• Fall is the perfect time to experience Boston Harbor, and Courageous Sailing is offering special deals for Charlestown residents. Summer vacation doesn’t need to be over.
  • Explore. Learn. Sail! Low-cost, high-quality programs that connect city youth with Boston Harbor and Jamaica Pond. Summer Youth Sailing Program
  • Convenient and affordable courses, lessons, and memberships for all experience levels and interests. Sailing for Adults + Families
  • Work for Courageous

    Love sailing? Love teaching? Courageous is currently hiring for a variety of seasonal and summer jobs for our youth and adult programs. Spend your summer sailing with kids, teach sailing to adults on weekends, or help run one of our programs! Read More
  • Summer Youth Program Registration

    Registration is now closed. View the FAQ to learn what to do if your child was registered successfully or put on the waiting list. The FAQ also details the 2016 fees and scholarships. Read More
  • Sail Boston Harbor!

    At Courageous, we’re committed to providing some of the best and most affordable sailing opportunities on Boston Harbor for adults and families. Whether you’re a total beginner or an expert sailor, we’ve got a course or membership to fit your needs and interests. Read More

Science Specialist

Reports to: Youth Program Director
Status: Seasonal, Full-Time
Date of Last Revision: December 17, 2015


Science education is incorporated into all levels of the Summer Youth Program, ranging from practical marine biology and environmental education to basic physics and engineering. We take advantage of our location on Boston Harbor to give students direct experience with this ecosystem and to foster a lifelong sense of curiosity and stewardship. Kids also use sailing as a springboard to explore relevant science topics, like buoyancy, aerodynamics, weather, and simple machines. Our science classes are hands-on, interactive, outdoors, tied to what kids are doing and learning every day, and--most importantly--fun. This job is a fantastic opportunity for a certified teacher who wants to share his/her passion for science without the schedule and testing constraints of a classroom.

The Science Specialist will develop and teach a variety of lessons. Afternoons will be devoted to working with the rising 4th and 5th grade participants in Swim Sail Science, an outreach program that combines English Language Arts and Math (taught by Boston Public School teachers) with swimming, sailing, and science. The Science Specialist will collaborate with the BPS site coordinator and teachers to build a curriculum that will complement the ELA content on simple machines; additional lessons will focus on the marine life of Boston Harbor. Swim Sail Science students will also meet with the Science Specialist for team building activities each morning.

The Science Specialist will also teach one lesson per week to the 8-9 year olds in our one-week introductory sailing class, in which students will learn about the creatures in Couragous’s on-site lobster trap and their role in the harbor ecosystem. In collaboration with Courageous’s Education Director, the Science Specialist will likely create, prepare, and teach up to 3 middle school level lessons (for more advanced sailors) on sailing-related physics, engineering, or weather topics. Additionally, the Science Specialist is responsible for organizing activities and awareness campaigns to promote environmental stewardship, recycling, and resource conservation.


  • Develop and teach science curricula to sailing students (aged 8-14) and Swim Sail Science outreach program participants (rising 4th and 5th graders).
  • Before program, become familiar with the BPS summer ELA curriculum and create related lessons (in consultation with the BPS site coordinator and the Education Director).
  • Promote environmentally friendly culture at Courageous, including publicizing and encouraging Waste-Free Wednesdays, recycling, fresh water conservation, and more
  • Promote awareness and stewardship of the Boston Harbor ecosystem by posting “fun facts” about marine life, challenging students and instructors to look for various species, and serving as a resource for sailing instructors.
  • Lead morning team building and journaling activities with Swim Sail Science students.
  • Help colleagues with other Swim Sail Science duties when possible.
  • Must attend staff orientation and all 6 weeks of summer program, dress in Courageous uniform, and provide own transportation to Courageous Sailing.


  • MA teaching license
  • Passion for science, the ocean, nature, and working with kids
  • Minimum 2 years leading hands-on environmental/science activities or teaching classroom science
  • Experience with curriculum development
  • Familiarity with New England flora, fauna, and sea life
  • Ability to handle sea life responsibly
  • Willingness to teach outside in potentially challenging conditions (noisy, rainy, hot) with minimal materials
  • Strong communication and teamwork skills
  • CPR and First Aid Certifications
  • Ability to lift 30 lbs.
  • Note: ability to sail is not necessary**

2016 Schedule:

Senior Staff Training: June 22-24
All Staff Training: June 27-July 1
Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM, from Tuesday, July 5 – Friday, August 19


Learning the Ropes
Youth Program
I had a great summer at Courageous Sailing and have had a number of memorable experiences with kids on the water. One that stands out most to me happened with a student in Step 2. This student was always his own person and has a very colorful disposition but, because of this, had trouble showin...
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Mi Barco es Su Barco
Youth Program
The Swim Sail Science! program at Courageous this summer was very different than the summer youth programs that we have always had. Half of the students' summers were spent in math and reading classes, where they learned about different water systems and our limited supply of fresh water i...
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Why We Keep Coming Back
Youth Program
During the summer of 2012, JB enrolled in the SLP program for the first time.  It also happened to be my first year of instructing, and it was safe to say that she was one of my most unique students.  If her constant curiosity for sailing or insistence on touching the water didn’t make her...
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Riding the Waves
Youth Program
One of the first days of Swim Sail Science! (SSS), I had a kid named Simon in my boat. He was wicked quiet and didn't seem too excited about sailing. That particular day, we were going out to the airport. The wind was pretty heavy and soon Simon wasn't feeling it anymore and became sea sic...
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More than a Sailing School
Youth Program
At Courageous, not every child wants to learn how to sail, but every child is given an opportunity to grow. One particular 9 year old, Maddox, is not as interested in learning how to sail. But he loves to be on boats, particularly standing on the bow of a Rhodes 19 and feeling the sea spra...
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