Camp Counselor - Sea Adventures

Classification Title: Temporary/Program

Job Title: Camp Counselor

Wage: $11.00 - $13.00/hour (depending on qualifications).

Camp Location: Suffolk County Marine Environmental Learning Center, 3690 Cedar Beach Road, Southold NY 11971

Position Summary: This seasonal position will assist with a marine science summer camp for children ages 6-12 in Southold, NY. The camp counselor will participate as a marine educator and supervisor for a designated group of 9 campers. The camp counselor will also aid in the implementation of daily activities, including: leading children through activities indoors and outdoors during expeditions to an on-site bay beach, seining and water activities at the beach, arts and crafts, and games. The camp counselor will prepare and breakdown daily crafts activities. The camp counselor 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.
  • Experience 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 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 the bay, beach seining and off-camp trips to the Aquarium and Peconic Dunes.
  • 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 which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 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.

Other: Position is seasonal. 20-30 hours per week. Need to be available for the entire duration of the camp season (July 9th - August 17th). Monday-Friday.

To apply, please download application from website and send application, resume and cover letter to Christine Tordahl at email or call (631) 852-8660 x 39.


Christine Tordahl
Marine Program Educator
631-852-8660 x 39

Last updated February 16, 2018