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Education Coordinator

Inland Seas Education Association seeks an enthusiastic and curious professional to fill the full-time position of Education Coordinator. This position has the leadership responsibility for the development, implementation, and oversight of the education programs of Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA). The Education Coordinator will be responsible for aligning shipboard and shore side programming with Michigan curriculum standards. The position requires curriculum development, direct teaching, instructional observation, program evaluation, staff and intern supervision, and training for staff and volunteer instructors to ensure instructional fidelity. This position offers a competitive salary with health benefits, retirement contribution, and paid time off.

Position benefits also include opportunities to travel by sail and live aboard a tall ship schooner, explore streams and watersheds with participants ashore, and connect with ISEA’s audiences across the Great Lakes region. Come share your passion for the Great Lakes with learners of all ages while you work and play outdoors in, on, and around the beautiful waters of this region! To read the full job description please click here.

Apply for the Education Coordinator position by submitting a resume and cover letter to Juliana Lisuk, ISEA Associate Director, at

Relief Captain

Job Description:
Inland Seas Education Association is looking for someone with a positive attitude to fill the position of Relief Captain for the 2024 summer season aboard the schooners Inland Seas and Alliance.  The Relief Captain is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the vessel. The Relief Captain is also ISEA’s representative to the maritime community and the public in ports visited. This is a seasonal position on an as-needed basis.  Compensation for this position starts at $250/day and is commensurate with experience.

Applicants must have a 100 GRT or greater sail-endorsed Masters License for Great Lakes, Near Coastal, or Oceans and have at least three years of experience as an officer of a large sailing vessel. They must have the ability to work well with youth, adults, as well as professional staff. They need to be able to lift equipment of 40 pounds or more as well as haul halyards and mooring lines. In addition, this individual must be able to work weekends and evenings (as needed), must pass a criminal background check, and participate in a DOT random drug testing program.  They must be able to work aloft in the rigging. To read the full job description click here.

To apply for the Relief Captain position please email your resume and cover letter to Capt. Ben Hale at

ISEA Values

Our success as an organization depends on the strength of our small team of staff and volunteers. We work closely with our employees to build an innovative, creative, and rewarding work environment. Be part of our hardworking team dedicated to protecting the Great Lakes through education by inspiring curiosity, stewardship, and passion. To apply for any open position,  please email your cover letter and resume to

ISEA is an equal opportunity employer regardless of race, color, religion, creed, sex, marital status, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, on-the-job injury, sexual orientation, political affiliation or belief. Employment decisions are made without consideration of these or any other factors that employers are prohibited by law from considering. Any discriminatory action can be a cause for disciplinary action.  ISEA also prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities and will reasonably accommodate applicants with a disability, upon request, and will also ensure reasonable accommodation for employees with a disability.

We are always looking for volunteers to help with crewing on the ship, instructing our programs, maintaining the facility and grounds, assisting in the office, and other tasks. Learn more about volunteering with ISEA here.

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