Employment Opportunities 2017
Charles River Canoe & Kayak offers a relaxed outdoor work environment with competitive pay and benefits, plus the potential for year-round employment opportunities in concert with Weston Ski Track.
We are currently seeking to fill the following positions. Applicants should complete our online employment application. If you would like more information, please e-mail us..
SUP YOGA Instructor
Responsibilities: Teach 1.5-hour stand-up paddleboard Yoga classes for up to five students from our Newton and Waltham locations. The lessons typically run on weekends with occasional morning and evening sessions.
Requirements: Instructors should have significant experience teaching yoga and be comfortable on a board. 200 hour yoga certification and CPR/FA certifications are required. Must be able to lift 50 pounds. Training is available.
Starting Pay: $15/hour + tips
Supervisor in Cambridge, Newton and Waltham
Responsibilities: Oversee the day-to-day operation of a canoe and kayak center. Responsibilities will include but are not limited to working with the Manager to oversee the dock staff and rental operation, working on the rental dock and as a cashier, preparing equipment for tours, assuring that rental equipment is operational and available, maintaining appearance of facility, and fostering the highest level of customer service for our diverse clientele. Must be able to work independently, as shifts will not always overlap with Manager.
Requirements: Strong customer service background. Experience in staff management and familiarity with computers. Previous employment in the boating industry highly desirable. Candidates should have a current drivers license, safe driving record, current CPR and basic First Aid, and be able to lift 50 pounds. Multilingual skills are desirable but not required. Full time positions; must be available on weekends.
Starting Pay: $13/hour + bonus
Desk Staff in Kendall Square (Cambridge), Moody Street (Waltham) and Allston/Brighton (Boston),
Responsibilities: Check customers of a canoe and kayak center in and out from their rental. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, providing up-to-the-minute verbal safety information to customers, ensuring that waivers are completed, using a computer to check customers into the rental system, working as a cashier and processing payments, answering phone and e-mail, and adhering to the highest standards of customer service. May include work as a dockhand.
Requirements: Strong customer service skills. Must be friendly, outgoing, detail-oriented, and organized. Experience in staff management and familiarity with computers. Must be able to lift 50 pounds. Full time position; must be available on weekends.
Starting Pay: $11.50/hour + tips
Dock Staff in Cambridge, Boston, Newton, or Waltham
Responsibilities: Helping customers on the dock with canoes, kayaks, and gear, including the loading and unloading of boats off storage racks and boat trailers and showing clients basic paddling technique. Some positions will include indoor work such as using a cash register. Talented, qualified, and motivated dockhands have potential for advancement to Dock Supervisor. Positions are available at all our locations.
Requirements: Applicants must be polite, responsible, friendly, hard-working, and able to lift 50 pounds. Full- and part-time positions are available April through October. Must be available on weekends.
Starting Pay: $11/hour + tips
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Responsibilities: Transport people and trailered equipment between locations within the Greater Boston area. Load, unload, and move canoes, kayaks, and other paddling gear from vans and trailers. Assist customers with loading and launching boats. Provide exceptional customer service and answer general questions about paddling, company services, and locations. We have a variety of work, especially at our Nahanton Park locations for shuttled river trips, and between our Allston/Brighton and Kendall Square locations for one-way boat hauling; we may be willing to hire someone for just one of these tasks if your schedule fits.
Requirements: Candidates will be age 21 or older, have a valid driver's license and clean driving record, be able to lift 50+ pounds, and have strong customer service skills. This position is primarily weekend work with the potential for some weekday hours as needed. Previous employment in the boating industry and/or driving vehicles with trailers is highly desirable.
Starting Pay: $14/hour
Skyline & Boston Harbor Kayak Tour Guide
Responsibilities: Lead 2- to 3-hour kayak trips on the Charles River and Boston Harbor from our location in Kendall Square, Cambridge. Trips are designed for paddlers of all abilities looking to sightsee on the river. You will be a lively leader and a source of historical and cultural information about Boston and the Charles River so that clientele remain excited and interested in the tour (training will be provided). You will give basic paddling instruction to the group at the outset of the tour and as needed throughout. Additional work may include assisting with the rental operation; leading other tours, group events, and sea kayak trips; and teaching flatwater kayak classes and private lessons.
Requirements: You must be friendly, outgoing, dynamic, and engaging. You must have significant kayaking experience. You should be able to demonstrate and teach an efficient forward stroke and sweep/turning strokes. You must be able to perform a wide variety of reliable rescues and re-entries. First Aid and CPR certification are required. ACA or BCU Instructor certifications are desirable but not required.
Starting Pay: $12/hour + tips. Pay is commensurate with experience.
Patrol Staff in Kendall Square (Cambridge),
Responsibilities: Patrol areas around Charles River by kayak and enforce rules of the road and safety concerns for our customers on the river.
Requirements: Strong paddling skills, experience with rescues, CPR and First Aid certification required. Training available. Ability to lift 50 pounds. Full- and part-time positions are available April through October. Must be available on weekends.
Starting Pay: $11/hour + tips
Stand-Up Paddleboarding Instructor
Responsibilities: Teach introductory and intermediate 1.5-hour stand-up paddleboard lessons for up to five students from our Newton/Auburndale, Natick, and Boston locations. The lessons typically run on weekends with occasional morning and evening sessions. Additional work may be available with private lessons and longer coastal SUP lessons.
Requirements: Significant flatwater or surf SUP experience is required. Instructors should be able to demonstrate and teach efficient paddle technique (forward, sweep, draws, bracing, torso rotation) as well as proper feet placement. Teaching experience and CPR/FA certifications are required. Must be able to lift 50 pounds. Current drivers license and safe driving record are desirable but not required. Training is available.
Starting Pay: $13/hour + tips