Marine Science Summer Camp Counselor

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Chincoteague Bay Field Station
Job Overview

Chincoteague Bay Field Station

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.

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 Director. 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 activities
  • Acting as a role model for campers in attitude and behavior
  • Planning and executing the final camp of the summer (3-day camp for 10-12 year olds) with the assistance of the Summer Camp Director
  • 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

Skills Gained 

  • Group management techniques and public speaking skills
  • Experience providing 24hr care for children aged 8-18
  • Practice in planning and implementing activities and educational curricula
  • Experience in environmental education and understanding of the dynamic ecosystems of a barrier island
  • Professional and social networks within the environmental education field


  • Must be 21 or older by June 1, 2020
  • Must have a degree or be working towards a degree in Education, Outdoor Recreation, Biology, 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 campers
  • Must be friendly, energetic, creative, and motivational
  • Ability to think fast, make decisions and enforce rules
  • 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 or ability to get certified before June 1, 2020

Application Materials:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • 3 professional references

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