Marine Camp Counselor – Babylon

WDR-00042661Marine Camp Counselor, Sea Explorers Camp – Babylon, NY

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 Assistant Camp Director is to supervise a designated group of 10 campers and aid in the implementation of daily activities, including: leading children through activities indoors and outdoors during expeditions to Cedar Beach (Oceanside), be responsible for creating and teaching 1 lesson each week, seining and water activities at Cedar beach Marina, 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 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 Cedar Beach and Cedar Beach Marina 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.

Program Responsibilities:
Program Assessment 0%

Program Development 5%

  • Assist the Assistant Camp Director and 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%

  • The Camp Counselor will assist with various marine and environmental science educational programs for children 6-12 years old and be responsible for creating and teaching one lesson each week to the entire group. This will include leading children through various activities both indoors and outdoors during games, learning activities, educational programming, crafts, nature walks.
  • Aid in educational programming by helping the Assistant Camp Director and Camp Director with their lessons.
  • Prior to that day’s planned lesson, become comfortable with and educated on lesson topics.
  • Additionally, understand fully the following day’s agenda and planned lesson, craft and activities.
  • Understand fully how to implement the following day’s craft.
  • Understand fully how to head lead the following day’s activities.

Program Evaluation 5%

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

Applied Research 0%

Administrative Responsibilities:
Direction 0%

Management 50%

  • Assist the Assistant Camp Director and Camp Director with leading CIT participants.
  • Supervision of campers.
  • At Cedar Beach, the Counselor will closely monitor children at all times.
  • Be sure to evaluate your own success in your position and consider any changes you or the Camp Direction deem necessary or beneficial to your performance.

Coordination/Operation 15%

  • Assist Camp Director and the Assistant Camp Director with administrative duties.
  • Camp Counselors are responsible for preparation before programming and clean-up after programs including cleaning after crafts and various activities.
  • Camp Counselors are responsible for facility maintenance and care including cleaning bathrooms, sweeping floors, maintaining equipment and cleaning tanks and tank filters.
  • At Cedar Beach and/or the Aquarium, the Counselor will lead children on and off the bus, through lunch, during seining, and will remain in the water during non-swimming activities.
  • Be present and participate in daily discussions during morning and afternoon staff meetings at Cedar Beach Marina.

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 Suffolk 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.


Non-Exempt: Seasonal 30-32 hours per week

Salary Range: $16.00-$18.00 per hour (based on qualifications)

Dates: June 24, 2024 – August 16, 2024

Over 18, Experience working with Children and animals (sea creatures, reptiles, etc.), background in life science/biology, transportation to/from site. CPR and/or life guarding is a plus.

No relocation or VISA Sponsorship available.

Camp and Office Location:

Sport Fishing Education Center, Cedar Beach Marina,

Ocean Pkwy. Babylon, NY 11702


Review of applications will begin immediately. Position will remain open until qualified pool of candidates is obtained. Applicants need to attach/upload a resume and cover letter 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 Apply Here.

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

Tracy Marcus, Marine Youth Education Specialist and Sea Explorers Marine Camp Director or (631) 384-2041.

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 Jillian Sinanan at 631-727-7850 ext. 326, 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.


Jillian Sinanan
Human Resource Director

Last updated March 12, 2024