Seasonal Staff Positions

Full-Time Positions Available

The listings below have not been updated for 2015.
Updates are expected to be published in December 2014.

So, you want to be a Staph* member…Here’s what you need to know and do.

Position Vacancies

  • Seasonal positions for the NYSC, WVYSC, and GSMS are described below.  Read the application information below and then fill out the Online Application Form.

The National Youth Science Foundation will be involved with three programs during the 2014 summer season. These programs are:

* Staph is a traditional spelling; our enthusiasm is infectious!

Review of applications will start in January 2014, and will continue until all positions are filled. Applications will continue to be accepted until all positions are filled. If you have any questions, please send E-mail to

Application Requirements

Position Expectations

Most staph positions are considered cabin/residential staph and will also serve as counselors. Because Foundation programs emphasize the development of close knit communities, cabin staph will maintain the same hours as the delegates in order to minimize fatigue and cabin disruption and to maximize cohesiveness and community spirit between delegates and staph. Additionally, most staph positions will serve as overnight trip staph for the programs’ outdoor activities.

As staph positions are filled, slight adjustments will likely be made in job responsibilities. All staph positions provide general support and frequently assist in other areas; program directors can assign additional duties. The use of alcohol and illegal drugs is strictly prohibited – throughout the entire employment period. The National Youth Science Foundation strives to offer programs that meet the highest standards of fairness and sensitivity with respect to sex and gender, age, race, national origin or physical condition. Behavior that contributes to the creation of an unwelcoming or hostile atmosphere of any kind will not be tolerated.

Pay Scale

While salaries are admittedly modest, there are significant fringe benefits. Meals and lodging are provided free of charge; laundry service is provided at the NYSC. Travel expenses will be reimbursed up to $500 (more if the budget allows or as market requires as determined by the director). A successful applicant’s experiences are sure to be memorable and opportunities for other intrinsic rewards are directly proportional to each individual’s level of creativity, energy, objectivity, knowledge, and good humor.

Base pay rate is $65 per day, plus lodging and food.  This daily rate is increased by the sum of the following increments to recognize education, training, and experience working in Foundation programs:

  • Education Increments (Single increase for highest attained***)
    • Undergraduate Student:
      • Completed Freshman Year: Base pay rate
      • Completed Sophomore Year: $2/day
      • Completed Junior Year: $4/day
    • Bachelor’s Degree or Equivalent: $6/day
    • Graduate Student: $8/day
    • Master’s Degree or Equivalent: $10/day
    • Doctorate: $15/day
  • Relevant Professional License/Certification:
    • Current Teaching License: $3/day
    • Registered Nurse: Variable
    • Other: Variable
  • Experience Increments (Cumulative, including all Foundation program experience)
    • $1/day per year of NYSC Staph experience
    • $0.50/day per year of WVGSMS Staph experience
    • $0.50/day per year of WVYSC Staph experience
  • Positional Increments:
    • Additional increments may be assigned by the director to reflect program responsibilities.
*** If you have more than one degree at a particular level, you will be recognized at the next highest level. For example, if you have both a B.A. and a B.S. then you would receive the increment for having a Master’s Degree. Please note that increments are not cumulative.

Example: A staph member who has worked 3 years at NYSC and 2 years at GSMS, and who holds a bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate, would be paid $78/day:

  • $65 base
  • $6 bachelor’s degree
  • $3 teaching license
  • $3 NYSC experience (3 X $1)
  • $1 GSMS experience (2 X $0.50)


National Youth Science Camp

The Foundation will operate the National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) at Camp Pocahontas hosting approximately 100 students representing each of the United States and an additional 16 international students.

Available Positions

Important NYSC dates:

*All dates are approximate and subject to change.  Please do not book any travel until you get confirmation!

  • NYSC office staph arrive in Charleston in early to mid-June.  (Final date to be determine by staph appointment.)
  • NYSC outdoor staph arrive in Charleston around June 13, 2014 (may change to June 14, 2014)
  • NYSC staph arrive in Charleston on Saturday, June 21, 2014
  • NYSC moves to Camp Pocahontas on Sunday, June 22, 2014
  • NYSC delegates arrive in Charleston on Friday, June 27, 2014
  • NYSC delegates depart Sunday, July 20, 2013
  • Non-Office/Non-WV GSMS staph depart Friday, July 25, 2014

West Virginia Governor’s School for Mathematics and Science

The Foundation will again operate a session of the West Virginia Governor’s School for Mathematics and Science (WV GSMS) in partnership with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia. Twelve staph members will serve as mentors and will work along side twelve teachers with teams of four to six rising high school freshmen. Each small group will develop a research project in radio astronomy. No prior experience in radio astronomy is required for mentors, but mentors are expected to provide general support in the mathematics and sciences. Outdoor recreation activities complement the academic program.

Available Positions

  • WV GSMS Staph Meeting, Thursday, July 24, 2014
  • WV GSMS Students Arrive, Sunday, July 27, 2014
  • WV GSMS Students Depart,  Saturday, August 9, 2014
  • WV GSMS Staph Depart Green Bank, Sunday AM, August 10, 2014
  • WV GSMS Staph Fly-out of Charleston Airport, Sunday PM, August 10, 2014

West Virginia Youth Science Camp

The West Virginia Youth Science Camp (WVYSC) is a residential summer science education program, modeled after the long-standing National Youth Science Camp, for young scientists who have just completed their freshman year of high school. Students from across West Virginia are challenged academically in exciting lectures and hands-on studies, and have opportunities to participate in an outdoor adventure program, gain a new appreciation for the great outdoors, and establish friendships that last a lifetime.

Available Positions

Tentative dates:

  • WVYSC Staph Arrive, July 5, 2014
  • WVYSC Delegates Arrive, July 8, 2014
  • WVYSC Delegates Depart, July 19, 2014
  • WVYSC Staph Depart, July 20, 2014
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