Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is in search of qualified on-water trip leaders for the teen expedition programs. The summer is broken into three separate expeditions. The first called Champlain Discovery is a five-week program where teens age 13-16 build 17’ sea kayaks and embark on a two-week expedition on Lake Champlain in the kayaks they built. The boatbuilding portion of Champlain Discovery is a day program that runs five days a week followed by the expedition. Trip leaders are responsible for student management during the building portion and will work with experienced boatbuilders. Not all participants of the boat building program choose to attend the expedition. Followed by Champlain Discovery are two one-week long expeditions. Expedition Champlain is a rowing expedition and Sail Champlain is a sailing expedition. Training in the rowing boats will be provided prior to embarking on the rowing expedition. Trip leaders for the sailing expedition will be selected based on sailing experience.

The season will run from mid-June through mid-August. Pay will be determined based on experience. While on the expeditions, trip leaders will be paid daily between $130 and $160 and during preparation and clean up days trip leaders will be paid hourly between $16 and $18.

Check out the Museum’s website for more information about the teen expeditions: https://www.lcmm.org/camps/expeditions/. The full job description can be found here: https://www.lcmm.org/careers/job-opening-expedition-trip-leader/

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Instruction and Guiding, Water Skills


Experience with kayak or other on-water trip leading and managing group dynamics
Sailing experience is preferred but not necessary to apply
Enthusiasm, flexibility, positive energy, and a desire to work with teenagers is essential
An understanding of how to create a physically and emotionally safe group environment
It is not necessary to be a boat-builder or woodworker, just a willingness learn and engage participants

Required Skills:

Current WFA or WFR certificate (WFR preferred)
Experience with kayak or other on-water trip leading and group management
Able to lift/haul 50 lbs
Strong swimming skills
Must be able to stand and walk on uneven ground and dock surfaces for extended periods of time

Preferred Skills:

Sailing experience is preferred
Strong communication skills
Enthusiasm for working with adolescents outside

About Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is a non-profit with a mission to "preserve and share the cultural and natural heritage of the Lake Champlain region by connecting its past, present, and future." The Museum operates year-round with a variety of educational opportunities, engaging exhibits and historic boats, and underwater archaeology. The Museum stands by a "pay what you can" policy to ensure all of the facilities, camps, and expeditions are accessible to the community no matter the socioeconomic status.

Application Instructions

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references. All documents can be sent via email to Rebecca Burns, Expeditionary Program Manager at [email protected] Any questions about the application process and the expeditions can be directed to Rebecca. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and remain open until all positions have been filled.