Maritime Programs Manager

HOURS: Full Time
REPORTS TO: Operations Director
SALARY: $22 - $26 per hour + Benefits

Position Open Until Filled

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.


The Center for Wooden Boats is seeking a Maritime Programs Manager to lead our on-the-water adult programs. We are looking for an individual with robust maritime credentials to safely manage our long standing learn-to-sail programing, grow our motorized charter operations, and develop new maritime based educational programing. This is an active position where you can be on the water, interact with CWB’s engaging community, join a skilled team to help operate and care for our historic fleet of over 100 wooden vessels, and work at one of the most unique maritime campuses in the country.


  • Manage all Adult Sailing Programs including: Sail NOW!, Private Lessons, Race NOW! and specialty programs aboard a diverse fleet of small sailing craft

  • Manage Charter Vessel Operations with six passengers or less aboard the Columbia River Gillnetter MS Wolf, Electric Launch Dora, and other future vessels

  • Develop off-season maritime programing in conjunction with the Operations Director

  • Hire, train, and coordinate paid and volunteer sailing instructors and charter captains

  • Teach lessons and captain charters when needed • Maintain online scheduling systems, program registrations, and student/passenger communications

  • Actively manage department budget

  • Ensure an uncompromising commitment to safety

  • Work with other staff to maintain and restore vessels and equipment

  • Work with Communications staff to market programs

  • Deliver excellent customer service

  • Assist in regattas, festivals, and other events


  • USCG OUPV or greater license

  • US Sailing Basic Keelboat Instructor

  • Ability to participate in our USCG compliant random drug testing program

  • Demonstrated experience in teaching and delivering sailing programs

  • Experience in safely operating small power boats

  • A strong background in customer service

  • Experience developing and complying with risk management practices

  • Experience in maintaining and restoring vessels and equipment

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products, as well as the ability to utilize modern scheduling tools and databases.

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


The Center for Wooden Boats is able to offer a comprehensive benefits package to our valued permanent staff. Benefits include Medica/Dental/Vision/Rx, a generous PTO package, life and disability coverage and access to 401K retirement savings.


Email resume and statement of interest to Position open until filled. The Center for Wooden Boats is an equal opportunity employer.