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Employment Opportunities at
San Francisco National Maritime Park Association

Since 1951 we have worked to bring maritime history to life. We do this both through our partnership with San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park and our stewardship of USS Pampanito, a World War II submarine museum and memorial. Together at both locations we inspire over 18,500 children and adults a year in daytime and overnight education programs, and over 250,000 visitors aboard the National Historic Landmark ships. Over 1,000,000 visitors a year view our ships from shore. Every day visitors and students learn history, science, technology, and leadership aboard the historic ships. The ships and their stories inspire in a way that replicas and simulations cannot.

We believe that our organizational success is dependent on the concerted efforts of people dedicated to maritime preservation and education. We depend on our team's good judgment, enthusiasm, creativity and professionalism to help us fulfill our mission to preserve and interpret our nation's maritime history for all generations.

The following are the values we, at the Association, have chosen to guide our actions and decisions and create a positive and productive work environment for our crew:

  • We work to bring the spirit and tradition of our seafaring heritage alive for the public.
  • We apply good business principles to advance dynamic programs and projects which preserve and proclaim maritime heritage.
  • We bring integrity, professionalism and dedication to all our endeavors.
  • Our courteous and prompt customer service enhances the visitor's experience.
  • Our "can-do" attitude allows us to take advantage of opportunities.
  • We respect the unique contributions of individual to the fulfillment of our mission.
  • We believe in creating opportunities for fun. For us, fun is both an incentive and a reward.
  • Our people are at their best when they enjoy what they do.

Positions Available:

TITLE: Internships, more information on internships.

TITLE: Age of Sail Instructor

SUMMARY:  Responsible for direct instruction of 25-35 students ages 9-13 while in the costume, character, and setting of a 1906 square rigged sailing vessel. Reports directly to the Age of Sail Program Manager.   Responsible for utilizing appropriate teaching skills and strategies to accomplish program goals, in a safe and professional manner.

PROGRAM GOALS: Overnight and 4 Hour “Living History” Field Trips aboard historic ships. This program is designed to fulfill the requirements of the California State Dept. of Education Frameworks for History – Social Science. Using the medium of role-playing and hands on activity, we create a cooperative learning environment for the students to develop the life skills of self-respect, respect for others, listening, and meaning of responsibility. The students should finish the program with a greater awareness of the role of history in their lives, and an appreciation of San Francisco’s maritime heritage.


  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize the program’s characters in role play to dramatically and effectively engage the students and meet the goals and objectives of the program, as described in the staff training manual and teacher’s guides.
  • Assist the Program Manager in administration of the program by:
  • Willingness to perform all roles
  • Setting up/breaking down all programs
  • Maintaining equipment and areas of the ship used for the program
  • Identify maintenance problems
  • Available to work evenings and weekends
  • Communicate problems/needs of staff and/or participants
  • Anticipate and react to problems proactively
  • Understand and maintain all safety rules and standards;
  • Interact professionally and positively with colleagues (Maritime Park Association staff, NPS staff and volunteers) and members of the public;
  • Perform necessary first aid for illness or injury, if required, during program;
  • Demonstrate general understanding of California history, (specifically the Gold Rush era) and U.S. history (specifically the Industrial Revolution, the end of the “century of steam” and the beginning of the “century of electricity”).
  • By the end of the 90 day probation period, demonstrate a general knowledge of local maritime history, sail theory, and basic navigation. (This can be acquired through Park resources).
  • Other duties as requested by the Age of Sail Program Manager.


  • CPR/First Aid certifications are required by all staff
  • Instructors must pass a series of tests based on the program content, skills and safety regulations
  • Staff members may not work under the influence of any drug, legal or illegal. 
  • Staff members must always be in control of motor skills and exhibit clear judgment
  • Staff members must be ready to work (in costume and character) at the assigned start of the shift 


  • Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university or two-year attendance at a college or university and two years related experience and/or training.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be met to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk,
climb, bend, reach and use hands and fingers to handle and/or feel. The employee is occasionally required to sit. The employee is required to talk and hear. The employee must have the ability to physically and emotionally handle, in a professional manner, possible strenuous conditions aboard the vessel due to foul weather or other unpredictable conditions. The employee must regularly lift and/or move between 25 - 35 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

100% outdoor environment aboard a historic and/or sailing vessel.  The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

Salary:  $13/hr
Benefits:  Medical and Dental Insurance available for staff working more than 22.5 hrs/week.

Please send resume and cover letter to:

Glenn Howe, Education Director:


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