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Marine Science Camp Counselor at Chincoteague Bay Field Station


Wallops Island, VA


Job Type:

camp counselor

Length of 

June 4-August 10


$580 biweekly + room and board


Job Description

Summer Camp
CBFS offers a variety of summer camps and courses
that give all campers a hands-on, feet-wet
experience. Our residential marine science camp is
for students age 8-18 to stay for 5 nights at our on
campus dorms. The summer sessions are divided by age
starting with 7-9 year olds the first week and
ending the summer with 16-18 year olds. CBFS's
Summer Camps are structured as a "Build Your Own
Adventure" where campers will be able to select
activities and classes to create their own unique
camp experience. Activities include all of our
traditional marine science topics as well as arts,
sports, and team building. Our campers have a blast
exploring Virginia’s Eastern Shore & barrier islands
through courses led by Field Station Educators and
Counselors. Throughout the week, they will share
meals, classes, and evening activities with our
staff and fellow campers. It’s a great experience
for campers to interact with others who are also
interested in marine science and the outdoors.

Weekly camp duties run from Sunday at 1:00 pm to
Friday at 5:00 pm with some time-off during the
week. Counselors will report directly to the Summer
Camp Coordinator. Applicants for the Camp Counselor
position should read carefully below to decide if
this the right job for them:

Job Responsibilities
•Ensuring the safety and well-being of campers at
all times
•Supervising camp participants during free time,
evenings, overnight, during meals, and between
•Acting as a role model for campers in attitude and
•Greeting parents/guardians and participants on
check-in and check-out days
•Planning and leading all free time and evening
activities for campers, including: campfires, ice
cream socials, tie-dyeing, game night, and a weekly
Citizen Science night
•Assisting with any camper issues such as
homesickness, disagreements, behavior issues, etc
•Co-teaching various classes with Field Station
Educators throughout the summer
•Taking pictures during camp classes and activities
•Administering medications as needed
•General program maintenance tasks as needed
•Planning and executing the final camp of the summer
(3-day camp for 10-12 year olds) with the assistance
of the Summer Camp Coordinator

Skills Gained
Marine Science Camp Counselors will gain
•Group management techniques and public speaking
•Experience providing 24hr care for children aged 8-
•Practice in planning and implementing activities
and educational curricula
•Experience in environmental education and
understanding of the dynamic ecosystems of a barrier
•Professional and social networks within the
environmental education field


•Must be 21 or older by June 4, 2018
•Must have a degree or be working towards a degree
in Education, Outdoor Recreation, Marine Biology,
Environmental Sciences or other relevant fields
•Ability to connect with, encourage, and direct
participants of all ages
•Must enjoy contact with people and children --
counselors will be living in the dorms with the
•Must be friendly, energetic, creative, and
•Ability to think fast, make decisions and enforce
•Willingness to work long hours with program
participants in various weather conditions
•Valid Driver’s License and submission of recent
Driving Record
•Current First Aid and CPR (we will provide

Company/Organization Information

Chincoteague Bay Field Station is the residential
field station of the Marine Science Consortium. We
are located near a wealth of ecologically
significant and environmentally rich habitats, such
as productive saltmarshes, pristine barrier island
beaches, peaceful cypress swamps, and sheltering
maritime forests. The Chincoteague Bay Field Station
provides outstanding multi-disciplinary, educational
and research opportunities that celebrate the rich
natural, cultural, economic, and technological
resources of the mid-Atlantic Coastal region through
field-based and hands-on learning, often in
affiliation with multiple public and private
partners. To accomplish this mission, the Field
Station provides a unique set of educational and
research experiences; expands research
collaborations among member universities, NASA
Wallops Flight Facility, US Fish and Wildlife
Service, National Park Service, and other public and
private partners; and expands and enhance programs
for pre-college, university, and adult learners.

How to Apply

Application Materials:
- Cover letter
- Resume
- 3 professional references

Please send application materials via email to Emily
Foy at [email protected] with “Summer Camp
Counselor Position” in the title.