Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is looking for an On-Water Educator to lead meaningful experiences on Lake Champlain with Museum visitors. The On-Water Educator will be responsible for creating an inclusive, safe, and welcoming environment for boaters of all experience levels and helping the public to make memorable and lasting connections with the Lake.

Funding from Lake Champlain Basin Program will support a seasonal Museum Educator in 2024 who will help develop and lead a regular series of on-water experiences for the general public, using the Museum’s fleet of canoes, kayaks, sailing dinghies, and rowing gigs. The On-Water Educator will be responsible for making sure weather and environmental conditions are safe for scheduled outings and keeping the boats in good condition in North Harbor. Public programs involve a range of programming including beginner level canoeing on Otter Creek, bird-watching, introductions to rowing, and other programs depending on the experience of the candidate. The On-Water Educator will also be responsible for providing additional support to other Museum programs such as ROV tours and sailing classes. In all programs, this role will also be responsible for engaging with the public on topics of best practice for sustainable recreation on Lake Champlain, particularly critical lake issues for the long-term sustainability of the lake including clean, drain and dry, cyanobacteria blooms, and identification of aquatic invasive species.

Whether it’s a visitor’s 50th or first time on the lake, we want to make sure that all people have access to a meaningful, direct experience on Lake Champlain!

This position will be paid between $17-$18 per hour.

Tagged as: Instruction and Guiding


Interest and enthusiasm for engaging with the public and connecting with diverse audiences.
Experience leading the public on the water in small watercraft and supporting a diverse range of experience in youth and adults, especially with canoes and kayaks. Prior experience sailing or rowing a plus but not a requirement.
Understanding of safety issues and weather conditions in order to provide a safe and supportive environment for visitors.
Ability to organize and prioritize tasks

Required Skills:

Experience with small watercraft

Preferred Skills:

Experience with flora and fauna indigenous to the American northeast

About Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum opened its first building, a historic stone schoolhouse, in 1985 with the mission to preserve and share the cultural and natural heritage of the Lake Champlain region. Today, the Museum serves a broad community throughout the Champlain Valley and beyond, working to connect all people with Lake Champlain through learning experiences, exhibits and collections at its 3-acre waterfront campus, digital engagement, boat building, underwater archaeology research projects, and more.

Application Instructions

Please email a resume, cover letter, and three references to Katharine Noiva, Director of Visitor Experience, at [email protected].

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