Whether you're sailing aboard one of our boats or working shoreside, hanging your hat at Sightsailing may be one of the coolest seasonal jobs you'll ever have. With spectacular sailing grounds and a legendary history, Newport is considered by many to be the sailing capital of the world. Nowhere will you find a better place to sail, or a town full of like-minded people passionate about what they do.
We invite you to consider the challenge of working in an outdoor environment as part of a team. Our positions require professionalism and commitment, yet offer fun and recreation, friendships that often last a lifetime, personal achievements, life skills and a valuable work experience.
Our success has been the direct result of great individuals who work here now and those who have worked here in the past. Our standards are high: we want reliable, organized and positive team players who will represent Sightsailing and themselves well.
Great attitudes, good work ethics and friendly personalities are a must when working with the public and other employees. Employees who are willing to "go out of their way" to meet or exceed guests' expectations are ones we want to hire and have return year after year.
If you enjoy working with the public, are a team player and not afraid of hard work or long days, you may have what we're looking for. Read the job descriptions below for more detailed job descriptions and if you're interested, please complete our online application.
Things to Consider Before Applying:
Schedule & Availability:
Required Availability for Front Desk & Crew: We are a seasonal business that operates from May-October. Most of our staff need to be available for the entire sailing season from May through October while certain positions are available for those with more limited availability. You should not require any long blocks of time off during our season. (3 weeks off in July/August...hello??!). You should have flexible availability and be able to work weekdays, weekends, holidays and, if you're working the front desk, a variety of morning, mid day and evening shifts. Regardless of the job you perform, your punctuality and attendance is essential to our operation. More details below:
Crew On Aquidneck Required Availability: Aquidneck has the longest season and sails 7 days a week from May until the end of October. Boat crew on Aquidneck typically work a full day rotating 4/3 week schedule. Aquidneck crew should be available to sail from May through the end of the season in late October and help before and after the season with getting the boat ready and downrigging/winterizing her.
Crew on Sightsailer Required Availability: Sightsailer sails from Memorial Day weekend at the end of May, weekends only in June, 5 days a week in July and August, then weekends only in September. Crew on Sightsailer sail 5 days/week and should be available from May until the end of her season in late September (weekends only in September) and then help put the boat to bed.
Front Desk Staff Required Availability: Front desk staff work morning, mid day and evening shifts. Front desk staff usually work 4 days/week, ocasionally 5 in the shoulder seasons. We hire front desk staff for both the entire season as well as students returning to school, however if you're leaving early you should be able to commit to working at least through Labor Day.
Apperance & Dress Code:
Our Appearance and Dress Code standards are similar to many service oriented businesses. They have been established to present the image of a friendly, professional and hospitality oriented staff. LEARN MORE
Interview & Application Process:
We accept applications year round. After you submit your application, we will review it. If we're interested in you we will contact you to arrange an interview. A Skype or in-person interview is required for all positions. Feel free to rattle our cage if you think you're perfect for the position and we haven't contacted you. We're human and sometimes things fall through the cracks!
Job Descriptions and Online Applications are in their respective sections below. A resume alone is not a substitute for a completed application.
Front Desk Positions Required Availability:
If you're applying to work at our Front Desk, we need some people who are available from early to Mid May through the end of October, and some who can work from May through Labor Day.
We operate 7 days a week. You should be able to work a variety of shifts including morning, mid-day and evening shifts. You must be prepared and available to work on weekends and holidays. You should not require any large blocks of time off.
*The Front Desk positions are challenging, fun, sometimes fast-paced and highly visible jobs. The front desk staff work in our open-air office, dockside on Bowen's Wharf. (These jobs are land-based, not on the boats).
Duties include explaining where our boats sail and what guests see to prospective customers, selling tickets, answering phone and walk-up inquiries, booking charters, checking in guests who have already purchased tickets or charters, sending email confirmations, answering lots of random questions, i.e. "Where are the restrooms?", "Where is the Black Pearl?", providing directions, learning our computerized reservation system, cash register, balancing the cash drawer, reconciling and completing end of day reports, etc. The postion is part front-desk agent, part sales and part marketing rolled into one!
We will provide you with thorough training to teach you about our sales process, trips, boats and ticketing system.
Qualifications & Requirements:
*You need to be engaging, helpful and not afraid to strike up a conversation with people who are curious about our cruises and boats.
