Marine Science Summer Camp Counselor Job at Chincoteague Bay Field Station, Wallops Island, VA

  • Chincoteague Bay Field Station
  • Wallops Island, VA

Job Description

Hiring for 4 Marine Science Summer Camp Counselors (two female, two male) 

  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. Applicants for the Camp Counselor position should read carefully below to decide if this is the right job for them. 

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

Special Benefits

  • $800 bi-weekly + room and board
  • Professional development opportunities throughout the summer



Application Materials:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • 3 professional references


Please send application materials via email to with “Summer Camp Counselor Position” in the email subject. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and interviews will begin January 23rd. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. 


Contact Lexi Overdiek

Education Program Coordinator

757-824-5636 x106

Job Tags

Summer work, Seasonal work, Outdoor, Night shift, Sunday, Afternoon shift,

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