Full Day Instructor

Full Day Instructors spend half a day in the classroom and half a day in the field teaching already developed marine science curriculum to the next generation of scientists. Curriculum is inquiry-based where students will ask questions, collect data, and make conclusions. Please read over the duties, qualifications, and terms of employment below and review the program topic descriptions for these engaging and fun science experiences. On your application, you will need to list the programs you are interested in instructing.

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  1. Provide "hands-on, feet-wet" instruction for campers age dependent on program
  2. Supervise campers in classroom, in field, and during lunch
  3. Provide first aid to campers
  4. Behavior management
  5. General clean up and maintenance of camp


  1. Must be able to lead and participate in outdoor learning experiences (rain or shine)
  2. Must have strong oral communication skills to communicate effectively with campers, parents, and staff
  3. Must demonstrate initiative and leadership qualities
  4. Must have previous experience and desire to work with youth
  5. Preference is for candidates who have already completed a bachelors degree in a field of study related to the marine sciences. Minimum requirement is two years towards a bachelor's degree in a field of study related to the marine sciences.
  6. Knowledge of local marine habitats is a plus
  7. CPR/First Aid is required (must be obtained by June 1, 2018)
  8. Lifeguard Certification is required (must be obtained by June 10, 2018)

Terms of Employment:

  1. June 1 through August 3, Monday through Friday
  2. Mandatory staff training during the weeks of June 1 through June 8
  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 $8.50/hr, dependent on qualifications
  5. Employment is subject to a criminal and Homeland Security background check

Coastal Cruisers (Ages 7-8)  |  Coastal Challengers (Ages 9-10)  |  Coast Trek (Ages 10-12) 
Marine Ecosystem Engineers (Ages 11-13)  |  Ocean Lab (Ages 13-14)  |  Art Staff (Varying ages)  |  O.C.E.A.N.S. (15-16)

Coastal Cruisers (Ages 7-8)

Coastal Cruisers instructors will facilitate student discovery of coastal migratory species in this full day program. Species of interest include sea turtles, sharks, whales, dolphins, and birds. Knowledge of the life cycles of the species of interest, what stages migrate, and how they interact with the ocean is key. It is critical for this program that instructors have a passion and awareness of the critters that "cruise" the NC coast as well as the associated environmental policy. The program includes field trips to the beach, marsh, bird sanctuary, fouling station, Center for Marine Science and NC Aquarium. This is your chance to help students discover the beauty and excitement held within our coastal habitats.

Note: Throughout the summer we offer alternating weeks of programs. The alternating week of 7-8 programming is Treasure SEAkers. Check out Treasure SEAkers.

Coastal Challengers (Ages 9-10)

Coastal Challengers instructors explore the challenges of our coastal environment is facing with their 9 - 10 year old students.  Explore the challenges and identify the solutions to issues like poor water quality, climate change, and erosion. Alternating weeks instructors will teach Sea Mates looking at the forces of nature impacting our coast.  Successful candidates for this program must have a strong environmental science and geology background.  We are looking for someone with policy as well as science knowledge to teach this program line.

NOTE: Depending on camper enrollments there are potentially 3 weeks that instructors will work part time.  

Coast Trek (Ages 10-12)

As a Coast Trek instructor your will help guide our students on a coastal journey to observe and document the changes over time that have occurred and continue to take place within our marine ecosystems. Instructors will need to be familiar with field techniques used to explore various habitats and organisms.It is preferred that instructors have a marine geology, paleontology, and meteorology background to instruct our "trekkies" about the forces that have altered our local coastline. Familiarity with shark paleobiology or turtle biology is a plus. Program includes field trips to the beach, marsh, fouling station, coquina outcrop, Cape Fear River, fossil quarry, NOAA weather station, local TV station, Snow's Cut, Center for Marine Science and a research cruise.

Note: Two weeks we offer Turtle Trek & Shark Trek. These programs focus on the title species.

Marine Technology Programs (Ages 11-13)

With TECHNOcean & Marine Ecosystem Engineers you will work to help students explore the exciting field of marine technology and coastal environmental engineering. As Science Olympiad by the Sea instructor you will run a boot camp for science Olympiad focusing on events that can be supported by applied learning in the marine environment. It is critical that instructors have experience with Science Olympiad and leading project based learning. It is critical for this program that you have marine technology/engineering experience and familiarity with coastal interactions with the technologies.

Note: Two weeks of the summer we offer a single gender camps residential camp. Instructors from TECHNOcean, Ocean Lab, and Sea Science Olympiad will be selected to work with Sea GEMS (girls) or Sea LAB (boys) based on availability and preference.

Ocean Lab (Ages 13-14)

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 species 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: Two weeks of the summer we offer a single gender camps residential camp. Instructors from Ocean Lab and TECHNOcean will be selected to work with Sea GEMS (girls) or Sea LAB (boys) based on availability and preference.

Art Staff (Varying ages)

Instructors have the opportunity to lead a program focused on documenting environmental issues in coastal habitats and the marine environment. Students will gain inspiration from the marine environment through field trips to various locations. It is critical for this camp that instructors have an appreciation for marine science as well as background in photography (familiarity with GoPros is a plus), videography, and editing software/techniques. Your appreciation for marine science will drive the inspiration that students get from their surroundings. Shore Shots instructors will help provide students with the opportunity to create a marine science themed PSA by designing, shooting, and editing original video footage. In addition to Shore Shots, this position has the opportunity to work with other camps (Sea Shots) to edit photographs and footage that will be shown at their camp parent presentations.

O.C.E.A.N.S. (15-16)

As an O.C.E.A.N.S instructor, you will serve as a role model for marine scientists and teach pre-college students about the many different careers in marine science. You will challenge students to conduct scientific work on research cruises, in the lab and in the field. Students will build ROVs and explore the potentials of aquaculture.Instructors should be able to answer student's questions about college and career paths in a Q/A fashion. They should also have the ability to lead dissections and respectfully discuss animal euthanization for scientific purposes. A background in marine technologies and/or biotechnologies including the ability to perform molecular techniques is critical. The program includes a six-hour research cruise on the ocean; a trip to an undeveloped barrier island, field trips to beach, marshes, fouling station, rocky intertidal zone, sea turtle hospital, marine technology program, aquaculture lab, rock fossil quarry, Center for Marine Science, and other marine facilities.

Note: Two weeks of summer. instructors will lead Ocean CHEMystery & Oceans of Change