BOATWRIGHT APPRENTICE IN RESIDENCE


Reports To: Boatwright

Hours: 40 per Week

Contract: 3 Months

Stipend: $2,667 per Month

Benefits: CWB will provide berthing for the Apprentice on one of its historic vessels such as the 1906 ELCO built SEA WITCH

Mission: The Center for Wooden Boats promotes Northwest Maritime Heritage through education, interpretation, and hands-on experience in building, using, and maintaining historic small craft. We are a living museum dedicated to using our artifacts to teach people to participate in our shared maritime culture. The mission of the on-the-water programs at CWB is to introduce the public to and educate them about seamanship, small vessel heritage, and the craft of sailing.

Job Description:  The Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) is seeking applicants for the Boatwright in Residence Apprenticeship Program for Summer/Fall of 2022. This is a three month contract position. CWB promotes Northwest Maritime Heritage through education, interpretation, and hands on experience in building, maintaining, and using historic small craft. Specifically, we support preserving the hands-on technical skills necessary for building and restoring traditional wooden small craft through our programmatic, volunteering, and apprenticeship opportunities. The organization has steadily grown over 45 years in this unwavering endeavor. Situated in a public park in the heart the bustling South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle, our boatbuilding efforts are a living exhibit themselves, capturing the imagination of those who visit the park.

The Boatwright in Residence Apprenticeship program is focused on providing young wooden boatbuilders who have recently graduated from a wooden boatbuilding school the opportunity to hone their skills and network with the local industry to help jump-start their careers. For 2022, the Boatwright in Residence Apprenticeship program will focus on a range of restoration efforts among CWB’s extensive fleet. The Apprentice Boatwright will lead the selected project, with guidance from CWB’s Boatwrights. Project management tasks will include organizing and working with volunteer labor, raw materials procurement, project scheduling, and construction.

The Boatwright in Residence Apprenticeship program dates to the earliest days of the organization and has provided opportunities for many aspiring marine carpenters. In addition to boat restoration experience, the Apprentice will have the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in CWB’s wooden boat community. CWB will provide berthing for the Apprentice on one of its historic vessels, such as the 1906 ELCO built SEA WITCH. This three-month long program will pay a project stipend of $8000 thanks to the generous support of the RPM Foundation. The program will take place in the summer or fall of 2022, depending on a qualified applicant’s approval and schedule. The program application will remain open until filled.

Required Qualifications:

  • Recent Graduate of a Wooden Boatbuilding Program

  • Familiar with traditional boatbuilding techniques

  • Experience complying with safety management practices

  • A passion for being on the water, historic small boats, seamanship, and building community

  • Ability to work in a diverse team setting

  • Experience working with volunteers is a plus

To Apply:

Interested applicants may apply by emailing hiring@cwb.org with a letter of interest and resume.

The Center for Wooden Boats is an equal opportunity employer. Individuals from all cultures and communities are encouraged to apply.