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Youth Program

Thank you for your application!

Please check your email Inbox (and Spambox!) for confirmation that we have received your application form. This email will contain a copy of your submitted application so that you may review it for any mistakes. Please feel free to contact us with any questions: 617-242-3821 x12 or youthprogram@courageoussailing.org.

 

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Charlestown Site Director

Job Description

[coming soon]

Requirements
Attend all 3 days of staff orientation
Attend staff meetings
Be a team player
Maintain a fun, positive, friendly atmosphere for your students
Instill a sense of respect and safety for the Courageous fleet and for each person

Qualifications

[coming soon]

Description
At Courageous Sailing Center, we run an intensive Instructor in Training program for a diversified group of Boston teens ages 15-17. We have 22 students in three different sailing and teaching levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Other than sailing and instructor skills, our IITs also study teambuilding, career development, and environmental education.

Responsibilities
Oversee all IITs and IIT program staff (22 students, up to 12 staff)
Make sure all students and staff adhere to the designated schedule
Organize and chaperone camping trips, BBQs, race nights, and other fun events for IITs throughout the summer
Complete MWBLP for all IITs and staff
Distribute evaluation surveys
Attend all 4 days of staff orientation
Attend staff meetings
Be a cooperative member of the Youth Program staff
Maintain a fun, positive, friendly atmosphere for your students
Instill a sense of respect and safety for the Courageous fleet, Boston Harbor, and for each person

Qualifications
Bachelor's degree or currently in school for High School education, outdoor education
3-5 years experience teaching teens
2-3 years team management experience
Passion for working with urban teens
Commitment to creating a positive IIT team
Current First Aid/CPR certification
Positive and enthusiastic attitude
Outstanding communication and team management skills
Excellent references

Environmental Education Program Coordinator
Courageous Sailing Center
Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA

Reports to Youth Program Director and Youth Program Outreach Coordinator

Overview
Courageous Sailing Center is seeking a creative, engaging Environmental Education Program Coordinator capable of continuing our current EE program that integrates applied science learning with our Summer Youth Program sailing lessons. During our summer youth program we serve approximately 1,000 students, many of whom are here on scholarships and would ordinarily not have access to this caliber of summer programming. We have beginner, intermediate, advanced, racing, cruising, Instructor in Training sailing levels as well as two academic-focused science and sailing programs that target students who are at risk for summer learning loss.

The environmental education program incorporates practical marine biology, environmental, and outdoor education activities into all of the sailing levels of the Summer Youth Program. We take advantage of our location on Boston Harbor to give students direct experience with this ecosystem. In addition, we foster a community of environmental awareness at Courageous by encouraging recycling, trash reduction, general stewardship and environmental responsibility.

Many of the students that attend the Summer Youth Program do not have other opportunities to spend times outdoors or experience nature up-close. Therefore, it is crucial that we introduce environmental education carefully and encourage life-long learning, memorable experiences, and positive interactions with the ocean.

Responsibilities
Work with the Youth Program Outreach Coordinator (previous EE Coordinator) to amend the current "Courageously Green" curriculum
Design a comprehensive evaluation of the environmental education program
Introduce EE program to staff at orientation
Facilitate daily EE activities for each sailing level (ages 8-17), based on a designated schedule
Facilitate EE activities on days/at times when sailing is not possible (too hot, too windy, raining, etc.)
Weekly posts on the Courageously Green Blog and encourage other staff to write for the blog as well
Post daily marine bio facts relevant to each week's theme
Promote environmentally friendly culture at Courageous; including, but not limited to, encouraging Waste Free Wednesdays, weekly pier clean-ups, composting, recycling, fresh water conservation
Must attend staff orientation and all 7 weeks of summer program, dress in Courageous uniform, and provide own transportation to Courageous Sailing Center

Qualifications
Passion for the ocean, nature, sailing, and working with students
Working towards or Bachelors degree in Environmental Studies, Science Education, Marine Biology or similar field
Minimum 3 years leading hands-on environmental/science activities
Minimum 2 years of education experience
CPR and First Aid Certifications
Experience with curriculum development and program evaluation
Ability to lift 30 lbs.
Extensive knowledge of New England floral, fauna, and sea life
Ability to responsibly handle sea life
Strong communication and teamwork skills
Ability to teach outside in difficult conditions (noisy, rainy, hot) with few materials
Note: ability to sail is not necessary**

Dates
June 23-August 15, 2014

Hours
Tuesday-Thursday, 8am-4pm

Stipend
$1600

Reports to: IIT Program Coordinator

Status: Seasonal, Full-Time

Date of Last Revision: December 16, 2014

Position Summary:

At Courageous Sailing Center, we run an intensive Instructor in Training program for a diversified group of Boston teens ages 15-17. We have 16 instructors-in-training, each with different levels of skill in sailing and teaching. Other than sailing and instructor skills, our IITs also study teambuilding, career development, and environmental education.

Responsibilities:

These inculde, but are not necessarily limited to the following:

  • Create comprehensive lesson plans for the whole summer in accordance with the IIT Program curriculum and goals
  • Create a sail plan each day with the IIT Program Coordinator that you share with the site director
  • Prepare lessons for days when sailing is not possible
  • Facilitate chalk talks for students
  • Lead chores at the end of each day
  • Manage time efficiently to maximize student's time on the water but making sure to be back on land when required
  • Attend all 5 days of staff orientation
  • Attend staff meetings
  • Be a cooperative member of the Youth Program staff
  • Maintain a fun, positive, friendly atmosphere for your students
  • Instill a sense of respect and safety for the Courageous fleet, Boston Harbor, and for each person

Qualifications

Minimum qualifications include:

  • US Sailing Level 1 Instructor Certification, equivalent or more advanced
  • 2-3 years sailing instruction experience
  • Minimum two years of team management experience
  • Completion of NASBLA-approved safety boat course through the MA Environmental Police and/or through the US Sailing Level I certification course
  • Current First Aid/CPR certification
  • Positive and enthusiastic attitude
  • Outstanding communication and team management skills
  • Excellent references
  • A passion for sailing, the ocean, and working with kids
  • Prior experience working with or mentoring teens is strongly preferred

About Courageous

Courageous Sailing is a non-profit sailing center dedicated to transforming the lives of underserved populations of youth through sailing. The program has been in continuous operation since 1987 and is based in the Charlestown Navy Yard on Boston Harbor. The youth program is supported by the operation of the adult program, grants, corporate sponsorships, individual donations and fundraising events. With a fleet of (25) Rhodes 19s, (9) J22s, (3) J24s, (10) 420s, (12) Lasers, and a small assortment of cruising boats, Courageous is one of the largest nonprofit, keelboat-based sailing schools and community sailing programs in the northeast. In addition to youth programs, we offer adult memberships, instruction, and racing. Courageous is a fun place to work, with a small, congenial staff and an atmosphere that encourages initiative and self-direction.

COURAGEOUS SAILING is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Courageous Sailing does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic, disability or veteran/Reserve/National Guard status.

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