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The Sultana Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching students of all ages about the history and environment of the Chesapeake Bay. The organization has a year-round staff of 11 and a seasonal program staff (March – November) of up to 16. SEF prides itself on providing a challenging, fun, and rewarding work environment where employees have an opportunity to grow and develop their professional skills. Current job listings are posted below, and opportunities are always available to volunteer.

The Sultana Education Foundation is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse staff.

Current Job Openings:

Posted July 6, 2021
Director of Science Programs

The Sultana Education Foundation, based in Chestertown, Maryland, seeks qualified candidates for the position of Director of Science Programs. The Director of Science Programs is responsible for developing and overseeing the science component of the Foundation’s programs as well as leading or assisting with science-based programs at the Holt Education Center, outreach programs at area schools, ecology sessions at the Foundation’s Lawrence Wetland Preserve, and paddling programs on local waterways. Candidates should have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field of study, and preferably a Master’s Degree and experience teaching biology or environmental science in both a classroom and an outdoor/field setting. Candidates must be comfortable working with a diverse age range of students and program formats, ranging from informal outdoor summer science programs for 5-to-8-year-old children to highly structured professional development programs for science teachers. Strong leadership and communication skills are essential, as is the ability to work collaboratively with fellow staff.

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Deckhand/Educator – Schooner SULTANA
Seasonal, starting June 2021 – Nov 2021

The Sultana Education Foundation is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Deckhand/Educator aboard the 1768 replica schooner SULTANA based in Chestertown, Maryland and operating on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Responsibilities include vessel operations, maintenance, and serving as an educator in the Foundation’s Environmental Literacy and Public Sail programs. This is a paid position with housing provided in the Foundation’s shoreside Staff Housing Facility in Chestertown. Partial board is also provided with this position. Previous experience in traditional sailing and education are preferred but not required.

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The Sultana Education Foundation and the schooner SULTANA will operate in 2021 adhering to current Federal, State and local guidance related to Covid-19. Details will be provided during the application process. Circumstances permitting, the Foundation intends to have deckhand/educators arrive in Chestertown in late June for uprigging and maintenance in anticipation of a late August start to SULTANA’s sailing season.

The Sultana Education Foundation recruits, employs, trains, compensates and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law. Sultana has a clear vision: to be the place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, to stay and do their best work. We pride ourselves on providing the best possible programs for our students and recognize the central role diversity plays in the quality of our programs.

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and references to Captain Forrest Richards at