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Sailing Instructors

LOCATION:  United States Naval Academy, Robert Crown Center
DATE CLOSES:  Application review will begin on 8 January 2018 and will continue until all positions are filled. 


The United States Naval Academy is a unique institution of higher learning located in desirable Annapolis, Maryland.  As an historic officer accession program and premier undergraduate college, the United States Naval Academy has its own distinctive niche amongst American educational institutions. Our talented faculty and staff are united by one common purpose--to develop the next generation of leaders for naval service. In order to deliver on this promise to our nation, we recruit from all segments of society to find faculty, instructors, and support staff who model the highest professional standards.

The United States Naval Academy is committed to building a diverse workforce who collaborate to provide a multi-disciplinary and hands-on approach to student learning and leadership development.  We believe that individuals from diverse backgrounds strengthen our programs and positively impact student success. We encourage qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply for consideration.

Every year more than one million people tour "the Yard" to experience what our employees already know — the United States Naval Academy is a special place, with a special purpose. Those selected for employment will find challenging and rewarding work; state-of-the-art facilities which inspire academic and athletic excellence; the benefits of Federal employment; and exceptional quality-of-life.


The U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland is hiring experienced and energetic SAILING INSTRUCTORS to train primarily Midshipmen and recent USNA graduates on small 26’ keelboats. The minimum commitment is June 11-22, 2018 (Mondays through Fridays – 8 hour days) where you will work hard alongside other top-caliber instructors training basic sailing and instruction skills to a cadre of motivated and goal orientated young adults.  The potential for additional employment opportunities exists on an intermittent and flexible basis on short-term appointments April through October 2018 or year-long appointment with the possibility to renew. This exciting and fast-paced program centers around 2 or 3 weeks of full-time employment in early summer.

Various employment opportunities for 2018:

    • June 11-22:  Employed for two weeks (40 hours per week) training Navy Ensigns to sail proficiently and to become sailing instructors.
    • June 11-29:  Employed for three weeks (40 hours per week) training Ensigns to sail proficiently and to become sailing instructors.
    • June 11- August 16:  Employed for almost ten weeks.  Employed in June (40 hours per week) training Ensigns to sail proficiently and become sailing instructors.  Assist with plebe summer sailing on a daily basis July through mid-August (30-40 hours per week).
    • April 2– Nov 9: Work on an intermittent basis April and May. Employed June 11-29 (40 hours per week) training Ensigns to sail proficiently and to become sailing instructors.  Assist with plebe summer sailing July through August 16 (30-40 hours per week). And then work on a consistent intermittent basis September and October.
    • Annual Appointment starting April 2 with the possibility of renewal dependent on positive performance, .

Appointment length will be negotiated based on instructor experience and availability to support sailing program requirement.

There will be multiple positions filled through this advertisement.

This world-class sail training program is unlike any other so do not miss the chance to be a part of the team!



  • US Sailing Association Instructor or Coach Certification, strong sailing instructor or coach experience, and proficiency sailing a small keelboat without a motor
  • U.S. Citizenship required


  • US Sailing Basic Keelboat Instructor Certification or Basic Keelboat Instructor Trainer Certification


  1. Interested candidates should send their resume to Joni Palmer, at
  2. Applications will be reviewed beginning January 8, 2018 but the position will remain open until filled.


The Department of the Navy provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  Applicants with disabilities who believe they require reasonable accommodation should contact our Human Resource Office to ensure that the Department of the Navy can consider such requests.  The decision to grant an accommodation will be made on a case by case basis.

Submit a Demographic Information on Applicants Form to  Your responses will not be shared with the panel rating the applications or to the official making the selection for this position

All Civilian Faculty Positions at USNA are subject to a background investigation.  These investigations are conducted to ensure that individuals hired are trustworthy, of good conduct, and reliable. More information about the background investigation process can be found at the Academic Dean and Provost’s website here

Announcement: PRODEV-17-1

The U.S. Naval Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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