University and Research Intern Supervisor

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Chincoteague Bay Field Station
Job Overview

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 is seeking an Intern Supervisor for the U&R department to work in both field and residential settings. In this position, you will lead kayak trips in the tidal creeks and marshes, escort groups to NASA’s Wallops Island, and complete other physical and administrative tasks to meet program goals. The Intern Supervisor position also shares the responsibility, with the U&R Interns, of overseeing the college community in residential aspects. This includes monitoring housing, rule enforcement, and recreation as our goal is to create a safe, productive, and enjoyable environment for all students. The U&R Intern Supervisor reports to the U&R Director and Assistant Director, supervises the U&R Interns in all aspects of their jobs, and is apart of the Field Station’s education team. Training for this position will occur during the first two weeks of employment and is specific to the U&R Program and other summer job duties.


Dates of Employment: May 4 – August 8, 2020


Program Maintenance (PGM) Duties – approximately 25 hours/wk

  • Supervise U&R Interns in PGM duties, residential duties, and their research project
  • Lead University summer course kayak trips in tidal creeks and marshes
  • Escort groups to beach and marsh sites on NASA’s Wallops Island
  • Assist with aquarium maintenance and animal husbandry
  • Assist with office work
  • Maintain research and laboratory equipment


Residential (RA) Duties – approximately 15 hours/wk

  • Run check-in/check-out procedures between sessions
  • Act as Lead Resident Advisor
  • Supervise college interns in their role of Resident Advisors
  • Serve as first contact for residents’ problems and emergencies
  • Enforce rules and safety regulations
  • Ensure residential areas are clean and safe
  • 3 nights a week of on-call duties during weekends and overnights (time is not applied towards 40 hour work week unless you are called into action during your on call time)
  • Create and facilitate weekly activities and events for college students (these are typically planned for weekends)
  • Create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students


*division of hours is flexible and is subject to change based on the needs of the U&R department*


Required Qualifications

  • 21 years old by April 1st, 2020
  • Must be able to work all dates of employment. Work hours will include weekends and evenings.
  • Current CPR and First Aid Certification (valid through August 2020)
  • 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)
  • Strong organizational and leadership skills
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds


Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Ability to work independently
  • Capable of implementing and enforcing campus rules
  • 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
  • Kayaking experience (recreationally or professionally)
  • Experience developing and conducting research projects
  • Ability to be flexible and professional in all situations



  • $1,200 stipend (half will be allotted midway through the position, and the remaining will be given at the completion of the position)
  • Private room in two bedroom apartment (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
  • Networking opportunities with professors from multiple universities
  • Gain supervisory skills
  • Live and work in an exciting coastal setting


Application Procedure

Visit the Chincoteague Bay Field Station website ( and complete the U&R Intern Supervisor 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.

Applications accepted until January 27th, 2020.