The Chincoteague Bay Field Station of the Marine Science Consortium provides outstanding multi-disciplinary, educational and research opportunities that celebrate the rich natural, cultural, economic, and technological resources of the mid-Atlantic Coastal region through field-based and hands-on learning, often in affiliation with multiple public and private partners.

A seasonal job or internship at Chincoteague Bay Field Station is the perfect way to gain environmental education and marine biology experience.

Since 1968, the Chincoteague Bay Field Station has helped people move their careers in biology or environmental education forward! You will learn all about the flora and fauna of the mid-Atlantic, how to apply field research methods to education, and how to adapt programs to work with the many different audiences who visit the Field Station. You will gain leadership skills as you help lead participants in a myriad of activities, from a trip to the local museum to a research cruise.

Employment Overview

Happy Field Station Educators!

Want to spend an incredible summer or year minutes from the beach and in a gorgeous coastal setting? Are you searching for the opportunity to share and expand your knowledge and enthusiasm about the world we live in? Looking for the type of exciting, outdoor, hands-on experience that puts you out on the open water on a research vessel or splashing in the intertidal zone looking for marine organisms?

The Field Station has a job for you »

Educator Job Opportunities

Field Station Educators
Positions: 7
Term: February 21 to November 20, 2017 (there is also one partial season position that runs through August 19th)

Compensation: $660/bi-weekly + room and board
2017 applications are currently closed.

Stopping for a photo-op on Island Nature Trail.Educators are trained to work with all programs (school, college, family and adult, and summer camp programs) and will work with learners of all levels, including K-12 students, college students and adult learners. You will gain valuable and diverse knowledge regarding aquarium and field equipment use and maintenance, boat crew skills and boat safety, group leadership in laboratory and field settings, time management and marine husbandry. This highly demanding, but rewarding job best fits individuals who work well independently and as part of a team. Candidates must demonstrate problem solving skills, time and group management skills, and enthusiasm for education and the environment.

Applicants must have a degree in biology, marine science, ecology, environmental sciences, education, environmental education, outdoor recreation or other relevant fields. Preference is given to those with teaching experience with multiple age groups and/or leadership experience in informal education or camps. Previous experience working on boats preferred, but not necessary.

Adult & Family Program Educators
Positions: 2
Term: Mid-February to mid-November (with a possible 3-month winter extension).
Compensation: $660/bi-weekly + room and board

2017 applications are currently closed.

Mud party!The Adult and Family Program Educator will lead family and adult groups of all ages and teach a diverse array of topics that highlight the dynamic ecosystems of a barrier island. Special Program activities are varied and may include kayaking and canoeing trips, cycling tours, nature hikes, photography, adult craft programs (basketry, kayak building, flint knapping, etc.), home school programs, historical tours, boat trips, campfires, science labs, skit nights, marine organism collection, water testing and sampling, island tours, and more. The Educator will also achieve valuable supervisory experience as they help to manage our summer high school intern and volunteer programs.

Internship & Summer Job Opportunities

Summer Camp Counselor Internship
Positions: 4 (two male, two female)
Term: June 6–August 12, 2017
Compensation: $250/week + room and board
Applications are currently closed. Please check back in November 2017 to apply for summer 2018.

Marine Science Camp Intern.Summer Camp Counselor Interns will gain an in depth understanding of the dynamic ecosystems of a barrier island, receive training in Environmental Interpretation and Education, and gain experience creating educational curricula for ages 8-18. Camp Counselor duties include overnight and free time supervision of camp participants, creating and organizing educational and recreational free time activities and getting participants to and from meals and camp events. Applicants must have a degree or be working towards a degree in education, outdoor recreation, marine biology, environmental sciences or other relevant fields.

Outreach Programs & Internship Supervisor
Positions: 2
Term: May 21–August 15, 2017

Compensation: $290/week + room and board
Applications are currently closed. Please check back in November 2017 to apply for summer 2018.

Throwing out the trawel net.Outreach Programs and Internship Supervisors gain experience leading groups of all ages and teaching a diverse array of topics that highlight the dynamic ecosystems of a barrier island. They also achieve valuable supervisory experience as they help to manage our high school intern and summer volunteer programs. Outreach Programs and Internship Supervisors work alongside program staff to provide a diverse range of educational and scientific program experiences. Program activities are varied and may include kayaking and canoeing, nature hikes, marsh-mucking, boat trips, campfires, science labs, seining and trawling, skit nights, marine organism collection, astronomy field trip, water testing and sampling and island tours.

College Program Summer Assistants
Positions: 2
Term: April 5–August 15, 2017
Compensation: $290/week + room and board
Applications are currently closed. Please check back in November 2017 to apply for summer 2018.

