Want to spend an incredible summer 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 internship experience that puts you out in the salt marsh or splashing in the intertidal zone looking for marine organisms?

If so, we at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station would love for you to join our summer team. Our Coastal Education and Leadership Program Assistant will achieve valuable supervisory experience as they help to manage our high school intern program. They will also gain experience leading groups of all ages and teaching a diverse array of topics that highlight the dynamic ecosystems of a barrier island. Coastal Education and Leadership Program Assistants 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 trips, water testing and sampling, island tours, etc. Food and Lodging is provided for free during this position. Programs are educational and marine science based. Our programs represent an excellent opportunity to network with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, University professors, and other professionals in the exciting field of environmental education. You will gain valuable and diverse knowledge regarding aquarium and field equipment use and maintenance, group leadership skills, and build a solid base of education experience.



  • Current college student or recent graduate enrolled in Education, Outdoor Recreation, Marine Biology, Environmental Science, Biology, or other related field
  • Camp experience a plus
  • Ability to connect with, encourage, and direct participants of all ages
  • Energetic, enthusiastic, and motivational
  • Ability to make quick decisions and enforce rules
  • Willingness to work long hours with program participants in various weather conditions
  • Valid driver’s license




  • Ability to lift 50lbs
  • Ability to walk a mile on uneven terrain
  • Ability to stand and work for long periods of time
  • Ability to work in extreme conditions (heat, mosquitoes, etc)
  • Ability to work long days and on weekends



  • Assist the Director of Adult and Family Education, Assistant Director, and Educators in leading Intergenerational Camps
  • Supervise high school aged CELP Interns, including RA duties, supervision, off-time excursions, and more
  • Assist CELP interns as they navigate what is potentially their first working experience
  • Office work, registration, check-in, set up, break down of programs
  • Support Educators in art, science, or outdoor activities and throughout the day
  • Collaborate and cooperate with fellow staff members to provide a positive program experience for participants
  • Deliver age-appropriate environmental education programming to individuals of all ages
  • Work a flexible schedule, including weekend and evening activities
  • Other duties as assigned



  • $1000 stipend ($200 bi-weekly)
  • Housing provided
  • Meals during program provided
  • Opportunity for enrichment activities, such as attending college level courses, participating in research excursions, day trips to local areas of interest, and more



Please submit all application materials to the address below. Email is preferred. Feel free to contact with any questions. Subject line should read: Coastal Education and Leadership Program Assistant Application

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • 3 references


Anne Self – Director of Adult and Family Education


34001 Mill Dam Road

Wallops Island, VA 23337

757-824-5636 x106