Summer Programs Assistant Job at Chincoteague Bay Field Station, Wallops Island, VA

  • Chincoteague Bay Field Station
  • Wallops Island, VA

Job Description

Position Dates:  June 3 - August 9, 2024

Summer Programs Assistants (SPA) are trained to work and assist with all summer programs (overnight camp, day camp, adult and family, custom, and Road Scholar) and will work with learners of all ages. The SPA will assist with all programs as needed. This can include serving as a teaching assistant, camp counseling, leading camp activities, performing customer service duties, assisting with university trips, working with custom programs, and other various duties as assigned. The SPA will gain valuable and diverse knowledge regarding a variety of education programming, aquarium and field equipment use and maintenance, boat crew skills and boat safety, group leadership, time management and marine organism husbandry. The two Summer Program Assistants will also work together with education program staff to lead our summer high school internship program. This unique position is ideal for candidates looking to explore a variety of program types and age groups who enjoy variation in their schedule. This 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, flexibility, and enthusiasm for education and the environment.


SPAs will alternate weeks working with Road Scholar Programs/High School Interns and Day Camp or Overnight Camp. 4 weeks will be spent on Road Scholar Programs and 4 weeks will be spent on Day or Overnight Camps. SPAs will be given the opportunity to work with other programs as they are able and available depending on their interest areas.


For all categories, duties include:

Ensure the safety and wellbeing of all pro

Job responsibilities will fall into four main categories: Day Camp, Overnight Camp, Road Scholar, and High School Intern Supervisor

  • gram participants
  • Enforce CBFS rules and regulations at all times
  • Take photos during program activities
  • Positive customer service for all program participants
  • Actively interact with and supervise program participants during program hours, giving them undivided attention
  • Represent CBFS in a positive and appropriate way


  • Salary: $850 biweekly
  • On-site staff housing provided: furnished 800 sq. ft. two bedroom apt, one bathroom, kitchen and living room, central heat and A/C, all utilities included, shared with max. one roommate.
  • On-station meals when programs in session.
  • Free laundry facility on-site.

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  • Must have a BA or BS, be working towards a degree, or possess equivalent experience.
  • Comfortable working long hours outdoors in and on the water in adverse conditions (hot, buggy, etc.)
  • Ability to connect with, encourage, and direct participants of all ages.
  • Must be friendly, energetic, creative, and motivational.
  • Ability to think fast, make decisions, and enforce rules.
  • Flexible and able to adapt to different programs and age groups as needed.
  • Valid Driver’s License and submission of recent driving record.
  • Current CPR/First Aid certification or ability to get certified before June 3 rd , 2024
  • Up to date COVID-19 vaccinations (required for all employees)
  • Must be 21 or older


  • Teaching and/or leadership experience in formal or informal education.
  • Experience working with multiple age groups from young learners to adults.
  • Previous experience working on boats or with kayaks.
  • Experience with summer camps and/or outdoor adventure programs
  • A degree in Education, Outdoor Recreation, Biology, Marine Biology, Environmental Sciences, or other relevant fields


  • Ability to list 50 lbs repeatedly
  • Ability to walk a mile on uneven terrain
  • Ability to stand and work for long periods of time
  • Ability to work long days and on weekends
  • Ability to learn how to handle and work with equipment, including on vessels
  • Ability to work in extreme conditions (heat, mosquitos, etc.)

Why work here

CBFS offers hands on, feet wet experiential education opportunities to learners of all ages and backgrounds! Our residential environmental education and research facility gets staff and participants out into the field every day learning about our unique coastal ecosystem. If you love sharing your passion for nature with others, then this is the place for you!

Job Tags

Internship, Seasonal work, Summer internship, Outdoor, Gangs, Flexible hours, Night shift, Weekend work,

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