Winter Deckhand Maintenance Crew
Seasonal, starting November 2021 - April 2022
Posted by: Kalmar Nyckel Foundation on September 21, 2021
Category: Deck: Unlicensed

Winter Deckhand Maintenance Crew-Seeking 2 people who are interested in living aboard the Kalmar Nyckel and leading/doing winter projects. Our chief mate will coordinate the winter projects, and help get you oriented with our various shops (sanding room, finishing room, sail loft, etc.), and well as help familiarize you with our amazing volunteers who join us for maintenance work daily.   We are doing standard projects such as refinishing spars and blocks, painting rigging and misc. ship parts, as well as some deck caulking and a few larger shipwright-lead projects, including a captain’s cabin interior ceiling planking repair.  Duties also include overseeing/working with our intercity at-risk youth job training program.  This is a great way to get to know our organization and our volunteers for future 2nd mates!  Nov 4, 2021-April 10, 2022.  Send resume to

The Kalmar Nyckel has a mission of education conducting short education daysails and tours for school field trips during our spring and fall seasons and a short period of time in the summer for summer camp visits.  In the winter months we have new volunteer training class going on as well as some education field trips.  Our big winter objective is to get the ship ready to sail in the spring.

Open the shop on time each day, assign tasks to volunteer and trainees.

Keep a clean shop; keep inventory stocked.

Be a presence on the ship as a live-aboard crew member, assist with boat keeping as needed such as checking bilges, tank levels, etc.

Keep the ship clean and orderly, ready for guest tours

Perform ship maintenance, in the shops and on the ship

Assist chief mate/captain as needed

organizational skills

basic maintenance skills

people skills

ship-keeping experience preferred

Required certifications:
License: None, Inland

Commensurate with experience

Kalmar Nyckel
Kalmar Nyckel


Flag: United States of America
Rig: Full-Rigged Ship
Homeport: Wilmington, DE
Sparred Length: 141'
LOA: 93'
LOD: 91'
LWL: 89'2
Draft: 12'5
Beam: 24'11
Rig height: 105'
Freeboard: 8'
Sail Area: 7,600 Square Feet
Tons: 168 GRT
Hull: Wood
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