Principle Instructor(s): Youth Sea & Science Summer Program

Boothbay Sea and Science Center | East Boothbay, ME

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Posted Date 11/08/2017

The Boothbay Sea and Science Center is seeking individuals (Instructors) who have a passion for working with youth ages 5-17, an earned BA, BS degree in Marine Science, Biology, Oceanography or a related Science, waterfront interest, and a teaching style that engenders safety and learning while having fun. The position demands long days of planning and teaching a one 2 week integrated sea and science thematic session in a unique environment that takes advantage of the vast resources that the Boothbay Region has to offer.

Expectations inherent in the position include demonstrated management skills, experience with curriculum development and related experiential activities for a two week session, and working with seasonal full time Waterfront Director, Instructors and volunteers in the delivery of the thematic materials.

Total compensation for one, two week integrated sea and science thematic session = $3900

Session I:  June 26 – July 7: Farmer & the Sea: Exploring Maine Aquaculture

Session II:  July 10 – July 21: Point of View: Art and Science of Sailing  

Session III:  July 24 – August 4: Hook, Line & Sinker: Gulf of Maine Fisheries

Session IV:  August 7 – August 18: Tech & Trash: Marine Technology & Marine Debris

Session V: July 13 – July 28: WOTS (Women Of The Sea)

Minimum Qualifications:              

  1. BA, BS in Marine Science, Biology, Oceanography or a related Science
  2. Boating Skills
  3. Current First Aid ,CPR and AED Certifications (required prior to the start of employment)*

 Desirable Qualifications:

  1. Level 1 US Sailing Certification*
  2. USCG License
  3. American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification
  4. Teaching Certification

      *BSSC will reimburse partial (50%) Certification Fees (if applicable and only upon successful completion of the course)

Limited Housing available to individuals while teaching at the Center.  For full description and application please go to our website:


Please send a cover letter, resume, 3 references and the BSSC Application for Employment to:

Pauline Dion;

Positions will be available until filled, however first round of applicants will be reviewed beginning December 31st, 2017, second round will begin January 26, 2018.

BSSC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

Session Titles and Descriptions:

Farmer & the Sea: Exploring Maine Aquaculture

This 2 week session explores the aquaculture industries along the Damariscotta River. This module focuses on learning about the marine microbial food chain and its importance to Maine aquaculture species, analyzing and interpreting water samples, interacting with scientists and stakeholders within the aquaculture industry (farmers and aqua-culturists) and exploring different career paths within aquaculture. In 2016, this session received funding from the Maine EPSCoR SEANET Mini-Grant program and the Maine Community Foundation.

Point of View: Art and Science of Sailing

This 2 week session focuses on the interaction between sail and hull design and its relationship to recreational boating and scientific research. In this module, students will gain a better understanding of the use of sailboats as working platforms for exploration and inquiry and a historical perspective of their impact on maritime art, music, and folklore. Students will spend time learning sailing techniques and seamanship skills necessary for data collection such as net tows and other scientific sampling methods to gain a better understanding of the Damariscotta River habitats.  A local sailmaker, marine architect, artists and scientists will help students unravel the mysteries and wonders of the art and science of sailing.

 Hook, Line & Sinker: Gulf of Maine Fisheries

This this 2 week session investigates how people use, consume, and manage the harvesting of marine creatures from the Gulf of Maine. Hands-on activities will include lobster trap hauling and fishing (catch and release) and the proper handling and preparing of various types of fish and seafood overseen by a local chef and a local entrepreneur in the food industry. Participants will gain an understanding of how and why humans affect the marine food web.

 Tech & Trash: Marine Technology and Marine Debris. This 2 week session highlights the different types of ocean technology, including, submersibles and remote operated vehicles (ROVs) and how they can be used to explore and understand the ocean. BSSC will provide hands-on opportunities to build and study the use of these technologies to bring awareness to problems associated with marine debris from the surface to the sea floor. Rachael Miller and crew of the Rozalia Project (a non-profit organization for a clean ocean: will be working with the participants on marine debris projects.

 WOTS: Women Of The Sea This 2 week program is an integrated STEM-based marine biology and sailing program for Maine High School young women (grades 9-12) and offered jointly with the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Learning. Participants will spend two full weeks learning about oceanography, marine biology, maritime history, sustainability, marine technology, marine debris, etc. on Hurricane Island and aboard Vela – a 50 ft. gaff headed sloop. The program will culminate in a community presentation of student findings at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences.


Job Type
Summer Camps Staff | Teaching - Multiple Levels
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