Youth Program


Courageous annually serves over 1,000 children, ages 8 to 18, out of three sailing venues in the City of Boston: Charlestown Navy Yard, Jamaica Pond, and Camp Harbor View. At our headquarters on Pier 4 in the Charlestown Navy Yard, we operate a "five-step" summertime sailing school program that takes students from "Learn-to-Sail" through "Instructor-in-Training" programs. Each Step in our curriculum includes sailing instruction, environmental education, and leadership training components. The Charlestown site also hosts two programs that provide free sailing and science programming to Boston Public School students. We operate similar though smaller-scale programs at both Jamaica Pond and Camp Harbor View.



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

Reports to Youth Program Director and Youth Program Outreach Coordinator

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.

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

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**

June 23-August 15, 2014

Tuesday-Thursday, 8am-4pm


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Charlestown Site Director

Job Description

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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


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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.

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

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