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Are you ready to join our team of ocean advocates? Sanibel Sea School's team is made up of driven, fun-loving individuals united by a passion for marine conservation.

Summer Camp Counselor
  • Type: Seasonal/Full-Time Hours
  • Reports to: Director, Shannon Rivard
  • Location: Sanibel, Captiva, and Fort Myers
  • Position Dates: May 13 – August 23, 2024
  • $12/hour

BASIC SUMMARY

Sanibel Sea School is part of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) family. The mission of SCCF is to protect and care for Southwest Florida's coastal ecosystems. Reinforcing this organizational purpose is the mission of Sanibel Sea School: to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time. We are one organization with the united mission of improving, protecting, and caring for nature.

Our campus is located on the east end of Sanibel Island, on the southwest coast of Florida. Experiential educational offerings include day classes, non-residential summer and winter camps, paddling and outdoor education activities, after-school, homeschooling, private excursions, and outreach programs for the local community. Sanibel Sea School works with all ages, but the primary audience is 6 to 13.

We are a small staff, extremely passionate about the ocean and our work; we strive to offer exceptional customer service and education to each client. We are dedicated to the growth of our students and strongly believe in the value of experiential education in nature. Learning outdoors builds self-confidence, encourages trust, and ignites curiosity and wonder. Our goal is simple: through exploration and discovery, we want to help children fall in love with the ocean and become lifelong advocates for the environment. We are also committed to a diverse workplace and strongly encourage applications from underrepresented groups in marine and environmental sciences.

As a camp counselor, you will play a crucial role in creating a positive and engaging summer camp experience for children. Your responsibilities will include leading activities, fostering a safe and inclusive environment, and serving as a positive role model for campers. You can read more about our summer camps here and see photos from past years here.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Note: This job description is intended to outline the primary duties and responsibilities of the Marine Science Educator. It is not in order of priority or an exhaustive list. Other duties may be assigned as required.

  • Oversee the logistical aspects of their groups: following the day’s schedule, gathering supplies, setting up activities, coordinating transportation, and carrying all necessary paperwork.
  • Share your knowledge of marine science and passion for the natural environment to captivate and engage campers.
  • Foster an appreciation for marine ecosystems and instill good ocean stewardship practices, setting an example for the camp.
  • Act as a representative of Sanibel Sea School, promoting our programs within the local, regional, and national communities.
  • Foster a positive and inclusive atmosphere, encouraging camper participation and teamwork.
  • Demonstrate a positive and professional attitude as a role model for campers.
  • Uphold camp values and promote positive character development among campers.
  • Provide support for various Sanibel Sea School projects as needed.

Supervision & Safety

  • Supervise children (ages 4 -18) in various challenging outdoor and marine environments. Instruct and monitor campers during various activities, including outdoor games, arts and crafts, and field trips.
  • Ensure the safety and well-being of camp participants at all times.
  • Assist with the upkeep of facilities and equipment and conduct regular safety checks to ensure a safe and efficient learning environment.
  • Ensure that the Camp Coordinator knows of any changes to your group’s schedule and intended locations so that they have up-to-date information for your group.
  • Follow safety protocols and emergency procedures to ensure the well-being of clients and staff. Review safety training independently to stay confident in your life-saving skills.
  • Set clear expectations for camper behavior and enforce camp rules consistently.
  • Address and manage behavioral issues with patience and effective communication.

Activities & Facilitation

  • Maintain a high standard of academic quality and excellence while executing the activities provided by Sanibel Sea School.
  • Stay informed about the summer’s topics (themes and areas of focus), local biota, and significant developments in marine science focusing on Southwest Florida.
  • Collaborate with the Camp Coordinator to design and develop activities that align with our mission, values, and age groups.
  • Ensure all activities are educational, fun, and inclusive to cater to diverse interests and abilities.
  • Reflect on each activity led to evaluate its success and identify improvement areas. Use campers, CITs, and staff feedback to continuously enhance the experience.
  • Engage campers in recreational and educational activities to promote physical, social, and intellectual development, especially during free times and transitions.

Team Collaboration

  • Communicate incidents, altercations, or other work-related issues effectively with the Camp Coordinator or Director of Youth Education. 
  • Work collaboratively with fellow camp counselors and staff to ensure a cohesive and supportive camp community.
  • Attend regular staff meetings and training sessions to enhance skills and knowledge.
  • Communicate effectively with camp leadership and parents regarding camper progress and any concerns.