Marine Biology Instruction.The Field Station is seeking an individual with strong organizational and leadership skills to work with the residential college community during the summer months. The Field Station offers four sessions of college courses, each session is three weeks long with a total of twelve weeks of courses. While attending a course, students live and study at the Field Station. The College Program Summer Assistant is responsible for overseeing the college community in its residential aspects including housing, rules, and recreation — with a goal is to create a safe, productive, and enjoyable environment for all students. You will also work in the field as a deckhand aboard monitor vessels and escort groups to NASA’s Wallops Island as needed to meet program goals. Applicants must be able to work all dates of employment, including weekends and evenings.

College Program & Research Interns
Positions: 3
Term: May 15–August 15, 2017
Compensation: $250/week + room and board
Applications are currently closed. Please check back in November 2017 to apply for summer 2018.

A Family Program canoe adventure.Would you like to gain valuable hands-on experience at a marine science field station while gaining experience in environmental education, sustainability and building your leadership skills? College Program & Research Interns are immersed the daily operations of the Chincoteague Bay Field Station, conduct research, assist in conservation projects, and develop leadership skills as they support college students as resident advisors. Internships occur during our four summer sessions, beginning a few days prior and ending a few days after the students each summer. The Intern will work three out of the four sessions and may attend a course during their session off, with the added benefit of no station fees for their class.

Summer Internship for Rising High School Seniors

Sea S.T.A.R. Internship Program
(Students Teaching and Researching)

Positions: 8
Term: June 11–August 12, 2017

Compensation: This is an unpaid internship; however, most meals and all lodging during the program are free of charge.

Application Deadline: Rolling (contact Mike Hillman for more info)

Do you love the ocean and the outdoors? Do you have an interest in studying wild and diverse ecosystems? Do you dream of one day working as a Marine Biologist? Get ready for the summer adventure of a lifetime! The 2-month Coastal Education and Leadership Program for rising High School Seniors (who are currently juniors age 16 and older) allows students to gain experience in an Environmental Education program while researching a marine science project that interests them.

The internship includes three components: programs, research and enrichment. Students will work alongside program staff to provide environmental education programs and summer camp activities; periodically attend college level courses; develop their own research project or legacy project; and explore the exciting marine habitats of the Eastern Shore of Virginia. This program is a wonderful opportunity to enhance and develop self-confidence, self-awareness, communication skills, and personal leadership style.


Incredible views to enjoy after work.

The Field Station is located just miles from the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean on the beautiful Eastern shore of Virginia—boasting some of the most pristine coastal habitat on the east coast and 90 miles of protected coastline.

Nearby barrier islands is used as the main field site for educational programs, working closely with local partners including regional universities, NASA Wallops Flight Facility (the Field Station’s next door neighbor), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service to accomplish educational and research goals.

Staff at the Field Station can take advantage of the proximity to Assateague Island and the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, where beach-goers, wild-pony-lovers, bird-watchers and more go to soak up the beautiful scenery of the shore.

A Typical Day

Trawling With The Field Station: Letting Out The Net

While the typical day varies significantly by season and program, a very general overview of a typical Field Educator day might look like this:

7:30 a.m. Meet your group in the dining hall for breakfast
8:30 a.m. After breakfast, meet your group in the lab or classroom to start the day's activities
9:00 a.m. Head out into the field (research cruise, marsh, intertidal zone, beach, refuge, etc.)
Noon Enjoy a good meal and conversation in the cafeteria
1:00 p.m. Meet your group in the lab to introduce the afternoon's activities
1:30 p.m. Head out into the field (research cruise, marsh, intertidal zone, beach, refuge, etc.)
4:00 p.m. Return from the field, clean-up, and prepare for an evening program
6:00 p.m. Meet your group for dinner
7:00 p.m. Begin evening program
8:00 p.m. End evening program, clean-up, and go home to relax

Benefits & Perks

On-the-job fun!

Pay varies with position, ranging from $250–$330/week
On-station staff housing provided: furnished 800 sq. ft. two bedroom apt, one bathroom, kitchen and living room, central heat and A/C, shared with maximum one roommate; free laundry and WiFi access
On-station meals when programs in session (with vegetarian friendly options)
$30/quarter health insurance stipend
CPR/first aid training
Opportunities for continued professional development and networking with partner agencies

The Essentials

Learning the art of picking seine.

Applicants for all positions must:
Be enthusiastic about teaching and leading groups in the field
Work well independently as well as on a team
Be flexible and able to think on their feet
Be enthusiastic about continued learning and education
Not mind working in extreme heat
Want to work on a very close-knit team in a rural area

Application & Connections

CB Field Station is looking for you!

Chincoteague Bay Field Station The application process varies with each position, although all positions require a cover letter, resume and at least 3 references. The Field Station Educator position requires an online application submission as well.

Parker McMullen-Bushman
Education Director
Chincoteague Bay Field Station
34001 Mill Dam Rd.
Wallops Island, VA 23337
(757) 824-5636, ext. 107
(757) 824-5638 fax

Did you know? After 45 years, the Marine Science Consortium changed its name to Chincoteague Bay Field Station. The name was chosen as it represents the true nature of their field-based programs and hands-on methods, illustrates their academic nature and provides instant recognition of their geographic location.

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