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Bayshore Center at Bivalve

  • 2800 High Street, Commercial Township, NJ
  • bayshorecenter.org

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Sailing Crew for the AJ Meerwald

The Bayshore Center at Bivalve/AJ Meerwald is an exciting and interesting place to work. If you are committed to the preservation of history, protection of the environment and sailing the Bayshore Center at Bivalve/AJ Meerwald might be for you. The Bayshore Center at Bivalve (BCB), a working waterfront museum, is dedicated to advancing the understanding of the human impact on the environment.  The organization owns and operates the historic Schooner AJ Meerwald, a sailing classroom and vehicle to enjoy the area’s waterways.  The museum, located in the historic shipping sheds in Bivalve, NJ, is the AJ Meerwald’s home port.  The AJ Meerwald docks in various ports in and around New Jersey.  For more information on BCB, please go to www.bayshorecenter.org. The Schooner AJ Meerwald, built in 1928, serves over 4,000 passengers annually, sailing from selected ports in NJ as well as visiting other ports in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New York.  Educational programs focus on marine science and history (e.g. plankton, water quality, etc.). The AJ Meerwald also provides private charters and public sails.


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$50 - $200 / day

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Chief Mate

Seasonal Full Time- Begin immediately through October

Posted by: Schooner AJ Meerwald
Category: Deck: Licensed or unlicensed

The Schooner AJ Meerwald is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Chief Mate.  The AJ Meerwald is owned and operated by the Bayshore Center at Bivalve.  The AJ Meerwald’s second restoration will be completed in June 2022.


The Chief Mate is the ship’s executive officer and assists the captain in management of the ship’s operations. This position is an opportunity for professional mariners in traditional sail to develop in a leadership position. We seek applicants who are passionate about traditional sail, the continuance of tall ship seamanship and sail training.  The Chief Mate works with the captain to manage programs and the safe operation of the vessel. The Chief Mate oversees training of the ship’s crew and volunteers. As executive officer, the Chief Mate attends to operational details of the vessel to ensure the seaworthiness of the ship and crew. The Chief Mate manages the vessels rigging, departments, daily schedule, safety systems, personnel, and maintenance.  Applicants must have traditional sail experience. Applicants must have experience as a deck watch officer, rigging, and management of crew and vessel operations. Applicants should have previous experience on traditional sailing vessels and familiarity with engineering systems. All crew will be required to follow Covid-19 health and safety guidelines as set by Bayshore Center at Bivalve (BCB). Vaccination for Covid-19 is required.

Apply by email to Captain Patrick Flynn    [email protected]



Seasonal Full Time- Begin immediately through October

Posted by: Schooner AJ Meerwald

The Bosun is responsible for overseeing and conducting maintenance of sails, rigging, and hull.
The Bosun also participates in onboard and shore-based programming. Marlinspike seamanship and other bosunry skills aboard a traditionally rigged sailing vessel are required.
Education experience is a plus.

Apply by email to Captain Patrick Flynn    [email protected]



Seasonal Full Time- Begin immediately through October

Posted by: Schooner AJ Meerwald

Responsibilities of a Deckhand/Educator include participating in onboard and shore-based programming and participating in vessel maintenance and operations. A strong environmental
ethic, plenty of stamina, flexibility, and a positive attitude are required. Environmental education
experience and experience working aboard a traditionally rigged sailing vessel are strongly

Apply by email to Captain Patrick Flynn    [email protected]

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