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Employer:  Marine Science Consortium.
Categories:  Education/Training
Travel Required:  None
Job Type:  Contract
Preferred Degree:  Bachelors
Experience Required:  1 year
State/Province:  VA - Virginia
City:  Wallops Island
Salary:  $300/week
Job Description: 

Looking for the type of exciting, outdoor, hands-on job experience that puts you elbow deep in algae and knee deep in marsh mud? Searching for the opportunity to share and expand your knowledge and enthusiasm about the world we live in?!?

If so, we at the Marine Science Consortium would love for you to join our team as a Marine Science Educator. Our Educators gain experience leading groups of all ages and teaching a diverse array of topics that highlight the dynamic ecosystems of a barrier island.

Application Materials
-Completed Marine Science Consortium Application Form
-Resume (uploadable on application form)
-Cover Letter (uploadable application form)
-4 references (3 professional, 1 peer)
-Answers to this year’s short-answer questions (part of the application form)

The Marine Science Consortium

Position Duration: February 25th-mid-November, 2013



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


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
  • Design summer camp schedule 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).
  • Work with groups of all ages, from five-year olds to adult learners
  • Work on weekly program maintenance tasks during non-program time
  • Drive MSC vehicles including 15 passenger vans and school buses. (Commercial Driver’s License will be applied for in the course of job training).
  • Learn to drive MSC kayak and bike trailers
  • Coordinate group check-ins and check-outs
  • Prepare equipment, labs and housing for use.
  • Enforce MSC protocols and rules on MSC property and in the field.
  • Help clean and provide routine maintenance for field and lab equipment.
  • Help clean and maintain aquaria.
  • Represent the MSC 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



  • BA or BS in Biology, Marine Science, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Education, or comparable fields.
  • Comfortable working long hours outdoors and on boats with learners of all ages
  • Teaching experience and/or leadership experience
  • Ability to submit record to NASA in order to obtain security clearance.
  • Valid driver’s license with 2 or fewer moving violations in the past 2 years and no DUI or DWI charges
  • Preference given for willingness 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 for long periods of time
  • Ability to learn how to handle lines and work with equipment on vessels



  • Competitive salary:  $300/week
  • On-station 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 room mate.
  • On-station meals when programs in session– vegetarian friendly
  • Free laundry facility attached to housing
  • $30/quarter health insurance stipend
  • CPR/First Aid training
  • Opportunities for continued professional development and networking



This position will run from February 25th-mid-November.


Application Deadline:  Dec. 3rd, 2012


To Apply

ð       Resume

ð       Cover Letter

ð       4 references (3 professional or academic, 1 peer)

ð       Completed Marine Science Educator Application Form

ð       Answers to this year’s short-answer questions (part of the application form)

  • What do you hope to gain professionally and personally from a position at the Marine Science Consortium?
  • What inspired you to become involved in the field(s) of environmental education and/or marine biology?
  • Talk about your experiences being in a leadership role (professional, academic, camps, sports, clubs, organizations, etc.).


If you have any questions, please contact


Anne Armstrong at

34001 Mill Dam Road

Wallops Island, VA 23337

(757) 824-5636

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