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Harbor Discoveries Camp Instructor

Organization: New England Aquarium (AZA Member)
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Commitment: June 17, 2013 - August 23, 2013 M – F 8:00 am – 6:00 pm plus Thurs overnights. One weekend overnight commitment: June 29 & June 30.

Instructors of Advanced Camp will have 2 full-week (M – F), overnight commitments.

JOB SUMMARY: A Harbor Discoveries Instructor will lead a group of participants in one of two levels; Junior (36 campers, grades 4 & 5), Senior (36 campers, grades 6 & 7), or Advanced* (10 – 23 campers, grades 8, 9 & 10). Junior and Senior levels are taught on separate dates and will be taught by the same staff. Program details at:


• Responsible for the safety of all participants, interns and volunteers.

• Lead groups in field study and activity in the Aquarium, on boat trips, during night hikes and on all day excursions.

• Contribute to the development of weekly theme-based science projects and activities

• Implement objectives effectively with thought provoking, engaging, and creative teaching methods.

• Teach participants to observe, discover, and appreciate the natural world and Aquarium galleries and exhibits.

• Promote appropriate behavior and serve as a positive role model for participants and other staff.

• Present behind-the-scenes tours, Giant Ocean Tank talks or Live Animal presentations.

• Oversee all aspects of preparation and clean up of all program-related activities and equipment both on and offsite.

• Supervise other staff roles in supporting the program, including college interns and teenage Counselors in Training.

* Advanced instructor will lead groups on week- long offsite experiences, with a partnering institution like Oceans Classroom onboard a schooner, and/or a weeklong stay at the marine science institute, Project Oceanology.


Education: Bachelors degree in education, natural sciences or a related field, or equivalent experience required.


• Minimum of 2 - 4 years experience teaching /coordinating environmental education science-based programs either outdoors or in an informal classroom situation.

• Minimum of 1 - 2 years experience creating curriculum, activities or other environmental education related development.

• Proven experience working with and mentoring teenagers.

• Strong background in marine biology, freshwater ecology, geology and other related sciences OR strong familiarity with the Aquarium (greater than 250 hours experience as staff, volunteer, or intern).

• Hold current certification as a lifeguard and first aid and CPR, or higher by the start of Camp training.

• Significant experience working with diverse racial/socio-economic populations required.

• Exceptional organizational, leadership, and communication skills required.

• Demonstrates reliability, responsibility and enthusiasm.

• Public speaking and/or competence in a second language helpful.

• Must be at least 21 years old (25 for Advanced Camp Instructor role).

• Must have a valid driver’s license and a minimum of two years driving experience.

• Experience driving a large 15 passenger van preferred.

• Experience and/or working knowledge of GIS technology a plus.

*Advanced Instructor will lead groups on one or two, one-week offsite experiences and will be responsible for the group round the clock. Hiking, camping and outdoor living experience required.

*** Employment is contingent upon the results of an Expanded Criminal Offender Record (CORI) and Sexual Offender Record (SORI) review. ***

New England Aquarium is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to diversity in the workplace.