Sail Caribbean

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Hiring: Captains, Mate, Provisions Manager, Operations, Mate (Dive Master), Mate (Marine Biologist), Mate (Medical Officer), and Photographers

At Sail Caribbean, our mission is to inspire self-confidence, foster personal growth, and instill leadership skills through the highest quality Caribbean adventures. Our programs and staff empower students to work as a team to take on the responsibilities of life on board a large sailboat. We pride ourselves on taking great care to hire the best and most dynamic team of staff members possible.

Captain

Captains at Sail Caribbean live and sail with teenagers aboard 50′ sloops or 43′ catamarans in the British Virgin and Leeward Islands. Along with the Mate onboard, Captains are responsible for leading their students through all aspects of the program including sailing, instruction of curriculum, shipboard life (meals, cleaning, etc.), land activities, time management, and group living. Life onboard is a part of the Sail Caribbean experience that can be the most meaningful for our students. This position is rigorous but very rewarding and requires a strong dedication to the students and the goals of the program.Captains are responsible for the facilitation of group dynamics onboard and planning of activities that challenge students. Candidates must be very energetic and enthusiastic about working with teenagers and must have experience doing so. Instructing skills must be outstanding and should be approached with creativity. Large yacht seamanship and coastal cruising are very desirable skills. Captains are also responsible for managing all paperwork associated with account of daily activities, boat maintenance and repairs, inventory, and student evaluations. It is based on these standards that the majority of Captains first serve as Mates so that we can ensure that only the most qualified professionals serve in this capacity.

Requirements:

  • Passport valid for travel to British Virgin Islands

  • Minimum 2 years college experience

  • Expertise and experience in large yacht or small boat sailing, seamanship, sailing instruction, coastal cruising, navigation, helmsmanship, and safety at sea

  • Substantial experience working with teenagers in an educational, athletic, or camp setting, with special consideration given to residential (sleep-away) experience

  • Current Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR certifications

  • Excellent interpersonal, leadership, and mentoring skills

  • Positive and enthusiastic attitude, team oriented, and a strong work ethic

Other Considerations:

  • ASA or US Sailing Basic Keelboat Instructor

  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or EMT certification

  • Outdoor Education experience

  • Team-teaching experience

  • Marine Biology experience

  • Equipment/engine maintenance skills

  • Racing experience

  • Scuba certification

  • Experience teaching watersports (water-skiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, and kayaking)

 

Mate

Mates at Sail Caribbean sail on their home boat with teenagers aboard 50′ sloops or 43′ catamarans in the British Virgin and Leeward Islands. Mates assist the Captain in leading students through all aspects of the program including sailing, instruction of curriculum, shipboard life (meals, cleaning, etc.), land and water activities, time management, and group living. Group living is a part of the Sail Caribbean experience and can be the most meaningful for our students. Mates assist in the facilitation of group dynamics onboard and planning of activities that challenge students. Candidates must be very energetic and enthusiastic about working with teenagers and must have experience doing so. Instructing skills must be outstanding and should be approached with creativity. This position is rigorous but very rewarding and requires a strong dedication to our students and the goals of the program. To help ensure a varied learning experience, mates regularly rotate onto different boats in the fleet while still living on their home boat. It is our goal at Sail Caribbean to train our mates to become Captains.

Requirements:

  • Passport valid for travel to British Virgin Islands

  • Minimum 2 years college experience

  • Experience in large yacht or small boat sailing, seamanship, sailing instruction, coastal cruising, navigation, helmsmanship, and safety at sea

  • Substantial experience working with teenagers in an educational, athletic, or camp setting, with special consideration given to residential (sleep-away) experience

  • Current Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR certifications

  • Excellent interpersonal, leadership, and mentoring skills

  • Positive and enthusiastic attitude, team oriented, and a strong work ethic

Other Considerations:

  • ASA or US Sailing Basic Keelboat Instructor

  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or EMT certification (see also Mate/Medical Officer)

  • Outdoor Education experience

  • Team-teaching experience

  • Scuba certification

  • Divemaster (see also Mate/Divemaster)

  • Marine Biology experience (see also Mate/Marine Biologist)

  • Equipment/engine maintenance skills

  • Racing experience

  • Experience teaching watersports (water-skiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, and kayaking)

 

Provisions Manager

This position is vitally important to the overall success of our programs. The Provisions Manager/Mate (PM) is responsible for all food related aspects of the program including menu planning, food provisioning, accommodation of food allergies or dietary needs, and management of food stock aboard all boats in the fleet. This does not include meal preparation, which is done by the students as part of their overall group experience. The PM is expected to plan nutritious and well-balanced meals of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, etc. The PM is also responsible for organizing the meals for their respective program’s staff members in between programs.This position requires a self-driven, detail oriented, highly organized individual who is dedicated to working with your staff and with young people. Although the responsibilities associated with this position are your first priority, the PM also fills the sailing responsibilities just like other Mates.

