Seasonal Educator (Marine Science/Adventure Sports)

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Stonington, CT
United States

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The NESS Summer Educator helps New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS) achieve its mission of building brighter futures through ocean adventure education. NESS Summer Educators implement high quality programming with an active, hands-on, experientially-oriented marine science based curriculum. Program platforms include kayaking, snorkeling, surfing, stand-up paddle boarding and fishing. Qualified applicants will be passionate, motivated, able to work within a team as well as on their own, and have proven skills working with children. Summer Educators will be assigned to support NESS programs based on background experience. This full-time seasonal position reports to the NESS Stonington Program Director.


  • Implements engaging hands-on NESS curricula
  • Is knowledgeable about NESS programs and serves as an ambassador for NESS when dealing with NESS’s constituents
  • Exhibits a strong culture of safety, environmental stewardship, and customer service
  • Can operate with a high degree of awareness and knowledge related to assigned responsibilities
  • Work closely with NESS Education Specialists, Educators and fellow NESS Summer Educators to implement curriculum on and off the water
  • Provide leadership to students and assist in overseeing junior instructors
  • Maintain campus and offsite safety at all times
  • Implement NESS’s Emergency Action Plan, as needed
  • Assist in inventory and maintenance of watercraft, watersports equipment and gear, including powerboats, kayaks, surfboards, SUPs, fishing gear, masks & snorkels, wetsuits, boogie boards, etc.
  • Assist in classroom inventory, maintenance and cleanliness
  • No conflicting summer commitments including travel, work or other leave of absence

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  • BA or BS in Marine Science, Biology, Oceanography or a related science desirable o
  • Teaching certification desirable
  • USCG OUPV 6-Pack License or greater desirable (may be able to obtain at NESS)
  • ARC Waterfront Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer (Youth and Adults) (may be able to obtain at NESS) 
  • Instructor certifications in kayaking, surfing, powerboating, and sailing (may be able to obtain at NESS)
  • Valid Driver’s License & your own transportation


  • Experience in leading student-centered and inquiry-based programming
  • Skills and instructional experience in swimming, kayaking, powerboating, sailing, and/or surfing
  • Effective skills in written and verbal communications, problem solving, and decision making
  • Strong team player and excellent motivator
  • Ability to forge effective working relationships with NESS Educators, operations staff, administrative staff, students, and parents

Compensation commensurate with experience.

Position Start Date:

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

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Commensurate on experience. 

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Megan Strand

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