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Job Opening: Winter Schooner Maintenance Coordinator

Job TitleWinter Schooner Maintenance Coordinator
Reports ToDirector of Programs & Visitor Experience
Employment DatesOctober 1–May 15, 2021, 20–30 hours per week, flexible schedule

Job Purpose

The Winter Schooner Maintenance Coordinator coordinates the management and maintenance of the museum’s replica canal schooner Lois McClure and the tugboat C.L. Churchill. 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 over the winter season.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinates maintenance and management of schooner Lois McClure and C.L. Churchill
    • Develops winter and annual maintenance plan for both boats
    • Monitors daily lake and weather conditions and responds appropriately to ensure safety of the schooner and dock system
  • 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
  • Coordinate winter caretaking of the schooner, including:
    • 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
    • Draining the ballast, deconstructing ballast boxes in the fall
    • Cleaning the bilge
    • Building ballast boxes, filling the ballast in the spring
    • Developing 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
  • Boat repair/maintenance:
    • Assess and determine status of repair projects
    • Lead necessary and ongoing boat repair projects
  • 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
  • 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 August 31, 2021.

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