Galveston Naval Museum Seeks Ships Superintendent

Job Title: Ships Superintendent

Organizational Overview: The Cavalla Historical Foundation (CHF) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 corporation headquartered in Galveston County, Texas. The CHF oversees and operates the Galveston Naval Museum (GNM), located at Seawolf Park on Pelican Island in Galveston, Texas.

Reports to: Executive Director (ED), CHF

General Responsibilities:

Ensures that GNM employees, volunteers and guests adhere to all applicable federal, state and local safety requirements, and that ships and exhibits are maintained in visitor-ready condition.

Manages maintenance, restoration and repair work in accordance with the Foundation’s Strategic Ships Five Year Plan and the Edsall Class Veterans Association Memorandum of Understanding.   Coordinates all procurement actions with the CHF President/CEO, ED.

Specific Responsibilities:

Prepares specifications, supports bid reviews and source selections on contract work approved by the President/CEO and ED.

Recruits, supervises, and mentors Museum volunteers including Texas A&M Galveston Cadets. This entails

  • Creating priorities and assigning tasks;
  • Maintaining activity lists and training materials, including safety, for volunteers;
  • Scheduling volunteer work days and hours;
  • Ensuring volunteer work hours are properly tracked and effectively managed;
  • Ensuring adequate supplies, tools and appropriate safety equipment are on hand for volunteers.

Oversees the ACM Management plan and ensures compliance before any work is begun in affected areas.

Hosts the U.S. Navy Inspection Team during its’ annual evaluation of vessel condition and staff compliance. Promptly address inspection recommendations and submit required annual reports for U.S Navy owned equipment and property.

Prepares all vessels and equipments for inclement weather to include storm conditions and maintain an effective emergency contingency plan.

Other duties as assigned.

Minimal Qualifications:

Ability to work in a museum environment, managed by a Board of Directors, and under the direct supervision of an Executive Director in executing the Foundation’s plans.

Proficient in basic computer and standard office-suite business applications. Database management a plus.

Ability to work independently, with minimal direction and able to prioritize and accomplish the organization’s goals.

Possess a working knowledge of basic naval ship electricity, mechanics, plumbing and construction.

Possess an understanding and appreciation for the missions of the U.S. Navy’s surface and subsurface vessels.

High School Diploma or equivalent

Desired Qualifications:

Five to ten years of relevant experience in a related field

Understanding of Gato class submarines and Edsall class destroyer escorts, their history, theory, operations, maintenance and repair.

Experience as a senior petty officer in the Navy, Coast Guard, or other Maritime Service.

Experience in non-profit organizations.

Experience with 440V multi-phase electrical circuits.

Working Conditions:

Full Time (40 hours/week), salaried-exempt position including weekends, holidays and special events. Subject to 24 hour call for emergency response/crisis management.

Will frequently ascend and descend steep ladders on the Naval vessels and sail.

Sometimes perform manual labor to fulfill job duties including lifting up to 50 pounds.

Work effectively in outdoor settings and Galveston weather conditions.

Adhere to organizational dress and grooming standards.

Mystic Seaport explores adding electric propulsion to Sabino

Mystic Seaport Museum is exploring the possibility of adding electric propulsion to its steamboat Sabino with the installation of an electric motor and battery bank. The boat’s boiler and its original steam engine would remain in the vessel and operational. The addition of electric power would enable the vessel to operate under steam or electricity and vastly expand its capacity to provide public cruises on the Mystic River. If you have thoughts on this option, please contact Mystic Seaport direct.


Mystic Seaport Museum President Steve White Announces Retirement

Stephen C. White announced today he plans to retire as President and CEO of Mystic Seaport Museum. White, who has served as President and CEO since 2009, will continue in that role until his successor has been named.

“I’m honored to have worked alongside the talented, passionate, and dedicated staff and volunteers who every day strive to inspire an enduring connection to the American maritime experience,” says White. “I came here with the goal of guiding the institution to reimagine the interchange between maritime heritage and broader contemporary culture. I’m proud of all we have achieved in the last decade and that the Museum is poised to achieve more great things as it enters its 90th year in 2020.”

Under White’s leadership, the Museum strengthened its role as a leader in America’s maritime heritage community while simultaneously adapting to new visions of what a museum must be in the 21st century. It restored and sailed the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan on its 38th Voyage in 2014. The north end of the campus was reconfigured into the McGraw Gallery Quadrangle, a comprehensive renovation and expansion of the Museum’s indoor exhibition spaces, which included the construction of the award-winning Thompson Exhibition Building. The Museum is poised to conclude funding of its $6-million Era of Exhibitions campaign. The campaign was launched in 2017 to fund exhibitions of world-class quality, innovation, and scholarship such as the present show J.M.W. Turner: Watercolors from Tate, the most comprehensive collection of Turner watercolors ever displayed in this country.

White served as the president of the International Congress of Maritime Museums from 2015 to 2019, and Gov. Dannel Malloy named White Connecticut’s Tourism Leader of the Year in 2015.

“Steve’s impact on Mystic Seaport Museum is best seen in the strong sense of community he fostered, both inside the Museum and in its external relationships with the world at large,” says Michael S. Hudner, chairman of the Board of Trustees. “We are grateful for his steady, confident leadership and for the zeal and imagination with which he advanced the Museum’s mission.”

The Board of Trustees of Mystic Seaport Museum will establish a search committee headed by former Board chairman Barclay Collins in January 2020 to find White’s successor.