Marine Program Assistant Educator, Northport, NY

Sea Stars Camp, Marine Program Assistant Educator, Northport, NY

Position Summary:

Assist with all programs and projects associated with the Marine Program. Conduct various indoor and outdoor marine educational experiences on and off the Northport (Sea Stars Marine Camp) locations. Assistant Educators will be responsible for learning and conducting all outreach programs at other facilities (schools, camps, libraries, daycares, etc.). This position will have a flexible schedule and may include weekend or early evening hours.

This seasonal position will participate as a marine educator for children and adults. The educator will also assist with a marine science summer camp for children ages 6-14 when needed. This will include leading children through various activities both indoors and outdoors, including the classroom/building, salt marsh, beach activities, and arts and crafts. The Assistant Educator may also lead tours at Asharoken Beach, Northport, to visiting groups, lead courses and labs individually, and prepare and break down daily activities and assigned programs. Assistant Educators will be responsible for preparation before and after programs, including cleaning and caring for the facility, animals, and aquaria. All associated camp-related tasks, including supervision of children, paperwork, and creating and teaching a marine lesson, are possible.

Additionally, the seasonal educator may assist in other local Western Suffolk Marine Program projects, including, but not limited to, water quality and storm-water.

Required Qualifications:

  • Associate Degree in biological or related sciences and at least 1-year experience relevant to the role of the position or High School Diploma and 2 years volunteer or work experience;
  • 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 supervise a group of up to 30 children
  • Ability to work with 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 emergencies;
  • Ability to perform physical requirements of the job, such as light hiking expeditions to the bay beach seining, off-camp trips to the Aquarium, and Yankee III voyage.
  • Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position;
  • Valid Driver's License
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Desire to work with children.
  • Basic marine biology, environmental or education background/aquarium, and animal care experience.
  • Current CPR/AED and 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.Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and support diversity are strongly encouraged to apply


Salary: Non-exempt $16.00 - $18.00 per hour (based on experience)

Hour:21-40 hours per week

Dates: April 1, 2023 - August 31, 2023 – Full Camp season commitment

Benefits:Health Insurance, NYS retirement options


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

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 17, 2023