Marine Science Camp Counselor

Educational Summer Camp| Summer, 8-10 hours per day Mon-Fri,

June 3-August 14, 2020

2019 camp staff

Marine Science Institute (MSI) is a non-profit environmental education organization offering year-round hands-on programs that excite and enlighten students about science. MSI’s educational programs provide engaging and interactive adventures with San Francisco Bay Area marine life that impact students of all ages, inspiring respect and stewardship for the marine environment. During summer MSI offers Marine Science Camp – a unique and exciting week-long day camp for K-8th graders to learn about marine habitats and animals and explore their connection to the natural world. Camp activities include live animal touching, themed hands-on lessons and activities, field trips to local habitats and much more.

We are seeking qualified Marine Science Camp Counselors for nine weeks of summer camp sessions, plus training time. Counselors work collaboratively with Instructors, other Counselors and Volunteers to deliver engaging marine science programs and supervise campers during all camp activities. Group ratio is 1 Instructor + 1 Counselor per 16 campers. MSI is located in Redwood City, CA on the San Francisco Bay. This is a paid position; housing is not provided.

Job type: Full-time, seasonal position

Dates: June 3-August 14, 2020

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8-10 hours per day

Compensation: $15.50/hour, housing is not provided. Employees receive time and a half pay for all work over eight hours.


Marine Science Camp Counselor Position Responsibilities:

  • Inspire excitement, personal achievement and cooperation in campers

  • Assist Instructors in the overall supervision of campers

  • Lead teambuilding activities, games, arts and crafts, and songs

  • Aid in providing an understanding of marine topics

  • Properly handle live marine organisms and artifacts

  • Chaperone field trips

  • Maintain a clean and organized teaching environment through daily tasks and inventory of supplies

  • Organize and supervise extended care activities at MSI for up to 2 weeks of the summer

  • Support camper check-in and check-out processes

  • Interact and communicate with camp families during drop-off and pick-up

  • Support the training and development of Volunteers

  • Take photographs daily to document the camp experience for families (camera provided by MSI)


  • Possess current CPR and First Aid certification (must be obtained by the first day of training)

  • Minimum of a high school diploma

  • Ability to pass a background check

  • Reliable transportation is a must; the facility is not easily accessible by public transit

  • Flexibility, enthusiasm, self-motivation, and leadership skills highly desired

  • Must enjoy working with children

  • Willingness to get wet and muddy in the field

  • Experience working at a camp or working with children is helpful

  • Physically able to work outdoors for long periods of time

  • Be able to frequently bend, reach, kneel and carry objects up to 30 pounds


Application deadline: Accepting applications through April 3, 2020

To apply please submit a cover letter, your 1-page resume, and a completed Employment Application Form to:


Marine Science Institute

Attn: Alex Lee

500 Discovery Parkway

Redwood City, CA 94063

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500 Discovery Parkway

Redwood City, CA 94063

Tel: 650-364-2760

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Marine Science Institute is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. Federal Tax ID# 94-1719649

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