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Deadline to Apply:

Monday, October 24, 2016, 8:30pm


wallops island, VA
United States

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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; expand research collaborations among member universities, NASA Wallops Flight Facility, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and other public and private partners; expand and enhance programs for pre-college, university,  and adult learners.


CBFS seeks an enthusiastic leader to fill this brand new position to manage the SPARK program, coordinate community events, and work with our other education programs. SPARK (Shore People Advancing Readiness for Knowledge) is a completely free program for families in Accomack County to learn and grow together through outdoor experiences. There are three tiers of the SPARK Program: SPARK (families with children in PreK-5th grade) SPARK Creekwatchers (families with children in middle school), and SPARK Living Shoreline Team (families with children in high school).

This position will devote 20 hours a week to the SPARK program and community events. An additional 20 hours per week will be spent working with the other program departments at CBFS. The Community Education Specialist will be trained to work with all programs (school, college, family and adult, and summer camp programs) and will work with learners of all levels, including K-12 students, college students, and adult learners. You will gain valuable and diverse knowledge regarding aquarium and field equipment use and maintenance, boat crew skills and boat safety, group leadership in laboratory and field settings, time management and marine husbandry. This highly demanding, but rewarding, job best fits individuals who work well independently and as part of a team. Candidates must demonstrate problem solving skills, time and group management skills, and enthusiasm for education and the environment.


  • SPARK / Community Events (20 hrs per week)
  • To participate in the recruitment and retention of SPARK families in Accomack County through consistent and active communication
  • To represent SPARK in outreach activities in the community
  • To work with the SPARK parent mentors at each elementary school, delivering biweekly packets at the schools and ensuring that they are supported in their needs
  • To attend mandatory monthly staff meetings with CBFS/SPARK parent mentors to plan upcoming events and to attend CBFS volunteer meetings
  • To plan and run at all Family Learning Family Fun Days (FLFF), Creekwatcher events (first and second Saturday’s of each month), Living Shoreline team(LST), and Community Action Days (4x per year)
  • Office work (Including preparation of program materials, writing curriculum, making post on social media, etc.
  • Manage volunteer and staff that assist with SPARK and Community events
  • To assist with other job related duties as assigned.

Education Programs (20 hrs per week)

  • Lead School Programs, Special Programs, Road Scholar Programs, College Programs, and Summer Camps
  • Function as deck-hand and first mate on our flat-bottomed research vessels for all types of programs
  • Work with groups of all ages, from five-year olds to adult learners

Customer Service for program participants

  • Leading outdoor programs such as kayaking and cycling
  • Set- up, take down, cleaning and organizing program areas
  • Assist in the coordination of program locations, movement/transportation of program participants.
  • Work on weekly program maintenance tasks during non-program time
  • Drive Field Station vehicles including 15 passenger vans and school buses. (Commercial Driver’s License will be applied for in the course of job training).
  • Learn to drive Field Station kayak and bike trailers
  • Coordinate group check-ins and check-outs
  • Prepare equipment, labs and housing for use.
  • Help clean and maintain aquaria.
  • Represent the Field Station at outreach opportunities and special events


  • Minimum BA or BS Degree
  • Must be enthusiastic about working as a team and inspiring both children and adults to appreciate and become stewards of the natural world
  • Must have a dependable vehicle to use for work related transportation (a travel stipend provided)
  • Valid driver’s license with 2 or fewer moving violations in the past 2 years and no DUI or DWI charges
  • Must have a friendly and creative personality
  • Must be willing to obtain a VA Commercial Driver’s License
  • Ability to submit record to NASA in order to obtain security clearance
  • Computer literate with experience using Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint

Preferred Skills:

  • Background in environmental studies, biology, environmental education, or comparable fields;
  • Experience teaching a wide-range of age groups;
  • Kayaking experience a plus!

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift 50 lbs repeatedly
  • Ability to walk a mile on uneven terrain and to stand 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)




Position Start Date:

Monday, January 2, 2017

Job Duration:


How to Apply:


Cover Letter
4 references (3 professional or academic, 1 peer)
Completed Online Application Form

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.).

If you have any questions, please contact:

Parker McMullen-Bushman - Education Director 

34001 Mill Dam Road

Wallops Island, VA 23337

(757) 824-5636

Job Compensation:


Compensation Information:


•  Competitive salary:  $700/bi-weekly

•  $100 travel stipend/month

•  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

Contact Name:

Parker McMullen-Bushman

Contact Phone:

(757) 824-5636

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