Requirements:

  • Passport valid for travel to British Virgin Islands

  • Minimum 2 years college experience

  • Understanding of sailing concepts and some sailing experience

  • Substantial experience working with teenagers in an educational, athletic, or camp setting, with special consideration given to residential (sleep-away) experience

  • Current Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR certifications

  • Excellent interpersonal, leadership, and mentoring skills

  • Positive and enthusiastic attitude, team oriented, and a strong work ethic

  • Excellent organizational and communication skills

  • Ability to plan ahead and delegate effectively

  • Ability to take initiative and work independently

Other Considerations:

  • Background in Nutrition, Cooking, or Food Management

  • Experience in seamanship or sailing instruction

  • Current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or EMT certification

  • Outdoor Education experience

Operations

The land-based Operations team (OPS) is an integral part of our Sail Caribbean land-based staff. They assist teen program with equipment maintenance and repair, program gear delivery, student arrival/departure days, and watersports. OPS will also assist our year-round diving operation, Sail Caribbean Divers. Members of the OPS team must be self-driven, self-motivated, detail oriented, highly organized individuals who are committed to getting the various jobs done in an effective and efficient manner. This position is rigorous but very rewarding and requires dedication to the students, their safety, and the goals of the program.

Requirements:

  • Passport valid for travel to British Virgin Islands

  • Minimum 2 years college experience

  • Experience in equipment/engine maintenance, fiberglass repair, and general mechanic skills

  • Experience working with teenagers in an educational, athletic, or camp setting

  • Power boat operation and handling skills

  • Must be comfortable driving a standard pickup truck on island roads

  • Excellent organization skills and ability to multi-task

  • Positive and enthusiastic attitude, team oriented, and a strong work ethic

  • Current Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR certifications

Mate (Dive Instructor)

In addition to all other responsibilities and requirements of the Mate position, Mate/Dive Instructors assist our year-round diving operation, Sail Caribbean Divers (SCD). This will include instruction, supervision, and surface support as needed while the teenagers are diving. Mate/Dive Instructors are also responsible for assisting students with homework, ensuring that students have everything they need before meeting the dive boat. As a Mate/Dive Instructor you will be providing support for SCD’s full time, land-based staff. Depending on the student/instructor ratios, you may or may not be needed to certify students during every program. In the event that you are not acting as the lead instructor for a group, you will be expected to provide support as needed by SCD. Proper facilitation of group dynamics is integral to the success of Sail Caribbean and therefore will carry over into the scuba experience as well. This position is rigorous but very rewarding and requires a strong dedication to the students and the goals of the program.

Requirements:

  • Expertise and experience in diving instruction

  • Minimum 25 PADI certifications

  • MSDT and experience teaching or assisting with specialties

  • Current/renewed teaching status PADI Instructor

  • Passport valid for travel to British Virgin Islands

  • Minimum 2 years college experience

  • Substantial experience working with teenagers in an educational, athletic, or camp setting, with special consideration given to residential (sleep-away) experience

  • Current Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR certifications

  • Excellent interpersonal, leadership, and mentoring skills

  • Positive and enthusiastic attitude, team oriented, and a strong work ethic

Other Considerations:

  • Experience in large or small boat sailing, seamanship, sailing instruction, coastal cruising, navigation, helmsmanship, and safety at sea

  • ASA or US Sailing Basic Keelboat Instructor

  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or EMT certification

  • Outdoor Education experience

  • Team-teaching experience

  • Marine Biology experience (see also Mate/Marine Biologist)

  • Equipment/engine maintenance skills

Mate (Divemaster)

In addition to all other responsibilities and requirements of the Mate position, Mate/Divemasters assist our year-round diving operation, Sail Caribbean Divers (SCD). This will include instruction, supervision, and surface support as needed while the teenagers are diving. Mate/Divemasters are also responsible for assisting students with homework, ensuring that students have everything they need before meeting the dive boat. As a Mate/Divemaster you will be providing support for the Sail Caribbean Divers (SCD) full time, land-based staff. Depending on the student/staff ratios each session, you may or may not be needed to lead or assist with every dive. Proper facilitation of group dynamics is integral to the success of Sail Caribbean and therefore will carry over into the scuba experience as well. This position is rigorous but very rewarding and requires a strong dedication to the students and the goals of the program.

