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ELISSA is seeking a competent Sea cook for her annual day sail series. Position requires three meals a day for day sails with a crew of 35 on average. Public sails will require a simple but hearty lunch for a maximum total of 120 souls. ELISSA is a fun and challenging environment. It’s an opportunity not to be missed.

The 2020 day sail series runs from March 28th through April 18th. An approximate total of 14-15 days underway. Galveston Historical Foundation will cover the cost of travel to and from the vessel from a USA airport. Pay commensurate with experience.

Cleanliness and proper food handling practices. Shoreside preparation areas and equipment are available. Stewart will be assisted every day by crew members for meal prep, galley chores and clean up duties. Musters guests during a daysail in the event of an emergency.

Experience cooking for large crews in small spaces while underway. The ideal candidate will be organized and able to provision for several weeks within a fixed budget.

Apply with Cover letter and Resume to Captain Mark Scibinico


Galveston Historical Foundation, operator of the 1877 SSV ELISSA, a National Historic Landmark (NHL), invites applications for the posts of Captain, Chief Mate, 2nd Mate, 3rd Mate and Chief Engineer for their 2020 day sail series. Position terms are from March 28th through April 18th, 2020 and include safe operation of the vessel during three weeks of day sails with some overnight sails possible. Captain, Chief Mate and Second Mate applicants must carry 500 ton Near Coastal Licenses along with all appropriate endorsements, AB and lifeboatmen certificates. 500 ton licenses are preferred for 3rd Mate but consideration will be made for those with equivalent square rig and traditional sailing experience, minimum endorsement is 100 ton master with AB sail. Candidates should have a strong traditional sailing background, experience in working with large groups of volunteers and offshore watch standing experience. Engineers must hold a valid Chief Engineers License and Lifeboatmen Certificate. ELISSA is a unique sailing experience not to be missed. We are looking for a strong and compatible team for our 2020 series.

This post is seasonal. All officers are contract employees for the duration of the sails and not permanent appointments. Employed officers serve in positions that require confidentiality and are representatives of Galveston Historical Foundation while employed.

Apply email with resume, copy of license and references to: Captain Mark Scibinico


REPORTS TO: Education Coordinator, Texas Seaport Museum

JOB SUMMARY: The Marine Biologist is responsible for the Marine Biology Tour aboard the vessel SEAGULL II. This includes educating tour groups about the local wildlife and handling and discussing any specimens caught during the program. This position requires reasonable physical fitness and strength. This is a part-time, hourly position. Weekend work may be required.


  • Provides educational tours of the marine life found in Galveston Harbor while aboard tour boat Seagull II. This may include mammals, fish, birds, invertebrates…etc.
  • Carefully handles marine creatures pulled from the collection net as part of the program.
  • Aids Seagull II deckhand in deployment and reeling in of collection net.
  • Returns all wildlife back to their original habitat at the conclusion of the program.
  • Responsible for maintaining a TPWD Education display permit.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Education Coordinator.

REQUIREMENTS: Must pass a background check and be comfortable with public speaking, handling marine life and working on a boat. Must know how to speak to children’s groups as well as adult groups. Must be able to lift minimum 50 lbs.

EDUCATION: Minimum B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Marine Biology.

SKILLS: Strong background in working with the public and speaking skills. Ability to work independently, as well as with colleagues, staff, volunteers, and passengers. Basic computer proficiency.

EXPERIENCE: Minimum 1-year experience in teaching, research or education in the field.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: GHF is a 501(c )3 non-profit organization formed in 1954 that merged with the Galveston Historical Society created in 1871. The organization owns or manages approximately sixteen properties, vessels, and sites. Our mission is to preserve the architectural, cultural, and maritime
history of Galveston Island.


W. Dwayne Jones
Executive Director/CEO
Galveston Historical Foundation
502 20th Street
Galveston, TX 77550

POSITION AVAILABILITY: Position open until filled.



JOB SUMMARY: The deckhand assists the captain with operational aspects of the tour vessel SEAGULL II. These duties include cleaning and maintaining the vessel, assisting passengers. This position requires reasonable physical fitness and strength. This is a part-time, hourly position. Weekend work may be required.

REQUIREMENTS: Be able to pass USCG physical exam CG-719KE Must pass a pre-employment Drug screen.

SKILLS: Experience in vessel operations. Knowledge of marine diesel engine maintenance requirements, basic preventive maintenance, and painting skills are desirable. Strong background in working with the public. Ability to work independently, as well as with colleagues, staff, volunteers, and passengers.

EXPERIENCE: Experience in vessel operations, preferably in a passengers-for-hire / educational setting desired.

Apply email with Resume, copy of license and References to Mark Scibinico


GHF was formed as the Galveston Historical Society in 1871 and merged with a new organization formed in 1954 as a non-profit entity devoted to historic preservation and history in Galveston County. Over the last sixty years, GHF has expanded its mission to encompass community redevelopment, historic preservation advocacy, maritime preservation, coastal resiliency and stewardship of historic properties. GHF embraces a broader vision of history and architecture that encompasses advancements in environmental and natural sciences and their intersection with historic buildings and coastal life, and conceives of history as an engaging story of individual lives and experiences on Galveston Island from the 19th century to the present day.



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