Marine Education Specialist

Job description

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science is seeking qualified applicants to apply for the Marine Education Specialist.

The Marine Education Specialist supports CBNERR activities as related to its K-12 education and public outreach programs.

Reporting to the Educational Coordinator, the Education Specialist will support program development, implement educational programs, evaluate programs, and products and coordinate with key partners.

Specific responsibilities include (but not limited to):

  • Deliver/implement developed environmental education classroom and field based programs.
  • Assist in creation of new environmental education programs both for field and classroom, and for public outreach to attain identified goals.
  • Maintain project records for in-house and national reports and assist in tracking changes and updating websites, including Facebook page.
  • Support the development and submission of grants and associated performance reports.
  • Assist with oversight and instruction of education volunteers and interns.
  • Assist in gear preparation, clean-up, storage and contribute to the aquarium maintenance. Other programming administrative or logistical tasks may be assigned as needed.
  • Represent CBNERR at local and regional education and organizational meetings.

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, life science, education or equivalent combination of education, training and experience.


  • Valid driver’s license required.
  • Ability to obtain appropriate first-aid certifications within 30 days upon hire.


  • Working knowledge of coastal and estuarine science, and related environmental issues.
  • Knowledge of educational outreach strategies and principles, with the ability to develop, implement, and coordinate a variety of general and public outreach programs including classroom and field-based offerings.
  • Proficiency with a variety of software applications, databases and web-based applications (including social media) with the ability to conduct research and produce reports.
  • Demonstrates strong oral, written communication and presentation skills, with the demonstrated ability to work with a large diversity of audiences in classroom, outdoor and professional environments. Proven ability to translate scientific/technical information to non technical audiences.
  • Demonstrates strong interpersonal skills with the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with partner entities, and work as a strong collaborative team player.


  • Work experience in science and environmental based education programs.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • First Aid Certification.
  • Lifeguard Certification.
  • Van Training for passenger vans.
  • Vessel Certification.


  • Demonstrated skills in delivery of coastal trainings or presentations to a variety of audiences.
  • Proven skills in conducting educational outreach strategies.
  • Skills in performing website and social media updates.


  • Demonstrated experience in developing field based curriculum and co leading programs.
  • Experience using and maintaining a variety of lab and field gear.

EEO Statement:
William & Mary is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action/Equal Access employer and actively encourages applications from minorities, women, disabled persons and veterans.




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Job No: Position # 00327V
Posted: 9/29/2019
Application Due: 10/19/2019
Work Type:
Salary: Up to $38,500, commensurate with experience