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HMM is hiring a Dockmaster for the 2017 season. 

The Dockmaster will be responsible for the operation and cleanliness of the museum’s waterfront, and will serve as the primary liaison between the museum and its dock tenants as well as visiting yachts. The Dockmaster performs and essential function at the museum and is the chief museum ambassador on the waterfront. The Dockmaster is often the first representative of HMM that guests will meet when arriving by water. 

Essential Job Functions 
  • Enforce Safety Procedures: Use safe procedures at all times. Advise others who are seen engaging in unsafe activities. 
  • Assist with Management of the Reservation Book: Enter reservations when made and ensure that reservations are paid. 
  • Assist Customers: Respond to inquiries about dock or mooring reservations. Communicate with customers by VHF to assign moorings or dock space, assist them in finding their assigned moorings or dock space. Be on hand to help with docking. 
  • Monitor the Boats: Each morning and afternoon, check that all boats on moorings or at the dock are registered and have paid. Go to any boat that has not paid and collect payment. Check that all dinghies at the dock have stickers or belong to transient boats on paid moorings. 
  • Perform Daily Inspections: Walk around the docks and tent area in the morning and afternoon. Pick up and properly dispose of any debris. Look for items that may need repair, and make a list of items that cannot be immediately fixed and enter them into a maintenance log. Check vacant moorings and clean them. Check all HMM Sailing School boats daily, bail as required. 
  • Sailing School Rental Fleet: Assist members of the rental program with checking out and returning a boat by either bringing members to the boat or bringing the boat to the dock. Tracking hours of usage and conducting end of rental inspection. 
  • Track Seasonal Customers: When seasonal customers leave their slips or moorings, try to ascertain the length of time they will be away so we will know when their space will be available for transients. 
  • Inspect Grounds: Establish a schedule for weekly inspection of the gardens and cobblestone areas. Notify the gardener and the Executive Director of issues that need correction. 
  • Raise and Lower Pier Flags: If weather permits, raise the country flags on the pier every morning, and take them down each evening before leaving. 
Requirements 

While no professional certification is required for this position, applicants should be comfortable on the water and be familiar with the sailing and power boats as well as be able to perform the following tasks: 
  • Operate a 16-foot outboard powerboat
  • Coil and throw a line 
  • Tie a variety of knots including a bowline 
  • Cleat a line 
  • Properly operate a VHF radio 
Other Skills/Abilities 

In addition, the HMM Dockmaster is often the first person with whom a visitor comes into contact. The HMM Dockmaster will be in uniform (issued by HMM) and must exhibit cleanliness and courtesy at all times while on the grounds. The Dockmaster must be knowledgeable about all operations at the museum and be able to communicate these operations to perspective customers. 

Dates, Hours & Compensation 

Between May 18th and September 17th, the HMM Dockmaster will be on duty for 35 hours per week, generally during the following days/times: 

Wednesday 2-6 PM
Thursday 2-6 PM 
Friday 12-8 PM 
Saturday 9 AM-8 PM 
Sunday 9 AM-5 PM 

Compensation: $15/hour or $525/week.
Benefits: N/A
Health Coverage: N/A
Vacation: None

To apply, send your resume and cover letter to d.clough@herreshoff.org and include "Dockmaster Application" in the subject line.

Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

Volunteer Infrastructure Intern
 
The Volunteer Infrastructure Intern acts as an assistant to the Volunteer Manager. Responsibilities may include volunteer tracking, recruitment, aiding in creating a volunteer newsletter, designing and distributing marketing materials and assisting with miscellaneous special projects. This position requires minimal physical exertion, but may involve some walking, lifting, and time outside in all weather conditions. The ideal candidate would have effective project management skills, ability to multitask, excellent communication skills, initiative, drive, creative flair and flexibility and a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office products and design software. The internship position would take place during the winter semester with a commitment of one or two days a week. The position is unpaid. Please send a cover letter and resume to Evan Smeenge, at e.smeenge@herreshoff.org.
 
 
Accounting Intern
 
The Accounting Intern acts as an assistant to the Chief Financial Officer.  Responsibilities may include but are not limited to entering annual budget into Quickbooks, processing checks and accounts payable and various other day-to-day data entry. The Accounting Intern must be a Junior or Senior Accounting Major with knowledge of accounting and bookkeeping terminology and practices, automated accounting systems, spreadsheets and database software, general record keeping and filing systems. The position is unpaid and would begin immediately. Please send a cover letter and resume to Dana Clough, Director of Finance & Operations, at d.clough@herreshoff.org.


