Current Open Positions:

Camp Counselor/Environmental Educator

Water Quality Research Internship


Position type: Seasonal, Full-time

Closing Date: May 6th, 2024 or when position fills

Must be available for the entirety of May 28-June 28, M-F, to apply for either position

Position A: 18 years old and up

Hours: 40 hours per week June 3-28 typically between 8am-4pm M-F, ~25 hours the week of May 28 for set-up/training, and potential hours July 1 week for clean up

Compensation: $10-12 per hour, based on experience

Position B: 16 years old and up

Hours: 30 hours per week June 3-28 typically between 9am-3pm M-F, ~25 hours the week of May 28 for set-up/training, and potential hours July 1 week for clean up

Compensation: $10 per hour

The Camp Counselor job duties include the following:

  • Leads, motivates, and ensures the safety of campers as they participate in age-appropriate activities
  • Attends camp training to become competent in camp tasks and activities and assists with set-up and clean-up of summer camp
  • Leads or assists with before and after care as needed
  • Works with Camp Director to train & coordinate summer camp volunteers and other counselors
  • Acts as a leader and manages time for teamwork on set-up, leading, and clean-up of activities
  • Works with other camp staff members to plan and coordinate camp activities
  • Follows all emergency procedures and enforces camp rules, reporting incidents to camp director
  • Cleans, maintains, and ensures proper use of camp/education facilities and equipment
  • Works all four full weeks of camp
  • Leads and assists with all necessary tasks associated with Swamp Explorers Summer Camp



  • Experience working with children
  • Environmental education and/or camp counseling experience
  • Position A: A degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Education, Education, or other related field or high school graduate pursuing a degree in one of these fields
  • Position B: Working towards a high school degree or a degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Education, Education, or other related field

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Ability to work well in a team setting and set personal high performance and quality standards that enable the team to be successful
  • Takes initiative and has a high level of responsibility and accountability
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with co-workers, supervisors, the public, and all other customers, including being sensitive to professional ethics, gender, cultural diversities, and disabilities
  • Upbeat and engaging with strong public speaking skills
  • Ability to work with and manage students of all ages
  • Punctual with good time management skills
  • An appreciation for and understanding of natural habitats and systems
  • Comfortable working outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Physical ability to participate in activities, run, climb, lift, or support the weight of children
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • First aid and CPR/AED certified by camp start date
  • Fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by camp start date preferred

 Send Cover Letter, Resume, and 3 References to:  Camilla.Sherman@phinizycenter.org

For questions, call Camilla Sherman at 706-396-1413



HOURS: 8-16 hrs/wk between 9-5 Monday-Friday, May-August 2024. Must be available one full day/wk

REPORTS TO:  Research Manager

APPLICATION DUE: May 15, 2024; applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Water Quality Research Internship will provide an intern with field and lab experience relating to water quality monitoring, analysis, and data management at a nonprofit. This is an unpaid position, with the purpose of providing an intern with experience and practice, which will expand the skills and knowledge they have acquired from previous education.


  • Attain experience with field sampling methods and laboratory procedures
  • Learn techniques for macroinvertebrate collection and identification
  • Implement laboratory procedures and learn analytical techniques
  • Gain competence in laboratory safety and best management practices
  • Assist with urban watershed water quality monitoring
  • Hands-on experience with long term Savannah River continuous monitoring
  • Learn to communicate verbally and in writing with other team members in a scientific manner
  • Learn data management and record keeping techniques
  • Obtain experience with water quality analysis

Responsibilities of Phinizy Center and Mentor:

Provide intern with the necessary orientation, administration, safety, and operational guidelines essential to the internship

  • Provide intern with on-site supervision, mentorship, and instruction
  • Record attendance and maintain records of work completed
  • Offer evaluation of internship and work completed as needed
  • Provide intern with appropriate laboratory and field safety precautions including PPE, lab safety training, etc


Education and Experience:

  • Junior or Senior undergraduate or graduate in Biology, Ecology, or recent graduate

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrate strong work ethic and the ability to foster teamwork
  • Task-oriented, an appreciation for native habitats, and be comfortable working outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Knowledge of standard office practices and basic computer skills, and ability to apply such knowledge of interrelated processes, tasks, and operations
  • Be punctual and demonstrate good time management skills

 License(s) or Special Requirements:

  • Must be able to work a minimum of 8-16 hours a week Monday-Friday for 9-12 weeks. Must be available one full 8 hr day/wk
  • Must have transportation to and from the place of work (Phinizy Center for Water Sciences)
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license or valid form of ID


Physical Demands, Hazards, and Working Conditions: The intern will have to meet these requirements, with or without reasonable accommodation, to succeed in this position.

While performing the duties of this position, the intern is frequently required to stand, walk, sit; use hands to handle and reach; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The intern must be able to lift and/or move at least 50 lbs.

While performing the duties of this position, the intern is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions. Fieldwork will take place outside, and the intern will be exposed to the outdoor elements such as heat, rain, and insects. Hiking, carrying field equipment and wading (with waders) will be required. Lab work may occasionally include performing tasks involving toxic or cause chemicals, and proper lab safety is expected.

TO APPLY: Send Cover Letter, Resume, Reference Contact Information, and how you heard about the position to: Rachael Gonzalez, Phinizy Center Research Manager, at Rachael.gonzalez@phinizycenter.org by May 15, 2024

We are also always looking for good volunteers!