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New England Science and Sailing Foundation, Inc.

  • 72 Water Street, Stonington, Connecticut
  • www.nessf.org

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NESS SEA AmeriCorps Member



The NESS SEA (STEM Education Ambassador) AmeriCorps program uses national service to engage students in STEM-based ocean adventure learning. Each year, our AmeriCorps members join a national movement of over 75,000 Americans who dedicate themselves to intensive service in communities across the country. New England Science & Sailing SEA AmeriCorps members serve to provide students with additional support, mentoring and tutoring during the academic school day. They also design and implement STEM-based, extended learning and summer programs utilizing marine science, adventure sports, and sailing as the educational platform.


NESS offers a unique education model that empowers students with leadership, teamwork, confidence, and problem-solving skills to ensure academic success. Our STEM-based curriculum includes using marine science, sailing, power boating, and adventure sports as learning platforms, on and off the water, for students from all walks of life.



Various studies have found mindsets and social-emotional learning (SEL) skills matter as much, or more, than socioeconomic background for underperforming schools because those factors positively impact student achievement. SEL outcomes data for middle school students exposed to NESS programs when compared to a control group show that NESS students are more likely to show gains in:

• 8x more CONFIDENCE


• 4x more TEAMWORK

• 2x more SELF-CONTROL

NESS’s works with educators and schools to help ALL K-12 students reach their academic and personal potentials. Those goals are especially important in creating opportunities for disadvantaged students who often reside within under-resourced urban school districts.


NESS enhances the STEM student experience with experiential learning coupled with non-cognitive skills such as communication, teamwork, self-control, leadership, and perseverance. Students discover confidence in themselves, build a love of learning, and achieve greater academic achievement by exposure to the NESS education experience. (Goodman Research)


Schools partner with NESS to bring after school programs, half-day field expeditions, and in-school experiences with NESS educators. Educators explore different ways to use the outdoor environment around them to increase student engagement, as well as investigate experiential methods of problem-based learning, place-based learning, active learning, and other methods used in experiential learning. Applying the course concepts in their classrooms by developing curriculum, designing and implementing student learning assessment tools, and applying experiential learning elements throughout their teaching practice provides students with innovative STEM lessons, SEL skills, and hands-on experiments in the classroom and on the water.


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$15.7k - $15.7k / year

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Job Overview

Are you passionate about working with students from underserved communities?
Do you love the ocean and want to share the love with others?

If you answered yes, joining the NESS STEM Education Ambassador (SEA) AmeriCorps Program might be a great opportunity for you!

NESS SEA AmeriCorps members:

ENGAGE students in learning by seeing and doing
TEACH NESS standards-based programs
PROVIDE student support through classroom support & mentoring
EMPOWER students to discover their personal best by facing new challenges
SHARE enjoyment of the ocean and teach its science to students from all backgrounds
ENCOURAGE students to be positive stewards of their community and environment

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Serve in Connecticut schools for academic day or after-school programming providing classroom support and mentoring.
  • Develop NESS STEM-based lesson plans aligned to state and national standards.
  • Lead and assist in the delivery of NESS experiential education programs..
  • Lead and assist in the creation and delivery of field-based programs using kayaking, sailing, marine science, powerboating, fishing, and more.
  • Participate in community events to educate local students and families.
  • Help implement NESS’ safety plan by always maintaining campus and offsite safety.
  • Serve as a team with other AmeriCorps members and staff from both NESS and host sites
  • Participate in orientation training at the beginning of term and regular training throughout the service term.
  • Travel to various locations each day may be required.


  • Passion for working with underserved students
  • Minimum of two years of post-secondary education required; Bachelors or Associates Degree preferred OR service with the US Armed Forces
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Successful passage of the three-part National Service Criminal History Check
  • Positions will abide by AmeriCorps Prohibited Activities as referred to in the member contract
  • Commit to 11-month, full time assignment (37-40 hours/week), beginning September 6, 2022 through July 29th, 2023
  • Complete a minimum of 1700 hours of service.

Desired Skills:

  • Commitment to the AmeriCorps mission of service
  • Understanding of underserved communities
  • Interest in teaching, curriculum development, organization, and positive youth development,
  • Interest in marine science, sailing, and kayaking instruction in an experiential learning setting
  • A strong team player and excellent motivator
  • Initiative and the ability to work independently
  • Effective skills in interpersonal relationships, written and verbal communications, problem solving, decision making, group dynamics, and public speaking
  • Bilingual speakers, especially in Spanish, encouraged to apply

Benefits of Service:

  • AmeriCorps living allowance of approximately $15,700 over a 11-month term of service
  • Paid in weekly installments
  • Subject to all applicable local, state and federal income taxes
  • Eli Segal Education Award of up to $6,345 from the National Service Trust for qualifying education expenses or loans upon successful completion of the term of service.
  • Comprehensive Health, Dental and Vision insurance benefits at no cost
  • Extensive training and certifications
  • 8 days off for holidays each calendar year
  • Childcare assistance for those who qualify
  • Positions are eligible for student loan forbearance (available for qualified loans)

Training and certifications provided include:

  • Waterfront Lifeguarding (American Red Cross certification)
  • First Aid & CPR for the Professional Rescuer (American Red Cross certification)
  • Kayaking Instruction (American Canoe Association certification)
  • CT Safe Boating certification
  • Sailing instruction and practice
  • Introduction to experiential-based teaching practices
  • Career Development Mentorship

To Apply:
Submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Offers are made on a rolling basis.

About NESS

New England Science & Sailing Foundation (“NESS”) is a nationally recognized and award-winning 501(c)(3) nonprofit ocean adventure education organization that provides students, of all ages and backgrounds, with year-round programming that includes marine science, sailing, and water sports. NESS’s scholastic programs support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curricula in over 70 schools and organizations with a unique combination of on-the-water and in-the-classroom lessons intended to build confidence, teamwork, and leadership skills.

NESS is the first school partner program accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and has been recognized by US Sailing as the top community sailing program in the United States. NESS serves over 9,000 students annually across New England. Since its inception, NESS has enabled more than 35,000 students to get out on the water. For more information, visit www.nessf.org.

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