Junior Watch Officer Program

Student Program

2019 Junior Watch Officer Program 

Dates: Friday, August 9 - Friday, August 23, 2019

A Junior Watch Officer requires strength of character, leadership skills, hard work, and a love of helping others. It is the next step in becoming a crew member aboard Roseway, and a role that is taken seriously.

If you are between the ages of 16 and 17 and you’ve completed a Summer Ambassador Program or another multi-day voyage aboard Roseway, you are eligible to apply to be a Junior Watch Officer (JWO) for this year’s Summer Ambassador Program.

As a JWO you will be a leader amongst the students as we set sail for ten days—we will expand our perspectives of the world, immerse ourselves in and contribute to different cultures, and practice community building aboard the historic landmark Schooner Roseway.

Your program aboard Roseway will begin one day before Summer Ambassadors arrive. During that time, you will work with the crew to sharpen your technical skills, prepare the ship for voyage, and spend time developing leadership skills.

During our expedition at sea, you will help guide Summer Ambassadors in practicing seamanship and navigation, working side by side with the Mate and Captain as we operate and maintain Roseway, as well as carrying out lessons in maritime history, community-building, and ethics. You will be a role model, teacher, and friend.


The program will begin and end from the Moakley Federal Courthouse Dock, in the Seaport in Boston. 

Travel expenses to and from the boat are not included in program costs. 


As a JWO ,you are expected to serve as a role model in all the activities in which students participate, as well as be ambassadors for the World Ocean School and schooner Roseway. If you are accepted to the program, you agree to the following rules throughout the entire session, whether on land or on the vessel:

  • No drinking, smoking, or drug use: zero tolerance
  • Electronics such as iPods, computers, or anything with an on/off switch are not to be brought aboard the ship
  • Cell phones are kept in a secure space by the captain and are handed out for use only in an emergency
  • No apparel that advertises alcohol or tobacco may be worn


Cost: $3,500

Refund Policy: As payments become due and payable they are non-refundable.

  • 50% deposit due upon acceptance to program
  • Balance due: July 26th, 2019, two weeks before departure

You should anticipate some additional expenses in travel costs and clothing required for the program.

Financial Aid: World Ocean School generally has a handful of scholarships available for students. These are competitive and an application is required, there is a priority deadline.

In the past, students have been successful pursuing their own sponsorships and we highly encourage this. 2019 Summer Ambassador Program scholarship link available below.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications due by April 1, 2019

Applicants are selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Successful completion of a voyage program aboard Roseway
  • A desire to grow in leadership
  • An interest in practicing community building skills
  • Suitability and strength of character
  • A phone or Skype interview with the Program Manager

The following items must be submitted before a student’s application can be fully evaluated:

I. A completed application form

II. One professional reference form 

III. A one-page essay, addressing why you feel you have the skills to be a good JWO and what you will bring to the program

Junior Watch Officer Application

Download Junior Watch Officer Application here. 

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Please submit completed applications to: 



Cara James

c/o World Ocean School

PO Box 51091

Boston, MA 02205 

If you have questions or would like to refer a student you think would be a strong applicant, please email cara@worldoceanschool.org.