Volunteer & Employment Opportunities

Live the dream; get paid to teach sailing this summer!  There is no better way to spend a summer than working with kids and adults while playing around on the water in sailboats.

The Macatawa Bay Junior Association, operating from the property of the Macatawa Bay Yacht Club, five miles west of downtown Holland, MI is now accepting applications for Sailing Camp Instructors, Race Team Coaches, and support personal for the 2017 season. Smart, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, honest, and hardworking individuals should apply.  Campers sail in Optis, 420s and J22s. Racers sail in Optimists, 420s and Lasers. Adults sail in our JY15s and J22s.

Junior Sailing Camps are designed to teach responsibility and teamwork as well as basic sailing skills. Summer courses start June 19th and run through August 25th. The ideal candidate will be a high school graduate, at least 18 years old, US Sailing Small Boat Level 1 or higher certified*, and possess excellent interpersonal and instructional skills. Instructors will serve a ten-week appointment and work Monday – Friday full time hours.  Wages are competitive. Additional hours may be available during the month of Spring and Fall.

Youth racing courses are designed to teach responsibility and teamwork as well as racing skills. Summer courses are offered June 19th through August 11th. The ideal candidate will be a high school graduate, at least 18 years old, US Sailing Small Boat Level 2 Instructor or Level 3 Coach certified*, and possess excellent interpersonal and instructional skills. Dinghy racing experience required. Coaches work Monday through Thursday coaching morning and afternoon classes at the Macatawa Bay Yacht Club. Coaches travel to Western Michigan Youth events on Friday’s. Out of state travel is possible to US Sailing, Optimist, C420 and Laser events. Wages are competitive.

Adult courses use the US Sailing Keelboat Training curriculum with student certification as the goal. Courses are offered June through August. The ideal candidate will be a high school graduate, at least 18 years old, US Sailing Instructor certified*, and possess excellent interpersonal and instructional skills. Instructors will serve a ten-week appointment; flexible evening and weekend hours, wages are competitive.

MBJA has a very limited number of Junior Instructor positions available. Junior instructors will work with senior instructors throughout the summer on an as-need basis. Candidate will be at least 16 years old, have earned a US Sailing Smallboat – Sailing Counselor certificate*, have a CPR/FA card, and passed the Michigan Boaters test.

*Candidates who are otherwise qualified should apply with the expectation they will take an appropriate US Sailing Certification course prior to starting work. MBJA will offer certification courses on-site in early June.

Applications can be requested by emailing MBJA Sailing Director, Nick Hovland: nick@mbja.org 

Become a Volunteer!

MBJA cannot thrive without the dedicated team of volunteers who support all major events hosted by MBJA. With the advanced sailing facilities and offshore racing capabilities, MBJA remains a popular destination for major events including: MCSA regattas (Midwest Collegiate Sailing Association), WMYSA (West Michigan Youth Sailing Association) along with a number of high school and college regattas in the spring in fall. With this busy schedule of events, MBJA relies on volunteer support for Race Committee officials, score keepers, PRO (Professional Race Officers), mark-set personale, onshore operations coordinators,  launching and recovery support, safety boat operators, protest committee officials, and parking-lot coordinators.

If you are interested in contributing these fun and exciting events, or want to gain more experience through volunteering contact us today!

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Since 1993, MBJA has operated on the grounds of Macatawa Bay Yacht Club, serving the Holland community as a 501c(3) non-profit sailing school.

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