Sea Stars Marine Camp Counselor

Sea Stars Marine Camp Counselor, Northport, NY

Position Summary:

This seasonal position will assist with a marine science summer camp for children ages 6-13 in Southold, NY. The Marine Camp Counselor will participate as a marine educator and supervisor for a designated group of 8 campers. The Marine 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 Marine Camp Counselor will prepare and breakdown daily crafts activities. The Marine 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 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 emergencies.
  • Ability to perform physical requirements of the job, including light hiking expeditions to Fuchs Pond Preserve, Asharoken Beach and beach seining.
  • Ability to communicate with camp participants’ parents.
  • Flexible scheduling of workweek as required by ongoing operations.
  • Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
  • 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.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.


Temp-Casual: Non-exempt – Seasonal

Salary Range: $13.00 - $14.00 per hour (depending on experience)

Work dates: June 1, 2020 – August 31, 2020

Schedule: 30-33 hours per week. Monday-Friday and limited weekends.

Special Requirements: A knowledge for the Marine Environmental/Biology and the ability to handle animals (marine creatures, fish, and reptiles). Experience working with kids (6-14).


Review of applications will begin immediately. The position will remain open until a qualified pool of candidates is obtained.

Applicants need to attach/upload a resume to the online application in either Microsoft Word or PDF format. In the “Experience” section of your application, use the Paperclip icon to search for file(s) or use the “Drop Files Here” box to manually drag document(s) into your application. Once the application is submitted, you will not be able to change your submission or add attachments.

External Applicants: (including current employees of other Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations), please refer to the Applying for a Job (External Candidate) document for additional guidance.

Internal Applicants: Current employees of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Association indicated in this job posting are considered internal applicants; please refer to the Applying for a Job (Internal Candidate) document for additional guidance.

Questions, please contact:

Alexandra Stevens
Marine Outreach Educator
Sea Stars Marine Camp Director
(631) 239-1800 ext. 3

No relocation or VISA Sponsorship available.

The Association may make reasonable accommodations to enable applicants to participate in the hiring process and employees to perform the essential functions of their job. If you require an accommodation so that you may participate in the selection process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Administrative Systems at (607) 255-6120, or via email at:

Cornell Cooperative Extension is a collaboration among Cornell University, the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of New York, and the residents of New York State. Per NYS Law, county and regional extension service associations are subordinate government agencies. This employment opportunity is with the entities listed and not with Cornell University.

Last updated March 20, 2020