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Scenes from a Public Paddle

Now with more public!

NBBC’s 2019 Public Paddle Series launched Saturday, May 11, with our first community paddle activity wholly based in Manhattan Avenue Street End Park. Through the generous partnership of NYC Parks, we are able to launch our new fleet of 29′ canoes from the heart of Greenpoint and onto NBBC’s home waters on Newtown Creek.

NBBC’s new 29′ Langley canoes made their first public trips, bringing more than a hundred people out on the waters of New York City and helping fulfill the mission of your community boat club.

Come join NBBC Saturday, May 25, for the next Public Paddle, and your city in a whole new way.

NBBC Is Hiring: Education Facilitator

Education Facilitator (Seasonal)

Job Description

The North Brooklyn Boat Club (NBBC) is seeking a part-time Environmental Education Facilitator to work on educational programming through June 31 of 2019. NBBC offers environmental education to the general public through on-water tours and on-land activities at 2 locations in Greenpoint. We are seeking an experienced paddler with an interest in environmental education to help our organization deliver grant-funded paddles in May and June, and to help us prepare for the season and keep our equipment and fleet maintained throughout. Working with volunteers, the Facilitator will organize and coordinate small and large paddle events, many of which the Facilitator will be responsible for scheduling and promoting. Additional duties as determined by the grant coordinators may include painting, repair and maintenance of boats and shipping containers, and working on signage and boat-storage solutions. The facilitator will work independently, and can also expect to solicit help from our large pool of volunteers and work with others. In addition to paddling experience, the Facilitator will need light carpentry and painting skills and an interest in sharing our mission of environmental education with the public


  • Coordinate with volunteers
  • Schedule and promote public paddles
  • Help with grant-funded activities
  • Schedule, coordinate, and organize on-water events
  • Some graphic design work for signage and online promotion
  • Keep track of numbers of participants
  • Help grant coordinators with reporting duties
  • Help maintain Club boats and equipment

Work Schedule & Compensation

10 hours per week, April 15 – May 1; 20 hours per week, May 1 – June 30. Availability to work on weekends is a high priority; scheduling is flexible. Possibility of additional hours depending on funding availability. $30 per hour.


Highly motivated and self-driven with ability to work well with others and independently. Knowledge of Newtown Creek and environs. Has own basic tools and bicycle. A natural communicator. Some background in marine or earth sciences is a plus. Must be very comfortable in small boats, able to teach basic paddle skills to others. Canoe experience is a requirement as is willingness to learn new paddling skills. Fluency in Spanish or Polish is a plus.

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Resume should include 2 to 3 references. Position will remain open until filled.

About NBBC

The North Brooklyn Boat Club is a 501c(3) non-profit organization that provides public access to the East River and Newtown Creek. NBBC is dedicated to advocating for human-powered boating and stewardship of the waterways around North Brooklyn. Since 2012, NBBC has safely taken thousands of people out onto the water and run environmental educational programming for dozens of schools and educational groups. More info here.

Creek Life! Tuesday Open Hours at NBBC

Come to the NBBC Broadway Stages Boatyard at 51 Ash Street most Tuesday evenings for open hours. The Ed Shed will be open; come look at plankton in our microscope, talk about our new composting system, paint a sign, or just hang out and watch the water go by in Newtown Creek.

For more information or to collaborate on an Open Hours event or find the volunteering opportunity that’s best for you, please contact Lena at

These events are open to the public. We want to welcome you to come learn more about the mission and volunteering opportunities of your community boat club.

Shaped by the waters of NYC: NBBC Open Hours!

Northland by Porter Fox: Book Launch Party and more!

Book luanch party for Porter Fox's Northland at NBBC, June 28, 6 PM to 9 PM

Porter Fox canoed and hiked along the entire northern U.S. border. His book, Northland, will be published by Norton on July 3.

Come join us for a launch party and reading. There are even a bluegrass band, a raffle, good food and drinks, and more!

Thursday June 28, 2018
The Crystal Shed at NBBC’s Broadway Stages Boatyard
51 Ash Street Brooklyn, NY 11222
Rain or Shine

6 pm: Relax with food and drinks
6-7 pm: Bluegrass music and a slideshow
7 pm: Q&A with Porter Fox and a short reading
7:30 pm: Raffle drawing for a Boundary Waters trip

See the NBBC Calendar for the latest details.