Marine Science Instructor - Catalina Island Marine Institute CA
Job Details
Toyon Bay - Avalon, CA
Full Time
4 Year Degree
Duties & Responsibilities

Job Title:                  Marine Science Instructor

Location:                  Catalina Island CampCIMI

Department:            School Year Fall/Winter/Spring        

Work Year:               August to Late May 2022/2023

(These are estimated dates that could change due to COVID-19 guidelines and the State of California/LA County)

Reports To:             Jeff Chace or Heather Peterson

FLSA Status:           Hourly Position

Revision Date:        March 2022

Position Summary:

The CIMI instructors at Toyon Bay are responsible for providing quality instruction and leadership in the educational outdoor science programs at CIMI. This entails providing the proper curriculum, ensuring all programs are conducted in accordance with set policies and developing educational and instructional programs to ensure the high standards of the program.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • None

Duties & Responsibilities

Primary Responsibilities/Essential Functions:

  1. Must be able to communicate and work with the student groups by teaching all aspects of the program including labs, hikes, and water activities.
  2. Ability to snorkel 1/2 mile in the ocean, leading 15 students up to 2 hours.
  3. Kayak 5 miles, leading 15 students up to 1 mile offshore.
  4. Hike up to 2 miles along dirt trails including steep inclines.
  5. Lift kayaks and carry to water with students.
  6. Ability to drive the boat in order to drive flattop during Oceanography and chase boat during kayaking.
  7. Greet incoming groups at the pier and escort them to the facility.
  8. Lift, carry and move heavy objects when necessary.
  9. Be able to respond to emergency situations by providing the leadership necessary to enact the Emergency Procedure Plan.
  10. Abilities to observe student and staff behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures and apply appropriate behavior.
  11. Understanding of the Hazard Communication Plan and MSDS forms as well as other GD Safety Programs including but not limited to Lockout/Tag Out, Confined Spaces, Respirators, and Bloodborne Pathogens.
  12. Ability to drive vehicles

The Instructors at CIMI-Toyon Bay have the responsibility to provide quality instruction and leadership in the educational outdoor science programs at CIMI.

Other Responsibilities/Supportive Functions:

  1. Implement the CIMI Outdoor Educational Program curriculum and related programs, as outlined by the Program Director.
  2. Ensure all programs are conducted in accordance with the policies set by CIMI, emphasizing safety.
  3. Development of necessary educational and instructional background to ensure the quality of the program.
  4. Assume duties of Dive-Locker Coordinator, Lab Tech, Ropes Course Instructor, or Program Coordinator when assigned
  5. Attend and participate in all leadership and instruction sessions scheduled by the Program Director or Executive Director
  6. Drive safety boat when assigned.
  7. Drive program boats when assigned
  8. Greet incoming groups at the pier and escort them to the facility.
  9. Assume---role of Program Ceerdiftater-for gr-maps when-as-signed.
  10. Work evening programs as required to meet groups' needs.
  11. Generate ongoing enthusiasm and participation in student activities.
  12. Other duties as assigned by Program Director.

Note: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Staff may perform other related duties as required to meet the ongoing needs of the organization. Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind work assignments and to make reasonable accommodations as needed.

The employee member is subject to environmental conditions found working indoors/outdoors. The employee member is frequently subject to extreme heat, with temperatures up to 110 degrees while moving around in and outside of camp. The employee member is frequently subject to loud noise when working in or around the camp. The employee member is subject to hazards which include proximity to moving mechanical parts, equipment found in kitchens and food service areas, sharp objects, and exposure to cleaning chemicals and animals. Other hazards may include slick floors and hot stoves, cookware, plate ware or glassware. The employee member is occasionally subject to atmospheric conditions such as fumes, odors, or dust.

(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions).

I hereby acknowledge that I have read and understood the content of this job description. I understand the Company at its discretion may revise the job description from time to time in the future. I understand and agree that nothing in this job description should be construed as a contract of employment and that employment with this Company is at-will meaning that the terms of employment may be changed with or without notice, with or without cause, including, but not limited to termination, demotion, promotion, transfer, compensation, benefits, duties, and location of work. Will be signing an electronic copy upon onboarding.                      


  1. Housing
  2. Full meals at the CIMI Dining Hall when the kitchen is in operation
  3. Medical insurance 
  4. Workers Compensation Insurance and State Disability Insurance
  5. Paid vacation and sick day
  6. 403(b) program
  7. Opportunity to check out powerboats and diving gear in accordance with company policy
  8. Special tuition for employees' camp age children
  9. Opportunity to live and work in a beautiful mountain and ocean environment

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Must have a current driver's license.
  2. BS or BA degree in Marine Biology, Environmental Education, or equivalent.
  3. Prior teaching experience or equivalent (in outdoor science programs, or in youth summer camps, scouts programs, or recreational programs for youth preferred.)
  4. Demonstrated ability and knowledge to create, organize, develop and implement educational programs using current trends in curricula development and instructional activities.
  5. Snorkeling experience necessary. SCUBA certification is not necessary. Must be a strong swimmer.
  6. Physically fit in order to snorkel, kayak, and hike for extended periods.
  7. Certifications in life-saving, first aid, and CPR preferred.
  8. Desire and ability to live and work in the remote camp community.
  9. Desire to work with children and ability to supervise them and make proper discipline judgments
  10. Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the activities.
  11. Good character, integrity, flexibility, and adaptability.
  12. Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and self-control.
  13. Must be able to successfully perf6rm the essential functions of this position.