Jan 27, 2017

Job posting Manager of Okeanos Crew Training Center

written by Tina Baumgartner

The Okeanos Foundation is looking for a MANAGER of the OKEANOS CREW TRAINING CENTER (full-time).

We are looking for a self-motivated, collaborative and proactive person with extensive sailing experience and a RYA offshore captains ticket (or similar). The right candidate is characterized by a very high level of work ethics with the thrive for perfection, a reputation for high ethical standards and integrity, passion for sustainable development, ocean conservation and sailing and great interest in our projects.

This position is located in Auckland, New Zealand.

The Okeanos Foundation’s dedicated work over the last nine years has fostered a renaissance in traditional Polynesian boat construction, sailing and navigational training that has inspired innovative, culturally based solutions to the challenges Pacific islands are facing.

Okeanos understands that regular and healthy transportation between the islands is the lifeblood of the region’s circulation system; it fuels Pacific history and culture, unity and economy. Building upon the genius of traditional Pacific engineering and knowledge, Okeanos has constructed, in partnership with Pacific experts across the region, more than a dozen Vaka Okeanos: traditionally designed sailing canoes, built with modern materials and propelled by fossil-fuel free technologies. Simultaneously, Okeanos has supported the training of hundreds of Pacific islanders from more than ten nations in traditional sailing and navigation.

The Okeanos vision for the Pacific is based on the fundamentally holistic principle that the solutions to the urgent problems islanders are facing require respecting and building upon traditional knowledge to prepare for the future. Okeanos’ developing modern sailing canoes and supporting vaka-based initiatives provides visible evidence of the effectiveness of modernized Polynesian sustainable sea transportation to be fully embraced at the local level for a variety of purposes. Today, the real world use and implementation of Okeanos Vakas in seven Pacific countries, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Zealand, Samoa, Tahiti, Tonga, Vanuatu, is proof of concept, a realization of the potential and need for a pan-Pacific vaka network. We are now recruiting and training new crews for our vakas which are soon going to be operated in even more Pacific island nations.

To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter by email to Okeanos’ Vaka Project Manager Peia Patai: peia.patai@okeanos-foundation.org. Contact telephone number: +64 2108327129