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on-water program director
job description


The Rocking the Boat On-Water Program Director is responsible for running the after school and summer On-Water Program. This job is first and foremost one of an experiential environmental educator, and successful applicants will be able to demonstrate their commitment and perspective to alternative forms of education. The Program Director works with a group of 20 high school aged students, introducing them to a range of maritime skills and environmental science activities and supervises between two and four college-aged Program Assistants. The position is also responsible for managing Rocking the Boat's waterfront inventory of row, sail, and powerboats, dollies, and other boating equipment.
    Duties Include:
  • Directing all after school and summer On-Water programming for 20 students age 14 to 18
  • Training and supervising up to four college-aged Program Assistants (all Rocking the Boat alumni)
  • Leading a three-hour class four afternoons a week for two 13-week school-year semesters and a five-hour class four days a week for one seven-week summer semester
  • Recruiting program participants with the support of the Youth Development Social Worker
  • Introducing students to a range of Bronx River environmental science research and restoration projects such as water quality monitoring, oyster gardening, and bird and fish identification
  • Assisting a certified sailing instructor in leading all maritime skills activities such as small boat handling, sailing, navigation, and leading short-term and extended overnight rowing and sailing adventures (no sailing experience required, but any experience on the water is a plus)
  • Organizing and assisting swimming lessons for all students at the local YMCA pool
  • Implementing established safety protocols
  • Managing and maintaining Rocking the Boat's boat inventory including wooden rowing and sailing craft, two chase boats, a 30-foot keelboat, and other waterfront equipment such as dollies, oars, and PFDs
  • Managing program volunteers
  • Supporting the Development Department with grant proposals and reporting requirements
    Requirements:
  • Experience in environmental education program development for youth between ages 14 and 18
  • Experience or desire to be involved in community oriented education programming
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Excellent organizational skills and an ability to work independently
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Powerboat skills a plus
  • Spanish language skills a plus
    Rocking the Boat offers:
  • Full-time salaried position
  • Full benefits package
  • Opportunity to work with a creative, well-funded organization committed to community development and youth empowerment
Please email (attachments preferred) cover letters and resumes to Rachel Daugherty at rachel@rockingtheboat.org.



boatbuilding program assistant
job description


Boatbuilding Program Assistants teach wooden boatbuilding skills to high school students during the Youth Development after school and summer program. Boatbuilding Program Assistants work closely with the Program Director to develop curriculum, prepare for class, keep the project running on schedule, and set up and implement classes for 10 to 20 participants at a time. Additional responsibilities include various maintenance and construction duties relating to keeping up Rocking the Boat’s shop, wood storage, and boat storage facilities.
    Job Requirements and Qualifications:
  • Must be a graduate of the Boatbuilding Job Skills Program
  • Must have graduated high school or earned a G.E.D.
  • Must be enrolled in college, a trade or professional school, or otherwise be actively progressing on a career track
  • Must be able to independently instruct small to medium-size groups of students
  • Must maintain consistent attendance and timeliness
  • Must be able to think independently and be willing to assist in developing activities and curriculum
  • Must be able to work as a professional. This includes: accepting criticism, communicating honestly and effectively with supervisors and coworkers, acting courteously and respectfully, working as a supportive team member

Starting Salary: $10.00 per hour
Application Deadline: January 30, 2015

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on-water program assistant
job description


On-Water Program Assistants teach Bronx River-based maritime and environmental science skills to middle and high school students as well as lead teambuilding programs for adult groups. Much of this work will take place in the Bronx River aboard Rocking the Boat’s hand built wooden row boats or aboard Rocking the Boat’s 30-foot sailboat. Those Program Assistants working with the On-Water Programs will work closely with the Program Directors to develop curriculum and prepare class materials as well as set up and implement classes for 10 to 30 participants.
    Job Requirements and Qualifications:
  • Must be a graduate of the Boatbuilding Job Skills Program
  • Must have graduated high school or earned a G.E.D.
  • Must be enrolled in college, a trade or professional school, or otherwise be actively progressing on a career track
  • Must have interest in environmental and/or maritime education
  • Must be comfortable in and around boats and on water
  • Must be able to give instruction independently to small or large groups of students
  • Must maintain consistent attendance and timeliness
  • Must be able to think independently and be willing to assist in developing activities and curriculum
  • Must be able to work as a professional. This includes: accepting criticism, communicating honestly and effectively with supervisors and coworkers, acting courteously and respectfully, working as a supportive team member

Starting Salary: $10.00 per hour
Application Deadline: January 30, 2015

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