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CAREERS

PASSIONATE ABOUT BOATS? SO ARE WE.

Maine boatyard jobs are both challenging and rewarding, and with three locations across the Boothbay region, Hodgdon Yacht Services offers a top-notch work environment. We’re part of Hodgdon, a company that has been family owned and operated since 1816 and is dedicated to maintaining a highly skilled workforce that sets the standard. You’ll be joining a talented team and will undoubtedly learn new skills. There will be opportunities to progress, advance, and have a successful career.

At Hodgdon Yacht Services, you’ll spend your days thinking about boats, talking about boats, looking at boats, and fixing boats. All of our facilities are located right on the water, so you’ll even get the added benefit of prime views of Maine’s picturesque coast while you’re at work!

CURRENT OPENINGS

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT - FULL TIME (SOUTHPORT)

This position is for an administrative professional in the Service Department at Hodgdon Yacht Services, a full-service boatyard located in Southport, Maine. We are looking for a motivated and organized candidate that enjoys working as part of a team in a busy office environment. We need someone to help support our Service Managers and General Manager with various administrative tasks. This position will also be responsible for helping to answer phones and greeting visitors in a professional and courteous manner. General boat knowledge is helpful but not a requirement. If you have a passion for efficiency, possess excellent communication skills, and are excited about being a part of the marine industry, we are interested in hearing from you!

 

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES/ACTIVITIES:

  • Update and create customer and boat information in Dockmaster.

  • Scan and update boat forms including: technician checklists for spring commissioning, fall decommissioning and Winter work requests.

  • Cataloging and labeling of tenders and outboard storage.

  • Assist with answering the phones and directing customers to correct department.

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • 2-3 years administrative experience preferred

  • Excellent computer skills

  • Must be able to perform calculations

  • Must be proficient on a variety of software programs

  • Must be able to follow directions and work as part of a team

  • Must be able to meet the requirements of the schedule

 

EQUIPMENT USED:

  • Telephone

  • Computer terminal

  • Printer, copier and fax machine

  • Calculator

 

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • Professional office environment

 

ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Ability to answer the phone

  • Ability to sit for periods of time at a computer

  • Must be able to climb up and down stairs

  • Must be able to file

 

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

Full time position Monday thru Friday with flexible scheduling.

 

If you are interested in joining our team, please email: hr@hodgdonyachts.com

CONTROLLER - FULL TIME (SOUTHPORT)

The Hodgdon Group is seeking a  Controller to join our well-established, boatbuilding and boatyard businesses. The Controller will be responsible for the company’s financial and internal control policies, its accounting practices, maintenance of fiscal records and the preparation of financial reports. Responsibilities also include cash management, budgeting and analysis, and supervision of the accounting department. The position works closely with and reports directly to the CFO.


Major Responsibilities/Activities:

  • Development, analysis, and interpretation of statistical and accounting information in order to determine profitability and other matters bearing on fiscal soundness and operating effectiveness of the organization.

  • Prepares reports that outline the company’s financial position in the areas of revenue, expenses, and earnings, as well as quarterly consolidations of four related entities. Furnish internal management reports, revise and update reports for usefulness and efficiency.

  • Directly participate in budgeting and forecasting preparation; prepare and monitor monthly actual vs. budget results.

  • Responsible for maintaining and adjusting the company’s accounting policies and procedures to assure the company is complying with GAAP standards.

  • In conjunction with the HR department, oversee both the weekly payroll process and the corporate 401k plan.

  • Manage annual financial review and 401k audit.

  • Supervise accounting personnel, evaluating their performance, keeping them at the highest skill necessary to meet company needs and objectives.

  • Responsible for sales, use and excise tax compliance and any other applicable state or local taxes.

  • Evaluate and manage the organization’s risk management program.

  • Maintain a close and supportive working relationship with all departments.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, or Business Administration, plus 6 years of increasingly responsible experience, or a combination of education and experience.

  • Strong knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and practices as well as strong organizational skills.

  • High proficiency with Microsoft Office and accounting software, MAS90 preferred.

  • Must possess excellent interpersonal skills to deal with executive management, department managers and outside entities.

  • Knowledge of project accounting.

 

If you are interested in joining our team, please email: hr@hodgdonyachts.com

BOAT/YACHT DETAIL TECHNICIAN - FULL TIME (SOUTHPORT)

Job Summary:  This position includes but is not limited to sanding & bottom painting, washing, waxing, buffing, interior detailing boats of all sizes exterior and interior. Detailers communicate directly with detail manager, and other service managers, technicians, and office staff. Preferred applicants should be proficient in using Marine cleaning chemicals and special tools for boat cleaning. Applicants must be able to meet/exceed the quality standards set by the company.

