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Sailing Instructor and First Aid Director, Joseph Conrad Overnight Sailing Camp 


Mystic Seaport Museum is seeking a First Aid Director for our Joseph Conrad Overnight Summer Sailing Camp. During this residential summer program campers and staff sleep aboard an historic full-rigged ship, the Joseph Conrad, learn to sail Dyer Dhows, and participate in fun activities in the evenings, including a Planetarium show, climbing the rigging, and more. This position is responsible for assisting in the day-to-day camp operation including teaching sailing to campers ages 10-15 on Dyer Dhow sailboats, supervising Counselors-in-Training, supervising campers, and implementing evening activities. This position is also responsible for overseeing all medication and medication administration for campers. The position requires great leadership skills; the ability to work well with children; the ability to assist the Director in supervising, training, and mentoring staff; communication with campers' parents; and excellent teamwork skills. Camp sessions run weekly from Sunday afternoon to Friday afternoon. Room and board included, meals provided while camp is in session. This position is seasonal, from June-August 2019.

  • Lead by example as a role model who sets the tone for positive youth development
  • Organizes and oversees all medication for campers each week
  • Administers first aid and dispenses prescribed medications on a daily basis
  • Maintains first aid supplies and logbook
  • Keeps accurate records, in particular the heath records for all staff, volunteers, leaders, and trainees
  • Communicates with parents in a timely fashion as needed
  • Assists in day-to-day responsibilities of a residential camp
  • Assist with sail instruction and other camp activities
  • Create lesson plans for on-water and land based activities
  • Participate with activities, lead transition times and supervise campers
  • Adhere to all camp safety guidelines
  • Participate in basic equipment maintenance and other routine camp duties
  • The first aid director works Sunday-Friday as part of the camp staff 'watch system,' which includes significant blocks of time off every day. A willingness to work a flexible schedule according to the needs of the camp is essential. One full weekend off during the summer is guaranteed

For more information:

Position Requirements
  • At least 21 years of age
  • Current American Red Cross First Aid and CPR certification (training provided)
  • Must have a Connecticut Safe boating certification
  • US Sailing Level 1 instructor certification (or willingness to obtain – training provided)
  • Must have experience working with children and youth in formal or informal settings; ability to engage children and youth in a dynamic and energetic manner
  • Must have a positive, enthusiastic and flexible attitude.
  • Must have integrity, patience, adaptability, a sense of humor, enthusiasm, and a commitment to serve youth
  • Must possess strong problem solving skills and an ability to adapt to changing program needs depending on weather, number of students, number of boats, etc.
  • Must have excellent customer service and communication skills
  • Must be responsible and mature

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Previous experience with administering medication
  • OUPV License
  • Experience driving powerboats in an instructional setting (training provided)
  • US Sailing Level 2 or 3 instructor certifications
  • Lifeguarding Certification
  • Experience supervising a staff of sailing Instructors
  • Experience with residential summer camps
  • Small dinghy sailing/racing experience

Physical/Mental Requirements and Environmental Conditions:

  • Deliver programs in venues that can be cold, wet, hot, or dirty; work outside in all weather
  • Position requires sufficient eyesight, hearing, and physical stamina to fulfill successfully the requirements of the Joseph Conrad Overnight Sailing Summer Camp program.
  • Weekend and holiday work assignments are required

Applications are rolling; preferred candidate review begins February 15, 2019

Full-Time/Part-Time Seasonal  
EOE Statement Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and state and federal laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. In addition, state and federal laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, Veteran's status, age (40 years and over), physical or mental disability, religious affiliation or other protected status. It is our policy to comply fully with these laws and information requested on this application will not be used for any purpose prohibited by law.  
About the Organization Mystic Seaport Museum is the nation's leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929 to gather and preserve the rapidly disappearing artifacts of America's seafaring past, the Museum has grown to become a national center for research and education with the mission to 'inspire an enduring connection to the American maritime experience.'

The Museum's grounds cover 19 acres on the Mystic River in Mystic, CT and include a recreated New England coastal village, a working shipyard, formal exhibit halls, and state-of-the-art artifact storage facilities. The Museum is home to more than 500 historic watercraft, including four National Historic Landmark vessels, most notably the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan, America's oldest commercial ship still in existence.  

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