Employment Opportunities with Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

On-Water Teen Trip Leader


Position Title: On-Water Trip Leader for Teen Summer Programs

Position Term: June 15-July 31, 2020

Position Type: Paid, Seasonal

Department: Champlain Longboats

How to Apply: Send your resume and cover letter to: NickP@lcmm.org


Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is looking for qualified kayak trip leaders for our Champlain Discovery teen summer program. This five-week program for teens age 13-16 runs from June 17 to July 19. Ten teen participants build 17’ sea kayaks at the museum and then embark on a 10-day Lake Champlain voyage from Whitehall, NY to Burlington, VT in the boats they built . 

Trip leaders are responsible for the group for the 5-week session. The boat building portion is a 5-days/week day-camp for three weeks. Once kayaks are complete, the group embarks on the overnight trip portion of the program: a 10-day expedition on Lake Champlain. Further details on this teen program can be found here: Champlain Discovery program.

In addition, this position will also be a trip leader for a two-week expeditionary rowing trip, Expedition Champlain. Training time in our rowing boats would be provided.


  • Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder certificate (WFR preferred) 
  • Experience with kayak trip leading and managing group dynamics needed 
  • Enthusiasm, flexibility, positive energy and a desire to work with teenagers is essential 
  • It is not necessary to be a boat-builder or woodworker, just a willingness to get dirty and learn

If you have any questions, please contact program director Nick Patch by phone (802-475-2022 x.113) or by email (NickP@lcmm.org).

Historic Preservation Fellowship


Position Title: Historic Preservation Fellowship

Position Term: June 1-August 15, 2020 (Start/end dates are negotiable)

Position Type: Paid, Full time (40 hours/week), Seasonal

Department: Research & Archaeology

How to Apply: Submit a resume, cover letter, academic transcript, and 2-3 references to Christopher Sabick, Director of Research and Archaeology, at chriss@lcmm.org. Applications are due by April 24, 2020.


This fellowship provides an opportunity for an emerging professional to gain valuable experience in the museum field while also improving public access to the region’s cultural heritage. This position will: 

  • Provide public interpretation for museum visitors at the Museum’s Nautical Archaeology Center, gain understanding of artifact conservation, and undertake research that will serve as a foundation for the protection and improved public access to the lake’s steamboat shipwrecks. 
  • Work with staff to assemble a Multi Property Documentation Form and draft NRHP nominations used in cultural resource management efforts by NY and VT SHPOs and nationwide. 
  • Help to expand digital resource files on the steamboats of Lake Champlain to support future exhibits, curricula, and academic research much more efficiently than currently possible.

Throughout this academic summer program, this position will have the opportunity to learn about the overarching history of the Champlain Valley while also delving deeply into information about specific steamboat shipwreck sites. Related research is encouraged and your findings will be credited and incorporated into the documentation form and NRHP nominations. In developing NRHP Multiple Property Nominations, you will gain experience in research and writing; share information with the public through spoken communication to lab visitors and through online posting of the completed nominations; and author a product that is used in cultural resource management efforts nationwide.

This position is a paid, 40 hour/week posting lasting from approximately June 1 to August 15, 2020. 


Undergraduate candidates are accepted, and graduate candidates are preferred. We welcome applications from candidates of diverse academic backgrounds – experience in historic preservation and nautical archaeology is a plus, but not required. This project is a collaborative interdisciplinary effort, and we encourage creative ways to tie in your studies with the map.


Educator and Summer Camp Leader


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Position Title: Educator and Summer Camp Leader (AmeriCorps)

Position Term: 680 hours between May 1 – October 31, 2020 (Start/end dates negotiable)

Department: Education & Interpretation

How To Apply: Send your resume and references to: info@lcmm.org

Note: This position is an AmeriCorps position. Successful applicants will be referred to appropriate AmeriCorps website for enrollment information.

Essential Responsibilities: 

  • Implement LCMM-based history, ecology, and archaeology programs in partnership with regional schools.
  • Serve as a counselor/educator at our maritime focused summer camps including on-water and under-water programs in nautical archaeology and lake ecology.
  • Design and lead new programs based on interest and LCMM’s mission

Required Minimum Qualifications, Skills, and Attributes:

At a minimum the individual must meet:

  • All AmeriCorps requirements
  • All Vermont Youth Development Corps requirements
  • Pass a National Service Criminal Background Check
  • Competent swimming skills

Preferred Qualifications (Expectations, Experience, Abilities)

  • 18 years old or older
  • Access to private transportation
  • Clean driving record
  • GED, high school degree, or some college education
  • CPR, First Aid, or Life Guard certified (CPR certification may be provided depending on start date)
  • SCUBA or snorkeling experience 
  • Experience working with youth, especially low-income and rural youth
  • Experience working in after school programs, summer programs, classroom teaching, mentoring, or youth development
  • Experience in communication, traditional and social media, community outreach, and public speaking
  • Familiarity with Lake Champlain or other freshwater systems

Other preferred qualifications:

  • Ability to lift 40 pounds on a regular basis
  • Knowledge of boats and navigation
  • Ability to serve in the evening or on weekends
  • Effective and clear communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Ability to set healthy boundaries and priorities
  • Critical thinking and problem solving