Adult and Family Educator

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Deadline to Apply:

Friday, December 1, 2017, 5:00pm


Wallops Island, VA
United States


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Job Description:

Key Responsibilities:

  • Customer Service for program participants
  • Assist the Adult and Family Education Coordinator in leading Adult and Family Programs
  • Assist with planning and implementation of age appropriate program experiences with a variety of activities.
  • Work primarily with adults and occasionally with groups of all ages
  • Lead the participants through all daily activities, and help with additional tasks.
  • Prepping and leading outdoor programs such as kayaking, cycling, birding, and photography
  • Give cultural, historical, and ecosystem tours of the local area.
  • Learn all bike and kayak routes and program locations to be able to lead participants properly.
  • Assisting workshop instructors to make sure they have everything they need.
  • Leading family camps, intergenerational camps, and family days during the summer.
  • Assisting with special groups/events such as homeschool groups or Cub Scout groups.
  • Prepping and leading environmental education classes in a variety of coastal ecosystems.
  • Being a deckhand/first mate on all boat cruises.
  • 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
  • Work on weekly program maintenance tasks during non-program time
  • Alertly and actively interact with and supervise participants, giving them undivided attention.
  • Preparation of pre-program materials and supplies
  • Assist in the coordination of program locations, movement/transportation of program participants.
  • Set- up, take down, cleaning and organizing program areas
  • Lead school, outreach, or college programs when needed
  • Assist with management of Summer Internship Program
  • 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.

Preferred Experience:

  • Teaching experience and/or leadership experience in informal education or camps
  • Experience leading kayaking, biking and tour groups
  • Experience teaching multiple age groups, from young learners to adults of all ages
  • Experience with summer camps and/or outdoor adventure programs
  • Previous experience working on boats preferred but not necessary
  • 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
  • Ability to connect with, encourage, and direct participants 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

Physical Requirements:

  • 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)


  • 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

Position Start Date:

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Job Duration:


How to Apply:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. 4 references (3 professional or academic, 1 peer)
  4. Completed Educator Application Form
  5. 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.).

Contact Name:

Emily Foy

Contact Phone:

757-824-5636 x110

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