Requirements:

  • Current/renewed teaching status PADI Divemaster or Assistant Instructor

  • Experience teaching scuba review courses, assisting with Discover Scuba, and assisting with specialties are a plus

  • Passport valid for travel to British Virgin Islands

  • Minimum 2 years college experience

  • Substantial experience working with teenagers in an educational, athletic, or camp setting, with special consideration given to residential (sleep-away) experience

  • Current Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR certifications

  • Excellent interpersonal, leadership, and mentoring skills

  • Positive and enthusiastic attitude, team oriented, and a strong work ethic

Other Considerations:

  • Experience in large yacht or small boat sailing, seamanship, sailing instruction, coastal cruising, navigation, helmsmanship, and safety at sea

  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or EMT certification (see also Mate/Medical Officer)

  • Outdoor Education experience

  • Team-teaching experience

  • Marine Biology experience (see also Mate/Marine Biologist)

  • Equipment/engine maintenance skills

 

Mate (Marine Biologiest)

In addition to all other responsibilities and requirements of the Mate position, Mate/Marine Biologists will be responsible for teaching the Sail Caribbean tropical marine science curriculum to large and small groups of students. The Mate/Marine Biologist will oversee all Marine Biology related lessons, activities, projects, data management and equipment maintenance. Mate/Marine Biologists must have prior knowledge of tropical ecosystems (coral, mangrove, and seagrass) and the general natural history/biology of local marine life. Ability to identify Caribbean sea turtles, fish, and invertebrates is a major consideration. Candidates for Mate/Marine Biologist positions must be very energetic and enthusiastic about working with teenagers and have substantial experience doing so. Instructing skills must be outstanding and should be approached with creativity. This position is rigorous but very rewarding and requires a strong dedication to our students and the goals of the program.

Requirements:

  • Marine Biology training in tropical ecosystems (ex: a degree, college level courses, abroad program, etc.)

  • Experience teaching marine biology topics to teenagers in an interactive setting

  • Passport valid for travel to British Virgin Islands

  • Minimum 2 years college experience

  • Experience in large yacht or small boat sailing, seamanship, sailing instruction, coastal cruising, navigation, helmsmanship, and safety at sea

  • Substantial experience working with teenagers in an educational, athletic, or camp setting, with special consideration given to residential (sleep-away) experience

  • Current Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR certifications

  • Excellent interpersonal, leadership, and mentoring skills

  • Positive and enthusiastic attitude, team oriented, and a strong work ethic

Other Considerations:

  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or EMT certification (see also Mate/Medical Officer)

  • Outdoor Education experience

  • Team-teaching experience

  • Scuba certification

  • Divemaster (see also Mate/Divemaster)

  • Equipment/engine maintenance skills

  • Experience teaching watersports (water-skiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, and kayaking)

 

Mate (Medical Officer)

In addition to all other responsibilities and requirements of the Mate position, Mate/Medical Officers will be responsible for reviewing all student and staff medical records prior to start of program, maintaining inventory of the fleet medical kits, logging all medical issues/incidents, and coordinating with the Program Director about doctor visits. There is at least one Mate/Medical Officer on each fleet who will have either a current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or Wilderness EMT certification. Candidates for Mate/Medical Officer positions must have good organizational and problem solving skills in order to manage the extremely important paperwork associated with this position. This position is rigorous but very rewarding and requires a strong dedication to our students and the goals of the program.

Requirements:

  • Current WFR, WEMT, or EMT certification in addition to current CPR certification

  • Excellent organizational and problem solving skills

  • Passport valid for travel to British Virgin Islands

  • Minimum 2 years college experience

  • Substantial experience working with teenagers in an educational, athletic, or camp setting, with special consideration given to residential (sleep-away) experience

  • Experience with sailing or sailing instruction

  • Excellent interpersonal, leadership, and mentoring skills

  • Positive and enthusiastic attitude, team oriented, and a strong work ethic

Other Considerations:

  • ASA or US Sailing Basic Keelboat Instructor

  • Outdoor Education experience

  • Team-teaching experience

  • Scuba certification

  • Divemaster (see also Mate/Divemaster)

  • Marine Biology experience (see also Mate/Marine Biologist)

  • Equipment/engine maintenance skills

  • Experience teaching watersports (water-skiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, and kayaking)

Photographer

Individuals with professional photography experience that are interested in working for some 2-3 weeks of the summer at our field site in the Caribbean are encouraged to inquire for more information by phone or e-mail.

Requirements:

  • Applicants must be comfortable shooting on the water and on boats

  • Relevant photo experience a must, and two years of college preferred

  • Prior water sports and action photography is a plus

  • Must enjoy working with teens and be responsible, flexible and energetic

  • Should be very comfortable being on the go – moving from fleet to fleet to land and back

  • Must have own high-quality camera equipment

  • Must have passport valid for travel to the British Virgin Island