*You should be alert, organized, a quick learner, confident, possess excellent written and oral communication skills, have good computer and social media skills and attention to detail.
*Prior sales, retail, restaurant, hospitiality, customer service, or administrative experience helpful.
Hourly Wage D.O.E. plus commisions. Limited number of passes to bring family and friends on boats at off-peak times.
Crew jobs involve heavy lifting and physical labor.
Must know the basics of sailing and understand sailing terminology.
Schedule & Availability:
If you're applying to crew on Aquidneck, you should be available to sail our entire season, from May through the end of October (a late May start is sometimes OK).
If you're applying to crew on Sightsailer the season is shorter, however you still need to be available weekends from late May, all summer and weekends through September.
Students returning to school out of the area leave us in the lurch, so unless you meet the above availability requirements, please do not apply.
Due to the nature of our business, we sail 7 days a week. You should be prepared and available to work weekdays, weekends and holidays. You should not require any long vacations or large blocks of time off.
Crew and captains have the largest impact on our guests' experience. We like to hire people who have a winning attitude, enjoy meeting others, are engaging and know how to sail. It's important to realize that we're in the hospitality AND sailing business, so your appearance and behavior are important.
Many of the people we take sailing have never sailed before. It's your job to sail the boat and behave in such a way that they have a good time. Lots of your time will often be spent talking with people about all sorts of things. The more informed you keep yourself, the better. Being able to talk with and give guests a positive experience is important. We want them to come back next year, tell their friends or rave to the concierge at the hotel what a great time they had!
While these jobs are fun, offer a great learning experience and allow you to "bank" some great money, they are also physically demanding.
You will be crewing on sailboats that offer public sails and private charters. We take out many people and typically offer 4-5 trips a day. Add up setup/breakdown time and at the peak of the season, it's a long day! You need the energy and endurance for that. You may be scrubbing decks, hauling up sails, grinding sheets and handling dock lines, all while engaging guests in casual conversation and pointing out sights.
Crewing on a big schooner like Aquidneck is very different than racing a dinghy. The sails are big and heavy and things happen more slowly. Due to her displacement and size of her sails, crewing on Aquidneck requires a good amount of strength and stamina. Women can do it, but need to be strong and in good condition. You also need to be surefooted and have no stability, balance or vertigo issues. Crewing on Sightsailer is much less physically demanding, still you need a fair amount of strength and stamina, as well as good social and decent sailing skills. You don't need to be a rock-star racer but we like to hire people that at a minimum know their way around a sailboat, sailing basics and terminology.
It's tough to soar with the eagles in the morning if you want to hoot with the owls every night, so if you're the type that wants to regularly be the last out of the bar, these positions are not for you!
For the right individuals, these jobs are a lot of fun. It can be hard work however you get paid to meet people from all over the world, show them a good time and sail all day in the sailing capital of the United States!
*Crew must pass a Pre-Employment drug test and participate in a mandatory USCG Random Drug Testing Program.
*Crew need to adhere to Appearance & Dress Code Standards
*Since we serve alcohol, you must be over 18.
* Must be a team player with a positive attitude and sunny disposition. Willingness to take direction and initiative, get one's hands dirty, jump willingly into cleaning tasks and demonstrate a desire to learn.
*Should be strong and surefooted to handle flaking/raising sails, scrambling out on bowsprit, balancing on stern davit, handling docklines, carrying/lifting heavy coolers etc.
* Prepare Aquidneck or Sightsailer for sailing each day including cleaning decks, preparing sailing gear, stowing supplies, etc.
• Take active role in sailing vessel including raising, trimming, flaking sails, taking helm etc.
* Interact with guests, engage in casual conversation. Learn about the sights we sail by and be able to speak about them casually. No fear of talking in front of large groups!
• Ensure guests safely embark and disembark vessel.
• Handle dock lines.
•.Pay attention to sail trim. Demonstrate awareness of what's happening both on boat and vessels nearby.
• Serve drinks on sunset cruises. Stow beverages in coolers.
*Put boat to bed after sailing.
• Assist in performing daily, weekly and monthly safety, & maintenance tasks.
• Crew are paid a flat day rate of $100-120/day plus tips. Tips alone can range from $60 to well over $200/day. Many of our crew have spent a season or two as crew and returned as captains. License assistance available for qualified candidates.
Captains and crew have the largest impact on our guests' experience. While these jobs are fun, challenging and financially rewarding, they are also physically demanding.
