Sailing Specialist

Sailing Specialist

March 17, 2023

Website Camp Merrowvista

Inspire kids to discover their best

The Sailing Specialist facilitates all sailing related activities of Merrowvista’s summer waterfront programs. They ensure a high level of quality in programming, including boating lessons and all associated waterfront recreational and instructional activities, and serve as a risk manager of the waterfront program area, keeping children and staff safe while having fun.

Employment Dates

  • June 15 through Aug. 13
  • Hours are generally 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily with scheduled breaks throughout.

Additional Benefits

  • Seasonal staff will receive one day off for every six days worked
  • Communal housing and all meals provided
  • Camper tuition discount and/or onsite childcare available for dependents

COVID-19 Vaccination
All employees are required to show proof of full vaccination and boosters for the COVID-19 vaccine upon hire.

General Responsibilities

  • Encourage leadership development, healthy community living, and AYF mission and values driven practices.
  • Protect the safety and health of campers by adhering to community expectations and following all policies and procedures outlined in the Staff Handbook, including our alcohol-, drug-, and tobacco-free camp policy and AYF COVID-19 Staff Eligibility and Expectations.
  • Be a positive role model
  • Instruction in skilled program activities
  • Fully participate in and be present at all community activities
  • Live and dine with a village group, helping campers to adjust to camp life.
  • Instruct campers in safety and health regulations, policies and procedures of camp and behavior.
  • Be a risk manager.
  • Actively participate in staff training activities

Specific Responsibilities

  • Evaluate and record swimming abilities for all campers and staff, to be followed by assigning them to participate and instruct swim classes appropriate to their skill level.
  • Provide individual instruction on sailing and boating during interest group and open program time.
  • Facilitate water carnivals and other special events conducted at the waterfront.
  • Plan and initiate new programs and innovative uses for the waterfront.
  • Oversee construction and repair of waterfront facilities and equipment, coordinating with the Merrowvista Site Directors.
  • Show proficiency in the use of all motorized and nonmotorized watercraft, personal flotation devices, rescue and first aid equipment, and all other equipment and gear.
  • Participate in pre-camp waterfront setup and maintenance as well as post-camp take down, maintenance, and storage.
  • Have knowledge of curriculum for all waterfront interest groups (boating, swimming, fishing). Provide support for all staff instructing those activities.
  • Establish personal and professional goals for the summer and work toward those goals, as well as participate in total camp program while at Merrowvista.
  • Complete all job functions and other duties as assigned

Necessary Skills for Success

  • Be able to maintain focus for extended periods while assessing risks and supervising campers
  • Ability to respond to, teach and manage the behaviors of the campers in their care
  • Able to effectively manage their emotions to remain focused on what is in the best interest of the campers in their care in a variety of situations.
  • Effective communication with youth participants and adult staff across a wide range of identities and backgrounds. Ability to foster positive relationships
  • Ability to respond to and direct campers and/or staff in an emergency
  • Ability to understand, promote, actively include, and work effectively with diverse perspectives and identities
  • Ability to maintain a physically and emotionally safe environment for campers
  • Thorough understanding of critical issues shaping the lives of young people in the U.S., especially racial and gender equity, inclusivity, justice, ethics, and cultural competency

Additional Comments/Information:


  • Current Lifeguard Certification (Lifeguard Instructor certification preferred)
  • At least 18 years old
  • Previous facilitation experience

Suggested Experience:

  • Strong teaching/facilitating and leadership skills preferred.
  • Previous experience working with children, adolescents and/or young adults required.


Company: Camp Merrowvista

Location: Center Tuftonboro, New Hampshire

ACA Accredited: Yes

Time Frame: Seasonal

Type of Position: Specialized Activity Leader

Day or Night: Overnight

Salary: $500/week

Application Deadline:

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