 

Responsibilities

  • Tape, prep sanding with a vacuum sander, some hand sanding and painting boat bottoms both with a roller and/or hand brush.

  • Washing & scrubbing exterior and interior of boats of all sizes.

  • Applying and removing boat wax including the use of an electric buffing machine to boats of all sizes and materials, both exterior and interior.

  • Polishing metals.

  • Cleaning engines, engine compartments & bilges.

  • Detail cleaning of: boat interiors, live well, glass etc.

  • Maintaining equipment: respirator, vacuum sander, buffer & reporting issues to immediate supervisor.

  • Signing out supplies & recording on parts slip.

Requirements

  • Time management skills

  • Self-motivated

  • Ability to follow instructions

  • Detail oriented

  • Dependable

  • Positive attitude

  • Ability to work overhead, twist, reach, bend, kneel, sit, lay down, & use ladder

  • Ability to work outside in weather above 45 degrees Fahrenheit

 

If you are interested in joining our team, please email: hr@hodgdonyachts.com

MARINE SYSTEMS TECHNICIAN - FULL TIME (SOUTHPORT)

Job Summary:  Marine Systems Technician position includes but is not limited to repair and service on all types of marine engines, both gasoline and diesel, with an emphasis on diesel inboard, stern drive, and generator applications.  


Major Responsibilities/Activities: Duties include commissioning/decommissioning, troubleshooting and repair of water systems, engines, refrigeration systems, AC and DC heating/cooling systems, electrical systems and heads. Working with Service Managers to provide estimates for system upgrades and repairs typical to marine systems. Ability to research in catalogs, on-line, through dealer portals and service/parts manuals and computer sources is preferred.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Strong mechanical aptitude.

  • Extensive experience with marine engines, electronics and boat systems on vessels up to 65 feet.

  • Must have strong attention to detail and maintain cleanliness on projects both during and upon completion.

  • Must be able to work independently and have high quality work ethic.

  • Must be a self-starter, able to manage projects on your own and have excellent customer service skills with the ability to effectively communicate directly with customers and service managers.

 

Education Requirements: Some level of American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) certification and/or any manufacturer training preferred.


Essential Mental Functions: Contact with customers is often necessary and therefore employees are expected to be courteous and follow uniform rules. Customers may not direct employees to perform any unauthorized work; all additions to any work orders must be approved by Service Managers.

Essential Physical Functions: A job placement assessment is required for all new hires.


Working Conditions: Working on and around boats requires extra attention to safety. Protection of the work area for both the boat, customers and employees is always required. Protection/safety products are available to the employees and are located in the main building.


Equipment Used: The Boatyard requires Mechanics to bring with them all the necessary tools to perform the work outlined above. Specialty tools are provided by Hodgdon and are to be taken care of and returned when a job is completed. A space will be provided for storage of employee’s tools and an area for shop work. The employee is expected to keep that area clean at all times and follow the Yard’s Safety and Waste Disposal Policies.

 

If you are interested in joining our team, please email: hr@hodgdonyachts.com

BOOTHBAY BOAT RENTAL FLEET MANAGER - FULL TIME, SEASONAL (SOUTHPORT)

The Boothbay Boat Rental Fleet Manager (FM) is responsible for all elements of managing and maintaining our fleet of six rental boats and all associated equipment and gear. The FM will be the primary contact point for current and prospective renters, and as such operates as the face of the company. Although a regular schedule is preferable, flexible hours will be necessary at times of check-out/check-in or other unexpected times.

This is a full-time seasonal role running from May 1st, 2023 through October 15th, 2023

 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Guide renter through rental process.

  • Check boats out, check boats in. Inspect for damage pre and post rental. Make sure returning boats are fully fueled upon return and properly cleaned. Follow all company rental procedures.

  • Provide safety equipment and boat use education to renter.

  • Maintain cleanliness of boats.

  • Document and file all aspects of each rental from inquiry through check in.

  • Identify items and corresponding cost of items and tabulate bills using an iPad or similar mobile device.

  • Issue receipts, refunds, credit, or change due to renter accurately.

  • Maintain awareness of safety issues and report them immediately to your manager.

  • Coordinate maintenance of the fleet with the Outboard Service Manager.

