Seasonal Marine Science Educator

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Deadline to Apply:

Friday, February 2, 2018, 5:00pm


Prudence Island, RI
United States

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Job Description:

Primary responsibilities:

  • Assist the Education Coordinator with development and implementation of marine science and environmental educational programs for summer camps, K-12 classes, scouts, and the general public;
  • Develop and lead all summer day-camp programs spanning the course of several weeks;
  • Maintain all equipment and supplies needed for programming;
  • Interact with the public at our Learning Center and Estuary Education Shed;
  • Assist with maintenance of several aquariums and a touch tank (stocking, cleaning, feeding);
  • Assist with organizing community events and teacher training workshops as needed;
  • Help develop new education programs and recruit new audiences for island programs;
  • Assist with interpretation and exhibit design.

Secondary responsibilities (as time allows or as-needed):

  • Assist with planning and delivery of Coastal Training Program (CTP) workshops and meetings (both in-person and virtual), including publicity and marketing; registration and database management; logistics / “day-of” coordination; follow-up and evaluation; this may require travel throughout the state or to our office in Providence (spring/fall);
  • Assist with developing and updating communication products for the CTP (e.g., website and social media updates, newsletter articles, press releases, fact sheets);
  • Assist with land management and/or ecological research & monitoring projects in the field as needed;
  • Perform other duties relating to the organization’s goals and mission as required.


  • B.A. or B.S. in marine science, biology, environmental sciences, education, environmental education, or a related course of study;
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm for teaching science-related topics and preferably have marine science and/or teaching experience;
  • Public relations and communications skills: outgoing, helpful and positive personality; ability to work well with children and adults including giving presentations; maturity and leadership abilities; ability to handle sensitive situations in a tactful manner;
  • Flexible and able to adapt to an ever-changing work environment with challenging logistics;
  • Ability to take initiative and be creative with unique programming needs;
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team;
  • Knowledge of New England marine environments and wildlife is a plus;
  • Knowledge of basic computer software; Adobe or other design/web skills is a plus;
  • Applicant must possess a valid driver’s license and a good driving record;
  • Proficiency in swimming;
  • Comfort working in the outdoors in sometimes physically demanding conditions (heat, biting insects, etc.);
  • First Aid/CPR certification is required, and water safety knowledge and/or lifeguard certification is a plus;

Time Requirement:

There are 2 positions available each lasting 6 months. Start date is May 9th, though there may be some flexibility for a slightly later start date. Schedule will typically be 5 days/week or 40 hours/week; a willingness to work weekends, holidays and some evenings is a must. 


$10 per hour with low-cost housing available at the Reserve on Prudence Island. Please inquire for further information on housing and island logistics.


How to Apply:

Please email or mail your cover letter, resume, and three references to:

Maureen Dewire, Education Coordinator

Narragansett Bay Research Reserve

P.O. Box 151

Prudence Island, RI 02872