Hyde Street Pier Living History Instructor

We are seeking enthusiastic instructors for an innovative children’s (4th-8th grade) maritime history, teambuilding and sail training program aboard historic sailing vessels. Starting in late August, our programs run primarily during the school year with additional opportunities to work over the summer.

All applicants must be responsible, creative, motivated team players with a strong interest in a waterfront environment and a love of working with children. Prior teaching and/or outdoor experiential education experience required. Sailing or related experience, performance/theater experience and an interest in San Francisco’s maritime history desired. Must be willing to commit to a minimum of one school year.

Full time & Part time positions available. Eligible for medical and dental benefits. $15-20 per hour DOE with overtime wages and additional benefits available for overnight shifts.

  • Work aboard an 1886 Sailing Ship!
  • Make history come alive!
  • Teach Life Skills like teamwork, leadership, & problem solving!
  • Develop your own salty characters and sharpen your improvisation skills!
  • Earn $15-$20/hr. plus medical, dental, & vision benefits, paid time off, and more!

See below for position details. We look forward to hearing from you!

Send cover letter and resume to ghowe@maritime.org






SUMMARY: Responsible for direct instruction of 25-35 students ages 9-13 while in the costume, character, and setting of a 1906 square rigged sailing vessel. Reports directly to the Age of Sail Program Manager. Responsible for utilizing appropriate teaching skills and strategies to accomplish program goals, in a safe and professional manner.


PROGRAM GOALS: Overnight and 4 Hour “Living History” Field Trips aboard historic ships. This program is designed to fulfill the requirements of the California State Dept. of Education Frameworks for History – Social Science. Using the medium of role-playing and hands on activity, we create a cooperative learning environment for the students to develop the life skills of self-respect, respect for others, listening, and meaning of responsibility. The students should finish the program with a greater awareness of the role of history in their lives, and an appreciation of San Francisco’s maritime heritage.




  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize the program’s characters in role play to dramatically and effectively engage the students and meet the goals and objectives of the program, as described in the staff training manual and teacher’s guides.
  • Willingness to perform all roles
  • Setting up/breaking down all programs
  • Maintaining equipment and areas of the ship used for the program
  • Identify maintenance problems
  • Available to work evenings and weekends
  • Communicate problems/needs of staff and/or participants
  • Anticipate and react to problems proactively
  • Understand and maintain all safety rules and standards;
  • Interact professionally and positively with colleagues (Maritime Park Association staff, NPS staff and volunteers) and members of the public;
  • Perform necessary first aid for illness or injury, if required, during program;
  • Demonstrate general understanding of California history, (specifically the Gold Rush era) and U.S. history (specifically the Industrial Revolution, the end of the “century of steam” and the beginning of the “century of electricity”).
  • By the end of the 90 day probation period, demonstrate a general knowledge of local maritime history, sail theory, and basic navigation. (This can be acquired through Park resources). Other duties as requested by the Age of Sail Program Manager.




  • CPR/First Aid certifications are required by all staff
  • Instructors must pass a series of tests based on the program content, skills and safety regulations
  • Staff members may not work under the influence of any drug, legal or illegal. Staff members must always be in control of motor skills and exhibit clear judgment Staff members must be ready to work (in costume and character) at the assigned start of the shift




  • Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university or two-year attendance at a college or university and two years related experience and/or training.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be met to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk, climb, bend, reach and use hands and fingers to handle and/or feel. The employee is occasionally required to sit. The employee is required to talk and hear. The employee must have the ability to physically and emotionally handle, in a professional manner, possible strenuous conditions aboard the vessel due to foul weather or other unpredictable conditions. The employee must regularly lift and/or move between 25 – 35 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


100% outdoor environment aboard a historic and/or sailing vessel. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.


SALARY: $15-20/hr


BENEFITS: Medical Dental & Vision Insurance available for staff working more than 22.5 hrs/week.


Please send resume and cover letter to: Glenn Howe, Education Director: ghowe@maritime.org