High school Program Assistant

As a High School Program Assistant you will have the opportunity to work with classic wooden sail and row boats, repair and maintain our fleet, assist with the youth classes, and become part of the operations of a non-profit organization. You’ll have the opportunity to work with many different boats and people.

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The primary duties of the High School Program Assistants are to provide support within a chosen area: Youth Sailing, Livery, Field Trips or Visitor Services as needed.


What’s involved in a High School Program Assistant position? What sort of time commitment is it?

Time, desire to learn, and willingness to work with the public are the qualities we look for in applicants. Most program assistants work 20 hours per week, for a minimum of three weeks during the summer. The Livery program assistant will work 10-16 hours a week for six weeks from mid-July through August.  During their tenure with CWB, the program assistant will be learning the necessary skills for their job area, then work on tasks that utilize these skills. All of the jobs at CWB involve education, customer service and outreach. From structured classes to just answering the questions of a curious public, it is the role of all CWB staff and volunteers to educate visitors or direct them to someone who can.

Program assistants will also have unique opportunities over the course of the summer to improve their own seamanship and participate in special events & trainings to bond with fellow participants.

When can I start?

This year, the program will begin April 20th and run through September 5th.  Training dates will be scheduled based on department and applicant availability.  Positions can be extended into the school year with parent and staff approval.

Who will be working with the Program Assistants?

CWB Youth Program Supervisor will be the main contact for the High School Program Assistants.  In addition to this oversight, all program assistants will be assigned a lead staff person who will mentor and coordinate their individual experience at CWB.  All of our staff and volunteers have been screened by the Washington State Patrol.

What about family trips?

No problem. As long as the program assistant is still able to commit to the required time commitments, family trips can definitely be accommodated with prior notice to the staff mentor.

How does one apply?  What does it cost?

Fill out an application and send it along with a cover letter.  In the cover letter make sure you state why you’re applying and what your preferred area of work.  There is no cost for this program.  Check with your school counselor as volunteer hours accrued in this program may apply towards community service credit.

If you have any questions that were not covered here, please feel free to call or email.

Youth Program Staff
The Center for Wooden Boats