Marine Biology Summer Camp Staff teaching on a boat

Oceans-17 Employment

Instructors (2 positions)

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As an Oceans-17 instructor you will lead MarineQuest’s most prestigious program! You will have the opportunity to work with a select group of serious marine enthusiasts as they collect and interpret data alongside research professors, staff and students at UNCW over their three week stay. Students will learn numerous observation and collection techniques including SCUBA diving and ROV operation, in addition to examining the science and benefits of algal bio-fuel and aquaculture initiatives. Instructors will lead students through a variety of applied skills, research techniques, and hands-on marine science in our capstone Oceans-17 program.  For this program it is critical that instructor has substantial research and SCUBA experience.

  1. Provide “hands-on, feet-wet” instruction for campers age 16-17
  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. General clean up and maintenance of camp
  5. Transport campers in 15-passenger vans safely
  6. Behavior management
  7. Ensure MarineQuest policies, safety expectations, and staffing ratios are carried out at all times
  8. Lead a 6-8 hour research cruise
  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 of all four major fields of marine science, plus familiarity with more recent areas of marine technology and biotechnology
  7. Must have completed a bachelors degree in a field of study related to the marine sciences and be enrolled or completed a master’s program in similar field (or equivalent combination of school and professional experience)
  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 STRONGLY 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.
  11. SCUBA certification is required with a strong preference towards advanced or higher level certifications (scientific diving experience preferred)
  12. Knowledge of current research techniques and practices related to marine science preferred
  13. Experience with research presentations a plus
Terms of Employment:
  1. June 12 through July 29, Monday through Friday (three week program; additional workdays may become available to interested staff depending on camp enrollment needs)
  2. Training during the weeks of June 5 through June 10
  3. Average work week is 40 hours from 7:45am-4:15pm Monday-Friday, and 7:45am-1:45pm some Fridays (some minor overtime possible).
  4. Pay rate starts at $10.50/hr, dependent on qualifications.

Employment is subject to a criminal and Homeland Security background check

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