MarineQuest

Kayak & Support Staff

The MarineQuest summer team has a diverse set of duties and we seek skilled watermen for our kayak and support staff positions.

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Kayak Instructor
Equipment Manager
Boat Float & Whale Assistant

Kayak Instructor (1 position)

Apply Here: Online Application*
*In the "MarineQuest Summer Camp Instructor/Counselor" application, please identify that you are interested in the Kayak position

As the MarineQuest kayak instructor you will be responsible for teaching and leading trips for students ages 9 - 17. Many of the students are first-time kayakers. Trips will range from 2 to 4 hours and will be primarily to saltmarsh based habitats. You will be required to work independently while transporting kayaks to various locations. Each trip will include a maximum of 20 students and two additional MarineQuest staff. MarineQuest uses tandem "sit-on-top" kayaks for students and solo kayaks for the instructors. Instructors must be able to drive a 15 passenger van and tow kayak trailer with 12-16 kayaks atop it.

Duties:

  1. Provide "hands-on, feet-wet" kayak instruction for MarineQuest participants age 9 to 17
  2. Supervise participants on land, water, and boats
  3. Provide first aid to participants
  4. Behavior management
  5. Clean up and maintenance of equipment, including kayaks
  6. Transport kayaks on trailer
  7. Carry and secure kayaks on trailer
  8. Provide safe kayak trips for program participants
  9. Politely manage any community complaints on site and report to MarineQuest supervisor

Qualifications:

  1. ACA level 2 Kayak Instructor (or equivalent) Certification required
  2. Lifeguard Certification is required by the start of employment
  3. CPR/First Aid certification is required by the start of employment
  4. Must be at least 21 (by June 2017) and have a valid driver's license
  5. Must be able to lead and participate in outdoor learning experiences (rain or shine)
  6. Must have strong oral communication skills to communicate effectively with campers and staff
  7. Must demonstrate initiative and leadership qualities
  8. Must have previous experience and desire to work with youth
  9. Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds without assistance over you head multiple times
  10. Preference is for candidates pursuing or who have completed a bachelors degree in a field of study related to the marine sciences, education, and/or EVS.
  11. Knowledge of local marine habitats is a plus

Terms of Employment:

  1. Summer: June 11 through August 4, Monday through Friday (some evening and weekend trips may be required); additional spring employment may be available March through May (contact Harris Muhlstein if interested in spring employment).
  2. Summer training during the week of June 2 through June 9
  3. Summer hours: average work week is approximately 30 to 40 hours between the hours of 7:45 am-4:15 pm Monday-Friday (occasional weekend work required); Spring hours: sporadic and part-time as needed based on program registrations
  4. Pay rate starting at $9.00 per hour (dependent upon qualifications)
  5. Employment is subject to a driving record, criminal and Homeland Security background check

Equipment Manager (1 position)

Apply Here: Online Application*
*In the "MarineQuest Summer Camp Instructor/Counselor" application, please identify that you are interested in the Equipment Manager position

MarineQuest seeks a talented individual to take care of our scientific field gear and go fishing with program participants over the summer.  Candidates should be knowledgable with fishing gear, tank maintenance, and have excellent organization skills. 

Duties:

  1. Help run “boat float” and fishing
  2. Provide “hands-on, feet-wet” instruction for campers
  3. Provide first aid to campers
  4. General clean up and maintenance of camp including tanks on UNCW campus
  5. Maintain technical equipment
  6. Ensure MarineQuest standards are always upheld
  7. Maintain a “safety-first” environment for yourself and program participants at all times
  8. Adhere to and enforce all UNCW MarineQuest rules, policies, and procedures

Qualifications:

  1. CPR/First Aid certification is required by the start of employment
  2. Must be able to lead and participate in outdoor learning experiences (rain or shine)
  3. Must have strong oral communication skills to communicate effectively with campers and staff
  4. Must demonstrate initiative and leadership qualities
  5. Previous experience and desire to troubleshoot equipment challenges
  6. Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds without assistance over your head multiple times
  7. Preference is for candidates pursuing an associate's or bachelor's degree in a field of study related to the marine sciences, education, and/or EVS.
  8. Knowledge of local marine habitats is a plus

Terms of Employment:

  1. Summer: June 1 through August 3, Monday through Friday (some evening and weekend trips may be required)
  2. Summer training during the week of June 1 through June 8
  3. Summer hours: average work week is approximately 30 hours between the hours of 7:45 am-4:15 pm Monday-Friday (occasional weekend work required), flexible work hours
  4. Pay rate starting at $8.00 per hour (dependent upon qualifications)
  5. Employment is subject to criminal and Homeland Security background check

Boat Float & Whale Assistant (1 position)

Apply Here: Online Application*
*In the "MarineQuest Summer Camp Instructor/Counselor" application, please identify that you are interested in the Boat Float & Whale Assistant position

MarineQuest half day program participants (ages 4-7) take an exciting research journey though the marsh in our inflatable kayaks.  Be the captain for the kayak excusions by pulling the the boats through the marsh and teach the students topics raging from birds, pirates, and invertebrate life in the salt marsh.

Duties:

  1. Help run “boat float” and whale program
  2. Provide “hands-on, feet-wet” instruction for campers
  3. Provide first aid to campers
  4. General clean up and maintenance of camp including tanks on UNCW campus
  5. Ensure MarineQuest standards are always upheld
  6. Maintain a “safety-first” environment for yourself and program participants at all times
  7. Adhere to and enforce all UNCW MarineQuest rules, policies, and procedures

Qualifications:

  1. Lifeguard Certification is required by the start of employment
  2. CPR/First Aid certification is required by the start of employment
  3. Must be at least 21 (by June 1, 2018) and have a valid driver's license
  4. Must be able to lead and participate in outdoor learning experiences (rain or shine)
  5. Must have strong oral communication skills to communicate effectively with campers and staff
  6. Must demonstrate initiative and leadership qualities
  7. Must have previous experience and desire to work with youth
  8. Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds without assistance over you head multiple times
  9. Preference is for candidates pursuing or who have completed a bachelors degree in a field of study related to the marine sciences, education, and/or EVS.
  10. Knowledge of local marine habitats is a plus

Terms of Employment:

  1. Summer: June 1 through August 3, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday (some evening and weekend trips may be required)
  2. Summer training during the week of June 1 through June 8
  3. Summer hours: average work week is approximately 20 hours between the hours of 7:45 am-4:15 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
  4. Pay rate starting at $8.50 per hour (dependent upon qualifications)
  5. Employment is subject to a driving record, criminal and Homeland Security background check