[Sust-mar] Sail Captain Trainee/Guides, f/t, Nova Scotia Sea School, Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Position: Sail Captain Trainee / Guide (2 positions)
Type: paid internship 2015 and paid summer employment 2016 (see below)
Organization: Nova Scotia Sea School 
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Application Deadline: May 12, 2015

Paid Internship

The Nova Scotia Sea School is seeking two experienced individuals to participate in paid internships this summer with the intention of obtaining rank of Sea School Captain during the 2015 season and returning to instruct as a Captain in the 2016 season with full time work. 

As Captain, you will take command of our 30’ open spritsail ketch-rigged pulling boats on coastal adventure expeditions of 6 to 21 days with groups of 10 teenagers. Instructors and students live in the open boats and explore the coast. Emphasis is on teamwork and personal growth in a context of traditional seamanship. June - August. Excellent traditional seamanship and strong teaching skills required. Must navigate in fog without electronics, and have strong experience in youth leadership and development.

Reporting to the Executive Director and Senior Captain, the Captain Trainee will be required to complete the Sea School’s instructor training program which includes the following:
• NSSS Philosophy and Risk Management training – June 13, 14
• A minimum of 3 Day Sails ( June 1-30 – dates are negotiable)
• Capsize Drill – (June - date to be determined)
• SVOP / MEDA3 Certification (Small Vessel Operators Permit and Marine Emergency Duties A3 - if not already obtained – dates to be determined)
• A minimum of two 6 or 7 day sailing expeditions in July or August (Trips to be negotiated dates are available on our website http://www.seaschool.org )
• Completion of NSSS Head Instructor Standards for Sail-Training

Instructor Duties on Expedition
• Support with fleet prep, gear prep and maintenance
• Sailing the boat, teaching youth to sail, looking after the well-being and safety of the crew and managing all aspects of the challenging voyage, including the behavioural, health, and social needs of the teenage crew.
• Maintain daily log entries and produce trip summaries and reports.
• Provide comprehensive evaluations for each student and staff after each trip.
• Maintain gear and fleet maintenance manual.

The Nova Scotia Sea School takes a proactive approach to safety by going beyond the required Transport Canada standards for boat safety equipment and maintenance. We train each of our staff in our high safety standards and procedures during our mandatory staff training course at the beginning of the summer, with hands-on training during sailing expeditions, and through other certifications.

Pre-requisites / Assets 

- Certifications 
• Current Standard First Aid, Advanced Wilderness First Aid or equivalent is an asset
• Possession of a Marine Radio Operators Card or willingness to get one
• Possession of a Pleasure Craft Operators Card or willingness to get one

- A minimum of 2 years experience working with teenage youth ages 12- 19 including but not limited to at-risk youth in an outdoor setting

- Experience guiding multi-day trips on land or on the ocean in sea kayak or canoe an asset

- Sailing background 
• Significant coastal cruising experience in command of small craft under sail.
• Ability to navigate close to shore in fog without electronics
• Sail Canada Keelboat and Cruising instructor experience an excellent asset
• Small dinghy instructing an asset
• Boat building / maintenance experience an asset
• Technical marine training an asset

Our Commitment to you

The opportunity to obtain the following certifications
• SVOP / MEDA3 certification – good for life (Value of $1500)
• NSSS Head Instructor standards certification (Value of $1500)

Training in the following 
• Minimum of two expeditions paid training (6 or 7 day trips) (honorarium of $500 per trip)
• NSSS Philosophy and risk management training (honorarium of $500)

Total Cash Remuneration = $1500 Total Certification Value = $3000

Total training coverage = $4500 

Your commitment to NSSS
• Upon successful completion of work term, candidate will sign a *Return of Service Agreement and commit to full time summer work as Captain and program support in 2016 with a possibility of extension to 2017

Captain Salary Expectations for 2016
• Captain wages start at $16 per hour - based on past experience this might be higher
• Full time work for 2016 is defined as running a minimum of 3 expeditions and a minimum of 30 days work (overnight days are 12 hours and prep days are 8 hours) or a minimum of $5000 based on $16 per hour

*The Return of Service Agreement protects you and the organizations investment. We will guarantee work as listed above in 2016 pending the successful completion of the internship. You will commit to working in 2016 based on the terms above. If you should decide to decline work in 2016 you will owe back a negotiated portion of the training investment we made.


Send cover letter and resume to the Sea School office by May 12 2015, attn: Heather Kelday, Executive Director: 
heather at seaschool.org 
phone: (902) 423-7284 
fax 423-7241 
Do not hesitate to call for clarity on the application.

About the Nova Scotia Sea School 

The Nova Scotia Sea School takes advantage of the Maritime tradition of boats and our environment to help young people discover the values that the sea has taught for generations: courage, leadership, teamwork, generosity, humour and respect. We teach hands-on skills in boat handling, navigation and wilderness survival, and above all give teenagers a chance to live and work together in a challenging situation where each of them has a turn at being in command. During the summer the SeaSchool runs sailing expeditions lasting up to 21 days. The program operates out of Halifax and Lunenburg.

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