Focus Session: Careers at Sea

Careers at Sea: So You Want To Sail For A Living?

Speakers: Captain Jonathan Kabak, Captain Dan Moreland, Captain Jennifer Haddock , Michael Moreland [updated]

View the presentation (PDF 380 kb)

Have you had that first taste of salt water and thought how do I get paid to do this?  Join a panel of top industry professionals for a workshop on building a career in the maritime industry with a focus on tall ships.  Get inside tips on topics like, selecting and applying for jobs, developing a well rounded resume, licensing and certification and career options in education and operations both afloat and ashore. This session is geared toward those who are at the beginning and intermediate phases of their careers and looking for practical advice and the opportunity to have their questions answered by the people that do the hiring, write the contracts and run Tall Ships America vessels.

Speaker: Captain Jen Haddock

Captain Jen Haddock

Jen Haddock is the Marine Operations Coordinator and a Master for Sea Education Association. She also has worked extensively with Outward Bound and spent some time as the Safety Director for School for Field Studies. She is also currently a board member for Tall Ships America.

Speaker: Captain Jonathan Kabak

Captain Jonathan Kabak

A native of New York City, Captain Jonathan Kabak been involved with sail training and education at sea for over twenty years.  Since starting as a volunteer at South Street Seaport  Museum, he has had a diverse career ranging from time on over a dozen Tall Ships America member vessels, to the commercial marine and passenger vessel industries. Jonathan’s career at sea has focused on developing and implementing marine education and nautical science programs under sail for all ages.  He holds a 500ton Ocean Masters License for Steam, Motor and Auxiliary Sail and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Franklin Pierce College concentration in education. 

 In 2010 he joined the staff at the United States Merchant Marine Academy where he works as the Department of Waterfront Activities Sail Training Instructor and serves as Master of the Academy’s flagship, T/V Summerwind, a 1929 Alden schooner.  In addition to providing instruction to the Academy’s Midshipmen, he serves as Adjunct Faculty for the Global Maritime and Transportation School (GMATS) at Kings Point, which provides STCW training and professional development courses to mariners.   Working with NOAA, Jonathan has provided training and instruction to their Basic Officer Training Class and to their officers returning to shipboard duties.   He is a member of Tall Ships Americas’ Board of Directors and the Ship Operations and Safety Committee.  He and his wife Jennifer are members of Tall Ships America and reside inBrooklyn,NY.


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