Program Director, Young Mariner Program Summer Camp

Cape Cod Maritime Museum
135 South Street
Hyannis, MA 02601
United States

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From $35.00 To $40.00
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Summer Only
No Travel

Job Description

Young Mariner Program Director (summer camp)

Reports to: Executive Director

Position Classification:

April through May: 5-10 hours per week.

June through August: 32-40 hours subject on candidate’s ability to lead the full scope of the program.

Salary: $35-40 per hour


The Young Mariner Program is the Cape Cod Maritime Museum’s summer, on water, educational program. This program is the keystone component of the museum’s Young Mariner Project. This program’s goal is to expose Cape children to all aspects of maritime culture by spending time on the water focusing on marine biology, navigation, maritime history, sailing, seamanship, and naval architecture. To do this, we integrate the museum’s exhibits, our Dyer 29 research vessel, ADVENTURE, our historic catboat SARAH, and the “classroom” of Nantucket Sound to provide a fun, high content experience.

The Program Director will have day to day responsibility for running the Program, including budget oversight, daily execution, safety of camp, and quality of product delivered. In a Program Director, the museum is looking for an individual who will bring a unique combination of experience and expertise to the museum’s senior leadership team:

1. Deep knowledge and experience on and around boats and the water such that they can be responsible for the absolute safety of our program.

2. Experience with children such that they can effectively act as lead educator, bringing our curriculum to the children in the program.

3. Administrative and institutional experience such that they can assist us in further developing the component parts of the Young Mariner Project as part of the museum’s leadership team.

4. A sincere interest in being on the water with children on a daily basis.

While this position is a summer position, an additional consideration is to find an individual that appreciates our vision of combining maritime exhibits and experiences and may be interested in assisting with shoulder season programming.

Licensing and educational requirements

  • Experience as a Camp Counselor or Director (required)
  • CPR Certification (required)
  • First Aid Certification (required)
  • Bachelor’s degree (preferred)

Young Mariner Program 2024 Scope

This summer’s Young Mariner Program components to be executed by the Program Director are:

1. Young Mariner: This program runs from Monday to Thursday and consists of morning and afternoon groups of six middle school children. Each child attends the program for four days, during which time our curriculum is focused on four different areas of concentration: marine biology, navigation, and seamanship, sailing and marine physics/boatbuilding. Each session starts inside the museum and then transitions to either ADVENTURE or SARAH, depending upon the day’s focus. This will be the fourth year of this program.

2. On Fridays, when there is no Young Mariner activity, the Program Director will bring ADVENTURE to various locations around Lewis Bay/Nantucket Sound to promote the program or host Critter Days at local beaches.

While much of the curriculum has been developed over the program’s previous three years, we will expect to work with the successful candidate to help us complete the 2024 curriculum and bring their own background and expertise to its evolution.

Associated Program Staffing: The Program Director will have support staff including an onboard Captain for ADVENTURE as well as access to other part time museum staff, and interns as required.

For full job description and details of the Young Mariner Program and Young Mariner Project, visit .

Job Requirements
Experience on and around boats, both sailing and power
Experience as a Camp Counselor or Director (required)
CPR Certification or willingness to acquire certification (required)
First Aid Certification or willingness to acquire certification (required)
Bachelor’s degree (preferred)
Marine Bio experience (preferred)
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