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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:

Captain – Schooner SULTANA
Posted 3/23/21

The Sultana Education Foundation seeks a Senior Captain for its reproduction of the 1768 schooner SULTANA.  This is a year-round, full-time position.  SULTANA operates on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay from April through October, providing Maryland State Department of Education certified programs for elementary and middle schools and live-aboard summer enrichment programs for students.   The Senior Captain oversees a crew of six, including an Associate Captain, and works in the context of a diverse organization with a staff of up to 20.

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In 2021 SULTANA is returning from an 18-month layup due to Covid.  The schooner will spend much of the summer in maintenance and uprigging, before beginning a short sailing season in September.  The Senior Captain will play a key role in the schooner’s abbreviated 2021 season and in reestablishing full operations in 2022

Candidates for Senior Captain should have extensive experience in traditional sailing, knowledge of wooden boat maintenance, interest and experience in education, strong management skills, and hold no less than a 50 gross tons USCG Master’s License for inland waters.

While an immediate start date is preferred, start dates later in 2021 will be considered.  Short-term seasonal candidates may also apply. 

Please send a resume, references and short cover letter to Drew McMullen at   An in-person interview in Chestertown, Maryland is required.  

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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