Camp Counselor & Lifeguard - Sea Stars

Camp Counselor & Lifeguard Position Available

Seasonal Camp Counselor needed for Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Suffolk County Marine Program.This seasonal position will assist with a marine science summer camp for children ages 6-14.Must be Lifeguard Certified for SUPERVISION LEVEL IIb Pool & Beach (i.e. American Red Cross Lifeguarding AND Waterfront Skills). Starting date is July 2, 2018 and ending date is August 17, 2018, 30-32 hours a week.

Job Title: Camp Counselor & Lifeguard

Salary: $13.00 hourly

Position Summary:

The camp counselor will participate as a marine educator and supervisor for campers and will help the Assistant Camp Director to supervise a designated group of 8 campers and aid in the implementation of daily activities, including: leading children through activities indoors and outdoors during expeditions to Fuchs Pond Preserve, be responsible for creating and teaching 1 lesson each week, seining and water activities at Asharoken Beach, arts and crafts, and games. The counselor will prepare and breakdown daily crafts activities. Camp Counselor will lead smaller groups through the above activities and will delegate necessary tasks to CIT’s.Counselors will be responsible for preparation before programs and clean-up after programs including cleaning and care of the facility and/or marine and freshwater tanks.

Required Qualifications:

  • Graduation or attendance in/from a recognized high school or equivalent.
  • Lifeguard Certified for SUPERVISION LEVEL IIb Pool & Beach
  • Experience with working with children.
  • Ability to learn and lead educational experiences and activities.
  • Ability to understand and carry out educational program tasks and objectives.
  • Ability to work with children.
  • Ability to supervise a small group of children.
  • Ability to supervise CIT participants.
  • Ability to understand and implement written and oral instructions.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work outdoors performing various types of educational and physical activities.
  • Ability to learn marine science and natural science subject matter.
  • Ability to work with and touch live animals (marine organisms, fish, reptiles, etc.).
  • Ability to handle health and safety issues and/or emergency situations.
  • Ability to perform physical requirements of job, such as light hiking expeditions to Fuchs Pond Preserve, Asharoken Beach and beach seining.
  • Ability to communicate with camp participants’ parents.
  • Flexible scheduling of work week as required by ongoing operations.
  • Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
  • Ability to meet acceptable background check standards, if required.
  • Ability to work flexible hours.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Desire to work with children.
  • Basic marine biology, environmental or education background/aquarium and/or animal care experience.
  • Current CPR/AED and/or First Aid certification or higher, or equivalent.
  • Lifeguard Certifications.

Closing Date: April 30, 2018 or until position is filled

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Send application, cover letter and resume to:

Alexandra Stevens
Marine Outreach Educator - Sea Stars Marine Camp Dir
Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program

Last updated March 19, 2018