Job Opening: Youth Development Boatbuilding Instructor .5 FTE (20 hours)
About Urban Boatbuilders:
Urban Boatbuilders is a youth development organization and our mission is “to empower youth to build the skills they need to succeed in school, work, and life through the building and use of wooden boats.” We serve hundreds of youth each year. Through our Partnership Program and Apprenticeship Program, youth develop technical woodworking skills, social and emotional learning skills and a connection to their local waterways.
Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:
We believe that diverse perspectives and backgrounds create a rich work environment that enhances our ability to pursue our mission and support youth. We are committed to building an organization that fosters inclusivity and equity among members of the community. Our organization actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates for all positions.
The Youth Development Boatbuilding Instructor will lead small groups of youth through the process of building small wooden/skin-on-frame boats with our onsite Apprenticeship Program and offsite Partnership Program.
For the Apprenticeship Program, the instructor will co-lead a group of nine youth onsite, three days a week. They will teach youth how to safely use tools, participate in boatbuilding projects, lead team building activities and regular reflection.
For offsite partnership projects, the instructor will typically travel to a school with tools and materials to build a skin on frame boat over the course of three to four months. A boat will be completed in 70 hours of instruction with 25 - 30 additional preparation hours included. Days and hours vary depending on the needs of the school. As a result, some flexibility of time is required.
The position is focused on creating a safe work environment, managing boatbuilding projects, and fostering a positive team culture. Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate a commitment to engaging young people through project-based learning and building positive relationships with youth and community members.
Urban Boatbuilders is growing as an organization and there may be opportunities for this position to become full time or 3/4 time in the future.
Partner and collaborate with boatbuilding instructors and school partners to plan and implement the youth empowerment programming
Train students on how to safely use power tools and hand tools
Assess and meet the needs of youth participants
Develop lesson plans and daily strategies to challenge and engage youth participants
Provide mentorship for youth to achieve their individual, interpersonal and group goals, and give youth regular feedback
Emphasize craftspersonship, teamwork, perseverance, and responsibility
Facilitate regular student reflection
Maintain a safe, respectful environment
Assist with the management and construction of boats
Work alongside Volunteer Shop Manager and other volunteers to coordinate new construction projects and identify shop needs
Experience in the field of youth development, preferably project-based learning
Excellent organizational skills, dependability, and capacity to manage time
Capacity to uphold high standards set by the community, and ability to motivate a group of young people while fostering their potential
Building experience, preferably boatbuilding and woodworking
Wilderness experience helpful, preferably with youth
Excellent communication skills
Ability to pass a background check
Valid drivers license and a reliable vehicle (mileage reimbursement will be provided for necessary travel)
Schedule & Work Environment:
Position starts in mid-January of 2017
Composition of hours will vary based on programming needs:
Fixed: 12 hrs p/wk: teaching for the Apprenticeship Program
Varies: 0 - 8 hrs p/wk: teaching offsite for the Partnership Program
Varies: 0 - 8 hrs p/wk: program support (shop maintenance, project preparation)
Total: 20 hours
Apprenticeship Program: Wednesday - Friday: 2:15 PM - 6:15 PM
Partnership Program: to be determined
Other times to debrief, coordinate and prepare with staff
Occasional outreach events during evenings and weekends
Must be able to occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 lbs
Majority of time spent in woodshop or school setting, with occasional field trips offsite including paddling on the water