Job Opening: On-Water Teen Trip Leaders

Job TitleOn-Water Teen Trip Leader (2 openings available)
Reports ToAssistant Director of Champlain Longboats
Employment DatesJuly 10-July 26 and July 31-August 8, 2021 (additional hours available)
Salary RangeUp to $150/day during excursions, $17/hour at base camp depending on experience

We are not currently accepting application for this position.

Job Purpose

The On-Water Teen Trip Leaders (2 open positions) will lead two teen expedition programs at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum during Summer 2021; Champlain Discovery and Expedition Champlain.

Champlain Discovery is a unique and challenging expedition for up to 10 teens to kayak the length of Lake Champlain from Whitehall, NY to Burlington, VT. Trip Leaders will work from July 10-26 (the expedition runs from July 11-25).

Expedition Champlain is a rowing expedition for up to 12 teens that departs from the Museum in Vergennes and rows north in two 32’ pilot gigs. These 6-oared boats are capable and sea worthy, but they are not common and we will provide training in handling them to the right candidate. Expedition Champlain runs from July 31st to August 9th.

Because of our small size we are flexible outside of the dates listed above. For a candidate who is looking for a full summer’s worth of work we may have some day programs such as the Kayak Building Camp that will run from June 25th to July 9th. There will also be outfitting and preparation work for the expeditions on an hourly basis. In addition, we run a working wooden boat shop on the grounds of the Museum and there may be work according to the needs of the Champlain Longboats program.

Pay will be based on experience, up to $150/day on trail, and will be hourly when in base camp. Housing and food will be included while the programs are on the trail.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensure the emotional and physical safety of all participants while on trail.
  • Work with your co leader to make route and activity choices that will best serve the needs of your group and the current conditions.
  • Regularly communicate your route and any deviations from it to the Assistant Director.
  • Work with your co leader to guide the healthy development of your group so that all participants are challenged and given the opportunity to grow.
  • Create an open and welcoming environment for all participants.
  • Establish a healthy and communicative relationship with your co-leader.

Qualifications, Skills, and Attributes

  • WFA or WFR certificate (WFR preferred).
  • Experience with on-water trip leading, preferably in kayaks, and leading and managing group dynamics needed.
  • Enthusiasm, flexibility, positive energy and a desire to work with teenagers is essential.
  • A desire to share your knowledge in ways that are relatable to teens.

Working Conditions

This position includes onsite, offsite, and on-water work. Work outside will occur in all weather conditions and includes evening and weekend hours.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to stand and walk on uneven ground and dock surfaces for extended periods of time and
  • Must be able to lift/haul +50 pounds. 
  • Strong swimming skills required

How to Apply:

We are not currently accepting application for this position.

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