​Seasonal Director Marine Camp, Northport, NY

Seasonal Director of Sea Stars Marine Camp, Northport, NY

Association Temp Camp Program

Position Summary:

Coordinate and direct the development and implementation of a specific marine and environmental-related camp program (e.g., environmental science, outdoor education, etc.). Assist with program scheduling and management. Assist with program and staff evaluation processes.

Camp Director will implement all associated tasks related to camp programming and other administrative duties and will work with CCE administrative staff to coordinate and implement programming schedules. Supervision of the Assistant Marine Educators, Camp Counselors, and CITs while assigning tasks. Management of camp staff, camper supervision, and daily activities associated with the camp, including planning, directing, and carrying out all camp activities and implementing campfire, safety, and health plans. The Camp Director will plan and conduct lessons, crafts, and activities for campers ages 6-14. The Camp Director must supervise campers and manage staff during indoor and outdoor activities, including Fuchs Pond walks, beach and field-trip activities, lessons, games, and arts and crafts. The Camp Director is responsible for lesson, activity, craft, and field trip preparation before and after camp hours (including cleaning and care of the facility and aquaria). The Camp Director communicates with parents of campers during daily check-in and sign-out, throughout the day, if necessary, and during Open House hours on Fridays.

Required Qualifications:

  • Interest, knowledge, and skills in the specific program area.
  • Ability to teach, supervise and motivate staff.
  • Ability to learn and lead educational experiences and activities.
  • Ability and desire to work with children.
  • Ability to supervise a small group of children.
  • Ability to supervise counselor and CIT participants.
  • Ability to communicate with camp participants' parents.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work outdoors performing various types of educational and physical activities.
  • Ability to work with and touch live animals (marine (i.e., snails, hermit crabs, sea stars, horseshoe crabs, etc.) and freshwater (i.e., fish, invertebrates, amphibians, etc.) organisms).
  • Ability to learn marine science and natural science subject matter.
  • Ability to understand and carry out educational program tasks and objectives.
  • Ability to handle health and safety issues and emergencies.
  • Ability to perform physical requirements of the job, such as light hiking expeditions to Fuchs Pond and beach seining.
  • Ability to understand and implement written and oral instructions.
  • Strong organizational and leadership skills.
  • Emotional maturity, good health, and vitality.
  • Must meet the minimum age requirement for a particular program area to comply with New York State Department of Health regulations.
  • Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, as appropriate or defined in the offer letter.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • College degree in education or another relevant field (i.e., marine biology, environmental science, etc.).
  • Two years of experience supervising others.
  • In-depth knowledge of all activities.
  • Two years of related work experience and at least one year of experience working with children.
  • Aquarium and animal care experience.
  • Current CPR/AED and First Aid certification or higher, or equivalent.
  • Lifeguard Certifications.
  • Responsibilities/Essential Functions:

Program Responsibilities:

Program Development – 5%

  • Development of learning materials, such as lessons, crafts, activities, and displays.

Program Delivery – 30%

  • Lead various marine and environmental science education programs for children ages 6-14. This will include leading children through various activities both indoors and outdoors during games, learning activities, educational programming, crafts, nature walks, and off-site field trips.

Administrative Responsibilities:

Management – 45%

  • Direct and lead Counselors and CIT participants through duties and activities.
  • Manage staff regarding time off, group placement, and daily duties and responsibilities.
  • Supervision of campers and staff.
  • Provide Marine Program staff with positive and negative constructive feedback regarding your perceived success of program activities, crafts, and lessons.
  • Supervise campers ages 6-14 and CITs ages 15-17.
  • Implement fire drills and safety talks before the beginning of each session, activity, and field trip.
  • Be sure to evaluate your success in your position and consider any changes you or Marine Education Specialist deem necessary or beneficial to your performance.
  • Communicate with camper and CIT parents daily.

Coordination/Operation – 15%

  • Assist Coindre Hall Administrator with camp administrative duties.
  • Prepare and set up/break down before and after camp.
  • Coordinate facility maintenance with the Town of Huntington.
  • If necessary, hold morning and afternoon staff meetings at the Norwood Avenue meeting area.
  • Coordinate field trips and busing.
  • Coordinate special camp procedures and any changes to curriculum or daily activities, due to exceptional situations or weather circumstances, with necessary staff, campers and parents.
  • Set up a fish tank, including tank maintenance.
  • Development of daily schedule at Fuchs' and during field trip programs and activities.
  • Development of staff groups for each session of campers.
  • Conduct necessary camp paperwork.
  • Conduct pre-season camp inspections.
  • Conduct pre-season staff orientation.

Professional Improvement – 5%

  • In cooperation with Supervisor and Executive Director, jointly develop and pursue a professional development plan to increase competencies relative to position accountabilities and address changes and Association priorities.
  • Collaborate in activities that generally support Cornell Cooperative Extension and perform other duties as assigned.

Health and Safety – Applied to all duties and functions

  • Support the Association to maintain a safe working environment.
  • Be familiar with and strive to follow applicable federal, state, and local regulations, Association health and safety policy/procedure/requirement, and standards.
  • Act proactively to prevent accidents/injuries and communicate hazards to supervisors when identified.

EEO/EPO and Policy – Applied to all duties and functions

  • Appreciate and embrace diversity in all interactions with clientele, staff, volunteers, and the public.
  • Assist the Cornell Cooperative Extension system in reaching out to diverse audiences.
  • Aware of, and adheres to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Sample County policies, procedures, and Cornell Cooperative Extension Skills for Success.
  • Contribute to the organization's overall success by performing all assigned duties professionally, promptly, and accurately.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are supportive of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.


Salary: Non-exempt $21.00 - $23.00 per hour (based on experience)

Hour:15-20 hours per week (before & after camp season). 21-40 hours per week (during the camp season)

Dates: April 1, 2023 – August 31, 2023


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

Applicants need to:

  • 1.Attach/upload a resume to the online application in Microsoft Word or PDF format.
  • 2.Attach/upload a cover letter to the online application in Microsoft Word or PDF format.
  • 3.Attach/upload contact info for three references to the online application in 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 be unable to change your submission or add attachments.


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 their essential functions.If you require accommodation to participate in the selection process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Of Suffolk County HR Department at (631) 727-7850 ext 252 or email at hr-ccesuffolk@cornell.edu.

Cornell Cooperative Extension collaborates with Cornell University, the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of New York, and New York State residents. 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 January 5, 2023