 

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Must have or be able to obtain a Maine Boater Safety Card and successfully pass required criminal background checks.

  • Must have a current driver’s license and a clean driving record.

  • Demonstrable experience in coastal waters navigation and all aspects of seamanship.

  • Small craft boat handling skills and understanding marine weather.

 

Preferred Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Experience maintaining a boat rental fleet

  • Diverse experience with motorized boats

  • 1-3 years customer service experience in a marine environment​

 

Note: Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

 

If you are interested in joining our team, please email: hr@hodgdonyachts.com

FACILITIES ASSISTANT - FULL OR PART TIME (SOUTHPORT AND DAMARISCOTTA)

Department: Facilities - FLSA Status: Non-Exempt - Job Type: Regular - Job Status: Full Time or Part Time

Reports To: Facilities Manager - Positions Supervised: None

Position Summary:

Responsible for assisting the Facilities Manager with the maintenance of all facilities, including structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and heating systems, safety of all facilities and in-house construction and repair. Special emphasis is given to cleanliness and orderly appearance of buildings, vehicles, ramps, floats, and grounds.

 

Major Responsibilities/Activities:

  • Assist with equipment and facilities maintenance

  • Assist with maintenance of production equipment such as air compressors, vacuum pumps, woodworking equipment, etc.

  • Assist with grounds and marina maintenance

 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Basic knowledge of building maintenance and repair methods

  • Ability to repair tools and equipment

  • Must have valid driver’s license

  • Basic hand tools are required

  • Must wear personal protection equipment as required, including a respirator

  • Must abide by safety policies and procedures

 

Essential Mental Functions:

  • Understanding basic measurements

  • Flexibility to change assignments depending upon organization needs

  • Ability to troubleshoot

 

Equipment Used:

  • Fork lift

  • Pallet jack

  • Hand and power tools

  • Boom lift

  • Scissor lift

  • Other tools and equipment as required

 

Essential Physical Functions:

  • Flexibility to work in the standing, squatting, or kneeling position, as well as reaching overhead with occasional twisting and bending while performing any of the above tasks

  • Stair and ladder climbing is required

  • Minimal lifting required above 75 lbs

Additional Comments:

Work schedule is generally 6:00am-4:30pm four days per week. From time to time, it may be necessary to work additional shifts or on weekends. Day travel to various regional company locations required.

Note: Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

 

If you are interested in joining our team, please email: hr@hodgdonyachts.com

MARINE FINISHER/PAINTER (SOUTHPORT AND DAMARISCOTTA)

Department: Finish/Paint - FLSA Status: Non-Exempt - Job Type: Regular - Job Status: Full Time

Reports To: Finish Supervisor - Positions Supervised: None

Position Summary:

Responsible for all surface preparations and coating of the vessel, as well as preparing and finishing interior and exterior furniture.

Major Responsibilities/Activities:

  • Responsible for all surface preparations and coating of the vessel, including fairing, sanding, varnishing, painting, spraying and other finishing procedures.

  • Prepare and finish interior and exterior furniture, joiner work and other components of the vessel

  • Prepare and apply epoxy, linier polyurethanes, and other chemical applications

  • Involved with supervising a small crew of painters

Minimum Requirements:

  • 3-5 years of experience in marine finishing preferred, including application of linier polyurethanes, or in high-end auto body shop finishing

  • Must be familiar with brush and spray applications with strong emphasis on spraying skills using Awlgrip on hulls and decks

  • Must have a keen understanding of the safety hazards and know how to work safely

  • Responsible for understanding and exhibiting excellent work standards

  • Attention to the highest quality standards is essential

  • Must be team player

  • Must wear personal safety equipment as required

  • Must be able to wear a respirator

  • Must be able to meet the requirements of the schedule, i.e. must be at work as scheduled and must be on time

  • Basic painter’s hand tools are required

 

Essential Mental Functions:

  • Basic mathematic skills

  • Ability to read and understand paint mixing formulas

Equipment Used:

  • Paint brushes

  • Paint sprayer, i.e. electric airless, conventional HVLP

  • Basic painter’s hand tools, i.e. scrapers

 

Essential Physical Functions:

  • Flexibility to work in standing, squatting, or kneeling positions, as well as reaching overhead with twisting and bending while performing any of the above tasks

  • Stair and ladder climbing is required and must have no fear of heights

  • Ability to work in small spaces

  • Ability to work with epoxy and other chemical applications

  • Minimal lifting above 25 lbs.

