Maine Maritime Museum in Bath is seeking an experienced boatbuilding instructor to lead its longest-running educational program, Discovery Boatbuilding. Spanning over two decades, this ground-breaking program provides traditional skills education to students from four schools each week throughout the school year. Discovery Boatbuilding puts students in a working environment that emphasizes and develops each student’s personal growth, teamwork, leadership, responsibility, and problem solving.
This part-time, year-round position works with the Director of Watercraft to develop and teach the museum’s Discovery Boatbuilding Program, a nine-month comprehensive traditional boatbuilding class for area middle school students. The educator will use and expand upon the curriculum developed over the previous 26 years to teach basic woodworking and boatbuilding four days a week to between 10-15 students per day. The boatbuilding educator will manage and direct museum volunteers who assist with the classes, and will oversee volunteer material preparation for the program. The educator will also lead short adult classes spread throughout the year in boatbuilding techniques and other woodworking concepts, and participate in the woodworking components of museum summer camps.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Boatbuilding instructor and teacher for the Discovery Boatbuilding Program
• Work with students in grades 5-8 to teach woodworking, boatbuilding, teamwork, and resiliency
• Develops and implements the curriculum, including weekly notes and weekly student homework
• Plans and collaborates with attending schools on end-of-year boat launches and celebrations
• Manages a group of 30+ volunteers to assist during class time, and to prepare materials during non-class hours
• Instructor for adult classes
• Develop and expand upon the museum’s current adult class offerings of basic woodworking projects
• Work with and bring in local experts to expand the scope and diversity of boatshop programming
• Summer camp instruction
• Work with established MMM summer camps when needed to instruct in basic woodworking and boatbuilding skills
• Experience as a wooden boatbuilder with a focus on traditional methods and materials
• Experience instructing others in wooden boatbuilding, with a strong desire to teach young people
• Experience supervising and training staff and/or volunteers
• Strong organizational skills to plan for and manage material preparation and volunteers
• Maritime history knowledge is useful
• A sense of humor, patience, and willingness to listen and engage with students are imperative
This position is 30 hours/week, $22.50/hr.
Please email a cover letter and resume to:
Debbie Seybold at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This position is subject to sex offender and criminal background checks. Maine Maritime Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.