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Sedge Island Captain

 

Closing Date: When filled

Location: Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center, Seaside Park, Ocean County

Job Duration: April through mid-October, days and hours will vary

Education Program Background: Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center is a historic duck hunting lodge that was renovated for use as a residential education facility on Sedge Island in Barnegat Bay. Program participants meet at the Fish and Wildlife dock located at Island Beach State Park where they board a pontoon boat for a 15-minute transit to the island. Up to 16 participants sleep in the seven bunkroom center. The center is completely "off the grid" with electricity provided by solar power. A shallow greywater system provides water for dish washing. Two Clivus Multrum composting toilets handle human waste. The kitchen stove and the water heater are powered by propane. There are no shower facilities.

Middle and high school groups, as well as adult groups, stay at Sedge from 1 to 5 days. A typical program is 3 days duration. Groups provide their own food as well as for staff while staying on the island. Staff is with the group from the time they meet the group at the dock until the time they are say goodbye on the last day.

The goal of the education program is to instill an appreciation of natural resources through living a conservation lifestyle, hands-on activities, and consuming at least one meal they have harvested from the bay.

Job Description: As a Captain, the position duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Transport paying group participants to and from Sedge Island
  • Ensure all boats are in safe operating condition
  • Assist in boat maintenance
  • Be able to captain a 24' pontoon boat, 22' pontoon boat and 24' Carolina Skiff
  • Sometimes staying overnight at the Sedge House or Caretaker House
Qualifications:
  • Master United States Coast Guard Operator's License (6-pack)
  • Knowledge and experience navigating Barnegat Bay (preferred)
  • First aid and CPR certified
  • Enjoy working outdoors despite extremely sunny, hot, rainy and/or buggy conditions
  • Available to work a varied schedule including weekends

Compensation: $14.00/hour (up to 900 hours/fiscal year), free wi-fi

For more information: www.njfishandwildlife.com/sedge.htm or contact Karen Byrne at karen.byrne@dep.nj.gov.

To Apply: Submit a letter of interest and resume with 3 references to:

karen.byrne@dep.nj.gov
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Last Updated: April 5, 2018