    • Assess and lead necessary and ongoing boat repair projects
    • Leading the building of the boat’s winter cover, including inspecting and repairing winter cover as needed and removing the winter cover in the spring
    • Following and updating the winter maintenance and monitoring plan, including overseeing staff/volunteers to check the boat regularly to maintain:
      • Dock lines and bubblers
      • Cleanliness of deck, hold and cabin
      • Monitor electrical system
      • Path to schooner shoveled, sanded, and cleared
      • Bilge clear, pumps operational
    • Overseeing reporting structure, ensuring communication between all team members
  • Manages all Schooner moves and plans
    • Assigns staffing, creates team, finalizes plan
    • Works with partners (Basin Harbor, Pierre LaRocque) to move the Schooner to Basin Harbor in the fall and back to North Harbor in the spring, including moving and anchoring
  • Schooner supplies and storage
    • Maintain Schooner storage spaces, including cleaning and organizing storage spaces and materials
  • Provide support for LCMM’s special events
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Maritime experience, including on-water experience crewing and working on boats  
  • Experience with large wooden sailing vessels and/or tall ships
  • Interest and enthusiasm for engaging with the public and developing connections between historical objects and the public
  • Basic familiarity with electrical, plumbing, woodworking
  • Experience managing programs with complex logistics
  • Ability to organize and prioritize tasks, including a strong ability to work under the pressure of multiple deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal and team leadership skills
  • A commitment to collaboration and an enthusiasm for Lake Champlain, its history, and its future

Working Conditions

This position may include onsite, offsite, and on water work. Work outside will occur in all weather conditions.

Physical Requirements

Must be able to stand and walk on uneven ground and dock surfaces for extended periods of time and lift/haul +50 pounds.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter to info@lcmm.org with the subject line “Schooner Maintenance.” Applications will close on February 28, 2022.

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