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On-Water Educator

04 Mar 2023 10:24 AM | Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

Job Opening: On-Water Educator

Job Title On-Water Educator
Reports To Director of Programs & Visitor Experience
Employment Dates Seasonal, starting late May thru early September: 40 hours/week, flexible schedule with start and end dates based on candidate’s availability
Status Non-Exempt
Salary $16.50/hour (other benefits include sick time, flexible schedule, opportunity for partial work from home hours, and discounts in the museum store and on museum programs)

Job Purpose

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is looking for a On-Water Educator to lead meaningful experiences on Lake Champlain with Museum visitors. The On-Water Educator will be responsible for creating a safe, welcoming environment for boaters of all experience levels and helping the public to make memorable and lasting connections with the lake.

Funding from Lake Champlain Basin Program will support a seasonal educator in 2023 who will help develop and lead a series of on-water experiences for the general public several times a week, using the Museum’s fleet of canoes, kayaks, sailing dinghies and rowing gigs. The On-Water Educator will be responsible for making sure weather and environmental conditions are safe for scheduled outings and keeping the boats in good condition in North Harbor. This role will also be responsible for engaging with the public on topics of best practice for sustainable recreation on Lake Champlain, particularly focusing on preventing spread of aquatic invasive species.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Interest and enthusiasm for engaging with the public and connecting with diverse audiences.
  • Experience with small watercraft and assessing safety needs.
    • Prior experience sailing a plus but not a requirement.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize tasks, including strong communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and collaborative team skills.
  • A commitment to collaboration and an enthusiasm for Lake Champlain, its history, and its future.

Qualifications, Skills, and Attributes

  • Leading several weekly on-water experiences for the public in the Museum’s fleet of canoes, kayaks, rowing gigs, and sailing dinghies.
  • Assessing weather conditions, visitors’ prior experience and needs, and boat capacity to maintain a safe environment.
  • Communicating best boating practices for reducing risk of aquatic invasive species spread.
  • Organizing and maintaining the boats on the docks at North Harbor.
  • Loading boats on a trailer and transporting to local regions as needed.
  • Keeping a welcoming and inclusive attitude for all visitors.
  • Coordinating and collaborating with Museum staff with good communication skills.
  • Assisting with other Museum programs as time allows, including but not limited to public interpretation, summer camps, expeditions, and boat shop work.

Working Conditions

  • This position will include onsite, offsite, and on water work. Work outside will occur in all weather conditions.

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume, cover letter and two references to with the subject line “On-Water Educator.”

Equal Opportunity Employment: Lake Champlain Maritime Museum provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment. The Museum prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type based on race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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