We work hard. You will be captaining sailboats that offer public sails and private charters. We take out many people and typically offer four to five, 1 3/4 hour trips a day with 25-30 minutes between sails. Add in setup/breakdown time and at the peak of the season, it's a long day. You need the energy and stamina for that.
If you're sailing aboard Aquidneck, we need help in the yard with uprigging and maintenance in the spring and fall, so the work season is typically from April through mid November.
We like to hire people who enjoy meeting others, are well-spoken and good sailors. It's important to realize that we're in the hospitality business as well the sailing business so you really need to not just like to sail, but thoroughly enjoy working with the public and the camraderie and teamwork of working with the crew.
Many of the people we take sailing have never been sailing before. It's your job to sail the boat well, interact casually with guests and help to ensure they have a nice experience. We want them to write us an excellent online review, tell their friends or rave to the concierge at the hotel what a great time they had!
It's tough to soar with the eagles in the morning if you want to hoot with the owls every night, so if you're the type that wants to stay out as late as possible at the bars every night, these jobs are not for you!
For the right individuals, these jobs are a lot of fun. It can be hard work however you get paid well to meet people from all over the world, show them a good time and sail all day in the sailing capital of the United States!
Captains need to have excellent sailing skills as well as outstanding boat-handling skills, docking sailboats under power. Our boats are docked in a highly visible marina surrounded by million dollar yachts and historic wooden boats. Aquidneck is 80 foot long with a beam of 17 feet and needs to be consistently backed out of and returned to her slip unscathed. She has a bow thruster but still, you need confidence and experience in tight quarters. Starlight and Sightsailer are easier to handle but your boat handling skills still need to be razor sharp!
You should be comfortable talking in front of large groups as well as individuals.
Captains are responsible for performing routine daily, weekly and monthly maintenance checks as well as supervising and working side-by-side with crew in various maintenance tasks. Prima Donna captains who aren't willing to get their hands dirty and lead by example and always say, "That's the crew's job", should not apply.
If you are captaining Aquidneck or Sightsailer, you will be working with crew so you need to have the leadership skills, willingness and desire to show crew the ropes and turn your ship into a well-oiled machine.
Captains must learn and be able to adhere to arrival and departure schedule.
Must adhere to Appearance and Dress Code Standards.
Aquidneck: USCG Master's License, Inland or Near Coastal, minimum 50 tons, with Aux Sail endorsement. FCC MROP.
Sightsailer: USCG Master's License, Inland or Near Coastal, minimum 25 tons with Aux Sail endorsement. FCC MROP.
Starlight: USCG OUPV/six-pax license. FCC MROP.
*Knowledge of diesel engines and electrical systems helpful.
Schedule & Availability:
Due to the nature of our business, we sail 7 days a week. Captains typically work 3-4 days a week. You should be prepared and available to work weekdays, weekends and holidays.
Captains are paid a flat day rate, plus tips when sailing. On Aquidneck & Sightsailer tips are pooled equally with crew. Tips are frequently very good. Boatyard and maintenance work is paid hourly.
This position is filled for 2016. You are the glue that holds the company together. You will work side by side and lead front desk staff in daily sales responsibilities and toward overall sales goals. Read Reservations/Front Desk Responsibilities at beginning of Jobs section. You should be able to perform and excel in all the responsibilities of the Reservations/Front Desk staff.
You should be a leader with excellent communication, sales skills and attention to detail. In addition to working in sales at the front desk, you will compile and call in payroll weekly through our computerized time card software system, create monthly employee schedules through employee scheduling software, coordinate and participate in delivery of promotional literature to inns, B&B's and hotels, manage alcohol inventory and office supplies, place weekly orders and handle monthly voucher billing.
Must maintain a professional manner and work well under pressure. Ability to train and monitor new hires and delegate duties. Monitor and inform other employees of non adherence to company rules and standards.
Previous retail, hospitality or customer sevice experience required. An understanding of sales and marketing helpful. Comfortable with computers, p.o.s. systems, internet and MS Office. Good analtyical and problem solving skills. Excellent attention to detail. An outgoing, friendly personality and the ability to multitask are essential. Boating and local knowledge helpful. Ability to work varied hours/days, including nights, weekends and holidays as needed.
Weekly salary with commissions. Position is full time, 5 days/week May-October. Ocassional, varied work in off-season for qualified individuals. This Position is filled for 2016.