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Engineer (SSV Tabor Boy)

About Tabor Academy

Tabor Academy has a rich history that dates back to 1876 when the school was founded by Elizabeth Taber. Mrs. Taber had a lofty vision for the institution, including building character of young people from across the country. Today, we honor that legacy and embrace an international and diverse student body. Our work is guided by our principles of life-long learning, personal responsibility, and care for others. Here, students are encouraged to take risks and challenge themselves as they prepare to step into the world as global leaders.

For nearly 150 years, Tabor Academy has served the Marion, Massachusetts community as a premier coeducation, college preparatory boarding and day school. As the School by the Sea, Tabor offers an uncommonly beautiful setting in which to live and learn for students grades 9-12. The school provides a wide breadth of academic offerings for students to explore their interests, understand their strengths, and develop their critical thinking and communication skills. Tabor graduates are leaders, adaptable, and exceptionally skilled at navigating the 21st century.

Engineer (SSV Tabor Boy)

About Tabor Boy:

Tabor Academy, an Independent Boarding and Day High School in Marion, MA owns and operates the schooner Tabor Boy. SSV Tabor Boy is seeking a full-time mate/engineer to serve as one of two adults in an otherwise all-student crew. As a fall and spring co-curricular activity, the vessel is crewed by Tabor Academy students, with upperclassmen taking on the roles and responsibilities of mates and officers. During the summer, the schooner offers the “Tabor Boy Summer Experience” for newly enrolled Tabor students. Five-day cruises enable up to 13 trainees to be fully involved in sailing and living aboard the vessel while studying marine wildlife, ecology and history of the New England Coast. Winter maintenance periods and future winter sailing periods in the Caribbean are part of the year-round position.

The ideal candidate has experience on deck and in the engine room; and is excited about working with and teaching high school students in the shipboard environment. Providing additional safety oversight during day sails, overnight and week-long voyages, the mate/engineer will serve as a backstop for the upperclassmen officers as they teach underclassmen about day-to-day operations aboard the schooner.

In addition to operational competence, experience with preventative maintenance procedures, on deck and in the engine room, is highly preferred.

The Tabor Boy program has evolved over almost 70 years and was deeply impacted by COVID and a recent extended maintenance period. The program is being renewed, with a new generation of enthusiastic high-school students learning to work and live on board. Strong candidates will have program coordination experience and an interest in helping shape the direction of Tabor Boy operations moving forward.

The position may also be configured to include some classroom teaching at Tabor Academy, depending on the candidate’s interest and qualifications.

Job Description:

Tabor Academy is seeking a mate/engineer for the Tabor Boy. This position is a full-time, salaried exempt, year-round, including off time, with benefits.

Program & Itinerary:

September-November and March-June: The vessel operates as a co-curricular program after school in the fall and spring. Day sails, workdays, drills and safety training are all parts of her after school program.

June-August: The vessel sails New England waters, offering (6) 5-day voyages for incoming Tabor students.

  • Coordinate with captain to develop daily work plan and schedule
  • Act as safety monitor and support student officers running the deck while underway
  • Facilitate ongoing shipboard maintenance and shipyard maintenance periods in coordination with captain
  • Help shape and innovate our education, safety training and skills-building program
  • Provide instruction to crew – officers and deckhands, supporting their skills development both on deck and in the engine room


  • 100 ton Near Coastal Mate License preferred
  • Tall Ship Experience 
  • Education Program Experience 


Compensation is competitive within the sail training industry.

Salary, health insurance, 403(b). Licensing, training and travel expenses covered. 

Equity & Inclusion in Hiring

Tabor Academy is committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community – and hiring and retention processes, more specifically – informed by the NAIS Principles of Good Practice – Equity and Justice. Additionally, across all areas of school life, we prioritize practices based on Mind Brain Education (MBE) research; the relational skills of active listening, empathic understanding, critical thinking, and genuine inquiry; and pursuits that actively seek out and invite in diverse perspectives. At Tabor Academy, students come from all over the United States and over 21 countries to be part of an engaging community. Our diverse and inclusive student body welcomes individuals from all races, religions, and economical backgrounds and fosters students becoming engaged and committed global citizens with a disposition to act in service to the common good.

Non-Discrimination Policy
Tabor Academy does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of age, gender, religion, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, disability, or national or ancestral origin in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other Academy-administered programs, or in the administration of its hiring and employment practices.