QUALIFICATIONS

Note: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements below represent the required knowledge, skill, and/or ability. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions of the job.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE

  • An appreciation and enthusiasm for SCCFs and Sanibel Sea School’s missions.
  • Be an example of sustainability and mindful choices to staff and clients. Single-use plastics are not allowed on Sanibel Sea School’s campuses.  
  • Learn, respect, and facilitate Sanibel Sea School camp traditions. Summer Camp Counselors will embody the spirit of Sanibel Sea School and continuously relate camp activities to its mission.
  • Currently enrolled as an undergraduate student or a recent college graduate with a background in Early Childhood Education, Elementary/ Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Biology, Marine Biology, or a similar field.
  • Experience working with children and/or a strong desire to, especially in a camp setting
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal abilities to work effectively with campers, CITs, staff, and parents/guardians.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills.
  • Ability to act as part of a safety team and respond effectively during emergencies.
  • High energy, creativity, and a passion for connecting children to nature.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS

  • Certifications (or be capable of obtaining certifications) in CPR, First Aid, and Lifeguarding.
  • A valid US driver’s license.
  • Preferred completion of (or willingness to complete) the following training:
    • Child Abuse Prevention.
    • Bullying Prevention.
    • Camp Counselor Professional Development.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • The role requires physical activity, including walking, standing, swimming, surfing, and participating in camp activities.
  • Reaching above shoulder heights, below the waist, or lifting to forty (40) pounds, as required throughout the work day; proper lifting techniques are required.
  • Strong and competent swimmer in fresh and salt water.
  • Comfortable in outdoor settings and physically capable of leading groups of children in a variety of natural environments

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

  • SCCF is a drug-free workplace, and the successful applicant will pass a drug screening test within two weeks of starting the position.
  • Ability to pass a level 2 federal background check and submit fingerprints to a national database.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and procedural manuals.
  • Strong problem-solving skills, especially under pressure.
  • Introductory knowledge of boating, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding. Some experience leading groups on the water is preferred. 
  • Experience camping in tents in remote environments, especially while leading groups, preferred.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • Summer Camp Counselors must be able to work outdoors in the sub-tropical conditions of SW Florida.
  • The role is entirely field-based.

TRAVEL, WORK HOURS, SUPERVISION

  • Some travel between field locations, satellite campuses, main campus, and SCCF offices is required.
  • This is a seasonal position during the summer months, with a commitment to the entire duration of the camp program.
  • This position primarily works a Monday to Friday schedule, but Summer Camp Counselors must be available to work some evenings and weekends.

A cover letter, resume/CV, and three references we may contact are required.

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Marine Science Educator
  • Type: Full Time
  • Reports to: Director of Youth Education
  • Location: Sanibel, Captiva, North Captiva, Fort Myers, and Cape Coral
  • Date: April 2024
  • Starting Salary: $36,000

BASIC SUMMARY

Sanibel Sea School is part of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) family. The mission of SCCF is to protect and care for Southwest Florida's coastal ecosystems. Reinforcing this organizational purpose is the mission of Sanibel Sea School; to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time. We are one organization with the united mission of improving, protecting, and caring for nature.

Our campus is located on the east end of Sanibel Island, on the southwest coast of Florida. Experiential educational offerings include days, non-residential summer and winter camps, paddling and outdoor education activities, after-school, homeschooling, private excursions, and outreach programs for the local community. Sanibel Sea School works with all ages, but the primary audience is 6 to 13.

We are a small staff, extremely passionate about the ocean and our work; we strive to offer exceptional customer service and education to each client. We are dedicated to the growth of our students and strongly believe in the value of experiential education in nature. Learning outdoors builds self-confidence, encourages trust, and ignites curiosity and wonder. Our goal is simple: through exploration and discovery, we want to help children fall in love with the ocean and become lifelong advocates for the environment. We are also committed to a diverse workplace and strongly encourage applications from underrepresented groups in marine and environmental sciences.

Marine Science Educators are vital in delivering experiential educational programs to diverse age groups, from 4-year-olds to adults, both in the field andoom. Their passion for marine conservation, love for the ocean, and expertise in marine science will inspire our students to connect with the natural world and become advocates for its protection. If you are an energetic, passionate educator with a love for marine science and a commitment to fostering a deeper connection between children and the ocean, we would love to hear from you. Join our dedicated team, and let's inspire future ocean stewards together!

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Note: This job description is intended to outline the primary duties and responsibilities of the Marine Science Educator. It is not in order of priority or an exhaustive list. Other duties may be assigned as required.

  • Ensure the safety of children and adults during programs, especially during outdoor and marine-based activities.
  • Share your extensive knowledge of marine science and passion for the natural environment to captivate and engage students.
  • Foster an appreciation for marine ecosystems and instill good ocean stewardship practices, setting an example for our students.
  • Deliver exceptional and high-quality field programs, maintaining the standard of excellence for which Sanibel Sea School is known.
  • Stay informed about marine and local biota and significant developments and trends in marine science, coastal ecology, and marine conservation, focusing on Southwest Florida.
  • Act as a representative of Sanibel Sea School, promoting our programs within the local, regional, and national communities.
  • Assist with the upkeep of facilities and equipment, ensuring a safe and efficient learning environment.
  • Provide support for various Sanibel Sea School projects as needed.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Youth Education to design and develop curricula that align with our mission, values, and age groups. Ensure the programs are educational, fun, and inclusive to cater to diverse interests and abilities.
  • Oversee the logistical aspects of their courses, including scheduling activities, gathering supplies, setting up the room, coordinating transportation, and gathering all necessary paperwork for participants.
  • Facilitate check-in and check-out procedures for assigned programs. Address inquiries from clients and provide timely and helpful responses during programs.
  • Ensure that the Client Services Coordinator or Director of Youth Education know your plan for each program and intended locations and that they have up-to-date information for your participants.
  • Follow safety protocols and emergency procedures to ensure the well-being of clients and staff. Conduct regular safety checks and maintain a safe environment. Review safety training independently to stay confident in your life-saving skills.
  • Maintain clear and effective communication with parents or guardians regarding course details, updates, and any concerns that may arise during the session.
  • Reflect on each program led to evaluate its success and identify improvement areas. Use feedback from students, parents, and staff to enhance the experience continuously.
  • Maintain organized shared folders in Egnyte and ensure all documents are updated and stored in the shared drive.
  • Communicate incidents, altercations, or other work-related issues effectively with the Director of Youth Education.
  • Track and record attendance for all programs.

