Kayak Expedition Instructor

(Dates: June 2nd – August 22nd)

Position Overview: Thompson Island is seeking experienced Lead and Assistant Kayak Instructors to lead 7-14 day kayak expeditions in Boston Harbor course areas. Our 12 day kayaking expeditions are run as single gender courses and serve students ages 12-14. Expedition Instructors present a wide range of outdoor leadership and group management skills, a clear understanding of Outward Bound pedagogy, expeditionary learning and sustainable practices in wilderness contexts.

Lead Kayak Instructors are responsible for leading twelve-day, single gender kayak courses for 12-13 year old girls or boys in Massachusetts Bay. All lead instructors will be required to pass a level III ACA Certification that is included as part of instructor training. An understanding of Outward Bound philosophy and methodologies is critical to this position and to the overall success of course leadership. Candidates must display strong paddling, navigation, and group management skills, and demonstrate a firm understanding of course area and structure. Successful candidates will be a minimum of 21 years of age, have extensive experience leading sea kayak trips. Current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification with CPR required.

Assistant Kayak Instructor positions require the same maturity and skills as a Lead Instructor but allows space for a newer instructor, or someone new to Thompson Island, to become more comfortable with our course area and big picture group management. Assistant Instructors work in the field under the supervision of a Lead and may in turn be supervising and mentoring a second assist or an intern. Most assistant instructors work for at least one season before becoming a Lead. The Assistant Instructor position requires a minimum of Wilderness First Aid and CPR certification. Wilderness First Responder (WFR) preferred with a minimum Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification and CPR required.

How to apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to staffing@thompsonisland.org.

Boston, Massachusetts
Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center

P.O. Box 127, Boston, MA, 02127, US