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Sailing Instructor and Alternate Director, Joseph Conrad Overnight Sailing Camp  


Mystic Seaport Museum is seeking a dynamic alternate 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. 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. Applications are rolling; preferred candidate review begins February 15, 2019


  • Lead by example as a role model who sets the tone for positive youth development
  • Assist the Director with the day-to-day operations of the program
  • Assist the Director with supervising and mentoring counselors and counselors-in-training
  • Help create and carry out the Apprentice Program: an in-depth week long study for campers interested in Marlinspike Seamanship, Art, Marine Science, Astronomy, or other interest areas
  • Ensure that all State camp licensing and safety protocols are followed
  • Assist the Director in serving as the liaison between parents and campers; communicate with parents regularly
  • Participate with activities, lead transition times, and supervise campers
  • Create lesson plans for on-water and land based activities
  • Assist with sail instruction and other camp activities as needed
  • Adhere to all camp safety guidelines
  • Participate in basic equipment maintenance and other routine camp duties
  • The alternate 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
Position Requirements

Required Qualifications:

  • Must be 21 years of age
  • Current Red Cross First Aid and CPR certification (training provided)
  • Must have either: served at least one summer as a camp director or assistant director, have had at least 16 weeks administrative or supervisory experience in an organized camp, or completed equivalent administrative or supervisory training or experience in an organized youth program
  • 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 practical knowledge of or experience in: summer camps; camp leadership and supervision; and staff management, development, and motivation
  • 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:

  • 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
  • At least 21 years of age
  • Previous residential program and sail instruction/teaching experience
  • Previous summer program management experience
  • Ability to manage young people in a fast paced environment
  • Enjoy working with teens and preteens
  • Standard First Aid and CPR certified

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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