U.S. Space and Rocket Center: Space Camp Seasonal Employment Opportunities.
Space Camp

Do you want to work at one of the biggest attractions in the U.S. and have an out of this world experience? Become a Space Camp Counselor!

By using the excitement of the U.S. space program and combining cutting-edge technology with hands-on learning, Space Camp stimulates young peoples interest in the study of math, science, aviation and technology. These immersive programs place students in a real-world context allowing them to view math and science as tools to develop future careers as scientists, engineers, teachers and astronauts.

Space Camp is the ultimate experience for campers who want to experience life as an astronaut. Experience life onboard the orbiter and International Space Station during a shuttle mission. Tumble through the atmosphere, bounce on the Moon, glide through space and perform tasks in the astronaut simulators. Build and launch a rocket, experience 4G's during liftoff on the Space Shot, and climb the Mars Climbing Wall.

Since 1982, Space Camp has had over 600,000 trainees walk through their doors representing 16 different countries and all 50 states. A few alumni have even become astronauts themselves!

Featured Job Opportunities

Space Camp Counselors

A Space Camp Counselor team!

Space Camp Counselors will supervise and educate trainees (ages seven through adults) in the history of the space and aviation program; assist in experiencing the sensations of space travel; and motivate, stimulate, teach and supervise trainees in a variety of aerospace related topics, including the Mission Center Complex, Aviation Challenge and Museum simulators.

Responsibilities Include:

Job Responsibilities Conduct Space Shuttle, International Space Station, and military or high performance jet simulations training and insure that trainees are adequately instructed in mission simulation positions and understand their roles in the overall mission.

Job Responsibilities Provide knowledgeable explanations about a variety of space and aviation related subjects and perform lectures/briefings as assigned.

Job Responsibilities Ensure that trainees are adequately instructed in all program contents and activities to ensure a successful and enjoyable experience.

Job Responsibilities Escort and accompany trainees at all times to scheduled activities, maintaining orderly behavior and a professional learning environment.

Job Responsibilities Instruct, supervise and perform swimming/water activities.

Job Responsibilities May serve as a Lead in areas with unique requirements and specific job knowledge requirements, such as: Aviation Challenge, Area 51/Ropes Course, Robotics, Registration, Airport Early, or Arrival/Late Departure.

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Camp Presenter
Checking out the moon rock.

The Camp Presenter will facilitate Discovery Theatre presentations, lead guided museum tours for the public and VIP’s, conduct outreach programs at local schools and libraries, instruct Space Camp program lectures and briefings, and assist in the development of educational presentations.

Job Responsibilities Provide quality instruction for Space Camp and outreach educational programs.

Job Responsibilities Present programs and yourself in a fun, engaging, educational and professional manner.

Job Responsibilities Excite the public about science, math, and engineering concepts.

Job Responsibilities Create and develop age appropriate activities, training and program materials

Job Responsibilities Conduct brainstorming sessions with management to plan and design future programs and activities.

Ropes Course Facilitators
At the Ropes Tower.

Ropes Course Facilitators will supervise and facilitate trainees on the high/low ropes challenge courses and promote the sensations of accomplishment and personal growth. Each course is set in a non-traditional academic camp environment.

Job Responsibilities Conduct high/low ropes training and insure that trainees are adequately instructed in the individual ropes elements and understand their roles in the overall element execution.

Job Responsibilities Provide knowledgeable explanations about each ropes element and perform instructional & safety briefings and element debriefs as assigned.

Job Responsibilities Ensure that trainees are adequately instructed in all course contents and activities to ensure a successful and enjoyable experience.

Job Responsibilities Serve as positive professional role model for trainees.

Behind the Scenes

By combining cutting-edge technology with hands-on learning, Space Camp inspires young men and women to dream big and to work hard to make those dreams a reality. As a Space Camp Counselor, you are responsible for instructing groups with space shuttle simulators, military flight simulators, exciting classroom activities and leadership development activities.

Perks & Rewards

A Space Camp Counselor instructing a group.

Compensation includes a wage of $9/hour; and those who live at least 45 miles outside of Huntsville are provided with room and meals in exchange for performing Resident Advisor duties. Perks include extensive paid training, paid time off, discounts throughout the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, free admission passes, and exposure to some of the largest aerospace companies. Internship credit is available based on school approval.

The Essentials

At Mission Control.

At minimum, applicants are preferred to be at least 20 years of age or older and have completed at least 30 hours of college credit or applicable life/professional experience. Experience working with children (such as coaching, tutoring or teaching) is desired; and previous camping, military, space exploration, education or instructional work experience is a plus. If you have volunteered with youth-oriented organizations or activities (Big Brother/Big Sister, tutoring, church activities, etc.) please be sure to list this on your resume and/or your application! Applicants must exhibit strong leadership skills and possess excellent communication skills to instruct and teach others. You also must have open availability from Sunday to Saturday 6:15 a.m. to 11 p.m.

This is a great stepping stone for many individuals who may have just graduated, are looking for a unique internship opportunity or who are ready for a fun and rewarding work environment!

Application & Connections

Learning about the Shuttle.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; and a minimum 3-6 month commitment is necessary. The busiest months are primarily from January through August.

After submitting the online application, you will also need to submit three letters of reference/recommendation from a professional acquaintance (mentor, instructor, supervisor, adviser, etc.) as well as a copy of your most recent college transcripts (unofficial transcripts are accepted). Once your application has been reviewed and accepted, you will be contacted to schedule a pre-screen interview.

Lierin Martin
Aerospace Recruiting Coordinator
U.S. Space and Rocket Center
1 Tranquility Base
Huntsville, AL 35805
(256) 721-5488
[email protected]

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