Marine Science University & Research Assistant-Virginia

Chincoteague Bay Field Station
Wallops Island, VA
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$580 biweekly + room and board
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
The Chincoteague Bay Field Station is seeking an individual with strong organizational and leadership skills to work with our University and Research (U&R) team during the summer. The Field Station offers 12 weeks of marine science related college courses, and we are seeking U&R Summer Assistants to work in both field and residential settings to facilitate the hands-on educational experience for college students. In this position, you will act as marine technician and deckhand aboard our monitor vessels assisting and instructing students on safe use of equipment and handling of marine organisms, escort groups to NASA’s Wallops Island, and complete other physical and administrative tasks to meet program goals. This position also shares responsibility for overseeing the college community in residential aspects including housing, rules, and recreation as our goal is to create a safe, productive, and enjoyable environment for all students. The U&R Summer Assistant reports to the U&R Coordinator, is a part of the Field Station’s education team, and assists with supervision of U&R Interns in their role as resident adviser, research, and during program work. Training for this position will occur during the first month of employment and is specific to the U&R Program and other summer job duties. For a more detailed job description, containing duties, please view this document:
Desired Qualifications: -Bachelor’s degree in related field -Familiarity with principals of marine science -21 years old by April 1st 2017 -Must be able to work all dates of employment (04/04/2018-08/14/2018). Work hours will include weekends and evenings. -Strong organizational and leadership skills -Ability to work independently -Capable of implementing and enforcing campus rules -Ability to lift 50 pounds -Ability to connect with, encourage, and direct college students -Must be enthusiastic, friendly, creative, & energetic -Computer skills (Microsoft Office, database management, etc.) -Resident assistant and/or camp counselor experience -Current CPR and First Aid Certification (can be obtained during employment) -Valid driver’s license with clean driving record (2 or fewer minor traffic violations in last 2 years) -Ability to obtain NASA security clearance for Wallops Island (Required) -Ability to be flexible and professional in all situations Benefits: -$290/week, ($580 every two weeks) -Private room in two bedroom apartment (apartment kitchen is shared with students, and no partners, pets or progeny are allowed) -Meals when dining hall is in operation -Gain experience at a field station and environmental education facility -Learn a variety of research equipment and aquaria maintenance skills -Gain supervisory skills -Obtain special clearance to Wallops Island (NASA restricted access property) -Live and work in an exciting coastal setting To apply: Visit the Chincoteague Bay Field Station website ( and complete the U&R Summer Assistant application form under the employment tab. Be sure to include contact information for three references, as well as electronic attachment of cover letter and resume.
Contact Person
Sarah Bartle - University & Research Coordinator
Contact Phone
(757) 824-5636 ext. 105
Contact eMail
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