Career Opportunities at West Coast Sailing

Our staff of dinghy sailors works hard to grow the sport of sailing by providing excellent products, service, and advice. The members of our team have a variety of backgrounds, yet we all share a goal of advancing our professional aspirations. Our employees are actively involved in the sailing community and we are looking for an individual who is as passionate about sailing as we are. We work hard to make West Coast Sailing the largest and most respected small sailboat company in the world.



Our warehouse is located in Portland, Oregon, home to a small but vibrant river sailing community. The local junior program produces some of the finest sailors in the Pacific Northwest, and our two rivers are home to many sailors who are competitive on both the national and international levels in both dinghies and keelboats. Additionally, Portland lies within a two-hour drive from every other outdoor activity you could dream of.



West Coast Sailing is seeking creative and passionate individuals to join our team. We are a small but growing sailing business that prides itself on outstanding service, quality products, and helpful information. We are looking for detail-oriented, hardworking, and self-motivated individuals to join our team. Our shop is fast-paced and tasks change daily so we need individuals who are flexible and willing to help others while managing their own priorities and responsibilities.



  • - Friendly, hard-working, self-motivated, and a team player!
  • - Familiarity with small boats and passion for sailing.
  • - Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel, Quickbooks, and Gmail. Strong computer skills and ability to learn new skills quickly.
  • - Ability to work with customers, determine their needs, and guide them to select the best products for those needs.
  • - Strong email and written communication skills- our customers are all over the world!
  • - Strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • - A desire to learn more about sailing and help others do the same.
  • - Ability to work with other departments to provide the best and most efficient service possible.


Current Job Openings:


Boat Rigging & Warehouse Assistant

Posted March 1st, 2018


West Coast Sailing’s mission is to get more people on the water and help them enjoy their free time. The Boat Fulfillment Team has the critical responsibility of preparing boats for our customers so that they are confident and excited to get on the water.


The Boat Rigging & Warehouse Assistant works under the direction of the Boat Fulfillment Leader. Daily, the Boat Rigging & Warehouse Assistant can be called on to physically prepare and load boats, repair issues, help customers over phone and email, and clean workspaces. This is a full time, seasonal position.


Promote Company Values to Our Customers

Make our customers proud that they do business with our staff of passionate and dedicated dinghy sailors.


Receive and Deliver Boats

  • - Unpack, rig, clean and prepare boats for delivery
  • - Unpack & assemble trailers, dollies and install accessories
  • - Load and unload boats from containers, semi-trucks and customer vehicles
  • - Check in, inspect, and photograph used and consignment boats
  • - Refurbish used and consignment boats
  • - Assist with demos and deliveries


Create an Efficient Workplace

  • - Ensure that the warehouse is kept clean and bright
  • - Keep the yard clean and maintain inventory in storage
  • - Upkeep of tools and equipment.
  • - Assist with warehouse development.


Job Requirements

  • - Basic knowledge of small sailboats and sailing gear
  • - Comfortable with a variety of hand and power tools
  • - Ability to work comfortably in a confined space (ie container or trailer)
  • - Able to move and carry 80lbs.
  • - Friendly and helpful attitude
  • - Written and verbal communication skills


Why work at West Coast Sailing?

  • - Competitive hourly compensation
  • - Hands on, fast paced work environment
  • - Wholesale pricing for employee purchases
  • - Access to demo boats for personal use


How To Apply

  • Please send an email to Scott Van Bergen at Please include the subject line "Rigging & Warehouse Assistant Position"



Fulfillment Assistant

Posted March 12th, 2018


The Fulfillment Assistant ensures that customers’ orders are fulfilled promptly and safely. Primary responsibilities include processing online, phone, email and post-event sales to deliver products to customers in a timely and economical fashion. The Fulfillment Assistant works under the direction of the Fulfillment Leader and also works closely with the sales and customer service teams. This position reports to the Director of Operations.


Primary responsibilities include:

  • - Process orders from the web-store, phone, email, and post-event sales through the order management and shipping system
  • - Process payments and make all shipping and sales adjustments to orders prior to shipment
  • - Pick, invoice, pack and ship orders in a timely and safe manner
  • - Work to meet daily shipping and receiving deadlines
  • - Assist in receiving inventory and returns and help maintain an accurate inventory
  • - Keep showroom, backstock and clearance area organized
  • - Works with the Fulfillment Leader to receive and re-stock inventory, update labeling and perform regular inventory cycle counts
  • - Works with the Customer Support Team to fulfill backorders
  • - Works with Fulfillment Leader to receive Drop Ship POs and Customer Notifications in a timely manner
  • - May help with numbering sails and other tasks as needed


The Fulfillment Assistant should be an efficient worker with a good attention to detail. They must be able to work independently and meet regular shipping deadlines while ensuring the product is delivered to the customer in a safe and timely fashion.



  • - High-school diploma preferred
  • - Ability to lift 80lbs
  • - Possess strong computer skills
  • - Prior warehouse experience processing orders in a fulfillment environment preferred
  • - Sailing experience and good knowledge of small sailboat parts and equipment would be of benefit


  • - Full time Permanent – Mon-Fri with opportunity for occasional weekend work
  • - Employer-sponsored health care, paid time off/sick time and holiday leave available after 90 days
  • - Wholesale pricing on sailing gear, parts, boats
  • - Compensation up to $14/hour, DOE


How To Apply

  • Please send an email with resume and brief cover letter to Gary Arneson at Please include the subject line "Fulfillment Assistant Position"



Seasonal Kayak Salesperson


West Coast Sailing sells Hobie kayaks and accessories as part of a premium range of small boats and gear. The dedicated members of our staff derive great satisfaction from helping our customers get the most out of their time on the water. The seasonal kayak salesperson assists the lead kayak salesperson in achieving sales goals for Hobie kayaks, SUPs, and parts/accessories. They assist customers in the store, by e-mail, and by phone with Hobie kayak and parts purchases, and also help the Kayak Sales Lead with events, such as demos and shows.


Primary responsibilities include:

  • - Field kayak sales inquiries and provide information, pricing, and expert advice.
  • - Follow up with sales leads quickly and consistently.
  • - Help customers select the right kayak and accessories for their needs.
  • - Prepare and assemble boats and accessories for customers.
  • - Assist with demos and events.



  • - In depth, hands-on experience with Hobie kayaks (other kayaking experience is a plus).
  • - Good understanding of kayak parts & accessories installs.
  • - Previous sales & customer service experience.
  • - Passion & fire for spending time on the water.
  • - Ability to work weekend days.



  • - Hourly pay D.O.E.
  • - Personal use of kayaks in our demo fleet.
  • - Wholesale pricing on boats and accessories.

This is a full-time, seasonal position. West Coast Sailing is an equal opportunity employer.


How To Apply

  • Please send an email with resume and brief cover letter to Seth West at Please include the subject line "Kayak Sales Position"