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Waterfront Recreation Program Manager (Temporary, non-benefited)

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Job no: 523148
Position Type: Staff Part Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Marine Operations
Date opened: 19 Apr 2024 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 31 May 2024 Eastern Daylight Time

Waterfront Recreation Program Manager

UMass Boston Division of Marine Operations is seeking a leader to manage our Waterfront Recreation Program at the new Fox Point Dock. We are re-starting our storied Waterfront Recreation Program this season offering Kayaks, Stand-up Paddleboard (SUP) and limited Sailing for student, faculty/staff and the community. The ideal candidate is organized, self-motivated, team oriented and adaptable. In addition, he/she must possess strong communication and interpersonal skills, as well as exhibit a mature and professional demeanor. The manager should be customer focused and comfortable speaking with students, staff and community members.


  • Open and close the site: approximately11AM – sunset during shoulder season of June and October on Sat and Sun; 11AM-sunset weekdays Wed though Sun during high season.
  • Provide clear, effective, and timely communication with staff.
  • Manage a team of up to 6 employees.
  • Assist with lesson scheduling and oversight.
  • Maintain cleanliness and organization at our public access dock and quarterbarge.
  • Lead all staff and participants through our established emergency management procedure in the event emergencies occur.
  • Monitor weather and make decisions regarding inclement weather in cooperation with leadership staff.
  • Approve daily float plans, and as needed, discuss ways to execute their plans effectively or safely.
  • Assist the public with kayak, rowboat, sailboat, and paddleboard rental.
  • Exercise sound judgment and decision-making.
  • Build rapport with students, faculty/staff and community members.
  • Able to communicate clearly, directly, and calmly always.
  • Qualifications:

  • Experience operating a powerboat, US Powerboat Safe Handling certification or MA Environmental Police preferred but not required.
  • Current US Sailing Level 1 Certification (or willing to obtain; may be eligible for reimbursement).
  • Current First Aid and Adult/Child CPR certification or ability to obtain.
  • Minimum 2 years sailing instructor experience.
  • Excellent organization and time-management skills.
  • Able to work effectively with a wide variety of age groups and populations from diverse backgrounds, role modeling inclusive behavior and building positive group culture.
  • Comfortable giving and receiving feedback to and from peers, participants, and supervisors.
  • Able to build rapport easily with participants and co-workers.
  • Comfortable working outdoors, regardless of weather.
  • Positive and enthusiastic attitude.
  • Strong computer skills and comfortable learning online tools and software.
  • Ideal candidates will have a high level of comfort around the water.
  • Compensation:

    The pay range for this position is $28 - $30 per hour depending on experience and relevant certifications.


    Full-time hours available seasonally from May through October. Weekend availability is required. Work weeks are 11AM – sunset during shoulder season of June and October on Sat and Sun. 11AM – sunset Wed through Sunday in season. Available to start by May 1st is preferred. Expected schedule is 40 hours/week.

    Application Instructions:

    Please apply online with your resume, cover letter and list of three references. Please direct questions to

    Review of candidates will begin immediately.

    This is a non-union non-exempt position.

    All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.

    UMass Boston is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations for the hiring process. If reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact or 617-287-5150.

    Applications close: 31 May 2024 Eastern Daylight Time


    Working at University of Massachusetts Boston

    The University of Massachusetts Boston is nationally recognized as a model of excellence for urban public universities. The scenic waterfront campus is located next to the John F. Kennedy Library, with easy access to downtown Boston. 

    The second-largest campus in the UMass system, UMass Boston combines a small-college experience with the vast resources of a major research university. With a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students easily interact with professors because most teaching occurs in small class sizes. Ninety-three percent of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their fields.

    UMass Boston’s academic excellence is reflected by a growing student body of nearly 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university’s eight colleges offer more than 100 undergraduate programs and 50 graduate programs. The University Honors Program serves 300 students who thrive on intellectual challenge. Enriched courses probe more deeply into theory or venture further into application.

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