Additional Comments:

Work schedule is generally 6:00am-4:30pm four days per week. From time to time, it may be necessary to work additional shifts or on weekends. 

Note: Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

 

If you are interested in joining our team, please email: hr@hodgdonyachts.com

BOAT BUILDER (DAMARISCOTTA)

Department: Tenders - FLSA Status: Non-Exempt - Job Type: Regular - Job Status: Full Time

Reports To: Boat Building Supervisor - Positions Supervised: None

Position Summary:

Individuals perform a wide variety of boat building tasks related to wood/composite tenders, including, but not limited to, fabricating/ fitting composite components, installation of deck hardware, hatches, and windows.

Major Responsibilities/Activities:

  • Perform a wide variety of boat building tasks related to wood/composite yachts

  • Fabricating/ fitting composite components, installing deck hardware, hinges, latches, and handrails.

  • Sets and operates a variety of woodworking machines, including power and hand tools

  • Must be intensely aware of quality standards

Minimum Requirements:

  • 3-4 years of experience, or equivalent training and experience

  • Ability to work with power and hand tools, Drilling screwing, sanding, etc.

  • Ability to work within close tolerances, +- 1-2mm

  • Ability to work with large power tools such as band saws, planers, table saws

  • Work with epoxy, resins and glues

  • Must be able to follow directions and work well within large groups of people

  • Must be able to meet the requirements of the schedule

  • Ability to wear a respirator as required

  • Must wear personal protection equipment

  • Must have basic hand tools

  • Works ‘hands on’ on multiple projects

Equipment Used:

  • Band saws

  • Drill press

  • Table saws

  • Misc. hand tools, drill, router reciprocating saw

 

Working Conditions:

  • Occasional extreme indoor temperature, adverse ventilation conditions (chemicals, dust)

  • Rare extreme heights, extreme outdoor temperatures, adverse ventilation conditions (fumes), use of a respirator/face mask

Essential Physical Functions:

  • Flexibility to work in the standing, squatting, or kneeling position, as well as reaching overhead with occasional twisting and bending while performing any of the above tasks

  • Stair and ladder climbing is required

  • Ability to work in small spaces as required

  • Minimal lifting required above 75lbs.

Additional Comments:

Work schedule is generally 6:00am-4:30pm four days per week. From time to time, it may be necessary to work additional shifts or on weekends. 

Note: Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

 

If you are interested in joining our team, please email: hr@hodgdonyachts.com

MARINE SYSTEMS INSTALLER (DAMARISCOTTA)

Department: Tenders - FLSA Status: Non-Exempt - Job Type: Systems and Electrical Design and Installation 

Job Status: Full Time - Reports To: Marine Systems Supervisor - Positions Supervised: None

Position Summary:

Responsible for the installation of electrical systems including navigation and computer components and may include custom metal fabrication, light machining and wood working for newly constructed vessels. Works with the Marine Systems Supervisor to ensure work schedules and timelines are up to date and being met.

Major Responsibilities/Activities:

  • Responsible for the installation of mechanical, hydraulic, electrical, and other systems

  • Ability to operate band saw, table saw, lathe, grinder/sander, drill press and hand tools.

  • May be required to perform tasks including custom metal fabrication, light machining, wiring and woodworking.

  • Ability to work within close tolerances and in small, confined spaces

Minimum Requirements:

  • Marine system experience or equivalent education and experience

  • An understanding of 3-phase AC generation systems, AC switchboard control systems and DC charging and distribution systems

  • Ability to work with hand and power tools

  • Must be able to meet the requirements of the schedule and be a team player

  • Must be able to wear personal protective gear

 

Essential Mental Functions:

  • Ability to read and understand blueprints

  • Ability to perform basic calculations

  • Must be self-motivated, quality conscious and detail oriented

Essential Physical Functions:

  • Must be able to work in the standing, squatting or kneeling positions. Must be able to reach overhead with frequent twisting and bending.

  • Must be able to climb stairs and ladders and not have a fear of heights or confined spaces.

  • Minimal lifting required above 75 lbs.

Additional Comments:

Work schedule is generally 6:00am-4:30pm four days per week. From time to time, it may be necessary to work additional shifts or on weekends. 

