Employment Opportunities

** New Listing – Sailing Instructors

The Antique Boat Museum (ABM) has positions open for Instructors in our Sailing Program for the 2014 summer season (mid-June through mid-August 2014). Responsibilities include:

• Instruction of Optimist, Sunfish, and Comets

• Work with youth, teens, and adults

• Physically assist students in launching, rigging and storing boats

• Be a responsible, reliable, enthusiastic presence with good judgment and leadership

• Take responsibility for ensuring a safe, organized, and educational waterfront and fleet

• Perform seamanship skills to include keeping boats, equipment, and storage facility clean and neat

• Ensure preparation, planning and daily review and documentation of program

• Communicate relevant history of the Thousand Islands Region to ABM students.

• Instruct, evaluate and document improvement in sailing skills of all ABM students

• May have to work evenings, or weekends for programs or special events

• Other duties and responsibilities deemed necessary to meet the objectives of the sailing school

Job Qualifications


• Strong background and experience in sailing

• Knowledge of Optimist, Sunfish, and Comet rigging and sailing

• Work well with people of all ages

• Have US Sailing Level 1 Instructor Certification or be willing to earn it

• Current First Aid and CPR by the start of the 2013 program

• Possess New York or other state Safe Boating Certification

• Previous experiences in coaching summer camps and commitment to teaching youth

• Self-motivated team player

• Good communication skills

• 18+ preferable

Current participation in collegiate or high school sailing is preferred but not required.

Compensation: is a contract for the season; negotiable, competitive, and commensurate with experience. Note: housing will not be available.

Work: 35-40 hours a week from mid- June through mid- August (at least 9 weeks). 

About ABM: The Antique Boat Museum is the premier freshwater nautical museum in North America. Located on the St. Lawrence River in the 1000 Islands, ABM features over 300 antique and classic boats among thousands of recreational boating artifacts. From May to October, the campus comes alive with speed boat rides, boat shows, and educational programs for all ages, special events and more.

Please contact Julie Broadbent at jbroadbent@abm.org with a letter of interest and a resume by April 13, 2014 to be considered. 

**New Listing – Skiff Livery Attendant

The Skiff Livery at the Antique Boat Museum needs energetic, friendly, professional, and self-driven people to provide museum guests with an informative, fun experience.  The Skiff Livery Attendants interact with museum guests on a daily basis and must be friendly and welcoming at all times. Their goal is to have guest take advantage of the free skiffs during the day. Attendants are in charge of the safety of these rowers and care of skiffs.  The Livery is open 7-days a week, from 10AM-5PM.  There will be two staff members in the livery at all times.  If there is time when no guests are out on the water then the Skiff Livery Employees may work on other projects assigned by the Educator.  To apply please send Cover Letter and resume to Julie Broadbent at jbroadbent@abm.org

Skiff Livery Attendants:

  • Open and close the skiff livery each day
  • Inform visitors of the availability of skiff rides
  • Register participants and inform them of safety measures
  • Assist visitors in docking skiffs
  • May take visitors on rides
  • Help maintain skiff livery and Small Boat Exhibition
  • Help with Tuesday Night Sailing
  • Assist with other duties as assigned

Hours: 3 days a week- 8 hour days and Tuesday Night Sailing and Rowing 5:30-7:30

There are no Benefits or Vacations with this position

**New Listing – Docent

La Duchesse is the Museum’s gilded age houseboat that was once owned by George Boldt and Andrew McNally. The 100+ foot floating home is open to visitors from May-September for tours. Attendants are responsible for leading guided tours, informing guests of tour times and providing history of La Duchesse, as well as watering flowers, routine dusting and cleaning of rooms and decks, and performing other general chores.  They must be welcoming, friendly and professional.  Tour guides must give historically accurate tours and be able stand for a long period of time.  All guides must be able to climb stairs.  La Duchesse is open 7-days a week, from 9:30 AM-5:00PM.  To apply please send Cover Letter and resume to Julie Broadbent at jbroadbent@abm.org

La Duchesse Tour Guides Duties:

  • Open and close the La Duchesse each day
  • Inform visitors of the availability of tours
  • Lead historically accurate tours.
  • Clean La Duchesse daily
  • Register participants and inform them of safety measures
  • Assist with other duties as assigned

Hours: 3 days a week- 8 hour days

There are no Benefits or Vacations with this position


Marketing/Development Internship  — Two (2) available


  • Collaborate with the Marketing and Development staffs, as well as some interaction with the Curatorial staff, to support projects and events relating to the ABM
  • Event coordination support such as crafting collateral, giveaways, and other tasks as required
  • Assist with the development, execution, and distribution of marketing collateral, presentations, videos, and other elements related to the growth and success of the ABM
  • Assist with trafficking, reporting and optimization efforts to assess effectiveness and provide creative recommendations for improved performance
  • Assist with social media development
  • Assist with surveying of visitors
  • Administrative duties as assigned

Position Type:  Unpaid Internship


  • College students preferred, however high school students (at least a junior in high school) will be considered
  • Work well with people of all ages
  • Self-motivated team player
  • Good communication skills
  • Previous internship or work in a museum is a plus

Work hours:        Minimum commitment of 15 hours per week beginning in late-May through Labor Day

Please contact Michael Folsom at michaelfolsom@abm.org  with a letter of interest and a resume prior to November 15 to be considered for this position.


Education Internship (High School-aged)

The Antique Boat Museum is looking for a motivated high school student to assist in designing and implementing off-season programs for babies, toddlers, and elementary school age children. The education intern must be organized, creative and flexible.  Applicants should enjoy working with children and have an interest in education, museums, and/or boating.

Who: A currently registered high school student between the ages of 15-19.

When: The position would be one afternoon a week up to 3 hours with some flexibility in times and days.  The intern position would run for the 2013-2014 school year.

Compensation: The position is volunteer, but at the ABM there are specific volunteer rewards that correspond to hours worked including; discounts at the ABM store, invitations to special events, discounts on classes, and free boat rides.

To Apply: Please send a resume and a paragraph about why you would like this position to Julie Broadbent at jbroadbent@abm.org.


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