Job Opening: On-Water Educator

Job TitleOn-Water Educator
Reports ToKatharine Noiva, Director of Visitor Experience
ScheduleSeasonal, mid-June thru late August: 40 hours/week, flexible schedule with start and end dates based on candidate’s availability. Some weekend and holiday time required.  
Salary$17-$18 per hour

Job Description

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is looking for an On-Water Educator to lead meaningful experiences on Lake Champlain with Museum visitors. The On-Water Educator will be responsible for creating an inclusive, safe, and 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 Museum Educator in 2024 who will help develop and lead a regular series of on-water experiences for the general public, 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. Public programs involve a range of programming including beginner level canoeing on Otter Creek, bird-watching, introductions to rowing, and other programs depending on the experience of the candidate. The On-Water Educator will also be responsible for providing additional support to other Museum programs such as ROV tours and sailing classes. In all programs, this role will also be responsible for engaging with the public on topics of best practice for sustainable recreation on Lake Champlain, particularly critical lake issues for the long-term sustainability of the lake including clean, drain and dry, cyanobacteria blooms, and identification of aquatic invasive species.  

Whether it’s a visitor’s 50th or first time on the lake, we want to make sure that all people have access to a meaningful, direct experience on Lake Champlain! 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Leading 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.  
  • Coordinating with Museum staff to keep track of registrations and attendance for programs, and to determine program locations  
  • Communicating best boating practices for sustainable recreation.  
  • 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.

Basic Qualifications

  • Interest and enthusiasm for engaging with the public and connecting with diverse audiences.  
  • Experience leading the public on the water in small watercraft and supporting a diverse range of experience in youth and adults, especially with canoes and kayaks. 
  • Prior experience sailing or rowing a plus but not a requirement.  
  • Understanding of safety issues and weather conditions in order to provide a safe and supportive environment for visitors.  
  • 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. 

Work Conditions

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

How To Apply

Please email a resume, cover letter, and three references to Katharine Noiva, Director of Visitor Experience, at katharine@lcmm.org.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Start date: Mid-June 2024

Equal Opportunity Employment

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to 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.