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Sailing Instructor/Camp Counselor, Joseph Conrad Overnight Sailing Camp 


Mystic Seaport Museum is seeking two dynamic sailing instructors/camp counselors 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 and the ability to work well with children. 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.

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  • Lead by example as a role model who sets the tone for positive youth development
  • Prepare information for campers
  • Maintain an inventory of all supplies and materials
  • Assist with check-in/out of campers
  • Assists in day-to-day activities
  • Instructs campers in sailing, rowing, seamanship, and maritime history
  • Maintain close communication with group leaders and museum personnel to ensure smooth program operations
  • Participate with activities and help facilitate transition times and supervise campers
  • Help prepare powerboats and sailboats each week, and assist with maintenance as needed
  • Assist with daily lesson plans and course setting based on campers’ abilities and ages
  • Instruct campers in sailing, rowing, seamanship, and maritime skills
  • Create lesson plans for on-water and land based activities
  • Adhere to all camp safety guidelines
  • Maintain logbook daily

Sailing Instructors work 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

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

Position Requirements

Required Qualifications:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Current American Red Cross First Aid, and CPR certification (training provided)
  • 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 sail instruction experience
  • Experience driving powerboats in an instructional setting (training provided)
  • Experience with residential summer camps
  • OUPV License
  • US Sailing Level 2 or 3 instructor certifications
  • 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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