Crewing and So Much More

“The sail, the play of its pulse so like our own lives: so thin and yet so full of life, so noiseless when it labors hardest, so noisy and impatient when least effective.”
- Henry David Thoreau

Ship's Cook

Ship's galley

The Schooner Zodiac is looking for 1-2 cooks for the 2016 sailing season. The season runs from mid-April through October. Trips range from 3-hour dinner sails to a 13-day voyage to Desolation Sound in Canada. Pay is $175 per Diem and room and board are included. The cook must be able to prepare a variety of food as the trips range from school groups to upscale wine and seafood tours of the San Juan Islands. The position requires creativity for menu planning and provisioning while remaining within a budget. The picture to the right shows the ship's galley.

The Zodiac operates from Bellingham, WA and sails throughout the San Juan and Canadian Gulf Islands. Please explore this website for more information or call (206)-719-7622. Please email resumes and three references to

Intern Program

The Schooner Zodiac is now accepting resumes and applications for sailing interns for the 2016 sailing season. The season runs from April through October and applicants are asked to commit to a minimum of a 3-month tour on the ship. Deckhand interns learn navigation, sailing maneuvers and seamanship under the direction of an experienced captain and mate. Deckhands are also expected to assist in the maintenance of the vessel.

Positions are unpaid, but room and board is provided and the crew generally receives tips from passengers.
The Zodiac operates from Bellingham, WA and sails throughout the San Juan and Canadian Gulf Islands.
Please download Zodiac Internship Application, fill it out, scan it and submit your application together with your resume to For more information call (206)-719-7622.

Volunteer Crew

Jacki on the line

The Zodiac crew are aboard on a volunteer basis. Each man and woman wearing the Zodiac crew colors are there after having earned the right to don the colors. What does it take to earn that right? Almost exclusively by working aboard during the off-season. Much of the ship's maintenance work is done while she is docked for the winter. After the last cruise of the sailing season the sails are bent off and stored in the shop ashore. Deck boxes and much else also goes into the shop. The spars (gaffs and booms) are laid on the deck. A deck cover is assembled from re-usable posts and rafters, then covered with rip-stop plastic. The deck cover resembles a greenhouse. Under this all of the ship-board maintenance work commences. Sanding, varnishing, painting, repair, replacement of irrepairable parts on deck and belowdecks. Most winter work parties take place during daylight hours on Saturdays.

All of this work calls for lots of help. If you have the will, with or without experience, we have the way. In this way we get to know you and you get to know us. In this way you get to know the vessel and demonstrate your ability to work as part of a team. Next sailing season's crew roster is made up of the volunteers that gave their time, sweat and love for a job well done over the winter months.

If any of this sounds like something you would like to do, please email your contact information, any special skillsets you may possess (e.g. carpentry, electrician and so on), what your sailing experience may be (if any), and what your availability might be.


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