Open Position: Kayak & On-Water Teen Trip Leader


Position Title: On-Water Trip Leader for Teen Summer Programs

Position Term: June 15-July 31, 2020

Position Type: Paid, Seasonal

Department: Champlain Longboats

How to Apply: Send your resume and cover letter to:


Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is looking for qualified kayak trip leaders for our Champlain Discovery teen summer program. This five-week program for teens age 13-16 runs from June 17 to July 19. Ten teen participants build 17’ sea kayaks at the museum and then embark on a 10-day Lake Champlain voyage from Whitehall, NY to Burlington, VT in the boats they built .

Trip leaders are responsible for the group for the 5-week session. The boat building portion is a 5-days/week day-camp for three weeks. Once kayaks are complete, the group embarks on the overnight trip portion of the program: a 10-day expedition on Lake Champlain. Further details on this teen program can be found here: Champlain Discovery program.

In addition, this position will also be a trip leader for a two-week expeditionary rowing trip, Expedition Champlain. Training time in our rowing boats would be provided.


  • Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder certificate (WFR preferred)
  • Experience with kayak trip leading and managing group dynamics needed
  • Enthusiasm, flexibility, positive energy and a desire to work with teenagers is essential
  • It is not necessary to be a boat-builder or woodworker, just a willingness to get dirty and learn

If you have any questions, please contact program director Nick Patch by phone (802-475-2022 x.113) or by email (