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Employer:  Marine Science Consortium.
Categories:  Other
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: 

Enjoy working in the field with faculty and college students both on land and on boats? Do you like maintaining field equipment and aquaria? Do you like to organize? Interested in learning more about the Mid-Atlantic region?

If so, we at the Marine Science Consortium would love for you to join our team as a College Program Assistant. 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.

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)

Full-time Seasonal

Feb. 25th-Mid-November, 2013


Enjoy working with college faculty and students?  Do you like to organize people and things? Are you interested in field equipment and aquaria? Do you want to learn more about the Mid-Atlantic Coast?

If so, the College Program Assistant position might be right for you.


Job Summary

Assist the College Program Coordinator in all aspects of the college program, equipment maintenance and aquaria care. 


Key Responsibilities

  • Process pre-arrival paperwork and confirm housing and meal arrangements.
  • Inspect college housing and labs before, during, and after use.
  • Prepare equipment, labs and housing for use.
  • Enforce MSC protocols and rules on MSC property and in the field.
  • Escort college groups on fieldtrips. (Able to attain NASA clearance for Wallops Island)
  • Act as first mate on research vessels. Handle lines, deploy equipment, enforce safety procedures, clean vessels and any other tasks with which the Captain desires assistance.
  • Demonstrate proper usage of research equipment.
  • Clean and provided routine maintenance for field and lab equipment.
  • Clean and maintain aquaria.
  • Supervise college volunteers and resident advisors.
  • Drive MSC vehicles including 15 passenger vans and school buses. (Commercial Driver’s License will be applied for in the course of job training.)



  • Bachelor’s degree in a field related to marine science, environmental studies, or biology.
  • Able and willing to work weekends and evenings.
  • Valid driver’s license with 2 or fewer moving violations in the past 2 years and no DUI or DWI charges.
  • Ability to obtain NASA security clearance for Wallops Island.
  • Experience as a team leader or supervisor.
  • Organized and detail oriented.
  • Experience on boats, may be recreational.
  • Enthusiasm for education, research, and the environment.

Physical requirements

  • Able to lift 50lbs repeatedly.
  • Able to work 6+ hours on offshore research vessel, handling equipment and lines in 3’ swells.
  • Able to walk long distances and stand for long periods.
  • Able to kayak 3+ hours.



  • $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 roommate (no partners, pets or progeny.)
  • On-station meals when programs in session
  • Free laundry facility attached to housing
  • $30/quarter health insurance stipend
  • CPR/First Aid training
  • Opportunities for continued professional development and networking


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.).


Application Deadline:  12/03/2012


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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