Schooner Camp Instructor

DC Sail is seeking enthusiastic sailors to become Instructors for our Schooner day camp program. This is a great summer job for someone who loves sailing & wants to make a difference in the in the lives of local youth.  Instructors will work aboard DC Sail's 65-foot schooner to provide sailing related training, environmental and marine biology lessons to youth.  This position is a wonderful way to enjoy the DC summer season while keeping cool on the water!

Title: Schooner Camp Instructor

Location: The Wharf Marina, 650 Wharf Street SW, Washington DC, 20024

Hours: Monday – Friday 9 AM – 4 PM / Four Weeks. Last two weeks of July and first two weeks of August.

Supervises: Children ages 12 to 17.

Wage:  Depending on experience level.


To provide facilities, equipment and professional education/coaching to interested students aboard the American Spirit, a double-masted Schooner.  This program offers students training in schooner sailing, DC history and local marine science education.  Sailors will practice crew responsibilities as well as partake in hands-on learning discussions.

General Description:

The camp instructor will first be required to understand and manage all crew responsibilities including but not limited to daily preparing the vessel for sail, maintaining all dynamics of sails and their hardware and the safety of passengers/students while on the vessel.   While students are onboard, the instructor will also be responsible for student management, education, and interaction.  Daily lesson plans will be provided to outline the desired education and schedule for activities.  At the conclusion of each day and each week period, there will be necessary clean up and organization of vessel and camp materials.  Instructor will need to be adaptable for weather variables, students’ progress, and unforeseen problems.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Large multi-mast sailing experience, preferably.
  • Educational/teaching/instructor experience with Youth.
  • Current CPR/First Aid or the ability to secure prior to joining staff if an offer is made/accepted.
  • Engaging personality and an interest in serving the educational needs of our Youth Camp participants.

    This is a newly revived pilot program for DC Sail. There will be room for program development based on applicant's experience and knowledge.  The program will conclude after each week and there is a total of four one-week programs. 

    Those interested should email application, cover letter, resume and three professional references to Traci Mead at (Preferred method of communication - no telephone calls, please.)

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