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public programs program assistant

public programs program assistant

Organizational Background
Public Programs Program Assistant Job Description
Rocking the Boat began as a boatbuilding afterschool project for the high-need community of the South Bronx and incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit in 2001. Today, the organization, with an annual budget of $3,000,000, is a hub of youth development programming that serves nearly 2,500 community members annually. The mediums of boatbuilding, environmental science, and sailing are paired with social-emotional, academic, and career counselling by a team of licensed social workers to have profound and lasting impact on participants.

Position Summary
The Public Programs Program Assistant position is a part-time seasonal position that supports the delivery of a series of experiential water-based environmental education programs for middle school and high school-aged participants. Dependent on the program, the position may also include supporting learning during basic woodworking and sailing activities. During the school year the position involves supporting visiting school groups during the school day and an afterschool middle school program. During the summer the position is responsible for supporting a five day per week, six-week summer camp program. Program Assistants work as part of the Public Programs team and report to the Director of Public Programs (DPP). This position begins immediately through September 4, 2022, with the possibility of extending the term through Fall 2022 semester based on programmatic need, interest, and performance.


  • Facilitate learning in groups of 5-30 participants on-water, in the classroom, and in the shop dependent on the programmatic needs (Shop activities occur more commonly during winter months; on water activities are limited to Fall/Spring/Summer months)
  • Prepare and manage the good upkeep of On-Water classroom materials; including gathering appropriate materials for each activity and returning materials at the end of each program
  • Ensure appropriate use and care of all materials and equipment
  • Ensure safety of participants in all water-, land-, and shop-based programming
  • Manage participant behavior in order to facilitate an effective and safe learning environment
  • Perform simple boat and oar maintenance and repairs as needed
  • Inform DPP of any serious boat repair needs
  • Assist DPP in informally evaluating effectiveness of teaching methods, engagement activities and programs
  • Assist in activity or curriculum development
  • Other tasks as necessary to fulfill the mission of Rocking the Boat


  • High School Diploma or HSE
  • Experience teaching or working with youth of various ages
  • Experience leading or participating in environmental education, woodworking, or sailing activities
  • Comfortable in and around boats
  • Demonstrably strong rowing skills
  • Strong public speaking skills; confident working with large groups
  • Ability to communicate honestly, respectfully, and effectively with supervisors and coworkers
  • Ability to think independently and to work as part of a team
  • All Rocking the Boat employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or be willing to receive full set of vaccinations prior to employment

Rocking the Boat offers

  • A seasonal position of up to 35 hours per week from May through early September 2022
  • Opportunity to work with a creative, well-funded organization committed to youth development and empowerment
  • Salary ranging from $17 to $20 per hour, commensurate with experience

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility at Rocking the Boat
Rocking the Boat is committed to creating an environment that promotes the diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility of all applicants and employees. The organization strives not only to accept but to affirm and celebrate all identities. Race, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, and veteran status are not barriers to employment at Rocking the Boat. Candidates should feel welcome to communicate any special needs or requirements to be accommodated throughout the hiring process.

To apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume with the subject: “Program Assistant” to Safiya Sabir, Director of Public Programs at Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

kids don’t just build boats, boats build kids

rocking the boat
812 edgewater road
bronx, ny 10474
phone: 718.466.5799
fax: 718.466.2892