Independence Seaport Museum
  • Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Seasonal


Title:  Dock Supervisor


Hours:  Seasonal, Hourly


Reports to:  Assistant Director of Waterfront and Community Programs


Compensation:  Starting at $14/hour


Description: Dock Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that proper safety protocol and visitor assistance are provided during waterfront programming, including Paddle Penn's Landing, small boat rentals, special events and summer camp. Dock Supervisors are responsible for monitoring and coaching Dock Hands and enforcing all Waterfront policies and procedures. This seasonal position runs from Late April through early October. 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. This seasonal position runs from mid-May through early October.



  • Previous experience in incident-response or incident- management required
  • Previous experience with rowing, paddling, or other on-water activities required
  • Previous experience working with the public required
  • Previous teaching, supervising or mentoring experience preferred
  • Previous experience working on boat docks preferred
  • First aid certified required (training provided)
  • Small boat certification and lifesaving certification a plus
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Basic computer skills
  • Patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • 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)


Essential Duties:

  • Uphold and model the Dock Staff Expectations.
  • Supervise Dock Hands during shifts.
  • Follow and ensure compliance with all Waterfront policies, practices and procedures in accordance with training.
  • Practice and oversee the practice of proper safety standards during waterfront programming.
  • Safely assist customers into and out of boats
  • Teach customers to safely operate their vessels
  • Properly fit customers with Personal Floatation Devices
  • Respond to and document any near misses or incidents that occur during waterfront programming, according to training.
  • Communicate regularly with Assistant Director of Waterfront and Community Programs about weather and/or safety related concerns.
  • Oversee and/or prepare boats for usage and end-of-day storage: pumped out, cleaned, and tied off properly.
  • Oversee and/or perform routine maintenance on docks.
  • Actively use 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

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