Dock Crew

About The Gatineau River Yacht Club (GRYC)

The GRYC is a family-oriented, volunteer-driven, not-for-profit organization with roughly 500 active members. It promotes and encourages participation in sailing and water-related recreation. It is nestled on a cluster of small islands on the Gatineau River in Chelsea, Quebec. The GRYC values and respects the environment and seeks to ensure that the Club’s islands and the Gatineau River can sustain its activities for generations to come. The GRYC is a community within a community. We value respect, diversity and inclusion, positive can-do attitudes, and teamwork. 

Scope of work

The Dock Crew report to the Club Manager and Fleet Captains. Each crew member assists members with rigging boats, launching and safely returning from sailing. They’re responsible for the general upkeep of club sailboats and sailing related equipment and facilities.


  • Reports directly to the Club Manager.
  • Assists and supports the Bosun, Manager, Board of Directors, Youth Program and Club members, as required.
  • Works with Bosun and Manager to establish and maintain proper boat use.
  • Facilitates strong daily communications with other staff, members and their guests, and the local community to foster a safe, enjoyable, and respectful atmosphere.


Sailing assistance and instruction

  • Learn to Sail Program: Attend and participate in program activities as required, including helping participants with rigging and de-rigging, launching and docking, demonstrating skills for the instructors, and operating the safety boat.
  • Evening and social sailing: Operate the safety boat and assist members with rigging and de-rigging, as required. The intention is assisting members to learn how to rig and not simply rigging the boat for them. Dock crew can provide members with sailing tips and pointers, as needed. 
  • Provide support for club racing days, as required. Duties include point duty, course set-up, and safety boat operation. 
  • Promote and encourage proper boat rigging technique, seamanship, stowing gear, and ensure safe boating practices. 

General tasks

  • Dock closing in evening (boats, pram shed, tool shed)
  • Minor cleaning around club
  • Assist Manager as required

Maintenance of assets (organization and minor repair)

  • Knowing inventory of club fleet, equipment, and accessories
  • Report fleet damage to Bosun
  • Take initiative in fixing rigging errors and conduct minor repairs within abilities
  • Demonstrate, monitor, and enforce boat sign-out system
  • Ensure proper storage of fleet at all times 
  • Help to maintain motorboats and ensure their safe operation

Skills and abilities

  • Strong customer service experience and customer-oriented attitude
  • Flexible, adaptable, self-starter that’s ok with ambiguity
  • Boating experience including power or sail, preferably both
  • Bilingual (EN/FR) is preferred

Employment terms

Period of appointment

  • June/July/August
  • Start and end dates: TBD

Hours and payment

  • Shift work ranging between 2-8 hours at $15.00 per hour. Shifts will occur on evenings and weekends throughout the season. We’ll make every effort to accommodate your preferred availability.
  • Anywhere between 2-20 hours per week depending on availability and as planned with the Club Manager. You will keep and submit a bi-weekly timesheet to the Manager for payroll.

Application deadline

Please email a letter of interest and resumé including any qualifications on or before May 31, 2023.