Youth Summer Programs Supervisor and Lead Instructor

beginning late-May and ending mid-September

The Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) seeks an experienced supervisor and instructor to take charge of the youth summer sailing and woodworking camps, field trips and summer pond boat program. This position is expected to assist with the delivery and instruction of summer programs approximately 50% of the time. Administration and supervision of the programs and youth instructors and staff make up the other 50%.

Primary Responsibilities

Youth Summer Program Management & Delivery– 85% of Expected Responsibilities

  • Schedule and supervise youth woodworking instructors, sailing instructors, volunteer junior instructors, aftercare caretakers, field trip assistants, and all other youth program staff.

  • Manage administration, registration, and approval of scholarships for summer youth camps, field trips and programs.

  • Maintain lesson plans and emergency protocols.

  • Work with the Waterfront Operations Manager to facilitate training for seasonal sailing instructors.

  • Work with the Shop Manager to oversee youth woodworking camps, ordering of supplies, and pre-season training and safety review.

  • Ensure all required information about youth program participants is acquired from parents and delivered to instructors.

  • Provide radio backup for instructors during camps, acting as an instructor or providing on-dock supervision and instruction as needed.

  • Communicate with parents and resolve concerns.

  • Adhere to Youth Programs Quality Initiative requirements in all camps; maintain sufficient records and staff evaluations.

  • Act as a back-up instructor in case of absence or gaps in youth instruction staff.

Additional Responsibilities – 15% of expected responsibilities

  • Recruit, schedule supervise pond boat attendants, including pond boat parties

  • Assist with youth fleet maintenance as needed

  • Assist in special events as needed

  • Coordinate on and off-site toy boat building events



  • At least two years of experience leading youth and/or outdoor programs.

  • Demonstrated organizational and supervisory skills.

  • Excellent verbal, and written communication skills.

  • Ability to work comfortably with children, families and young adults.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead a strong team of instructors.

  • Strong understanding of and commitment to CWB’s mission.

  • Familiarity with boating safety and powerboat operation.

  • Small boat sailing skills

  • Rescue and first aid training or ability to get before employment.

  • US Sailing Level 1 Instructor certification or ability to get before employment.


  • Deep experience with small boat sailing, sailing instruction, and small boat maintenance.

  • Basic woodworking and shop skills

  • Familiarity with local maritime history.

To Apply:

Email resume and statement of interest to Position open until filled. The Center for Wooden Boats is an equal opportunity employer.