Independence Seaport Museum
  • Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Seasonal



Title:    Dock Hand at Paddle Penn's Landing


Hours:  Seasonal, Hourly


Reports To: Assistant Director of Waterfront and Community Programs


Compensation: Starting at $12/hr


DescriptionDock Hands are responsible for engaging the public in on-water programming on the Independence Seaport's Waterfront. This most commonly includes teaching basic boating safety and skills to the public during Paddle Penn's Landing, small boat rentals, special events such as water clean-ups, environmental educational opportunities, and for children and teens in many different summer camp groups. This seasonal position runs from May through September. Required on-water training occurs late-April. Shift times include: weekend mornings/afternoons and afternoon/evenings from May September and weekday mornings/afternoons and weekday afternoon/evenings from Memorial Day- Labor Day. At least 4 weekend days per month are required. At least one Summer Holiday required.



  • Previous experience in/on and around the water required
  • Previous experience interacting with the public required
  • Previous teaching, supervising or mentoring experience preferred
  • Previous experience with rowing, paddling, or other on-water activities preferred
  • Small boat, lifeguard, CPR/first aid certifications a plus
  • First aid certified required (training provided)
  • Must be patient and able to remain calm in stressful situations
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to represent the Museum to potential visitors
  • Ability to stand for long hours outdoors in the summer weather
  • Ability to lift 50lbs
  • Ability to work weekends, evening hours, or holidays
  • PA Child Abuse History Clearance required (cost covered)
  • Must be 16 or older



Essential Duties:

  • Model Dock Staff Expectations during each shift
  • Follow all Waterfront policies, practices and procedures in accordance with training
  • Properly fit customers with Personal Floatation Devices
  • Safely assist customers into and out of boats
  • Teach customers to safely operate their vessels
  • Calmly handle situations on the water
  • Prepare boats for usage and end-of-day storage (duties include: pumping water out of boats, cleaning boats, and ensuring boats are tied off properly)
  • Perform routine maintenance and repairs on docks, boats, and equipment
  • Actively use and update scheduling software, in accordance with training
  • Assist with dockside related programming and events.
  • Welcome visiting ships and other boats on the dock and the landing, and assist with their docking and other needs.

Independence Seaport Museum is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in its visitors, board, and staff. The Museum does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status. People demonstrating a commitment to diversity and multiculturalism are encouraged to apply.


Independence Seaport Museum deepens the appreciation, understanding and experience of the Philadelphia region's waterways through history, science, art and community.  For more information, please visit


Location: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106. The Museum is easily accessible by public transportation and nearby parking.

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