Summer Jobs @Courageous

We seek highly motivated, skilled sailing instructors and educators, those who will ensure that our students are safe, have fun, and have the optimal setting to grow and learn as blossoming sailors.

Each year, Courageous hires over 100 seasonal staff and instructors. Our instruction team is enthusiastic, energetic, and diverse, united by common passions for sailing, the ocean, and working with kids. They range in age and experience from high school and college sailors, to NOLS instructors, to tall ship crew and seasoned cruisers. We also hire experienced educators, naturalists, and outdoor educators who enhance our summer programs with their unique expertise.

Our staff members also enjoy a wide range of benefts, including: racing opportunities, professional development support, connection to the growing Courageous alumni network, and the satisfaction of having a job that makes a difference. Come spend your summer sharing your passion, making a difference, and being part of an exceptional team of instructors who are united by their dedication to the Courageous mission.

Complete our 2015 online job application form.

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Application Resources


Contact Kate Henderson, Director of Youth Programs at kate@courageoussailing.org with any questions about applying.

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.