Marine Science Camp Counselor

Educational Summer Camp

June 2-August 13   |   8 hours per day, Monday-Friday

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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 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, use of scientific collection equipment, crafts and games.

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 one Instructor and one Counselor per group of 12 camp participants. 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 2-August 13, 2021

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 hours per day (typically 7:30 am to 4:00 pm)

Compensation: $15.75 per hour, housing is not provided; employees receive time and a half pay for all work over eight hours


Marine Science Camp Counselor Position Responsibilities:

  • Assist Instructors in the overall supervision of camp participants

  • Facilitate lesson plans and activities to your team of up to 12 camp participants

  • Aid in providing an understanding of marine topics

  • Follow a daily schedule and deliver camp curriculum in an energetic, safe, positive and structured learning environment

  • Inspire excitement, personal achievement and cooperation in camp participants

  • Lead teambuilding activities, games, arts and crafts

  • Communicate and implement MSI’s health, hygiene and sanitation protocol in response to COVID-19

  • Properly handle live marine organisms and teaching artifacts

  • Chaperone the group’s trip aboard the research vessel

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

  • Clean and sanitize MSI facility, teaching spaces, and educational materials daily based on the recommendations from San Mateo County Health and Centers for Disease Control

  • Support camp participant check-in and check-out processes

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

  • Serve as a role model and guide participants by exhibiting appropriate behavior and activities

  • Adapt to the needs of fellow staff and camp participants

  • Support the training and development of Volunteers

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

  • Follow protocols in the Marine Science Camp Staff Manual (distributed on the first day of training)


  • Possess current CPR and First Aid certification (must obtain by first day of staff 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, adaptability, 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

  • Willingness to problem-solve, be patient, remain positive and fun

  • Physically able to work outdoors for long periods of time

  • Be able to frequently stand, walk, stoop, kneel, bend, reach, push, pull and carry objects up to 30 pounds


COVID-19 precautions:

  • Health and temperature screening of all participants upon arrival to camp

  • Staff, Volunteers and camp participants are required to wear a mask covering nose and mouth at all times

  • Frequent use of hand sanitizer and hand washing with soap and water required throughout the program

  • Sanitation of all shared materials immediately after use

  • Frequent cleaning and sanitation of activity spaces, restrooms, and staff break room

  • Social distancing guidelines in place

Application deadline: Accepting applications through March 26, 2021

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