Here at the Historical Seaport, we are One Crew.

Join the Team that’s changing the face of tall ships.

Our team is growing! If you feel drawn to work with us as crew or administrative staff, check out the opportunities below. In addition to full time, part time, and seasonal positions, we intermittently offer Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for independent contractors and firms to bid on interesting, short-term projects.

Questions? After reading through the materials below, you can email with any questions or to submit your cover letter and resume.

We have a small staff and do hiring by committee. Due to the serious nature of hiring decisions, please allow up to 15 businesses days for a response. Our hiring and onboarding process typically takes 30 to 60 days.


To apply, email your resume and cover letter and three references to

Seasonal Positions-Currently Seeking

Lady Washington Captain needed May 21, 2019 in Westport, WA

Lady Washington Chief Mate needed May 21, 2019 in Westport, WA

Lady Washington Engineer needed July 07, 2019 in Aberdeen, WA

Lady Washington Cook needed October 26, 2019 Aberdeen, WA

Lady Washington Purser/Deckhand needed January 07, 2020 in Port Townsend, WA

Lady Washington Program Coordinator/Deckhand needed January 07, 2020 in Port Townsend, WA

Lady Washington Deckhand needed October 08, 2019 in Kirkland, WA


Hawaiian Chieftain Mate needed June 07, 2019 in Port Townsend, WA

Hawaiian Chieftain Engineer needed May 23, 2019 through July 13, 2019

Hawaiian Chieftain Bosun needed July 07, 2019 in Aberdeen, WA

Hawaiian Chieftain Cook needed June 10-July 13 (fill in) in Port Angeles

Hawaiian Chieftain Purser/Deckhand needed July 07, 2019 in Aberdeen, WA

Hawaiian Chieftain Deckhand needed May 23, 2019 in Westport, WA


Crew Positions

Our crew works on a quarterly basis of 6-month contracts, living aboard the vessels and traveling the Pacific. We are currently hiring for the 2019-2020 season.  We can do three month contracts if necessary.

Port Captain/Marine Operations Lead
Full Time, starting August 2019. 6 months onboard / 6 months telecommuting.
Posted by: Grays Harbor Historical Seaport
Category: Deck: Licensed

GRAYS HARBOR HISTORICAL SEAPORT is seeking a Port Captain/Marine Operations Lead to serve as master onboard Lady Washington or Hawaiian Chieftain for a minimum of six months of the year, and support GHHS’s vessel operations for the remaining six months of the year while telecommuting from a location of employee’s choice.The Port Captain will oversee the safe and effective operation, maintenance, and repair of GHHS vessels. Scope of work includes management of personnel, passengers, equipment, financial and legal accountability.

Qualified applicants must hold a valid Valid 100 Ton USCG Captain’s Near Coastal License with Aux. Sail (minimum – 500 Ton preferred), exhibit an extensive understanding of sail theory and square rig handling, have advanced navigation and boat handling skills, demonstrate exceptional project management skills, have a strong background in crew training, have previous experience as a vessel maintenance lead, demonstrate commitment advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the maritime industry, prioritize advanced communication skills (both verbal and digital), and have the ability to work closely with the operations staff while based both onboard and remotely.

The Port Captain / Marine Operations Lead is a salaried position with benefits available after 90 days. Rate of pay is $5,000 – 5,583 per month. Leadership and professional development training’s will be provided to qualified candidates. This position reports directly to GHHS’s Executive Director. View full job description here

Apply by submitting a cover letter and resume to: Executive Director Brandi Bednarik

Required certifications: (Minimum) License 100 Ton Near Coastal

CaptainJob Description
Mate Job Description
Engineer/DeckhandJob Description – Relevant mechanical experience required, though it does not need to have been on a vessel.
CookJob Description – Prior .
PurserJob Description – No vessel experience required.
BoatswainJob Description
Program CoordinatorJob Description – No vessel experience required.

Permanent Positions

Updated: 03/27/19

Board & Administrative Staff

GHHS is currently seeking new board members. Click here to learn more.

Requests for Proposals

Vendors may apply for multiple RFPs with a single application. No RFPs are currently posted.