Camp Counselor - Sea Stars

WDR-00042201 Camp Counselor - Sea Stars

This seasonal position will assist with a marine science summer camp for children ages 6-14. The camp counselor will participate as a marine educator and supervisor for campers and will help the Camp Director to supervise a designated group of 8-10 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 teaching 1-2 lessons and crafts each week, seining and water activities at Asharoken Beach or other local 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.
  • 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 which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.

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.

Responsibilities/Essential Functions: (List the position’s assigned responsibilities and estimate percentage of annual time spent on each responsibility. Include only the essential functions that are fundamental and necessary to the position, which can be performed with or without reasonable accommodations. If the section does not apply to this specific position, leave it blank. Estimate of percent will vary based on the needs and changing priorities of the position. Approximate percent of time will be annualized in 5% increments.)

Please refer to the Program, Administrative and Camp job category profiles.

Program Responsibilities:

Program Assessment – 0 %

Program Development – 5 %

  • Assist Camp Director and Assistant Camp Director with the development of learning materials, such as posters, signs, displays for lessons, fish tank set-up and fish tank maintenance.

Program Delivery – 20 %

  • Assist with various marine and environmental science educational programs for children 6-14 years old and be responsible for creating and teaching one lesson each week to the entire group. Including, leading children through various activities both indoors and outdoors during games, learning activities, educational programming, crafts, and nature walks.
  • Assist in educational programming, by helping the Camp Director and Assistant Camp Director with their lessons.
  • Prepare and become comfortable with all lesson topics.
  • Prepare and understand daily agenda and planned lesson, craft and activities.
  • Prepare implementation of daily crafts.
  • Lead daily activities.

Program Evaluation – 5 %

  • Provide Camp Director with constructive feedback regarding success of program activities, crafts and lessons.

Applied Research – 0 %

Administrative Responsibilities:

Direction – 0 %

Management – 50 %

  • Assist the Camp Director and Assistant Camp Director with leading CIT participants.
  • Supervision of campers.
  • Monitor children onsite and field trips.

Coordination/Operation – 15 %

  • Assist Camp Director and the Assistant Camp Director with administrative duties.
  • Preparation before programming and clean-up after programs including cleaning after crafts and various activities.
  • Facility maintenance and care including, cleaning bathrooms, sweeping floors, maintaining equipment and cleaning tanks and tank filters.
  • Lead children at Asharoken Beach, the Aquarium, fishing and hatchery trip- on and off the bus, through lunch, during seining, and will remain in the water during non-swimming activities.
  • Participate in daily discussions during morning and afternoon staff meetings at Fuchs Pond Preserve.

Professional Improvement – 5%

  • In cooperation with Supervisor and/or Executive Director, jointly develop and pursue a professional development plan as a means to increase competencies relative to position accountabilities and to address changes and Association priorities.
  • Collaborate in activities that are in general support of 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 any applicable federal, state, local regulations, Association health and safety policy/procedure/requirement and standard.
  • 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 overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely and accurate manner.

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: $16-18 per hour

Schedule: NON-EXEMPT – TEMP: June 26, 2024 – August 11, 2024

No relocation or VISA Sponsorship available


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. Attach/upload a cover letter to the online application in either Microsoft Word or PDF format. Attach/upload contacts info for three references 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.

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 an accommodation to participate in the selection process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County Human Resources at (631) 727-7850 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 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 9, 2024