Field Station Educator

Chincoteague Bay Field Station Wallops Island, Virginia
Deadline Dec 02, 2018
Job Type Seasonal / temporary

Educators are trained to work with all programs (school, university, adult and family, and summer camp programs) and will work with learners of all levels, including K-12 students, college students, and adult learners. Field Station Educators primarily work with school and summer camp programs, but will assist with all other programs. 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. 


  • Primarily lead School Programs, Summer Camps, and Special Programs. Will also assist with Road Scholar Programs, College Programs, and Outreach programs. 
  • Function as deck-hand and first mate on our flat-bottomed research vessels for all types of programs 
  • Mostly work with school aged students, but will get the chance to work with groups of all ages, including adult learners 
  • Will have the opportunity to design summer camp classes and curriculum. Will lead and teach all summer camp classes. Will assist summer camp counselors in evening programs and meals. 
  • Will lead outdoor activities such as hikes, kayak trips, birding, beach walks, and other activities. 
  • In charge of set- up, take down, cleaning and organizing program areas 
  • Work on weekly program maintenance tasks during non-program time includes cleaning materials, office work, updated curriculum, and other necessary tasks. 
  • Drive Field Station vehicles including 15 passenger vans and school buses. (Commercial Driver’s License must be obtained as part of training). Will learn to drive Field Station kayak and bike trailers 
  • Coordinate group check-ins and check-outs 
  • Prepare equipment, labs and housing for use. In charge of clean up for labs and equipment after use. 
  • Enforce Field Station protocols and rules on Field Station property and in the field. 
  • Clean and provide routine maintenance for field and lab equipment. Clean and maintain aquaria. 
  • Responsible for customer service for program participants 
  • Actively interact with and supervise participants, giving them undivided attention. 
  • Represent the Field Station at outreach opportunities and special events 
  • Other duties as assigned. 


  • 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 and drive full-size school buses and 15 passenger vans after starting position 

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 equipment on vessels 
  • Ability to work in extreme conditions (heat, cold, mosquitoes) 

Preferred Experience: 

  • Teaching experience and/or leadership experience in informal education 
  • Experience teaching multiple groups from young learners to adults 
  • Current CPR/First Aid certification 
  • Previous experience working on boats, kayaking, and biking 
  • Experience with summer camps and/or outdoor adventure programs 
  • A degree in Education, Outdoor Recreation, Biology, Marine Biology, Environmental Sciences or other relevant fields. 

Full position details at


Please submit all application materials to the address below. Email is preferred. Feel free to contact Alex Ramey with any questions. Subject line should read: Field Station Educator Position Application 

  • Resume 
  • Cover Letter 
  • 3 references (professional or academic) 

Chincoteague Bay Field Station

Alex Ramey- Interim Education Director 

Field Station Educator Application 

34001 Mill Dam Road 

Wallops Island, VA 23337  

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