QUALIFICATIONS

Note: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements below represent the required knowledge, skill, and/or ability. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions of the job.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE

  • Bachelor's degree in Environmental Education, Biology, Marine Biology, Early Childhood Education, Elementary/Secondary Education, or a related field.
  • Prior experience working with children in an educational setting, ideally involving outdoor and marine activities.
  • A strong desire to promote marine conservation by sharing your passion and knowledge of the natural world with students.
  • An appreciation and enthusiasm for SCCFs and Sanibel Sea School’s missions.
  • Proven organizational and multitasking skills, with keen attention to detail.
  • Detail-oriented with strong record-keeping skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal abilities to work effectively with clients and staff.
  • Ability to act as part of a safety team and respond effectively during emergencies.
  • Be an example of sustainability and mindful choices to staff and clients. Single-use plastics are not allowed on Sanibel Sea School’s campuses.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS

  • Certifications (or the ability to obtain them) in CPR, First Aid, and Lifeguarding.
  • A valid US driver’s license
  • Preferred completion of (or willingness to complete) the following training:
    • Child Abuse Prevention.
    • Project WET: Water Education Today.
    • Project WILD.
    • Florida Master Naturalist.
    • Environmental Education workshops.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Proficient swimmer, comfortable leading groups of children in various natural environments.
  • The role requires physical activity, including walking, standing, swimming, and participating in hands-on activities.
  • Reaching above shoulder heights, below the waist, or lifting to forty (40) pounds, as required throughout the work day; proper lifting techniques are required.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

  • SCCF is a drug-free workplace, and the successful applicant will pass a drug screening test within two weeks of starting the position.
  • Ability to pass a level 2 federal background check and submit fingerprints to a national database.
  • Strong computer skills, including basic knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and database management, with the ability to learn new software. Familiarity with Active Network is a plus.
  • Proficiency in email management, especially Gmail.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, and operating and procedural manuals.
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed instructions and deal with problems involving several concrete variables.
  • Experience using the equipment required for the job (seine, dip, and cast nets; plankton tows; microscopes; camping equipment; paddleboard, kayak, and canoe equipment; dissection tools; hand lenses; snorkel equipment; etc.)
  • Trailering experience preferred.
  • Intermediate knowledge of boating, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding.
  • Experience camping in tents in remote environments preferred.
  • Intermediate knowledge of snorkeling and free diving techniques, experience leading groups preferred.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • The role primarily involves working in outdoor subtropical settings, with some indoor room-based activities.

TRAVEL, WORK HOURS, SUPERVISION

  • The Marine Science Educator position may involve working irregular hours, including weekends and evenings, especially during the spring and summer.
  • Some travel between field locations, satellite campuses, main campus, and SCCF offices is required.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

  • Full-time; salaried
  • Eligible to participate in Paid Time Off (PTO), holidays, medical, 401k, and life insurance programs.

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume or CV, and three references we may contact.

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Counselors In Training (CIT) Program

Do you want to spend your summer splashing around in the Gulf with our campers? Sanibel Sea School’s CIT program is designed for teens interested in developing leadership skills, educating others, and getting out in nature.

  • Ages 13 and up
  • Three-tiered program
  • Application process starts early 2024

Volunteers

Join the Watch: Coastal Watch is a group of Sanibel and Captiva community members who cherish the ocean, appreciate the rich history of our region, and are determined to conserve our oceans and estuaries for future generations. The members of Coastal Watch work actively in our local community to promote healthier and more sustainable ways of interacting with the coastal environment.

The program's goal is to make people aware of the impacts that humans have on beaches, water quality, and marine habitats in Southwest Florida, and to help them become more effective stewards of the ocean.

Mind Your Line: This collaborative effort among Sanibel-Captiva conservation organizations aims to reduce the amount of monofilament line and fishing gear left in our environment, which can be detrimental to wildlife. The effort was established in 2014 by a group of Sanibel-Captiva conservation organizations in response to the observation of ongoing environmental problems and an increase in wildlife injuries caused by fishing gear. Participants include the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW), Sanibel Sea School, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, "Ding" Darling Wildlife Society, and the City of Sanibel.