Title: Apprenticeship Coordinator (Full time, exempt)


$43,000 – $45,000 per year depending on experience

Competitive benefits package, including employer paid health insurance, Health Savings Account with 3% employer match, Simple-IRA with 3% match, nine paid holidays, paid parental leave, and progressively increasing PTO beginning at 15 days per year.

Position Description: Urban Boatbuilders is seeking an energetic individual passionate about youth empowerment and hands-on learning to facilitate impactful programming, coordinate critical program logistics, and support youth in job and career planning.

The Apprenticeship Coordinator will lead a crew consisting of eight to ten youth three-four days per week (an additional instructor will lead a second crew); co-facilitate large group workshops one day per week, and be present at the shop to support the other instructor the remaining two days of the workweek.

The coordinator will work collaboratively with program staff to create an equitable, inclusive, and safe learning environment that prioritizes youth’s identities and needs. They will also develop and facilitate an educational curriculum that supports youths’ goals while refining youths’ professional development and planning skills. One day each week, the coordinator will co-teach with their counterpart. See the description below for a more complete list.

We seek candidates that love hands-on learning and are passionate about building powerful and impactful relationships with youth. A woodworking background is not a prerequisite to be eligible for this position.

Primary Responsibilities:

Manage and support logistics of the apprenticeship program for 20 youth ages 16 – 21. Logistics include but are not limited to: supply coordination, youth hiring and recruiting, and seeking out resources for youth.

Teach 3-4.5 hour program sessions

Collaboratively develop and implement program curriculum surrounding: Woodworking, Career Readiness, and Social and Emotional Learning through an equitable lens

Coordinate workshops, special programming, on-water days, field trips, and wilderness trips

Facilitate lessons, team-building activities, workshops, and reflection sessions

Assess the needs of youth participants and seek resources to support success

Provide mentorship for youth to achieve their individual, interpersonal, and group goals

Provide coaching for youth to develop and achieve professional goals

Conduct outreach to partners and referral sources to recruit youth

Support co-instructors through program coordination and co-facilitation

Implement program evaluation strategies and analyze results for continuous program improvement

Maintain a safe, and respectful environment

Lead the management and construction of boats

Other duties as assigned

Ideal candidates will have:

Experience working with diverse populations

Experience in the field of youth development or teaching

Excellent organizational skills, dependability, and capacity to manage time

Excellent collaboration skills and enthusiasm for team teaching

Ability to motivate a group of young people while fostering their potential

Excellent communication skills

Must pass a Minnesota Child Protection Background Check upon offer

Valid driver’s license, safe driving history, and a reliable vehicle (mileage reimbursement will be provided for necessary travel)

Preferred skills/experiences:

Experience in youth employment and/or job coaching

Project-based or experiential learning facilitation

First Aid/ Wilderness First Aid/ Wilderness First Responder Certification

Wilderness based leadership experience, ideally with youth

Although not a requirement for this position, there will be many instances where there is a need to lift boats, lumber, or equipment that are 25 lbs or heavier. Please note that Urban Boatbuilders will make appropriate accommodations and provide support for folks who are unable or have difficulty doing so.


Position starts no later than August 1, 2022

Composition of hours will vary based on programming needs and the season:

Fall and Spring Schedule (teaching schedule may vary)

M- F 2:30pm-6:30pm

12 hours teaching

8 hours days of administrative hours and onsite instructor support

The remaining 20 hours a week are flexible for program administration, program preparation and planning, organizational meetings, and other needs

Total: 40 hours per week

Summer Schedule (teaching schedule may vary)

M-TH 9:00am- 5:00pm

15-20 hours teaching

10-15 hours administrative work

The remaining 10 hours a week are flexible for program administration, program preparation and planning, organizational meetings, and other needs

Total: 40 hours per week

To Apply:

Application deadline is Thursday, June 30th, 2022. The position will remain open until filled. Please email your cover letter and resume to Dennis Walsh, Program Director, at [email protected]

About Urban Boatbuilders:

Urban Boatbuilders is a youth development organization that strives to empower youth to succeed in work and life through woodworking and experiential learning.

We work with more than 1,000 youth each year through our partnership and apprenticeship programs, developing youths’ social-emotional learning (SEL) skills, technical woodworking skills, and career-readiness (CR) skills. By listening to youth feedback, we are able to continually improve our curriculum and approaches to teaching. Urban Boatbuilders’ curriculum currently applies critical race theory concepts, aspects of anti-white supremacy culture, and anti-oppressive pedagogies into its SEL and CR workshops.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

We believe that diverse perspectives and backgrounds create a rich work environment that enhances our ability to pursue our mission and support youth.

In order to prioritize an inclusive and equitable environment for our youth, staff, volunteers, and other stakeholders, we prioritize impact over intentions in our programming and outreach strategies. Through Urban Boatbuilder’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion program all departments in the organization are continually assessed for white supremacy culture and are committed to aggressively dismantling white supremacy culture in its policies, culture, and implementation.

We are committed to building an organization that fosters inclusivity and equity among members of the community. Our organization actively seeks diverse candidates that are reflective of our youth populations (BIPOC, Queer, Disabled, Neurodivergent, and more) for all positions.

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