Senior Training Officer - VOT Training Cruise

Technical Area Marine Transportation
Maine Maritime Academy
Castine, ME
United States
Full Job Description

Maine Maritime Academy is seeking a Senior Training Officer for our VTO Training Cruise from July 25, 2019 to August 10, 2019. Compensation is $225/day.


The Senior Training Officer (STO) oversees the required training and STCW competency requirements and will be an active watch stander. In addition, the STO serves as the instructor for a variety of subjects related to the USCG 500/1600 Mate License/OICNW including, but not limited to, celestial navigation, seamanship, voyage planning, maritime weather, watch-keeping/bridge resource management, shipboard safety, and record keeping. This position reports to the Dean of Maritime Training.


• Responsible for standing a navigational watch
• Develops/Maintains the overall curriculum and schedule for all training requirements.
• Develops training objectives for both classroom and watch evolutions.
• Works closely with the vessel’s Master to implement the curriculum.
• Oversees the training provided by other ship’s officers during the cruise.
• Assists the vessel’s Master with Supervision and training students of varying experience levels in practical operation of all bridge and deck machinery/equipment, tools, and safety equipment.
• Frequently acts as a safety observer during any evolution involving groups of students.
• Responsible for objectively evaluating student performance as well as work and training processes.


• Experience with traditional sailing vessels
• Thorough knowledge and familiarity with all shipboard systems and equipment.
• Experience as Deck Watch Officer/OICNW, or related experience.
• Experience teaching and objective evaluation of trainees.
• Excellent physical health and evidence of a positive mental attitude.
• Ability to motivate, develop and guide less experienced training staff.
• Willingness to work across departments with the overall objective of promoting all programs resident on the training cruise.
• Desire to inspire, motivate, and mentor aspiring Merchant Officers in their professional development.
• Ability to work with people in a closed, intense environment while providing effective leadership.
• Ability to be flexible to changes of schedule and teaching content in a dynamic training environment.
• Ability to teach traditional sailing skills, watch-keeping/bridge resource management, line handling and deck equipment usage, shipboard safety, and recordkeeping.


• Minimum USCG – 100 T Mate Near Coastal / Sail or similar qualification
• STCW Endorsement
• Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC)
• Valid US Passport
• Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC)
• Candidate must pass a pre-employment physical examination, drug test, and be deemed fit for duty at sea
• Computer proficiency is required.


While performing the duties of this job, this employee may:
• Be exposed to extremes in weather onboard ship, including rain, sleet, snow, rough seas;
• Regularly sit, walk through narrow passages, climb ladders;
• Use hands to manipulate objects, tools or controls;
• Reach with arms and hands;
• Lift and move up to 100 pounds;
• Work in areas of high noise levels.

Administrative Support

The candidate for this position will implement a previously developed curriculum. Orientation and training will be available for the Senior Training Officer as needed.

How to Apply

Please visit for application forms. Interested individuals should submit the following documents in a single email to (in the subject line of your email, please write your name and the position for which you are applying):
•Cover Letter
•Completed MMA Application*
•Copies of applicable professional certifications and/or licenses
•Contact information for at least three professional references
•Completed MMA Application Checklist
•MMA Self-Identification Form (attach as separate document)

*Pages 2 and 3 of the MMA Application must be signed and dated by hand or signed electronically using an electronic signature verification service. Electronic signatures, to include images of hand-written signature, will not be accepted unless so verified.


All offers are made contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background investigation. Individuals cruising onboard our ships are also required to undergo a pre-employment drug-screening.

Tobacco-Free Notice

For the health and wellbeing of our community, the Maine Maritime Academy campus and vessels (ashore and afloat) are smoke- and tobacco-free as of August 1, 2016.

Equal Employment Opportunities

Maine Maritime Academy is an equal opportunity employer. The Academy complies with federal and/or state law that prohibit unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, marital status, disability, age, genetic information or veteran status. The Academy provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals upon request. Women, minorities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

MMA is unable at this time to sponsor visas. We welcome foreign nationals with valid U.S. work authorization to apply.

Compensation $225/day