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.


Full-Time Year Round Job Opportunities

VISTA Position: Education and Outreach VISTA
The VISTA will be responsible for developing and implementing our Signature Education and Training programs (primarily focused on STEM) and will also provide general program support. Programs are implemented outdoors, in winter classrooms, and on the water and work mostly with youth and require lesson planning, outreach, and partnership cultivation.

The VISTA will also managing the volunteer program and empower them to take on new and exciting responsibilities during rental hours, outreach events, and while doing facility work. 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.

The VISTA is not required to know how to sail, but knowledge of the sport or appreciation for water recreation is great.

Please visit the Americorps’ website to apply and learn more here. If you have any questions please contact Program Director, Mary Dowd.


2017 Seasonal Job Opportunities:

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

Sailing Instruction and Sailing Assistant
The sailing instructor or assistant 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.

Sailing Instructor Job Description (18 years and older)

Sailing Assistant Job Description (must be 16 years old)


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.

Waterfront Coordinator Job Description


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.