Job Application - Northwest Maritime Center

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Adult Sailing Instructor (SEASONAL)

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Northwest Maritime is a respected sailing school committed to providing top-quality sailing education to enthusiasts of all levels. We are currently seeking a qualified and passionate Adult Sailing Instructor to join our team and inspire students to develop their sailing skills in a safe and enjoyable environment. As the Adult Sailing Instructor, you'll be guiding classes on our Cal 20 and Catalina 250 keelboats. Each student wraps up the experience with a US Sailing membership, a logbook, and a Basic Keelboat Certification. We keep it intimate, with only up to 4 students on board each class.

What makes a great team member for us? Someone who can navigate the dynamic environment of teaching sail to novices, all while keeping a calm demeanor. You will need to genuinely understand and address the needs of our adult students through clear and effective communication. So, if you're into the idea of spending your summer on the waters of the Salish Sea, sharing your love for sailing, and creating lasting memories, we'd love to have you on deck. Let's sail into summer together! 


  • Teach daily lesson plans in keeping with the class content as presented in the program description and under the guidance of the Waterfront Programs Manager

  • Ensure that all boats and safety equipment are prepared for each day of programming, in cooperation with the Programs Operation Coordinator

  • Frequent communication with Waterfront Programs Manager and/or the Summer Program Coordinator as needed

  • Ensure and maintain an emotionally and physically safe, fun, and educational environment for all participants

  • Facilitating a shoreside program in inclement weather

  • Participation in the Staff Training (date to be determined),  pre-season set up, and postseason tear down of the program

  • Other related duties as assigned by the Waterfront Programs Manager


While the primary focus of this position is sailing instruction, the Adult Sailing Instructor works as part of the entire NWM team, ensuring smooth operations. As a growing non-profit, we all pitch in for the heavy lifting, whether it's participating in all-hands projects and events, assisting visitors, or occasionally doing some literal heavy lifting.


  • 2 + years of experience teaching in a sail training environment or comparable sailing experience

  • USCG six-pack license

  • Knowledge of safe boating practices

  • Basic outboard experience

  • Ability to obtain-

    • Washington State Boaters Card

    • Current First Aid/CPR certification or training plan

    • CDC “Heads Up” online concussion training

  • Work offers are contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check and drug test


  • Current US Sailing Keelboat Instructor or the ability to obtain

  • Current US Sailing membership

  • Experience sailing in the Salish Sea


  • Submit your resume with the online application.

  • Deadline for applications: Open until filled


  • 5 month seasonal position with potential of up to 40 hrs/week, depending on class schedule

  • Dates: May 6-September 30, 2024

  • NWM’s main offices are located at 431 Water St., Port Townsend, WA 98368

  • Reports to: Waterfront Programs Manager


  • $25.50-$28.00 per hour, non-exempt 

  • Sick time accrued at a rate of 1 hour for every 25 hours worked

  • Employee discounts on classes and in NWM-run retail stores

  • Shared Employee Housing Available ($300/mo) during employment

NWM is committed to equal employment opportunity, striving towards being an antiracist and inclusive organization. We value the diversity of our staff and the communities that we serve, which includes a spectrum of racial, cultural, religious, sexual and gender identities, and abilities. We strongly encourage applications from people who have not seen themselves represented in the industry.