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Inland Seas Education Association is looking for someone with good leadership skills and a positive attitude to fill the position of Mate for the 2019 season aboard the schooner Inland Seas. The schooner Inland Seas provides one-half to seven-day science programs in northern Lake Michigan.

Applicants must have an interest in Great Lakes ecology, enjoy teaching and be capable of interacting positively with people of all ages. Applicants must hold a valid drivers license and CPR and First Aid certificates. Minimum educational requirement is a high school diploma. Experience aboard traditionally rigged, commercial sailing vessels is required. A sail endorsed 100 GRT Great Lakes Masters license is preferred. Depending upon experience and boat handling skills, the applicant may be considered for Relief Captain. The Mate may live aboard the vessel.

Responsibilities include leading and assisting in vessel operations such as maintenance, sail handling, and safety operations. The Mate must also assist the Captain in training others in vessel operations, seamanship and safety procedures. The Mate will be required to participate in teaching students and volunteers during certain programs.

Inland Seas is a 77′ schooner operating in northern Lake Michigan used for collecting research data and teaching Great Lakes topics to students of all ages. It is the mission of Inland Seas Education Association to enhance public understanding and stewardship of the Great Lakes through hands-on shipboard and onshore educational programs for children and adults.

Apply by email with resume and 3 references to:
Captain Benjamin J. Hale
(231) 271-3077

AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer

AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer

The AmeriCorp VISTA position is a year-round full-time position paid through AmeriCorp. Individuals will provide capacity building and sustainability support for ISEA. This is an office position located at the ISEA Office in Suttons Bay, MI. Applicants must apply through the United Way.

Aside from the positions listed above, ISEA also has year-round volunteer opportunities and unpaid internships. For more information on volunteering, click here.

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