Employment & Service Opportunities



Environmental Camp Leaders for the Junior Squam Lakes Association (JSLA) - Hiring is complete for 2020! We will begin accepting applications for next summer in January 2021.

Sailing Instructor for the Community Youth Sailing Program (CYSP) - Hiring is complete for 2020! We will begin accepting applications for next summer in January 2021.

Facilities and Access Assistant - Hiring is complete for 2020


Environmental Camp Leaders - Junior Squam Lakes Association (JSLA) 

To apply for the Environmental Leader positions click here!

Environmental  Leaders guide our Adventure Ecology Programs for campers in grades 3-12 as part of the Junior Squam Lakes Association (JSLA) Adventure Ecology Programs focus on nature, ecological research, recreational skills, and teambuilding activities. Environmental Camp Leaders develop, plan, and implement fun age-appropriate nature-based activities, including hiking, backpacking, canoeing and kayaking, nature games and crafts. Environmental Camp Leaders supervise the health and safety of campers and must have a strong sense of safety. Must be able to provide leadership for campers and Leaders in Training (LIT). Each session includes one to three off-site campouts on Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday nights.


  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old with a clean driving record
  • Have an interest and general knowledge of natural history and/or environmental education
  • Working toward a bachelor’s in environmental studies, biology, education or related field
  • Must have previous experience working with and enjoy being with children
  • Experience creating fun environmental education learning opportunities 
  • Experience in  outdoor recreation activities (canoeing, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, backpacking) encompassing strong safety ethic
  • Current certification in Lifeguarding, CPR and First Aid or an equivalent current certification is REQUIRED
  • Pass a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) & Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) is REQUIRED
  • Must be available for duration of program (6/8/2020-8/10/2020)

Schedule: Season begins with staff training on June 8, 2020 and ends on August 10, 2020.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m with weekly overnights on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings. Some weekend days are required for all SLA staff.

To apply for the Environmental Leader positions click here!

Contact SLA Director of Education, Leigh Ann Reynolds, for more information.

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​ Sailing Instructor - Community Youth Sailing Program (CYSP) 

To apply for the sailing instructor positions click here!

CYSP sailing instructors provide sailing instruction that emphasizes safety, proper handling of equipment, skill development, and provides an enjoyable experience for all participants. In many cases, the sailing instructor will be the first contact that the student has with the Squam Lakes Association. Instructors must be friendly, courteous, and knowledgeable of the rules, regulations, and operations of the SLA Resource Center. Instructors must be enthusiastic about the sport of sailing and seek to expose students to the fundamentals of sailing as well as the importance of the natural environment in which we sail and the basic leadership skills inherent in the sport of sailing. Instructors must demonstrate a commitment to working as a team, be supportive of the efforts of their fellow instructors and follow the SLA’s guidelines in accordance of appropriate attire including personal flotation devices. The Lead Sailing Instructor will supervise and work with one Sailing Assistant.

Responsible to: Director of Education


  • Hold a current US Sailing Level 1 Small Boat Instructor certification at a minimum (REQUIRED for Lead Sailing Instructors)
  • Current Red Cross First Aid, CPR, AED & Lifeguard certification REQUIRED
  • Must have a passion for watersports, the environment, and working with kids
  • Must have a positive, enthusiastic, and flexible attitude
  • Must possess strong problem solving skills and an ability to adapt to changing program needs depending on weather, number of students, number of boats, etc.
  • Lead Sailing Instructors must be at least 21 years old with a clean driving record and assistant sailing instructor must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be available for the entire duration of program: 6/8/2020-8/10/2020


  • Teach safety, boat handling and sailing theory to children and adults who are beginning and intermediate sailors
  • Develop and follow lesson plans that include dry land and on-the-water drills and inclement weather activities
  • Must have empathy for the students and be able to adapt to their individual needs
  • Responsible for sign in / sign out records for all campers, reporting all camper injuries and boat damage
  • When scheduled, sailing instructors will be required to host the Adult Drop-In Sailing Sessions weekly throughout the summer from 5-7:30pm
  • Care and maintenance of boats and the facility including set up at the beginning of the season and preparing boats for storage at the end
  • On occasion, the sailing instructor will be required to fulfill the duties of a Waterfront Coordinator as needed in coordination with the SLA Resource Center and Boat Rentals Staff. These duties include providing general and on-shore assistance to users and monitor users on the water and provide on-the-water assistance and/or rescue as situations dictate. He/She will also be required to perform administrative tasks such as collecting checks, cash and accepting credit card payments for drop in Adult Summer Sailing and performing additional duties as required.
  • Maintains and cleans the docks, boats and grounds before and after class

Schedule: Season begins with staff training on June 8, 2020 and ends on August 10, 2020.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m (unless otherwise scheduled) with occasional required evenings and weekend days.

To apply for the sailing instructor positions click here!

Contact SLA Director of Education, Leigh Ann Reynolds, for more information.

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Facilities and Access Assistant (Boat Rentals, Gift Store & Lawn Maintenance)  


If interested the position will reopen next year (2021).

The SLA is looking for a motivated and enthusiastic individual for a part-time position as an SLA Facilities and Access Assistant. This position reports directly to the SLA’s Office Manager and supports the needs of the SLA’s conservation, access, and education mission. Duties of the access and grounds position are varied changing day to day and hour to hour.  Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Greeting visitors and providing them with information regarding the Squam Lakes area, the SLA and SLA programs, while running the SLA store;
  • Processing boat rental reservations, liability waivers, and collecting boat rental fees;
  • Inspecting and maintaining boat rental craft and equipment;
  • Instructing customers in basic canoe, kayak, and paddle board operation and safety practice;
  • Maintaining the grounds and waterfront area of the Resource Center.


  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Must have good communication skills and customer service skills
  • Must be able to work as part of a team
  • Must be self-motivated and capable of working on projects independently
  • Dates of position: August 10 (8/10) through Labor Day weekend (9/7). Part-time - weekends off. Weekdays flexible. Position can be extended through mid-October (10/12).

Compensation: $10 per hour

All employees of the SLA receive a discount on merchandise in the SLA store; personal use of kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddle boards so long as it does not impact rental use; and discounts on campsite rentals. Successful applicants gain experience with the day-to-day functioning of a conservation non-profit and build a network within the environmental non-profit field.

If interested contact Clayton Smith and attach a PDF of your current resume 

Contact Clayton Smith for more information.

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