About the Community Sailing Center (CSC)

Our mission is to encourage and celebrate the responsible use and long-term stewardship of Lake Champlain by fostering educational and recreational opportunities for all members of our community. The CSC is located on the waterfront in Burlington, VT and continues to grant lake access to the city after 20 spectacular years. CSC offers programs for local youth, adult, students, and visiting sailing and paddling enthusiasts. The CSC hosts three signature events each year where the community comes together to celebrate the Lake. CSC’s programs range from recreational to racing and accommodate every sailor. Our fleet is composed of Open Bics, Hartley 10s, Escapes, 420’s, Lasers, Sonars, Rhodes 19s, Martin 16’s, and Stand Up Paddleboards.

About Burlington, VT

If you’ve never been to Burlington, come visit us, you won’t be disappointed! Nestled between the epic Green Mountains and the Adirondacks, Burlington sits on the shores of Lake Champlain and has fun opportunities for everyone. There are several yacht clubs in the nearby towns that provide racing on dinghies and keelboats. Lake Champlain is a regional destination for large regattas and local sailors are always interested in having new crew. Other than sailing, there are numerous opportunities to get outside and hike, bike, and swim. Downtown Burlington is just minutes away from the CSC and supports a lively music scene with a multitude of delicious local restaurants.

Long-Term Opportunities:

AmeriCorps VISTA Position: Education and Outreach VISTA

The VISTA will be responsible for developing and implementing STEM and volunteer programs. They will expand services by empowering volunteers and strengthening program development and outreach. They will develop on-land lessons for students, manage volunteers, and communicate regularly with program partners. The VISTA is not required to know how to sail, but knowledge of the sport or appreciation for water recreation is great.These programs are pivotal to CSC efforts to alleviate poverty. The STEM programs serve low-income youth delivering skills for the workforce and academic success. The volunteer program expands capacity at the CSC. Engaging volunteers in meaningful projects to help maintain CSC operations while transforming each volunteer into a lifetime supporter will increase the impact of CSC programs.

If you’re interested in the VISTA position please visit the Americorps’ website to apply and learn more. If you have any questions please contact Associate Diretor, Jen Guimaraes.

Seasonal Job Opportunities:

Sailing Instruction and Coach Positions

The sailing instructor or coach is first contact that students have with the Community Sailing Center. Coaches are friendly, courteous, and knowledgeable of the rules, regulations, and operations of the Community Sailing Center. Coaches are enthusiastic about sailing and seek to expose students (both youth and adult) to sailing fundamentals as well as the importance of the natural environment.

Waterfront Coordinator

More often than not, the Waterfront Coordinator will be first contact that the user has with the Sailing Center. He/she, therefore, must be friendly, courteous, and knowledgeable of the rules, regulations, and operations of the Center. Good organizational skills are required and the ability to multi-task and work in a fun, fast-paced environment. Waterfront Coordinators work almost exclusively on evenings and weekends.

To apply for a seasonal position, please complete and submit resume and Staff Application to Program Director, Mary Ichniowski

Internships and Other Opportunities:

Environmental Education and Outreach Internship
In many cases, the intern will be one of the primary person students and community partners have first-hand contact with. Therefore, the intern must be friendly, courteous, and knowledgeable of the rules, regulations, and operations of the CSC. Interns must be enthusiastic about working with grades 3-12 on educational topics ranging from lake ecology, to geology, to human impact. Interns will expose students to the value of learning outside while utilizing the sport of sailing as a learning platform.

Furthermore, interns will be involved with program and curriculum planning and development that he or she will implement during program seasons. The ideal candidate will have or desire curriculum and lesson planning skills. In addition, the intern will be involved with program development and partnership cultivation. Please expect to take on different tasks and be willing to learn various skills to be successful in a diverse program and educational environment.

Please complete and submit resume and cover letter to Associate Director, Jen Guimaraes


Community Sailing Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any person based on age, race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, parental status or mental/physical disability.