Marine Science Summer Camp Counselor - Female Dorms - HIRING URGENTLY


Chincoteague Bay Field Station

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Anne Self

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34001 Mill Dam Road
Wallops Island, VA
United States

CBFS is looking for a summer camp counselor for our female dorms for our marine science, choose your own adventure style summer camps! Spend the summer getting hands-on, feet-wet in a unique coastal environment while working with campers 8-18 years old in a residential camp setting. The perfect balance of traditional camp activities and coastal and marine science makes this the perfect place for anyone looking to deepen their understanding of science while having fun and getting outside!


Position Dates: June 3 - August 9, 2024

$800 bi-weekly + room and board


CBFS offers a variety of summer camps and courses that give all campers a hands-on, feet-wet experience. Our residential marine science camp is for students ages 8-18 to stay for either 3 nights or 5 nights at our on campus dorms. The summer sessions are divided by age with groups consisting of 8-9 year olds, 10-12 year olds, 13-15 year olds or 16-18 year olds. CBFS's Summer Camps are structured as a "Build Your Own Adventure" where campers will be able to select activities and classes to create their own unique camp experience. Activities include all of our traditional marine science topics as well as arts, sports, and team building. Our campers have a blast exploring Virginia’s Eastern Shore & barrier islands through courses led by Field Station Educators and Counselors. Throughout the week, they will share meals, classes, and evening activities with our staff and fellow campers. It’s a great experience for campers to interact with others who are also interested in marine science and the outdoors.

Weekly camp duties run from Sunday at 1:00 pm to Friday at 5:00 pm with some time-off during the week. Counselors will report directly to the Program Coordinator.


Job Responsibilities
• Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of campers at all times
• Supervising camp participants during free time, evenings, overnight, during meals, and between activities
• Acting as a role model for campers in attitude and behavior
• Planning and executing the final camp of the summer (3-day camp for 10-12 year olds) with the assistance of the Education Director and Program Coordinator
• Greeting parents/guardians and participants on check-in and check-out days
• Planning and leading all free time and evening activities for campers, including campfires, ice cream socials, tie-dyeing, game night, and a weekly Citizen Science night
• Assisting with any camper issues such as homesickness, disagreements, behavior issues, etc.
• Co-teaching various classes with Field Station Educators throughout the summer
• Taking pictures during camp classes and activities
• Administering medications as needed
• General program maintenance tasks as needed


• 21 or older by June 3, 2024 preferred; 19 or older required
• Must have a degree or be working towards a degree in Education, Outdoor Recreation, Biology, Marine Biology, Environmental Sciences, or other related fields
• Ability to connect with, encourage, and direct participants of all ages
• Must enjoy contact with people and children -- counselors will be living in the dorms with the campers
• Must be friendly, energetic, creative, and motivational
• Ability to think fast, make decisions and enforce rules
• Willingness to work long hours with program participants in various weather conditions
• Valid Driver’s License and submission of recent Driving Record
• Current First Aid and CPR or ability to get certified before June 3rd, 2024
• Up to date COVID-19 vaccinations (required for all employees)


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$800 bi-weekly

Room & board provided