Note: Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

 

If you are interested in joining our team, please email: hr@hodgdonyachts.com

COMPOSITE TECHNICIAN (DAMARISCOTTA)

Department: Tenders - FLSA Status: Non-Exempt - Job Type: Regular

Job Status: Full Time - Reports To: Composites Supervisor - Positions Supervised: None

Position Summary:

Responsible for all phases of composite boat construction. Works with the Composites Supervisor to ensure work schedules and timelines are up to date and being met.

Major Responsibilities/Activities:

  • Female/male mold assembly to include filling and fairing joint seams and applying mold release wax

  • Kit fabrication involving cutting fabric to desired sizes, direction

  • Material lay-up and installation of peel ply, fabrics, flow media, vacuum and feeder lines

  • Mixing of resin materials by weight/volume

  • Infusion monitoring for temperature, vacuum infusion and time of infusion

  • Modular installation of infused pieces for bulkheads, floor systems, decks and pilothouse

  • Finishing, trimming and fitting of composite parts

  • Some wet lay-up and wet preg is required for secondary bonding and tabbing

  • Grinding and sanding for secondary bonding

  • Works ‘hands on’ on multiple projects

Minimum Requirements:

  • Prior experience working with composites

  • Basic carpentry skills for staging and platform construction, templates and molds and cutting and fitting pieces

  • Must be able to wear a respirator

  • Must be able to meet the requirements of the work schedule

  • Must be able to use measuring tools

 

Essential Mental Functions:

  • Working productively and cooperatively with co-workers and supervisors is an essential part of the job

  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions

  • Basic mathematical skills

  • Attention to detail, following established procedures

  • Ability to read plans and blueprints

Essential Physical Functions:

  • Flexibility to work in standing, squatting, or kneeling positions, as well as reaching overhead with occasional twisting and bending while performing any of the above tasks

  • Stair and ladder climbing is required

  • Ability to work with epoxy/vinyl ester/polyester resins and adhesives

  • Ability to work in small spaces as required

  • Minimal lifting required above 75lbs.

  • May be required to travel both domestic and internationally to perform Tender service and maintenance

Additional Comments:

Work schedule is generally 6:00am-4:30pm four days per week. From time to time, it may be necessary to work additional shifts or on weekends. 

Note: Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

 

If you are interested in joining our team, please email: hr@hodgdonyachts.com

ENJOY WHAT YOU DO AND WHERE YOU DO IT - MAINE BOATYARD JOBS IN THE BOOTHBAY REGION

 

Located just 55 miles from Portland and 160 miles from Boston, the Boothbay region offers an ideal balance between urban accessibility and small town charm.

While the Boothbay area is known as a tourist destination or a summer community, it has so much more to offer. There are restaurants serving Italian, Chinese, and Vietnamese cuisine, tapas, hand-cut steaks, homemade soups and breads, and of course, lobsters and seafood. There’s a farmer’s market, a yoga studio, a craft brewery. There are islands and beaches for picnics, and coves and lighthouses for exploring. There’s a thriving art scene with galleries, concerts, and museums. There are lakes to swim in and ice fish on. There are hundreds of miles of trails with ocean vistas for hiking, snowshoeing, or cross country skiing. There’s a 25 yard indoor pool, indoor tennis courts, indoor track, and state-of–the-art fitness facilities. There’s live theater and there’s a movie theater. There’s shopping. There’s an 18-hole country club and there’s mini golfing. There’s one of the country’s top botanical gardens. Most importantly, the Boothbay region is a safe and welcoming community. There are good schools, amazing recreational opportunities, and friendly people. It’s a place that other people go for vacation…and we’re lucky enough to call home.

WHY YOU SHOULD BE OUR NEXT EMPLOYEE

  • Benefits and Perks

  • Competitive pay

  • Paid holidays

  • Flexible paid time off

  • Health insurance, including HSA compatible plan

  • Company paid life insurance and long term disability

  • 401(K) with company match

  • Voluntary benefits, including: dental, additional STD, LTD, and life insurance

  • Training and opportunities for advancement

 

GROW WITH US, BECOME A PART OF HODGDON. 

Being part of a Hodgdon means that we have access to an unrivaled history and deep knowledge of boats and boat owners. We have access to a work force of highly skilled tradesmen and women and innovative engineering team. The opportunity for staff exchange across divisions provides a range of opportunities and keeps our employees engaged and continually learning new skills.

The team that we’re looking to grow is a passionate, authentic, dedicated, and hard working group. We care about innovation, teamwork, respect, flexibility, having a positive attitude, and exceeding expectations. If this sounds like you, check out Hodgdon Yacht Services’ Maine boatyard jobs below!

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