Community Boat Project Internship

What is it?

The Community Boat Project offers variable length internships.

This internship is a chance for individuals to learn the soft skills of leadership, teaching, and organization, as well as a chance to improve technical skills associated with woodworking.

This all happens within the unique setting of a Community Boat Shop. The applicant should be prepared to work with people of all ages and skills. These could range from a middle school student who has never handled a tool to a retired master craftsmen.

Needless to say, it will be an intense experience, but one which will provide you with a huge opportunity for growth.DSC_0848

Goal of the internship

The goal is to provide unique training to go out and organize Community-based vocational programs around the world. Or simply to learn how to plan and manage building projects.


This is not a place for the novice to learn woodworking. For this you should be a student at the NW School of Wooden Boatbuilding. It is a place for a person with some background to refine and develop their skills. This is a multi-level maritime and woodworking education.



Interns will work under the Director, Wayne Chimenti and Program Coordinator, Simon De Voil.

Master Craftsmen volunteers are common; Shipwrights, Sailmakers, Riggers, Captains, etc.. Each come with a wealth of knowledge which you can glean from.

Best of all, interns will be an instructor to our high school and other students! Be prepared to take ownership projects.DSC_0859

Time commitment

Interns are required to work 3 days a week, 24 hours minimum, this maybe in the shop or on-the-water. At times there is an all hands effort to get boats or tiny houses in or out of the shop. Interns will be drawn into all sorts of things.

This commitment will be productive time with students and volunteers. Interns may also attend the morning lectures at the boat school and pursue personal projects in the shop, but these will not count toward your 24 hour/week commitment.


Our Community Boat Shop is located at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding. Our boats are in the Hadlock Marina. Our cruising ground is Port Townsend Bay/Port Hadlock area, with occasional trips to other parts of Puget Sound.

Other information

  • We stress inter-generational interaction and learning.
  • We work with the local schools and provide accredited classes.
  • There are four basic programs: Community Boat Shop, Voyaging (on-the-water), Shelter from the Storm, and Open Shop (open to all)DSCN1412.JPG

To Apply:

Visit our Contact Us page and indicate your specific interest in our internship opportunity. Please include the information listed below and answer the listed questions.

Leadership – Craftsmenship – Seamanship

Applicants should be 18 – 25 years old. 

  • Name                                                     
  • Contact Phone
  •  Email
  • Address
  • Sex:   M___ F___         
  • Date of Birth:                                
  • Single ___  Married____

 You may answer the questions individually or in essay form.

  • Why is this position appealing to you?
  • What strengths will you bring to the program?
  • What are the main things you hope to learn by this internship?
  • What experience do you have in woodworking and craftsmanship?
  • What leadership positions have you been in?
  • Do you have any sailing/on-the-water experience?
  • Do you have any grant writing , computer, or web skills?
  • What age-group do you like working with the best? The least? And why?
  • Logistics
  • Do you prefer a 3, 6, or 9 month commitment? What months work best for you?
  • References
  • Please list three people as references. Include the name, contact information, and how you know this person.
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