Camp Counselor
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Position Title:   Camp Counselor

Department:   Guest Experience & Education

Classification: Seasonal, Hourly, Non-Exempt

Reports To:   Camp Coordinator

Position Summary

Camp Counselors are part of the Education team at Mississippi Aquarium that help create high-quality, meaningful learning experiences for Camp Aqua participants. Counselors support daily activities that are fun, engaging, and interactive. Camp Counselors supervise children and enforce safety guidelines. This position allows candidates to gain experience in STEM-driven education and hospitality. Camp Counselors strive to inspire environmental stewardship and the importance of animal conservation.


* This is a full-time, seasonal position starting May 24, 2021 and ending on August 6, 2021. Candidates will need to pass pre-employment screenings before starting position.


  • Associates degree in education, recreation, biology, or similar field.  
  • At least 1 year experience working with youth in a childcare, science, biology, teaching, camp, recreation, or similar setting.
  • Applicants must be patient, caring, and have excellent customer service skills.
  • Candidates will need to be outgoing and energetic.
  • Ability to understand and follow written and oral instruction while working independently or part of a team.
  • Must be able to work in adverse weather conditions, as well as remain in one area for large blocks of time.
  • Ability to adapt to an ever-changing work environment and willing to learn.
  • Strong multitasking and organization skills.
  • Passion for working with to youth from different socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Comfortable giving instruction to large group of kids of various ages.
  • First Aid and CPR certification preferred.

Other Personal Attributes Include:

  • Consistently looking forward, focused, ready to listen
  • A heart for service, always willing to provide support to fellow team members
  • Must be able to communicate needs and issues effectively  
  • Highly organized self-starter maintaining high standards
  • Have an awareness and interest in the conservation of aquatic environments and their inhabitants
  • Innovative, creative thinker; not afraid to propose something new and inspire others to do the same
  • Proactive in finding solutions, productive, and efficient  

Position Attributes

Note:  Position will involve exposure to inclement weather, dust, potentially dangerous and unpredictable animal species, and potentially dangerous machinery, restraint devices and toxic chemicals and/or drugs.  Occasional use of protective clothing or equipment is required e.g. goggles, mask, gloves, and gowns.  

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


  • Support and lead MSAQ’s Camp Aqua program by setting up activities, assisting with instruction, clean-up, next-day preparations, and assisting with any other daily camp operations.
  • Facilitate activities for campers that are fun, interactive and engaging.
  • Supervise campers at all times; monitor behaviors to ensure safety and wellbeing. Immediately report any and all accidents/incidents and behavior issues to direct supervisor.
  • Care for & organize camp supplies and materials including biofacts, crafts & supplies, microscopes, and other miscellaneous camp items.
  • Pick up and deliver snacks and lunches. Ensure diet restrictions are followed. Provide activities for children during free periods, after snack and lunch.
  • Coordinate camper drop-off and pick-up.
  • Maintain clear and appropriate communication with parents/caregivers to ensure paperwork is complete, children have appropriate gear for the day, and any accidents/incidents are relayed to supervisors.
  • Perform clerical duties as needed including photocopying, printing, faxing, filing, phone calls and messages, data entry, and sending emails.
  • Maintain a clean, safe, and exciting experience for all campers.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Team Requirements

  • Safety & Security - All Team Members are required to adhere to all Mississippi Aquarium safety and security standards.
  • Attendance & Appearance - To maximize the guest’s experience, all Team Members are required to adhere to Mississippi Aquarium standard operating procedures regarding attendance and dress code policies as it relates to individual job functionality. Tattoos and piercings must be appropriate and in keeping with a professional image. Depending on the work area, management reserves the right to determine that tattoos will need to be covered during your shift.
  • Sales & Guest Services - Our forward-thinking business model requires listening and understanding the needs of our guests both internal and external.  To that end, we must always be focused on the guest experience which is the key driver for return guest visitation and increased sales.
  • Team Partnership - All Team Members are focused on supporting each other to complete the guest experience.  Therefore, supporting, facilitating, and participating in activities that promote team effectiveness is vital to our Organization.

Physical Demands & Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color and peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
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