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    Disorganized company that takes advantage of its workers with a deceptive job description

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    Former Employee - Marine Instructor  in  Big Pine Key, FL
    Former Employee - Marine Instructor in Big Pine Key, FL

    I worked at Seacamp Association full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice location and you get to teach marine science to students out on the ocean.

    Cons

    At one time Seacamp/NHMI was probably a great organization but the whole place feels like it's falling apart. All of the science equipment and supplies are old and there is no internet for the employees to stay current with the latest information. The management treats the interns and marine instructors like they are disposable. Employees change seasonally so the supervisors don't care about you personally - they just work you to the bone doing mostly manual labor (trimming trees, cleaning toilets, babysitting students in the dorms).

    You do get to teach but most of your time will be spent as a groundskeeper and janitor. You work 14 hour days and Seacamp somehow gets away with paying you a flat-rate stipend so you end up making just a few dollars an hour. Instructors do their best to make sure the visiting students have a good time and learn something, but the working/living conditions begin to wear down even the most optimistic teachers. There's a reason that instructors have left in the middle of the night and never come back. The managers are miserable and engage in petty antics to assert their power.

    There is very little work experience to be gained here. None of the people who run this place are actually scientists or otherwise notable so don't expect to find connections.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instructors come here to teach students about science and the ocean. If janitorial work and living in a small room with five other people is going to be part of the job then you have to:

    1. Show some respect for the instructors. They are not just disposable workers, they came here for a reason.
    2. Pay an actual salary. If the majority of the instructor's time is not going to be spent teaching (what we signed up for), then at least provide a real paycheck.
    3. Show some appreciation for your employees. A cheap end-of-the-season party does not compensate for months of telling us to "suck it up". Also, having a super fancy birthday party for the CEO who is never around is just a slap in our faces (especially when you make us set up for it).

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