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About Nauticus

Established in 1994, Nauticus is a maritime discovery center that hosts 350,000 visitors annually and is home to the Nauticus Museum, Sail Nauticus sailing center, Schooner Virginia, the Battleship Wisconsin and the Half Moone Cruise Terminal. Nauticus’ mission is to benefit the community through education, impactful experiences and by sharing access to maritime resources. This position is funded by the Nauticus Foundation, the 501c3 nonprofit, raising funds to support the mission and activities of Nauticus.

About Sail Nauticus:

Located along the scenic Elizabeth River waterfront in the heart of downtown Norfolk, at Sail Nauticus, our mission is to positively inspire, instruct, and impact Hampton Roads youth through sailing and maritime sciences. Our flagship initiative, the Sail Nauticus Academy, is a hands-on sailing and STEM education after-school program that focuses on teaching lifelong leadership, communication, and teamwork skills to Norfolk youth. Sail Nauticus also runs a fee-based adult membership program.


Sail Nauticus Academy Youth Sailing Instructor/Mentor (Spring 2022)

Sail Nauticus is a non-profit community sailing center located at Nauticus in Downtown Norfolk. Our mission is to positively inspire, instruct, and impact Hampton Roads youth through sailing and maritime sciences. Our flagship initiative, the Sail Nauticus Academy, is a hands-on sailing and STEM education after-school program that focuses on teaching lifelong leadership, communication, and teamwork skills to Norfolk youth.

We consider our sailing instructors our most important asset, promoting our mission by teaching sailing, STEM curriculum, and important life skills both on and off the water. Our staff works with youth ages 10-14 as their teacher, mentor and friend, helping them navigate their way to becoming successful young adults.

We are looking for skilled, enthusiastic, and competent sailing instructors for our 2022 Spring Semester (beginning in March).  The Academy Instructor position is a part-time seasonal position that runs Monday through Thursday from 2:30-6:00 PM.

Our instructors:

  • Mentor students in soft-skills such as leadership, teamwork, communication, and confidence.
  • Teach our sailing curriculum to 6th-8th grade Norfolk Public School students.
  • Ensure safety of students and boats during program hours.
  • Assist with boat maintenance as necessary.
  • Provide feedback for student evaluations.
  • Participate in staff training and development.
  • Assist with other duties and responsibilities as assigned by Program Managers.
  • Commit between the hours of 2:30-6pm, at least 1 day per week (Monday-Thursday).

Qualifications:

  • Self-motivated team player
  • Sailing experience required (Level 1 Sailing or Basic Keelboat Certification preferred but not mandatory).
  • Experience teaching children preferred; Must enjoy working with children.
  • Current CPR/First Aid certification (must obtain no later than Spring Training).
  • Current Virginia Safe Boating Certification (this is a free online course) or have a current USCG Captain License (must obtain no later than Spring Training).

Compensation: $17/hour

To Apply: Interested candidates should send a cover letter and sailing resume via email with the subject line “Sail Academy Instructor for Spring 2022” to Annabelle Wax, Assistant Programs Manager, at annabelle.wax@norfolk.gov. For more information about our youth programs, please click here.