Graphic Design Intern
 
The Graphic Design Intern acts as an assistant to the Graphic Design and Marketing Associate.  Each intern will have one semester long project in addition to other smaller projects.  This intern will be responsible to design new marketing materials for our summer sailing school including a brochure and t-shirt.  Additional responsibilities may include but are not limited to editing images for use on web and print, drafting, distributing and designing events poster and banners, flyers and brochures to market various Museum programs, performing miscellaneous office duties and assisting with miscellaneous special projects. The ideal candidate will have effective project management skills, ability to multitask, excellent communication skills, initiative, drive, creative flair and flexibility, a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office products and design software and an ability to work within the aesthetic of the Museum. The internship is unpaid and the intern should be able to commit to 20 hours a week. Please send a cover letter and resume to Svetlana Cutler, Graphic Design and Marketing Associate, at s.cutler@herreshoff.org.
 
 
Marketing Intern

 
The Marketing and Events Intern acts as an assistant to the Graphic Design and Marketing Associate.  Responsibilities may include but are not limited to organizing and compiling marketing spreadsheets, drafting, designing, editing and distributing events information and flyers, tracking the Museum’s social media, collecting information from Constant Contact, attending local business merchant association meetings and actively promote the Museum, maintaining the Museum’s blog, and collect information on outreach and growth through marketing platforms. The ideal candidate would have effective project management skills, ability to multitask, excellent communication skills, initiative, drive, creative flair and flexibility and a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office products. The internship is unpaid and the intern should be able to commit to one or two days a week. Please send a cover letter and resume to Svetlana Cutler, Graphic Design and Marketing Associate, at s.cutler@herreshoff.org​.
 


Volunteer Opportunities

Docents and Educators

Volunteers will guide visitors through the Museum, which contains exhibits, photographs and memorabilia related to the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company; and through the America's Cup Hall of Fame, which has many artifacts and information on the America's Cup competition. Docents escort small and large groups, including school groups, and often work together conducting tours.

Training sessions are available throughout the year, both as a group and on an individual basis. Volunteers will receive training materials and have access to the resources of the Museum's library and archives.
 

Museum Store Assistant

The Museum's gift shop is adjacent to the admissions area and is a lively and interesting place to work. Working in the gift shop provides an opportunity to meet visitors from all over the world. The volunteer would assist the gift shop manager with sales and inventory and help maintain the appearance of the store.

Some knowledge of computers is helpful but not essential. The gift shop has an easy-to-use scanning system. Training will be provided on an individual basis.
 

Boat Keepers

This is an opportunity for volunteers to assist the museum's boat restoration and maintenance staff with their projects, most involving small vintage sailing craft. Project work would include rigging; spar, hull and sail repair; and maintaining the facility and waterfront.

Some knowledge of hand tools is helpful. An interest in classic small craft is desirable. This work is "hands-on".
 

Admissions Desk Assistant

The Admissions Desk Assistant is the first person people meet when they come into the Museum. The person at the desk greets and admits visitors, takes in admissions fees, and provides a general overview of the Museum. The Admissions Desk Assistant has the opportunity to meet visitors from all over the world.

Volunteers must be friendly and like to work with the public. Comfort with computers is helpful for the admissions process. Training is available on an on-going basis for both for groups and at the individual level.
 

Office Assistant

The Museum office is located on the second floor of the main Museum building. Although the Museum is open from May through the end of October, the office is open year-round.  The volunteer would assist in general office work such as answering phones, filing, assisting in mailings, etc.

Good telephone manners and comfort in working with the public are essential. Some knowledge of computers is desirable. Training is available at the individual level.
 

Grounds Assistant

The Museum has several gardens which would appreciate some tender loving care throughout the summer months. Volunteers should have some experience in garden planning and maintenance. Museum staff would assist with heavy work such as bed preparation and watering, but the volunteer would be responsible for planting, weeding and pruning.


Contact

If you would like to learn more about these unique opportunities contact the Museum at (401) 253-5000 or email Evan Smeenge, at e.smeenge@herreshoff.org

 

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