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Positions: Marine / Environmental Science Instructor
Type: summer jobs / summer positions
Organization: The Whale Camp
Location: Grand Manan Island NB (includes room & board)

The Whale Camp at the Fundy Marine Science Institute is dedicated to providing marine biology experiential educational programs and facilities for learning about the dynamic marine ecology of the Bay of Fundy as well as the coastal, terrestrial and human ecologies of Grand Manan Island. Our goal is to use hands-on, discovery-oriented marine science activities to increase awareness and understanding of these living systems and by extension the living systems of our oceans and planet.

We are seeking a few well qualified camp counselors with experience in outdoor environmental instruction and some background in marine science to plan and carry out activities for our campers ages 10-17 at our residential marine science, nature, adventure camp. Daytime program includes observations and place-based activities based on marine ecosystems of the Bay of Fundy. Topics include marine mammal biology, tidal ecology, geology, ornithology, terrestrial ecology, culture and history of the Canadian maritimes and the dynamic processes of the ecosystem in the Bay of Fundy. Our programs also include hiking and kayaking.

Environmental Science Instructors are responsible for facilitating daytime field experiences and environmental learning activities on land and at sea. Our core curriculum provides fun, innovative, hands-on, discovery oriented educational, and meaningful lessons in topics that include: marine science, geology, forest ecology, botany, oceanography, coastal / island ecology and ornithology. Lesson planning and curriculum development is essential. Staff also take turns traveling to Maine each weekend to meet and transport new campers to camp.

Responsibilities include:

  • Plan and facilitate daily science and adventure education program for students
  • Plan and facilitate group initiatives and team building exercises
  • Structure camper time and activities to keep campers safe and productive
  • Enforce safety regulations and provide emergency first-aid assistance when needed
  • Administer medications to the campers in your group that need it during the daytime program. Record this information in the First Aid log book
  • Dispense camper money from the bank and keep track of bank balance for your students.
  • Be a positive role model and mentor for campers
  • Communicate with parents as requested by Directors
  • Communicate effectively with all staff on a daily basis
  • Participate in travel and transportation of students to and from Bangor, Maine
  • Maintain science equipment
  • Help with general camp maintenance
  • Provide proper camper supervision
  • Assist with big clean days, packing and unpacking.
  • Complete one summer project to enhance the program. Directors must approve project.
  • Add 2+ professional quality lesson plans to existing program notebooks
  • Participate in Program Planning / Curriculum Development / Staff Meetings
  • Maintain and display a positive and encouraging attitude at all times

Requirements: Bachelors or Masters degree in natural sciences or education; full drivers license, CPR/First Aid Certification; experience with and enthusiasm for working with youth in an outdoor setting; demonstrated leadership, teaching and facilitation skills; confirmed knowledge of a variety of outdoor science activities and skills; familiarity with team building and group dynamics activities to foster self-esteem and cooperation among campers; desire to be a member of a shared working and living environment; strong work ethic; positive attitude; flexibility; creativity; sense of humor.

Compensation: $600/week plus housing and food.
Extra perks: A number of whale watching trips, puffin trips and kayaking excursions are provided.

Application: Please submit a resume and cover letter to , and submit the online application form from our website:

***Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, accepted through March 6, 2020.***

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Feb 13 2020    ID: 56047