Maritime Coordinator


The Maritime Coordinator focuses on coordinating and implementing a maritime focused curriculum for the Argonaut Extended Learning Program for 9-12 grade students, ensuring that the students are learning core maritime skills and working towards maritime focused certifications. In addition, the Maritime Coordinator coordinates additional maritime focused student field trips and supports the Davis A & M High School maritime classroom curriculum. The position reports to the Director of Programming.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop maritime focused after school lesson plans that are engaging and educational for all the students building on skills from year to year. This lesson plan will align with Ohio Board of Education Standards and MARAD education standards.
  • Facilitate and lead the students on field trips that provide them exposure to the water and hands-on experience with maritime activities on the water, such as fishing, kayaking, swimming, sailing.
  • Facilitate and lead job shadowing and career exploration opportunities in the maritime field.
  • Support teachers with implementing maritime experiential learning, project based learning, boat building, and seamanship certification in the classroom.
  • Assist with the facilitation of the Freshman Immersion Program, including but not limited to organizing activities, facilitating a group of students, and/or coordinating the Davis Staff.
  • Assist with the development of maritime based family engagement activities, training, and programming.
  • Maintain documentation and attendance for programming data to support and evaluate maritime activities, programs, and certifications. Support program design, development and implementation including clear objectives and goals, collection and tracking of associated data and demonstration of progress towards goals.
  • Support Physical Education Teacher in facilitating First Aid & CPR training for the Davis students.
  • With support from the Director of Programming and the Programming Manager, develop and implement professional development opportunities for Davis A&M staff around maritime.
  • *Serve as the Argonaut and Davis main point of contact for maritime programming and planning. *
  • Occasional weekend, holiday, and evening hours may be required.

Skills and Experience

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily:

Education/Degrees: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required.

Experience: 3-5 years in a maritime career or related experience. Knowledge of Cleveland and the Cuyahoga River, Cleveland landmarks, and radio etiquette. Demonstrate evidence working in K-12 educational environments and/or demonstration of working in youth development and social emotional learning.

Skills, Knowledge and Personal Characteristics:

  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to conduct outreach, group facilitation, and presentation.
  • Strong self-initiative and self-management, ability to work both in a team setting and solo.
  • Ability to coordinate, organize/maintain records, and be proactive with all position duties.
  • Strong critical thinking, interpersonal and dispute resolution skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to prioritize tasks, and high attention to detail.
  • Proficient swimmer and Lifeguard or ability to earn ARC Lifeguard certification.
  • Strong computer skills including productivity applications including Microsoft Office and Google Apps.
  • Certified Ohio Boater Education Course Instructor, or willing to earn the credential upon hiring.
  • Ohio Driver’s License, clean driving record within 12 months of hiring.

Physical Requirements: Must be able to utilize a cell phone, GPS, computer and other office equipment. The ideal candidate must be able to complete all physical requirements of the job with/without reasonable accommodations, including but not limited to: standing for long periods of time, walking, kneeling, lifting up to 50lbs, a strong sense of balance, working in all outdoor weather conditions, and the ability to swim.

    Argonaut and the Port of Cleveland on the Water

    Channel 5 News - Argonaut on the Water

    CLEVELAND — Cleveland may be known as “The Freshwater Capital,” but keeping the waterways here clean is no easy feat. Yet, a group of young CMSD students, aspiring to be mariners, have been taking on the job alongside Argonaut staff.

    The responsibility was granted through a contract with the Port of Cleveland. As Captain Drew Ferguson, Founder and CEO of Argonaut explained, this special crew is readily on standby. Argonaut’s mission is to “build adventures through immersive learning experiences that challenge assumptions and shift norms for growing empowered talent in aerospace and maritime fields.

    “We are also assisting large commercial vessels up and down the river and responding to any emergencies or request for assistance,” he said. “Just like pilots need flight time mariners need sea time.”

    While helping keep the navigation channel for traffic clean on these vessels, and helping with mechanical, fueling, and safety upkeep, the students are learning as they forge their own paths and future careers.

    “I got out on the water freshman year, and it was just so like exhilarating being on the water… and then I realized that I really loved being a captain like I really loved that feeling that I got,” said Kayla Peterson, A Davis Aerospace and Maritime Sophomore.

    But whether they choose a career in maritime, aerospace, or engineering, the key to this program’s success and curriculum, is community.

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    Sunset on the Harbor Cocktail Party

    Great Lakes Science Center
    601 Erieside Ave., Cleveland

    Date & Time:
    September 15, 2023
    6:30 to 10:00 PM

    Argonaut will host the 2nd annual Sunset on the Harbor fundraiser at the Great Lakes Science Center, on Friday, September 15th.

    Guests will enjoy chef-attended food stations and delicious cocktails surrounded by spectacular views of the Cleveland skyline and North Coast Harbor.

    Sponsor packages and VIP tickets also include an added bonus – an unforgettable sunset cruise on Lake Erie.

    Join us as we celebrate Argonaut and the growth of our programs!


    Transportation Secretary Buttigieg tours Northeast Ohio as Infrastructure money starts flowing

    Source: News 5 Cleveland

    “The next stop was Cleveland’s Davis Aerospace and Maritime School, where high school students are learning some of the skills needed for careers in those areas of transportation.”

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    Kenny's kickin' it with Flotsam & Jetsam

    Source: Fox8 Cleveland

    The Port of Cleveland has two custom vessels that patrol the waters of the Cuyahoga River and Cleveland Harbor with the task of capturing and removing floating debris.

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    By Air or by Sea


    While tutoring and mentoring students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Drew Ferguson (’01) saw firsthand the challenges facing inner-city kids. From food insecurity to inadequate housing, many of the students were impoverished, he says. But their greatest need wasn’t necessarily physical.

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    Planet CLE: Cleveland's Argonauts on a quest to keep waterways clean and safe

    Source: WKYC

    A group of high school students are spending some classroom time on the water. They take their name from the Greek Myth of Jason and the Argonauts, though they are not on the hunt for the golden fleece. Instead, they are on a quest to keep our waterways clean and safe.

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