On-Water Kayaking Assistant

Pay Type: 
Hourly Rate
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Glen Foerd

Organization Description: Glen Foerd is an 18-acre public park, museum, and historic site located along the Delaware River in Philadelphia. Glen Foerd stewards an eclectic riverfront estate for the enjoyment and educational benefit of the community. Drawing from the estate’s architecture, art, material culture, and history—as well as its gardens and waterways—Glen Foerd provides inclusive experiences that spark curiosity and support Philadelphia’s natural and cultural ecosystems.


Position Description: Glen Foerd seeks energetic, outgoing individuals to assist with our summer kayaking programs. On-Water Kayaking Assistants will aid with 2-hour excursions on the Poquessing Creek and Delaware River. Excursions run Saturdays and Sundays beginning in mid-May through mid-October with one trip per day. Assistants may also act as a chase boat driver when not assisting on the trip via kayak. This is a part-time, seasonal position that reports to the Environmental Program Manager, Environmental and On-Water Program Coordinator/Educator, and works collaboratively with all Glen Foerd staff and volunteers.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with safe and engaging boating excursions on the Delaware River and Poquessing Creek 
  • Communicate with participants on relevant information about Glen Foerd, the Delaware River, the Poquessing Creek and the surrounding flora and fauna
  • Demonstrate paddling skills and safety protocols for visitors
  • Assist with equipment setup, cleaning, and maintenance
  • Handle emergency situations as they arise



  • 1-year experience with on-water programming desired 
  • Excellent oral and interpersonal skills
  • Eager to learn and work with the public
  • Adaptable and flexible with quickly changing environments
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse audience of all ages
  • Ability to perform physically challenging work outside under all weather conditions
  • Willingness to work weekends


Employment Type: Seasonal, part-time, non-exempt. Interested candidates must have the ability and willingness to work on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer, with programs beginning May 14. Training will take place in late April/early May. Shifts are generally 3-4 hours, but may be longer depending on the event.

Education Level: 
High school graduate or certificate of equivalency
To Apply

To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to sarahferguson@glenfoerd.org. Our application deadline is March 18th, 2022.

Glen Foerd is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. Glen Foerd will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.