Adult Instructor

Adult Sailing Instructor

 Reports to - Adult Program Director


  • DURATION & SEASONALITY - Work is available weekdays and weekends ranging from 5-20 hours and 20-40 hours based on season, your availability and position.  
  • TRAINING - Training is mandatory and paid.  
  • BOAT TYPE & GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION - Sailing occurs on J-24’s in  New York Harbor and the Hudson River - an active, working waterfront that features wavy conditions, ferries/barges, and strong current. We sail out of Pier 66 and Dyckman Street Marina. 
  • TYPES OF SAILS - The main adult programs are: Lessons, Excursions, and Corporate/Groups.  All are 2-4 hours spent instructing sailing or captaining a J24 on the water.  There are sometimes racing elements.  We also offer an 18 hour weekend or weekday Basic Keelboat course.  We also offer a very robust array of youth opportunities including a credit-bearing program, summer camp, gym classes, youth racing, and more.  Ages vary from 10 to 20.

Instructor Skills

  • Proficient sailor
  • Ability to recognize the inherent risks involved in each activity and continually assess and adjust programming accordingly.
  • Ability to conduct  all activities according to the policies, procedures and practices that guide the program plan.


  • Experience operating a keelboat with multiple passengers in an active waterfront.
  • Experience teaching, leading, or counseling.
  • Availability to work evenings and/or weekends (those are our highest needs times)

Strongly Preferred (we can help you attain these)

  • First Aid and CPR certifications  
  • US Coast Guard Captains License
  • US Sailing Basic Keelboat Instructor Certification

To Apply

Email a Cover Letter and Resume to Spencer at  
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Employment Period

Our season runs April-November.  Positions are available for shorter durations within this time, ie June-August.   There are full and part time needs, from 30 hours a week to 4 hours per month.   Enquire for details.


Commensurate with experience. Contribution towards medical insurance.  

The HRCS Mission
Hudson River Community Sailing develops leadership and academic success in underserved New York City youth through sailing education and provides maritime education and recreation to the community at large.
HRCS is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.

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