Employment Opportunities

Summer Staff Employment

The University of Florida’s Center for Precollegiate Education and Training (UF CPET) has been developing and coordinating outreach programs for high-achieving high school students for 60 years. Collaborating with over 450 faculty from 75 departments across UF, our programs place high school students in high-caliber research and classroom settings to learn from faculty, scientists, and practitioners about cutting-edge research in all disciplines of science, engineering, medical fields, and the humanities. Each of our youth summer programs offer a different experience for students during their precollege academic explorations. We are hiring for a dynamic team of full-time Youth Program Counselors for summer 2018. This is a pre-professional position for upper-level undergraduate students, recent graduates, and graduate students. Formal training and professional development provided.

Youth Program Counselor positions last from 2-11 weeks, from early May until the end of July. The best counselors have excellent work ethic and time-management skills; are excellent communicators, team players, creative thinkers, self-starters, and role models; and have a great attitude and enthusiasm for learning.

If you enjoy sharing your passion for science, humanities, computer science/coding, or engineering and are exciting about making a lasting impact on future Gators, we invite you to apply for one or more of our Youth Program Counselor positions. See flyer for additional details.

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Providing supervision as well as personal and professional mentorship to high school students
  • Developing an inclusive atmosphere where students from varying backgrounds and experiences feel welcome and included
  • Assisting with the organization, coordination, and oversight of academic enrichment activities (lab positions require learning of and assisting with the instruction of lab procedures)
  • Developing professional relationships with faculty members
  • Planning evening and weekend social activities (residential programs only)
  • Chaperoning off-campus lab tours and field trips
  • Providing feedback and assistance on research projects (SSTP Counselors will be responsible for editing and grading academic work)
  • Pre-planning for programs, including development of academic and nonacademic activities
  • Professional-level administrative work, i.e., communicating with faculty members, processing student paperwork, writing articles for social media posts, etc.

Qualifications include the following:

  • Applicants must have at least two years (post-high school) college experience; recent graduate and graduate students invited to apply
  • All applicants must be in good standing with their college or university
  • Preferred applicants will have completed advance course work (at least junior/senior-level)
  • Preferred applicants have a good driving history and willingness to drive a 15-passenger van
  • Some positions require applicants to have experience in specific fields of study

Position details include the following:

  • Positions are full time, see position description for those requiring full or partial residential component
  • Each is a time limited position
  • Compensation starting at $375 per week, some meals provided and varies depending upon position
  • Applicant may apply for and be selected for more than one position

Gator Computing Program Teaching Assistant/Counselor

  • Full time position from June 4 – June 15, plus training
  • Nonresidential, approximate hours are 8:00am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday
  • Experience in Java, Python, or R

Molecular Biology/Biotechnology Lab Assistant/Counselor

  • Full time position from early May – July 28
  • Nonresidential, hours vary depending upon program week; some evening and weekend hours required
  • Experience in molecular biology research lab research techniques required

Environmental Science Lab Assistant/Counselor

  • Full time position from early May – July 28
  • Nonresidential, hours vary depending upon program week; some evening and weekend hours required
  • Experience in environmental science, ecology, toxicology, or life science field and research lab techniques required

Humanities and the Sunshine State Counselor

  • Full time position from June 4 – June 23
  • Nonresidential June 4 – June 15; residential Sunday, June 17 – Saturday, June 23; must be available and willing to live on-campus with program and during this time and assume responsibilities 24-hours a day
  • Previous camp experience or working with K-12 students preferred

Summer Programs Counselor

  • Full time position from June 4 – July 27
  • Residential for three weeks: Sunday, June 17 – Friday, June 22 and Sunday, July 8 – Friday, July 20
  • Previous camp experience or working with K-12 students preferred

Student Science Training Program Counselor

  • Full time position from May 21 – July 29
  • Residential Friday, June 8 – Sunday, July 29; housing is provided May 21 – June 7, if needed
  • Past participant of the UF SSTP preferred

How to Apply

Complete the on-line application linked here. Selected applicants will receive an interview.

Application Requirements:

  • Applicants will need to provide two references, including the references phone number band email
  • References must be persons not related to the applicant and should be persons the reference has worked with recently, such as a current/recent supervisor, student organization advisor, or current/recent instructor
  • Applicants will upload a resume
  • Applicants will upload a current, unofficial transcript

Preferred Application Deadline is April 6th. Applications will continue to be accepted until all positions are filled. For question or more information, contact Christy Rodkin, Coordinator, Youth Programs at christy@cpet.ufl.edu or 352-392-2310.