Sailing Instructor and Boat Building Assistant

Mystic, CT 06355
United States

Job Start Date
Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
Security Clearance Required
Employment Type
Summer Only
Work Schedule
Summer Only
No Travel

Job Description
Mystic Seaport Museum is seeking a dynamic individual who will teach sailing and assist with our boat building camps. This position is responsible for assisting in the day-to-day camp operation including supervising Counselors-in-Training and campers ages 8-17, and implementing basic boat building and sailing lesson plans. This position will work alongside our boat building lead staff member and other sailing instructors. The position requires great leadership skills and the ability to work well with children. This position may be used as an internship depending on your college or university’s requirements. A willingness to work a flexible schedule according to the needs of the camp is essential. For more information about our summer camps visit:


Lead by example as a role model who sets the tone for positive youth development
Prepare lessons for campers
Maintain an inventory of all supplies and materials
Assist with check-in/out of campers
Assists in day-to-day activities
Maintain close communication with group leaders to ensure smooth program operations
Participate with activities and help facilitate transition times and supervise campers
Assist with Wednesday and Thursday evening sailing
Instruct campers in sailing, rowing, seamanship, and maritime skills
Create lesson plans for on-water activities
Adhere to all camp safety guidelines
Maintain logbook daily

Applications are rolling; preferred candidate review begins February 10, 2020.
Job Requirements
At least 18 years of age
Strong organizational skills
Current American Red Cross First Aid, and CPR certification (training provided)
Connecticut Safe Powerboating Certification (training provided)
Experience working with children and youth in formal or informal settings; ability to engage children and youth in a dynamic and energetic manner
A positive, enthusiastic and flexible attitude
Integrity, patience, adaptability, a sense of humor, enthusiasm, and a commitment to serve youth
Strong problem solving skills and an ability to adapt to changing program needs depending on weather, number of students, number of boats, etc.
Excellent customer service and communication skills
Responsible and mature

Desirable Qualifications:

Previous camp experience
US Sailing Level 1 instructor certification (or willingness to obtain, training provided)
Boatbuilding, woodworking, or fiber glassing experience
Experience driving a powerboat in an instructional setting (training provided)
Small dinghy sailing experience

Physical/Mental Requirements and Environmental Conditions:

Deliver programs in venues that can be cold, wet, hot, or dirty; work outside in all weather
Position requires sufficient eyesight, hearing, and physical stamina to fulfill successfully the requirements of the Camp program.
Weekend and holiday work assignments are required
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