New England Aquarium
  • Ed: Camp, Community and Youth Programs
  • Boston, MA, USA
  • Full Time Temporary/Seasonal

Explore the ocean. Mentor kids. Practice science and informal education. Provide the richest of personal and marine science learning experiences for campers at Harbor Discoveries. If this interests you, we welcome your application! 

New England Aquarium's Harbor Discoveries Camp is seeking instructors who are enthusiastic about our mission. NEAq's camp is an interactive marine and environmental science program that incorporates traditional camp activities. Campers participate in one of three levels; Junior (grades 4 5), Senior (grades 6 -7), or Advanced (grades 8-10). Harbor Discoveries Camp Instructors lead a group of up to 32 participants through Aquarium galleries, behind-the-scenes tours, field trips, and other excursions to encourage a discovery and appreciation of the natural world. 

Seasonal Commitment: June 18th, 2018 through August 24th, 2018 Scheduling requirements are as follows:

  • Staff training: June 18 - July 6: M-F, 9am - 5pm (some flexibility may exist for well qualified school teachers subject to snow days)
         No training on July 4
  • One weekend commitment for camp open house on June 30, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • One staff overnight training on Thursday July 5th
  • Camp is in session July 9 - August 24
    • Monday - Wednesday from 7:45 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Thursday 7:45 AM into Friday 3:00 PM, including overnight
  • Instructors for the Advanced program will spend two weeks (July 23 - 27, and Aug. 13 - 17) away on excursions, Mon 7:45 am - Fri 3:00 pm.

Job Responsibilities:

  1. Responsible for the safety of all participants, interns and volunteers.
  2. Guide groups in field study and activities in the Aquarium, on boat trips and on all day excursions.
  3. Administer first aid for campers and camp staff, when needed.
  4. Supervise waterfront activities, occasionally serving as camp lifeguard.
  5. Lead campers in overnight camping experiences.
  6. Co-develop and direct weekly theme-based science projects and activities.
  7. Implement program objectives effectively with thought provoking, engaging, and creative teaching methods.
  8. Teach participants to observe, discover, and appreciate the natural world and Aquarium galleries and exhibits to develop an ethic and practice of ocean stewardship.
  9. Promote appropriate behavior and serve as a positive role model for participants and other staff.
  10. Present behind-the-scenes tours, Giant Ocean Tank talks or Live Animal presentations for campers.
  11. Oversee all aspects of preparation and clean-up of all program-related activities and equipment both on and offsite. 
  12. Provide enthusiastic leadership of Camp games and songs, to create a fun, welcoming environment for all participants and staff.
  13. Supervise other staff roles in supporting the program, including college interns and teenaged Counselors in Training.
  14. * Advanced instructors will lead groups on 2 week- long offsite experiences, camping on the Boston Harbor Islands and traveling along the coast of Maine to conduct field studies with campers.


  • Minimum of High School Diploma required.
  • Bachelor's degree strongly preferred with focus in education, natural sciences or a related field.


  • Reliable, responsible and enthusiastic.
  • Must be at least 21 years old.
  • Hold current certification as a waterfront lifeguard and first aid and CPR, or higher by the start of Camp.
  • Minimum of 1 - 3 years' experience teaching/coordinating environmental education science-based programs either outdoors or in an informal classroom situation.
  • Minimum of 6 months - 2 years' experience creating curriculum, activities or other environmental education related development.
  • 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).
  • Proven experience working with and mentoring teenagers.
  • Significant experience working with diverse racial/socio-economic populations required.
  • Exceptional organizational, leadership, and communication skills required.
  • Public speaking and/or competence in a second language helpful.

Additional requirements for Instructors for the Advanced group:

  • A valid driver's license, a good driving record and a minimum of two years driving experience.
  • Experience driving a large 15 passenger van preferred.
  • Hiking, camping and outdoor living experience required.
  • Willingness to lead groups on 2, one-week offsite experiences and be responsible for the group round the clock.

*Please note employment is contingent upon the results of an Expanded Criminal Offense (CORI), a Sexual Offense (SORI) background check and a driving record check for Instructors.


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New England Aquarium is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to diversity in the workplace. EOE/M/F/Vet/Disability

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