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Thursday, February 1, 2018, 11:45pm


Washington, DC
United States

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About Living Classrooms​: Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region (LC-NCR) is an affiliate non-profit of the Living Classrooms Foundation.  LC-NCR is responsible for the operation of educational programs in the D.C. Metropolitan area.  LC-NCR is operated for the benefit of the community at large, providing hands-on education and job training, with a special emphasis on at-risk youth and groups from diverse backgrounds.  Utilizing maritime settings, the Foundation provides experience-based educational programs emphasizing the applied learning of math, science, language arts, history, economics, and ecology.

Job Responsibilities:​ The Educator/Deckhand helps to implement the LC-NCR shipboard education programs.  The Educator/Deckhand also works closely with the Captain and the mate in assisting with the boat's operation and maintenance.  High energy, dedication, enthusiasm, flexibility, organization and a hard-work ethic are required. 

Additional responsibilities for assisting the education department with its objectives include, but are not limited to:
- Conduct and supervise safe and successful Living Classrooms Foundation programs on ships and on shore, with assistance from onboard staff and other LCF employees.
- Be familiar with Living Classrooms safety and emergency protocol and procedures onboard vessels and on land.
- Work with staff in a professional and cohesive manner.
- Create a safe, fun, and educational environment for all students.
- Teach quality experiential education programs onboard the M/V Mildred Belle.
- Assist Educational Coordinator in development of shipboard curriculum and lessons.
- Assist in and be familiar with the ship’s operations including but not limited to: line/sail handling, navigation, and manning the helm.  
- Assist with ship’s maintenance.
- Work with Captain and crew to coordinate logistics for overnight trips. 
- Instruct or assist in instructing land-based portion of programs.
- Become familiar with all LCF camping policies, and camp with youth when required.
- Occasionally work weekends or weekend day with compensation.  
- Report to Shipboard Administration.
- Maintain professionalism at all times as an important representative of the Living Classrooms Foundation.
- Maintain a neat, orderly and presentable appearance at all times while working whether in or out of uniform.  
- Participate in other duties as needed for the operation of programs or the Foundation, or as assigned by the Director of Shipboard Education.

Required Skills/Experience:
- Preferred background in environmental science, education, or a related field.
- Excellent communication and public speaking skills.
- A passion for nature and working with children in an informal setting.
- Previous experience working with youth in and out of the classroom and developing and implementing group management techniques.
- Experience working on or around boats, or a willingness to be trained.
- Will be expected to lift moderately heavy objects (up to 50 lbs.) and participate in outdoor activities.
- Must be prepared to work outside in a variety of weather conditions including light to moderate rain, warm and cool weather.

Additional Information:
This is a seasonal position that runs March - mid November 2018.
Housing may be provided; inquire if interested.
Lunch is provided during programs.
Staff are required to attend a two week training that will take place at the Living Classrooms office in Baltimore, MD.

Living Classrooms Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities, Women, Handicapped Persons are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap status, Vietnam era or disabled Veterans status.

Position Start Date:

Monday, March 19, 2018

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How to Apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter to Rachel Nichols at

Contact Name:

Rachel Nichols

Contact Phone:

202-488-0627 x243

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