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Maritime Apprenticeship Manager

The ideal candidate will be an experienced maritime trade professional who is excited to pass down their skill and knowledge to the next generation of maritime leaders.
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Who we are:

SailFuture operates a wraparound continuum of services for 14-22 year old youth in foster care in St. Petersburg, Florida. We take pride in our reputation as an innovative organization that brings thoughtful and effective solutions to a strained and broken foster care system. 

The mission of the Maritime Apprenticeship Program is to provide young adults with a pathway to gain professional employment in the maritime industry. 

To achieve this, the Maritime Apprenticeship manager leads vessel repair and maintenance projects across SailFuture’s fleet of owned vessels, and completes work-for-hire for paying clients. 

The Apprenticeship Manager supervises the work of 4-8 young adult apprentices (16-20) years old. The majority of the training takes place in dockside and shoreside maintenance settings.

In addition to repair and maintenance projects, the Apprenticeship Manager is involved in other aspects of the Maritime program, including for-hire charters on the 105’ Feadship, international sailing expeditions on the MaGregor 65’, and afternoon learn to sail classes and therapeutic interventions out of the Clearwater Sailing Center.

Who we’re looking for:

SailFuture’s Maritime Apprenticeship Manager will be responsible for leading and managing a complex operation of vessel maintenance and repair with student apprentices. 

The ideal candidate will be an experienced maritime trade professional who is excited to pass down their skill and knowledge to the next generation of maritime leaders.

The Apprenticeship Manager will supervise the work of 4-8 young adult apprentices (16-20) years old. The majority of the training will take place in dockside and shoreside maintenance settings as well as through vessel operations.

The SailFuture fleet includes the following vessels:

  • 105’ Feadship Motor Yacht
  • 65’ MacGregor racing sloop
  • J40 racing sloop
  • 33’ Hunter sloop 
  • Collegiate 420 racing dinghys
  • 15’ Boston Whaler
  • 17’ inflatable RIB

Core Responsibilities:

  • Lead maintenance and renovation projects across all vessels in the SailFuture fleet
  • Effectively manage and lead student apprentices 
  • Assist student apprentices with attaining industry certifications (STCW, 6-Pack, etc.)
  • Lead maritime instruction and training for youth and staff
  • Build strong bonds with each youth through 1:1 and group time
  • Build a strong sense of teamwork amongst youth and staff on the boat
  • Hold all youth and staff to the highest levels of seamanship

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Strong understanding of, and ability to repair fiberglass / gelcoat, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems
  • 5+ years industry experience 
  • An ability to relate to the life experiences of the youth SailFuture serves
  • A passion for mentoring and coaching
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Minimum of 1-year management experience 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • USCG 6-pack Captain's License
  • Offshore sailing experience 
  • Previous experience working with at-risk youth and/or youth in foster care
  • Previous teaching experience

Compensation:

  1. $40,000 - $50,000 depending on experience 
  2. Monthly Health Insurance contribution
  3. 401k with 6% match
  4. 15 days PTO
  5. Mileage reimbursement

Or, know someone who would be a perfect fit? Let them know!

Perks and Benefits

  • 401k with 3-6% employer match

  • Paid Time Off and Sick Days

  • $250 Monthly Health Insurance Contribution

  • Access to sailboats, powerboats, and kayaks

  • Part of dynamic and integrated teams

  • Flexible Work Schedules

Who We Are

We're a small but mighty agency with a 'whatever it takes' mentality.

Our approach to social work is complex and requires dynamic, passionate leaders to bring all their skills to the table.

We're committed to each other as much as we are to our kids, and protect the family dynamic within our motley crew.

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