Job Opening: First Mate, Schooner Lois McClure


Job Title: First Mate
Department: Schooner Lois McClure
Supervisor: Erick Tichonuk, Tour Coordinator and Captain
Full Time Seasonal Position
Dates: April 23 –October 7, 2018

 Position Summary

The First Mate 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.  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.  Two weeks will be spent commissioning the vessel for the tour.  Approximately 60 days will be spent underway, 60 days in port welcoming visitors aboard, and 15 days of downtime during the tour.  On board living accommodations and meals will be provided while on tour.

Duties and Responsibilities

The First Mate position is:

  • Second in command to the captain, and assumes the responsibilities of the captain in his/her absence.
  • Directly responsible for deck safety.  Directs and supervises crew and volunteers in daily deck operations, per orders of the captain.
  • Responsible for volunteer training in deck operation and safety.
  • Expected to be a role model of initiative and leadership and to set a general tone on board reflecting that.
  • Principal staff member for the general interpretation and also serves as the designated “person in charge” (PIC) during vessel open hours.
  • Participating in all crew activities as assigned, such as cleaning and maintenance duties.

Minimum Requirements

  • USCG 100-ton inland Master license with Commercial Towing Assist is required. Sailing endorsement desirable.
  • High school or equivalent, undergraduate degree preferred.
  • Outgoing, enthusiastic, good sense of humor, wicked good attitude, and strong work ethic.
  • Calm and inspiring leadership style.
  • 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.
  • General knowledge of ship’s systems including carpentry repairs.
  • Knowledge of the history of Lake Champlain and New York canals, and/or strong 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.


$112 – $144 per Diem, depending upon experience.

How To Apply

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