Sailing Instructors and Skippers
City of Eugene, OR - Eugene, OR

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Summer 2012 Temporary Sailing Program Positions
Multiple Adult Instructors
Multiple Skippers

The Summer Sailing Program provides Adult Sailing Instruction, and family outings in a fun, safe, and positive environment. Instructors develop and implement programs, provide direct leadership, and serve as a positive role model. Instruction may be geared for ages 11 and up. Knowledge of the 40 Developmental Assets and the benefits of recreation to a community, desired. Experience teaching sailing required. Experience with the American Sailing Association or US Sailing basic keelboat curriculum desired.
  • Adult sailing classes run evenings and weekends.
  • Family and youth day sails run weekdays and Thursday through Saturday evenings.
Based on skill and experience, Sailing Instructor positions may be filled as:

Instructor 2 : $9.90 - $12.05 Hourly
Instructor 3 : $11.65 - $15.45 Hourly
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Skippers assist with youth and family activities. Based on skill and experience, Skipper positions may be filled as:

Instructor 1 : $8.95 - $10.60 Hourly
Instructor 2 : $9.90 - $12.05 Hourly
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All applicants must be at least 16 years of age by May 31, 2013

Application Deadline:
Friday, April 19, 2013, 5:00 pm PDT

Employment Site : River House, 301 N. Adams, Eugene OR 97401

Anticipated Training Dates:
  • May 4, 2-7p
  • May 11, 2-7p
  • May 13, 15, 16, 20, 22, 23 (evenings)
  • June 11, 12, 4:30-7:30p
Dates of Instruction: May 13 - September 22, 2013
Hours : Vary by assignment; up to 40 Hours/Week.

To view the Sailing schedule, please visit the Recreation Outdoor site .
**Must be able to work duration of assignment, including evenings, weekends, and/or holidays.

Accepting on-line applications only
Must pass Criminal Record Check

Examples of Duties Performed - Duties may include but are not limited to the following:


Adult Program Instructors
Basic Keelboat (Sailing I) classes (May through September)
Instructors responsible for facilitating the learning of basic sailing skills following the ASA 101 Keelboat Curriculum. Classes are 24 hours long, and are run with a 3:1 student: instructor ratio. Classes are taught primarily on J24's, Bristol 27 and Santana 23.

Skippers in the Family and Day Camp Program
Family sails (Thursday – Saturday’s, July through August)
Staff must be able to skipper and oversee the handling of the 20-24 ft. keelboats with a first mate and family crew. We typically sail for an hour, dock or anchor, eat a picnic dinner then sail till dark. Most family crews take an active role in the sailing of the boat

Additional Job Duties
Keeps accurate records, time sheets, and attendance.
Attends orientation, quarterly staff meetings, and trainings as required.
Performs necessary repair and maintenance on program equipment.
Cleans up and stores program equipment after outings.
May train mentors, volunteers, or new instructors as assistants.
Develops and maintains good public relations.
Drives 15-passenger van with or without a trailer; may be trained to drive vans with wheelchair lifts.
Inspects all equipment and activity area for hazards before activity.
Reports all lost or damaged equipment to Outdoor Program Supervisor.
Works cooperatively with staff, participants, and community members.
Completes other duties as directed by the Outdoor Program Supervisor.
Supports and respects diversity in the workplace.
Follows procedures and policies as set by the City and Recreation Division.


Instructors and Skippers are awesome people desiring to share love of the outdoors via sailing.

Instructors are skilled educators and sailors able to convey sailing in a fun, easy to learn, motivating, inclusive and student-centered environment. Experience teaching sailing required.

Skippers need to be skilled sailors able to skipper 20-24 ft. keelboats, oversee the actions of crew, communicate clearly and make sound, safe decisions with regards to boat handling, weather, crew responsibilities and the boating experience.

All staff members are expected to be excellent team members bringing a variety of skills to support their colleagues to have excellent work experiences.

Minimum Requirements
All applicants must be at least 16 years of age by May 31, 2013.

Education and Experience :
Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the job.

Experience teaching sailing required.

License and Certificates
Valid Oregon driver’s license, or ability to obtain by date of hire; must pass driving records check and, if hired, maintain a driving record that meets the City’s standard. Oregon law requires that an out-of-state license holder must obtain a valid Oregon license (with appropriate endorsements) within 30 days of becoming domiciled in the state (ORS 803.355).

Current First Aid and CPR certificates required within 30 days of hire; advanced certification preferred.
Although the following are not required, preference may be given to applicants who hold the following current certifications:
  • Nationally recognized sailing instructor certification for small boats and keelboats, (American Sailing Association or US Sailing)
  • The Oregon Boater Education card
  • Wilderness First Responder Certificate

Supplemental Information:

Working Conditions
Depending on assignment, work may be performed indoors, outdoors or in an aquatics environment. May be required to sit, and stand for extended periods. May be required to lift or move equipment, supplies and/or assists patrons. May be required to lift up to 30 pounds occasionally, frequently up to 20 pounds. Physical exposures may include noise, water, and chemicals at facility. May deal with distraught or difficult people.

Selection Process
Applicants are screened based upon their relevant knowledge, abilities, skills, experience, and training. The selection process varies according to the position and can include such things as screening of supplemental questionnaires, written or skill tests, ability or fitness tests, interviews, and assessment processes. In addition, background investigations and records checks may be required. Some positions also require applicants to have a psychological evaluation and/or physical examination and a drug test prior to employment. Applicants selected to continue in the process will be notified within two-three weeks after the posting deadline.
The City of Eugene complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Any applicant with a qualified disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act may request accommodation by contacting an employment coordinator at (541) 682-5061.
In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the City of Eugene will request all eligible candidates who accept employment with the City to provide documentation to prove they are eligible for employment in the United States.
The City of Eugene is committed to a work environment which values the cultural, educational, and life experiences of each employee. We believe that a diverse workforce enables us to deliver culturally competent service to all members of our community. As part of our commitment to diversity, the City continues to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, people with disabilities, and persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.