Lead Sailing Instructors

Northwest Maritime Center
431 Water St
Port Townsend, WA 98368
United States

Job Start Date
Job End Date
Manages Others
Degree Required
Security Clearance Required
Housing Provided
From $19 To $22
Per Year    
Employment Type
Summer Only
Work Schedule
Summer Only
No Travel

Job Description

Spend your summer months as a Messing About in Boats Lead Instructor, literally messing about in boats with young kids sparking wonder and curiosity! If you love working with students exploring the ways of the sea through activities like tying knots and gleefully belting out (kid-appropriate) sea shanties, then this seasonal position is made for you. Lead Instructors are responsible for managing the program under the guidance of the Summer Program Coordinator. You will teach classes, manage assistant instructors, communicate with parents, and uphold all NWMC safety policies and procedures. The Lead Instructors are expected to be leaders and outstanding role models for both the assistant instructors and the participants.


We love working with team members who:
  • have a proactive work ethic– willing to jump in and help in any aspect of programming when necessary.

  • love to create a fun, inclusive and safe atmosphere for learning.

  • communicate clearly, work collaboratively, and are flexible in dynamic situations.


  • Develop and teach daily lesson plans in keeping with the class content as presented in the program description, including facilitating a shoreside program in inclement weather

  • Ensure that all boats and safety equipment are prepared for each day of programming, in cooperation with the Waterfront Programs Manager and the Summer Program Coordinator

  • Complete and follow all required and necessary daily paperwork and related guidelines, i.e., lesson plans, incident reports (as needed), class actuals, maintenance/equipment log

  • Participation in pre-season set up and postseason tear down of the program

  • Participation in the Staff Orientation - date to be determined

  • Other duties as assigned by the Summer Program Coordinator


While this position’s primary responsibility is in sparking wonder and curiosity in young kids, the Assistant Instructor will work as part of the NWMC team to ensure smooth operations for the organization as a whole. This could include providing information to visitors to the Maritime Center and helping out in projects and events that require all-hands-on-deck, to helping tie up a vessel coming into our dock because you happen to be standing there. We all pitch in for the heavy lifting now and then—sometimes this is metaphoric; occasionally we all have to actually help lift something heavy.


  • Experience caring for and communicating with children ages 5-10

  • Experience in boat handling small row boats, sailboats, and inflatables

  • CDC “Heads Up” online concussion training or training plan

  • Washington State Boaters Card with knowledge of safe boating practices or training plan

  • Current First Aid/CPR certification or training plan

  • Work offers are contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check

  • All education staff are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 including booster or have a medical exemption, verification is required



  • Position will require onsite work

  • Main NWMC Offices are located at 431 Water St., Port Townsend, WA 98368

  • Position is seasonal, June 26 to August 31, 2023, up to 40 hours/week

  • Reports to: Waterfront Programs Manager


  • $19-21.50 per hour, non-exempt

  • Paid time off: accrues 1 hour of sick time for every 25 hours worked

  • Employee discounts

The Northwest Maritime Center is an equal-opportunity employer that welcomes and encourages individuals of all cultures and communities to apply.

 All our current openings: https://nwmaritime.org/about/job-opportunities/
Xoe Huffman White
431 Water St
Port Townsend WA 98368
United States
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