Montauk Marine Seasonal Educator

Montauk Marine Seasonal Educator

About the Position

In 2018 Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program and Gurney’s resorts kicked off a collaboration centered on making the Gurney’s Star Island Resort property a partner site for marine science-based education and shellfish restoration. CCE Marine Program educators work with Gurney’s Kids Club to supply hands-on marine science education to resort and marina guests.The CCE Marine Educator serving in this position will work with the Gurney’s staff, responsible for managing the kids and assisting in the educational process. Other family and adult programs may be scheduled, so the educator should be comfortable working with various age groups.

The educator will be trained on site-specific activities and be directly involved in the setup and planning process.Activities will include seining and beach-combing and Gurney’s Star Island beach, identifying local marine invertebrates and fish and maintaining a classroom fish tank/touch tank with locally caught species.Programming will also focus on specific CCE Marine Initiatives, including shellfish aquaculture, coastal and underwater habitat restoration, seahorse conservation, horseshoe crab monitoring, and water quality.

The educator should be knowledgeable in CCE Marine projects and comfortable engaging with parents and the public to raise awareness of marine restoration efforts and inspire support of and participation in our Back to the Bays program.Gurney’s host one of our FLUPSYs (Floating Upwelling Systems), so the educator should be prepared to learn the functioning of this system and educate kids and adults on site.

Educators will be responsible for preparation before programs and clean-up after programs, including cleaning and care of the facilities, animals, and/or aquaria. Must be available for the months of July and August. This position may include some weekend days.

Job Title: Montauk Seasonal Marine Educator

Positions: Shift is flexible, 3-5 days per week (schedule TBD)

Salary: $20-$25 per hour (depending on experience) **Mileage reimbursement and paid commute time provided.**

Supervisor: Reports to South Fork Marine Educator and Volunteer Coordinator, Hazel Wodehouse

Other: Position is seasonal, temporary employment

Required Qualifications:

  • Attendance in or Graduation from a recognized college/university or equivalent.
  • Experience and success working with children (teaching or camp experience preferred)
  • Ability to learn and lead educational experiences and activities.
  • Ability to understand and carry out educational program tasks and objectives.
  • Ability to work with and supervise a group of up to 20 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 (previous background preferred)
  • Ability to work with and touch live animals (marine organisms, crabs, fish, etc.).
  • Ability to handle health and safety issues and/or emergencies.
  • Ability to perform physical requirements of the job; light hiking expeditions; beach seining; transporting equipment
  • Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
  • Ability to pass a motor vehicle screening (including a Valid Driver’s License)
  • Ability to meet acceptable background check standards, if required.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, as required by ongoing operations.

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

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Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.

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Send application, cover letter, and resume to:

Contact:Kimberly Barbour, Outreach Manager

3690 Cedar Beach Road

Southold, NY 11971

631-852-8660 office

No relocation or VISA Sponsorship is available.

The Association may make reasonable accommodations to enable applicants to participate in hiring 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 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.


Hazel E. Wodehouse
South Fork Marine Educator/LISRP Volunteer Coordinator

Last updated June 9, 2022