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Ocean Lab Employment

Instructors (2 positions)

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As an Ocean Lab instructor you will educate our up and coming marine scientists in marine biology. You will investigate how the fields of chemistry, physics, and geology support marine biology. It is preferred that instructors have a strong marine biology background in identification (specifically local fishes to coastal NC), anatomy and physiology of marine organisms. Ability to lead dissections and respectfully discuss animal euthanization for scientific purposes is a must. Also history in tank maintenance is a plus. Programs include an ocean research cruises and daily field trips to the beach, marsh, fouling station, Center for Marine Science, NC Aquarium and other marine facilities.

Note: One week of the summer we offer a single gender camps residential camp. The first week in July, instructors from Ocean Lab, Sea Science Olympiad and Coast Trek will be selected to work with Sea GEMS (girls) or Sea LAB (boys) based on availability and preference.

Student Ages 12 - 14

  1. Provide "hands-on, feet-wet" instruction for campers age 12-14
  2. Supervise campers on land and water (including on boats), in classroom, in the field, and during lunch
  3. Provide first aid to campers
  4. Behavior management
  5. General clean up and maintenance of camp
  6. Transport campers in 15-passenger vans safely
  1. Must be at least 21 and have a valid driver's license
  2. Must be able to lead and participate in demanding outdoor learning experiences (rain or shine)
  3. Must have strong oral communication skills to communicate effectively with campers, parents, and staff
  4. Must demonstrate initiative and leadership qualities
  5. Must have previous experience and desire to work with teens
  6. Knowledgeable in all of four major fields of marine science, plus familiarity with more recent areas of marine technology and biotechnology
  7. Preference is for candidates who have already completed a bachelor's degree and/or working on a masters degree in a field of study related to the marine sciences. Minimum requirement is three years towards a bachelor's degree in a field of study related to the marine sciences.
  8. Knowledge of local marine habitats, boating and kayaking experience are all a plus
  9. CPR/First Aid is required (must be obtained by June 12, 2016)
  10. Lifeguard Certification is preferred (may be obtained by June 12, 2016; MarineQuest may attempt to organize an American Red Cross class before staff training begins. Cost would be approximately $250.00. If interested in this option, please contact Erin Moran); however we encourage you to pursue alternate certification options.
Terms of Employment:
  1. June 12 through July 29, Monday through Friday (possible one week extension dependent on camp attendance)
  2. Training during the weeks of June 5 through June 10
  3. Average work week is 40 hours from 7:45am-4:15pm Monday-Thursday, and 7:45am-1:45pm Friday.
  4. Pay rate starts at $9.00/hr, dependent on qualifications

Employment is subject to a criminal and Homeland Security background check