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Watercraft Assistant

Company: The Salvation Army USA Western Territory
Location: Loon Lake
Posted on: May 13, 2024

Job Description:


The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Responsible for teaching children about sailing and other water sports.


  • High School Diploma preferred
  • Certified US Sailing Small Boat Level 1 Instructor or equivalent
  • Powerboat driving experience required with valid Washington or Oregon State boaters card
  • Minimum two years sailing experience
  • Excellent sailing skills with the ability to instruct sailing students
  • Technical knowledge of sailing
  • Some prior teaching experience is preferred
  • 2 years sailing and youth sailor coaching experience giving chalk-talks, on-the-water practices, etc.
  • Past participation in youth, high school, and/or collegiate programs with a competitive focus
  • Technical experience with 420 sailboats or other single/double-handed dinghies
  • Responsible, reliable, and enthusiastic with good judgment and class leadership skills
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Ability to follow oral and written directions
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Capable of maintaining positive working relationships with staff and customers
  • Able to interact effectively with a diverse population


    • Ensure an outstanding safe, organized, and educational experience to campers on land and water
    • Instruct youth sailors ranging from beginner to advanced (ages 10-17) on 420 sailboats or other single/double-handed dinghies
    • Exhibit commitment to teamwork, strong working relationships, and supporting fellow instructors
    • Assist sailors in goal setting with a focus on skill progression and advancement
    • Encourage participation and motivate sailors to a high level of commitment at practices
    • Implement constructive daily lesson plans using scheduled program times, combining classroom and on-the-water lessons or activities
    • Desire to help students improve their sailing abilities
    • Make appropriate decisions to ensure safety of students and boating staff
    • Conduct pre-practice chalk-talk with instruction and plan-of the-day
    • Explain and demonstrate proper sailing techniques
    • Ensure all evolutions are safely executed
    • Assist in making sound weather decisions by monitoring weather and water traffic conditions
    • Assist in direction of sailing instructors and safety boat officers as directed by sailing lead
    • Participate in the daily de-briefing and secure all boats and equipment daily
    • Physically assist sailors in launching, rigging, and storing boats
    • Facilitate minor repairs and daily maintenance as needed
    • Perform seamanship tasks; keep boats, equipment, and storage facility clean and organized
    • Evaluate and document progress/improvement of sailing students' skills
    • Maintain open communication with students, parents, staff, and supervisor
    • Exhibit a sense of maturity and responsibility for the program
    • Act as an appropriate role model encouraging the highest level of sportsmanlike behavior
    • Conduct parent/sailor organizational meeting prior to summer
    • Responsible for sail and power boat fleet readiness to get underway
    • Instruct safety boat swimmer on responsibilities as assigned
    • Inspect equipment before/after class and clean equipment after use
    • Understand and enforce Camp Gifford and Washington State rules/regulations related to powered watercraft use as they pertain to staff and campers
    • Operate safety boat in accordance with US Sailing best practices
    • Interact with counselors & campers to foster a quality camping experience per The Salvation Army's stated camping program goals


      • Exhibit effective Christ-like conduct and service as an appropriate example for campers and staff
      • Give support to the total camping program performing all other duties required to provide a consistently excellent program
      • Attend and participate in all camp programs as required including, but not limited to evening programs, chapel activities, and staff meetings
      • Follow all policies and procedures
      • Maintain cleanliness and order in your person and living quarters
      • Assist with cleanup of the total camp at the end of each session and at the conclusion of the summer


        • Sit, walk, stand, bend, squat, climb, kneel, and twist on an intermittent or continuous basis
        • Grasp, push, pull objects, and reach overhead
        • Operate a telephone and computer
        • Lift up to 25 lbs.
        • Understand verbal and written information
        • Sweep, clean, and perform other janitorial tasks as needed

          Qualified individuals must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without accommodation. A qualified person with a disability may request a modification or adjustment to the job or work environment in order meet the physical requirements of the position. The Salvation Army will attempt to satisfy requests as long as the accommodation needed is reasonable and no undue hardship would result.
          A generous benefits package is included with full-time positions: paid holidays, vacation time, sick time, and medical, vision, and dental insurance.
          Health Insurance: Low bi-weekly premiums for employee-only coverage, Kaiser HMO for those residing in a Kaiser service area, Anthem EPO/PPO is available for those residing outside a Kaiser service area. Voluntary +1 and +family coverage at additional cost. Delta Dental DHMO and DPPO dental insurance are offered.
          Life and Voluntary Options. An employer-paid life insurance policy covers employees. Voluntary supplemental life, short-term and long-term disability plans are available.
          Retirement Plans: Employer-funded Money Purchase Pension Plan (Defined Contribution Plan) 50% vested at five years eligible service time. Plus, an employee-funded voluntary 403(b) option.
          Parental Leave: The benefit is 40 hours of Paid Leave for qualifying events.
          Sick Leave: 12 days of Sick Leave annually accruing from day one, eligible for use after three months' service time.
          Paid Vacation:

          • Two weeks annually, accruing from day one, for non-exempt positions
          • Four weeks annually, accruing from day one, for exempt positions
          • Accrued vacation is eligible for use after six months' service time

            Paid Holidays: 13 designated holidays + 1 floating holiday per year
            The Salvation Army is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled.
            EducationHigh School or Equivalent (preferred)
            Experience* Minimum two years sailing experience (preferred)* Technical experience with 420 sailboats or other single/double-handed dinghies (preferred)* 2 years sailing and youth sailor coaching experience giving chalk-talks, on-the-water practices, etc. (preferred)* Certified US Sailing Small Boat Level 1 Instructor or equivalent (preferred)
            Licenses & CertificationsDriver's License (preferred)
            • Lifeguarding/First Aid (preferred)
            • CPR/AED (preferred)

              Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with DisabilitiesThe contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Keywords: The Salvation Army USA Western Territory, Spokane , Watercraft Assistant, Other , Loon Lake, Washington

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