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Seasonal NFA Camp Counselor Positions- possible Internship credit

Job Title: ‘STEM’ Camp Counselor Internship


Number of Openings: 10 +


Business: National Flight Academy


Location: 1 Fetterman Way –NAS Pensacola FL – 32508 -  



Hours/Week: 20-40+ (depending on performance & availability)


Internship Credit/Job Timeline: Seasonal (April – August) with some shift work available periodically throughout the year.


Pay: $9-$13/hour


Work Environment: The work location is the National Flight Academy facility on Pensacola Naval Air Station, Pensacola, FL. The intern will be required to work primarily indoors in dimly-lit, air-conditioned settings in an educational-gaming/classroom environment. Chief/Interns will also spend portions of their day outside in the Pensacola heat. Work will include long periods of computer screen monitoring and use of technology resources.


Chief Description and Qualifications: The National Flight Academy (NFA) is seeking college students at least 18 years of age (age 20+ preferable), to serve in the capacity of ‘camp counselor’ at an aviation-based STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) camp! The position requires role play as a U.S. Navy Chief aboard the simulated aircraft carrier at the NFA on Naval Air Station Pensacola. Chiefs will serve as mentors and counselors to NFA program attendees. The position is responsible for supervising groups (squadrons) of 12 youth attendees and other duties as assigned. You will be trained on how to deliver our ‘stem program’ to youth of various ages. Campers age range is generally having completed sixth grade up to seniors in high school.


Chiefs work on shifts which are categorized as: AM or PM Chiefs, Weekend Chiefs or Night Chiefs, allowing for some flexibility in accommodating a variety of schedules for the successful candidate.


Drug Screen & Background Check: Prior to hire you must be able to pass a level two back ground screening and drug test. You must have a valid driver’s license or state issued ID card.


To apply:  send resumes to


Internship Credit: Listed below are the fundamental job functions to present to your Institution for determining internship credit. *Due to the unique and expansive nature of the Flight Academy & the ‘Chief Job,’ hires will pull from many skills sets.   This internship opportunity may synchronize for credit across various departments and majors… (math, science, engineering, education, history, communications) etc.… 


Intern Job Functions:

  • Serve as a mentor and leader to youth in an aviation themed ‘STEM’ Camp.
  • Complete 60 hours of training to learn how to teach stem topics & learn the program story line.
  • Dress in a flight suit and role play life at sea as a ‘Chief’ in the Navy in an effective and convincing manner on the Aircraft Carrier AMBITION.
  • Learn the working basics of ‘the fundamentals of flight’ and teach/instruct these concepts to campers.
  • Learn the progression of aviation and engineering technology over time and be able to teach this by giving ‘walking tours’ of specific aircraft in the Museum to campers. (This would include explaining things like variable pitch props, rotary, radial, & air-cooled engines, jet propulsion, thrust vectoring, LTA craft, unmanned flight, retractable landing gear, etc.…)
  • Deliver a basic understanding & appreciation for Naval Aviation History utilizing the Museum exhibits.
  • Learn the ‘STEM’ educational components of the program by mission.  Help deliver/aid in all educational elements being taught to campers. 
  • Create a teaching/instruction style and adapt your style to accommodate effective teaching and delivery to campers of various age, grade, & achievement levels.
  • Learn Lockheed Martin P3D Version 4.2 software at a level where you can – trouble shoot I.T. issues – load and synchronize computers and instruct in various classrooms – synchronize data/computers/communication devices between various classrooms.
  • Assist the Facilitators with instruction, flight exercises, and execution of planned missions.
  • Use a Smartboard to teach: longitude, latitude, distance, speed and time calculations, orienteering, scaling a ruler, calculating fuel usage, cargo load, trajectory, airfield specs, research, etc…
  • Capture and track data on the progress campers make in math and science.
  • Help issue pre-and post-tests to campers.
  • Capture and track data on progress campers make in ‘21st century soft skills’ (leadership, communication, working as a team, etc.…)
  • Teach how to effectively communicate with an ‘air traffic control tower’ - help campers utilize this newly learned communication format in the JOC.
  • Learn the Phonetic Alphabet and use it as a teaching tool.
  • Keep camper behavior in-line and set expectations.
  • Eat meals with campers and share in their daily life, serving in the capacity of both friend and mentor.
  • Complete CPR Certification –& ‘Youth Protection Guidelines’ training courses


Learning Objectives & Benefits:

  • Become a more effective communicator
  • Gain experience in teaching, program delivery and group collaboration
  • Gain a greater knowledge of ‘STEM’ topics and basics of flight
  • Gain a greater working knowledge of aviation history and aviation engineering advancements
  • Strengthen expertise in I.T. and sims flight software in a unique networking environment
  • Serve youth in a mentoring capacity