Adult and Family Educator

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Deadline to Apply:

Friday, December 8, 2017, 5:00pm


Wallops Island, VA
United States

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Job Description:

The Adult and Family Educators (AFE) will lead family and adult groups and teach a diverse array of topics that highlight the dynamic ecosystems of a barrier island. Most of the programs they will be assisting or leading are adult programs such as biking, kayaking, photography, birding, and basketry. Their primary responsibilities will include leading the kayaking and biking tours, assisting workshop instructors, leading historical/cultural/eco tours, prepping program materials, engaging participants, and helping ensure the programs run smoothly. Other programs in the Adult and Family department include homeschool programs, Cub Scout groups, and other special programs. During the summer they will help run and facilitate intergenerational and family programs. They will facilitate all classes, lead night activities (campfire, skits, etc), and support participants. During busy times, the AFE will lead or assist other programs as well such as school programs, outreach, university trips, and summer camp. The AFE will also gain valuable supervisory experience as they help to manage our summer high school interns. This position reports to the Adult and Family Education Coordinator. 


  • 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.
  • Prepare and lead 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.
  • Assist workshop instructors to make sure they have everything they need.
  • Lead family camps, intergenerational camps, and family days during the summer.
  • Assist with special groups/events such as homeschool groups or Cub Scout groups.
  • Prepare and lead environmental education classes in a variety of coastal ecosystems.
  • Be 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.
  • Prepare 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

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How to Apply:

Please complete the Adult and Family Educator Application Form using the link below. The items you will need to have ready for the application are listed as well.

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • 4 references (3 professional or academic, 1 peer)
  • Answers to this year’s short-answer questions (part of the application form)
    • What do you hope to gain professionally and personally from a position at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station?
    • What inspired you to become involved in the field(s) of environmental education and/or marine biology? 
    • 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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