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Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild

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Gazela on Delaware River
120-year old Barkentine Gazela in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild is a volunteer-centered, nonprofit 501C(3) corporation dedicated to preserving historic ships and teaching seamanship, restoration skills and maritime science and culture. The Guild maintains and operates two historic vessels, the tall ship Gazela, built in 1901, and the tugboat Jupiter, built in 1902.

Principle duties:

  • Generate and oversee the implementation of financial policies and procedures and selection of service providers such as payroll processor.
  • Prepare and monitor Annual Budget, Forecast and Cash Flow statements
  • Work with volunteer Controller and Committees to ensure the Guild maintains appropriate financial books and records and that these are accurate and timely
  • Verify donations are appropriately managed
  • Confirm Grant contracts and Endowment disbursements are accounted for in accordance with the reporting requirements of the donors
  • Review and re-negotiate insurance contracts
  • Oversee tax filings and SWIF audits.

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About Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild


301 S. Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106, US

Mission Statement

The Ship Guild's mission is to preserve, share and operate our historic vessels. Our mission is enhanced by programs which bring lessons of seamanship, traditional sailing and maritime culture to the public. Our volunteers are people of all ages, backgrounds and skills who share a love of historic vessels and maritime history.


The Ship Guild operates and maintains the tall ship Gazela and the historic tugboat, Jupiter, both home-ported in Philadelphia and docked at Penn's Landing at Market Street. The Ship Guild is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Volunteers with the Guild share a strong commitment to preserving Philadelphia's maritime tradition. The ships rely on the contributions of time and effort from our volunteers to stay afloat.

There are many opportunities to become part of this effort whether your interests are woodworking and rigging, engineering, historical research, sailing, or marketing and presentations. As a volunteer you become part of a crew. You will work alongside the professional officers doing as they do. One minute you may find yourself manning the helm, later painting decks. Our crew earns hours toward sailing by volunteering time towards restoration, outreach, or dockside maintenance programs.

Whether you share your daily skills, or learn new ones, you will find a niche in this diverse organization.

All volunteers are asked to join the Ship Guild.

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Thu Jul 01, 2021 - Wed Sep 29, 2021


This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.


  • Financial Planning
  • Budgeting
  • Accounting




  • Background Check
  • 2-10 hours/week. The position will require an in-person or online monthly meeting with the Board on the second Wednesday evening of each month.
  • Experience in Business Management Minimum of 5-7 years of hands-on accounting experience Ability to work independently Experience in non-profit organizations

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