New England Science & Sailing

Stonington, Connecticut

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details Commensurate with experience
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

Position Summary:

The NESS Educator helps New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS) achieve its mission of building brighter futures through ocean adventure education. As part of NESS’s world class program staff, NESS Educators merge inquiry-based learning with innovative programming to guide students on their personal journeys of discovery. This position develops lessons, implements NESS’s programs, and assists in maintaining program-related equipment. NESS Educators are on the front lines of providing NESS’s high-quality programs and maintaining NESS’s strong culture of safety. This is a great opportunity for a passionate, motivated individual to be an integral part of this vibrant, growing organization. Programs include academic year classes and summer programs, primarily for Pre-K-12 youth. You must be motivated, able to work within a team as well as on your own, and have proven skills working with children. This full-time, year-round position reports to a NESS Program Director.

The NESS Educator:

  • Develops innovative lessons that contribute to NESS Curricula
  • Implements engaging hands-on curriculum that is difficult to replicate in the classroom
  • Is knowledgeable about all NESS programs and serves as an ambassador for NESS when dealing with NESS’s constituents
  • Exhibits a strong culture of safety, environmental stewardship, and customer service
  • Is comfortable working with all age groups and abilities
  • Can operate with a high degree of awareness and knowledge related to
    assigned responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities:

Program Development: Works closely with NESS Program Directors and other NESS staff to develop NESS lesson plans for:

  • Academic year programs for Pre-K-12 students
  • Summer programs for youth
  • Professional development programs for teachers and administrators
  • Academic programs for non-school organizations (e.g. scouts, students with
    special needs)
  • Align lesson plans to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Ocean Literacy Principles (OLP)
  • Bring innovative concepts to lesson plan development efforts
  • Promote NESS as a leading provider of STEM/STEAM and Inquiry-based education in the classroom, with NESS constituents and with peer organizations/groups in Professional Education and Informal Education

Implement programs: Teach academic, summer, and professional development programs, following NESS curricula on and off the water

  • Undergo periodic Program Quality Assessments to continuously improve inquirybased learning skills
  • Implement NESS’s Safety Plan and Emergency Action Plan, as needed
  • Maintain campus and offsite safety at all times
  • Assist NESS’s outcome measurement efforts
  • As required, coordinate other NESS staff to implement programs
  • Assist in maintaining NESS equipment
  • Assist in maintaining inventory of program and watersports equipment and
    supplies, including routine maintenance on kayaks, surfboards, SUPs, fishing gear, masks & snorkels, wetsuits, boogie boards, etc.
  • Assist in maintaining lab inventory and cleanliness as well as classroom/program supplies, including specimens and scientific equipment
  • Assist in overseeing the NESS aquariums, including keeping records of animals on site, performing routine maintenance (including water changes), maintaining feeding schedules, and managing aquarium volunteers
  • Assist in maintaining NESS technology, including the eno interactive whiteboards, microscopes, cameras, iPads, augmented reality sandbox, and any future technology additions

Requirements: Education/Certifications

  • BA or BS in Marine Science, Biology, Oceanography or a related science
  • Teaching certification desirable
  • USCG OUPV 6-Pack License or greater (may be able to obtain at NESS)
  • ARC Waterfront Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer (Youth and Adults) (may be able to obtain at NESS)
  • Instructor certifications in kayaking, surfing, powerboating, and sailing (may be able to obtain at NESS)
  • Valid Driver’s License & your own transportation


  • Skills and experience in inquiry-based learning
  • Skills and instructional experience in swimming, kayaking, powerboating, sailing, surfing
  • Ability to drive and teach from a powerboat
  • Effective skills in written and verbal communications, problem solving, decision making, group dynamics, public speaking, and task organization
  • Proven field and classroom management skills to effectively manage and organize students while maintaining NESS classroom culture and implementing NESS curriculum
  • Strong team player and excellent motivator
  • Ability to forge effective working relationships with NESS program staff, operations staff, administrative staff, directors, volunteers, students, and parents
  • Working knowledge of and experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel,
    Outlook, PowerPoint)

Compensation commensurate with experience and includes comprehensive benefits package.

NESS is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

About NESS
New England Science & Sailing Foundation, Inc. (NESS), is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) ocean adventure education organization that engages students in experiential learning to build confidence, teamwork, and leadership skills. Marine sciences, adventure sports, powerboating, and sailing are platforms for inquiry-based learning, personal discovery, teaching respect and responsibility for the sea, and
creating connections with the community. NESS operates year-round with families, Building Brighter Futures Through Ocean Adventure Education.


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