Job Opening: Culinary Wizard, Schooner Crew


Culinary Wizard – Schooner Crew

Job Title: Culinary Wizard Schooner Crew
Department: Schooner Lois McClure
Supervisor: Erick Tichonuk, Tour Coordinator and Captain
Full Time Seasonal Position
Dates: May 7 – October 7, 2017

Position Summary

The Culinary Wizard Schooner Crew position will serve aboard the Lois McClure, a full-scale replica of an 1862-class sailing canal boat, constructed in Burlington, Vermont.  For the past thirteen years, she has been an ambassador for the Champlain Valley, retracing the historic commercial routes that link Vermont, New York, and Quebec, and bringing stories of bygone days back to life.  For 2017, she will be embarking on the Legacy Tour.  During 2018, she will be embarking on the Glass Barge Tour.  This tour will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the move of the Flint Glass Works from Brooklyn to Corning, NY via canal.  This complex and exciting tour is a partnership between LCMM, Corning Museum of Glass, and South Street Seaport.  The tour will include travel on the Hudson River, New York Harbor, Erie Canal, and Cayuga Seneca Canal, welcoming visitors aboard at approximately 24 ports of call.

The schooner is 88’ LOA and 74 gross tons, and is a gaff-rigged schooner with no auxiliary power.  When operating in the canal system she is propelled by the museum’s 33’, 7 gross ton 1964 wooden tug C.L. Churchill.  Additional support for locking and docking is provided by an 18’ inflatable with a 50HP outboard.  One to two weeks will be spent commissioning and decommissioning the vessel for the tour.  Approximately 60 days will be spent underway, 60 days in port welcoming visitors aboard, and 15 days of down time during the tour.  On board living accommodations and meals will be provided while on tour.
Duties and Responsibilities

The Culinary Wizard Schooner Crew position will be responsible for:

  • Keeping the crew fed.
  • Ensuring the vessel is fully provisioned for all meal preparations.
  • Creating varied menus of healthy and nutritious foods.
  • Coordinating staff/volunteer crew schedule for meal preparations and clean-up.
  • Interpreting for the public during open visitation hours in port.
  • Serving as an Educator during youth programs.
  • Serving as a deckhand while the vessels are underway.
  • Participating in all crew activities as assigned, such as cleaning and maintenance duties.

Minimum Requirements

  • High school or equivalent, undergraduate degree preferred.
  • A love of food and food preparation.
  • Outgoing, enthusiastic, good sense of humor, wicked good attitude, and strong work ethic.
  • Okay with being away from home for extended period of time.
  • Willing to live in tight quarters with little privacy.
  • Willing to work irregular hours.
  • Boating and related on-water experience a bonus.
  • Knowledge of the history of Lake Champlain and New York canals, or willingness to learn.
  • Willingness to learn new skills.
  • Able to do manual labor and pick up heavy loads.
  • Experience with public speaking is a plus.
  • Any conflicting summer commitments including travel, work or other leave of absence must be approved in advance.


$96 – $128 per dium depending upon experience.

How To Apply

Please send a cover letter, résumé to:
Erick Tichonuk,