Field Station 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:

  • 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
  • Design summer camp classes and curriculum (camp topics, titles, and essential elements are already in place, but you fill in the blanks and create new lesson plans and experiences for campers).
  • Customer Service for program participants
  • Leading outdoor programs such as kayaking and cycling
  • Alertly and actively interact with and supervise participants, giving them undivided attention.
  • 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 must be obtained as part of training).
  • Learn to drive Field Station kayak and bike trailers
  • Coordinate group check-ins and check-outs
  • Prepare equipment, labs and housing for use.
  • 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.
  • Represent the Field Station at outreach opportunities and special events
  • Other duties as assigned.

Preferred Experience:

  • Teaching experience and/or leadership experience in informal education or camps
  • Experience teaching multiple age groups, from young learners to adults of all ages
  • Previous experience working on boats preferred but not necessary
  • Experience with summer camps and/or outdoor adventure programs
  • Kayaking, biking and tour group experience at plus!
  • 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 with learners 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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