The Nantucket Community Sailing seasonal instructor team is composed of a group of highly qualified instructors. All of our instructors are certified to teach and coach sailing - whether by US Sailing, the Irish Sailing Association or equivalent. They are additionally certified in First Aid, CPR and SafeSport. Many of our instructors are top sailors on college sailing teams and/or sail recreationally or competitively in their free time all over the world. Some NCS instructors learned to sail right here on Nantucket and bring a wealth of local knowledge. Most importantly, all of our instructors love sailing - and love teaching sailing!

We will begin accepting applications for 2024 on December 1, 2023!

Those interested in applying, please complete our online application below. Please note, in addition to the online application, we ask that you also provide a resume (which includes positions and experience in the industry.)

*All Seasonal Sailing Instructors, in the Summer of 2024, must be "fully vaccinated" (per CDC) with an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine, and will be required to show proof of vaccination.*

If you have questions, please email employment@nantucketsailing.org or call NCS at 508-228-6600.

Please note, all offers to work with Nantucket Community Sailing in the Summer of 2024, as a sailing instructor, are contingent on our ability to open for business and on our ability to offer safe programming, while also adhering to State, Federal and Local Public Health guidelines

If, after reviewing your application, Nantucket Community Sailing does extend an offer of employment, you will be required to submit to a comprehensive background screening through the National Center for Safety Initiatives.

The Organization (NCS) does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, gender identity, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, ethnic or national origin, or physical or mental disability. Employment permits are required for minors under age 18. All people under 18 must complete a work permit application and obtain a work permit before starting a new job - link below. Please note that 14 and 15 year old applicants must have a Physician's Certificate of Health as part of their work permit.

Click here for the Massachusetts Work Permit Application for 14 through 17 Year-Olds.

Please note: US Sailing Certifications and previous sailing experience are not required for the Main Office Administrative Assistant and Maintenance Assistant positions.

Contact Information
Provide an email that you'll be checking regularly for the next 12 months.
Please note that the US Sailing Small Boat Level One Instructor Certification (or similar overseas certification) is mandatory for all sailing instruction positions. The US Sailing Small Boat Level Two Certification (or similar overseas certification) is required for all Head Instructors and Race Coaches; and the Level 3 Small Boat Instructor certification is required of Site Director/Manager positions. These certifications mandate First Aid / CPR certification and SafeSport Training. If you do not already have the US Sailing certification, you may still apply, but should you be hired it will be contingent on completion of the course prior to the start of employment. Please refer to the descriptions of programs on our website for more information.
Availability - These dates will be used in your contract should you be hired. **NOTE: All NCS instructors are required to attend NCS staff orientation the week prior to the start of programs.
Please note: All NCS instructors are required to work through the end of their assigned program. End-dates will be contractual and must be agreed upon with the Program Director.
Please note, employees may be required to work on July 4th and should keep that date available should it fall mid-week. NCS employees will not be granted approval for long trips (ie more than 2-3 work days away). Please email the NCS Program Director with any questions.
Education Information - If not applicable then please input N/A.

Certification Requirements

** All instructors are required to be US Sailing Small Boat Level 1 instructor certified and head instructors and race coaches are expected to be US Sailing Small Boat Instructor Level 2 certified prior to the start of employment. Site Directors must be Level 3 certified. All instructors are required to have current First Aid and CPR certifications from either the Red Cross or the American Heart Association. NCS does accept international equivalents of all certifications. **

Not required for Office and Maintenance positions.
Employment Experience: Please start with your present or most recent job. You may choose to include any job-related activities. Please include positions at other sailing clubs. New for 2022, three (3) positive, written letters of reference will be required if you are offered an interview. Written reference letters should be from individuals not related to the staff person and instead should be from previous employers or school administrators. Returning staff persons may use prior written references on record with NCS provided a gap in employment with NCS is no longer than one season.
2nd Most Recent Employment Experience
3rd Most Recent Employment Experience
Volunteer Experience - Please list organization(s), dates, job(s) performed, and, if applicable, a supervisor for reference.
Please list three references and provide the following information. *At least one reference- if possible- should be someone in the Sailing Industry 1st Reference:
2nd Reference:
3rd Reference:
Previous Experience: If you are applying for a position as a sailing instructor, please describe your previous sailing experience. (i.e. where did you learn to sail? Did/do you sail in high school/college? What types of boats have you sailed in?)
In the space below please explain why you think you are qualified for the position(s) for which you have applied.
In the space below please explain how you heard about Nantucket Community Sailing.
In the space below please explain why you would like to work for Nantucket Community Sailing.

Applicant's Statement -- I certify that answers given herein are true and complete to the best of my knowledge. I authorize investigation of all statements contained in this application for employment as may be necessary in arriving at an employment decision. I also hereby authorize NCS to perform a pre-employment background check.

This seasonal application for employment shall be considered active for a period of time not to exceed 60 days. Any applicant wishing to be considered beyond this time period should inquire as to whether or not applications are being accepted at that time.

I hereby acknowledge that any employment relationship with Nantucket Community Sailing is of an "at will" nature, which means that the Employee may resign at any time and Nantucket Community Sailing may discharge the Employee at any time with or without cause. It is further understood that this "at will" employment relationship may not be changed by any written document or by conduct unless an authorized executive of Nantucket Community Sailing specifically acknowledges such change in writing.

In the event of employment, I understand that false or misleading information given in my application or interview(s) may result in discharge. I also understand that I will complete a CORI and SORI form and that I am required to abide by all rules and regulations of the Employer.


    Please remember to send your resume to employment@nantucketsailing.org. To learn more about us, check out the Programs section of our website, our Facebook, and Instagram pages. Links in the header at the top of this page.
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