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