Educators are trained to work with all programs (school, university, adult and family, and summer camp programs) and will work with learners of all levels, including K-12 students, college students, and adult learners. You will gain valuable and diverse knowledge regarding aquarium and field equipment use and maintenance, boat crew skills and boat safety, group leadership in laboratory and field settings, time management and marine husbandry. This
highly demanding, but rewarding, job best fits individuals who work well independently and as part of a team. Candidates must demonstrate problem solving skills, time and group management skills, and enthusiasm for education and the environment.
Lead School Programs, Special Programs, Road Scholar Programs, College Programs, and Summer Camps
Function as deck-hand and first mate on our flat-bottomed research vessels for all types of programs
Work with groups of all ages, from five-year olds to adult learners
Design summer camp classes and curriculum (camp topics, titles, and essential elements are already in place, but you fill in the blanks and create new lesson plans and experiences
Customer Service for program participants
Leading outdoor programs such as kayaking and cycling
Alertly and actively interact with and supervise participants, giving them undivided attention.
Set- up, take down, cleaning and organizing program areas
Assist in the coordination of program locations, movement/transportation of program participants.
Work on weekly program maintenance tasks during non-program time
Drive Field Station vehicles including 15 passenger vans and school buses. (Commercial Driver’s License must be obtained as part of training).
Learn to drive Field Station kayak and bike trailers
Coordinate group check-ins and check-outs
Prepare equipment, labs and housing for use.
Enforce Field Station protocols and rules on Field Station property and in the field.
Help clean and provide routine maintenance for field and lab equipment.
Help clean and maintain aquaria.
Represent the Field Station at outreach opportunities and special events
Other duties as assigned.
Competitive salary: $660/bi-weekly
On-site staff housing provided: furnished 800 sq. ft. two bedroom apt, one bathroom, kitchen and living room, central heat and A/C, shared with max. one roommate.
On-station meals when programs in session– vegetarian friendly
Free laundry facility attached to housing
Opportunities for continued professional development and networking
Please complete the Educator Application Form using the link below. The items you will need to have ready for the application are listed as well.
4 references (3 professional or academic, 1 peer)
Answers to this year’s short-answer questions (part of the application form)
1) What do you hope to gain professionally and personally from a position at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station
2) What inspired you to become involved in the field(s) of environmental education and/or marine biology?
3) Talk about your experiences being in a leadership role (professional, academic, camps, sports, clubs, organizations, etc.).
Teaching experience and/or leadership experience in informal education or camps
Experience teaching multiple age groups, from young learners to adults of all ages
Previous experience working on boats preferred but not necessary
Experience with summer camps and/or outdoor adventure programs
Kayaking, biking and tour group experience at plus!
Would prefer a degree in Education, Outdoor Recreation, Biology, Marine Biology, Environmental Sciences or other relevant fields.
Minimum BA or BS Degree
Comfortable working long hours outdoors and on boats with learners of all ages
Teaching experience and/or leadership experience
Ability to pass background check in order to obtain NASA security clearance.
Valid driver’s license with 2 or fewer moving violations in the past 2 years and no DUI or DWI charges
Must be willing and able to obtain a VA Commercial Driver’s License
Ability to lift 50 lbs repeatedly
Ability to walk a mile on uneven terrain
Ability to stand and work for long periods of time
Ability to learn how to handle lines and work with equipment on vessels
Ability to work in extreme conditions (heat, cold, mosquitoes)