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The 1891 Scow Schooner Alma
Become a member of the sailing crew of the 1891 Scow Schooner Alma.
This position advertisement is open only to US Residents & the Territories thereof.
Learn seamanship, sail handling, sailing and navigation on San Francisco Bay, and become a sailing ambassador for San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.
Woodworking, metalworking, painting, rigging, diesel mechanics and canvas work are essential and are among the required skills to keep the ship sailing.
Thursdays and Saturdays are Alma’s primary volunteer days.
The sail season is normally April through November – “Official start and finish dates can be adjusted without notice to this website”.
Individuals are selected only by the schooner’s First Mate or Captain to join their crew as an Active Volunteer Crewmember.
Hanb-selected individuals assist not only for the schooner’s sail week; they also obligate themselves to assist during the schooner’s “maintenance week” as well.
The winter months are referred to as Off-Season when onshore work and heavy ship maintenance takes place. The primary focus at that time is totally on ship maintenance and preparations for the following sail season.
Although no previous sailing experience is required, some skills are beneficial and essential including a willingness to learn and apply the newly learned seafaring skills while in volunteer service to the schooner.
Make Note: Sailing as a passenger aboard the Alma on her alternating weekly excursions on San Francisco Bay is a benefit extended to all maritime park volunteers on a "First Come, First Serve & Space Available Basis”.
If "salt" is truly in your blood and you want to get first-hand experience on the enjoyment of sailing on the bay and aid in the park's effort to preserve this historic ship, why not consider joining the Alma Volunteer Team. It's a choice many have made and still remain as active members of this energetic sail team.
Thank you for considering this invitation to join our incredible Family of Maritime Volunteers in "America's Only Floating National Park".