Marine Science Instructor - Seasonal

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Seattle, WA
United States

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Posted:                      Open to internal and external applicants

Reports to:                  School and public programs coordinators

Status:                         Part-time, temporary, 10 to 24 hours per week. Weekly hours vary by season depending on programming needs; temporary staff can work up to 1,000 hours per year. 

Hours of work:           Work shifts are 4 to 8 hours in length, typically falling Monday–Saturday between 7 am–6 pm. Staff will most likely be scheduled for two to three shifts each week in the spring with hours increasing in June for the summer season, depending on programming needs. Preference given to staff who are available Saturdays and a minimum of two weekdays per week.

Duration:                    April 5–November 19, 2021. Tentative required training dates April 5–9. Due to the uncertain nature of the pandemic, summer programming and hours will be confirmed at a later date. Employment past June is dependent on King County COVID-19 restrictions.*

Application deadline: Open until filled; priority given for applications received by March 7. 


Position overview: The Seattle Aquarium is hiring eight to 10 seasonal marine science instructors (MSIs) to join the school and public programs team. MSIs work with a professional team of marine educators to provide in-depth informal science programs serving K–12 students, teachers and lifelong learners in the greater Seattle area and beyond. Duties include instructing a diverse group of students and families in varied topics related to marine sciences and one world ocean conservation. Topics include data collection and scientific literacy, familiarity with the Pacific Northwest marine biome, communication and interpretation of species and exhibits at the Seattle Aquarium, and marine conservation in line with the goals of ocean stewardship programs of the Seattle Aquarium and its partners.


To read a full job description including required skills, certifications, experience and abilities, visit our website at 


*Please note, the marine science instructor position has been modified to meet our current operations and is subject to King County COVID-19 restrictions. Summer hours and programming are dependent on county guidelines. For more information on our pandemic operations, see the end of this job posting.


Primary job functions:

Deliver five to seven different programs via online tools like Zoom and Teams, primarily to a K–12 audience, as part of the Seattle Aquarium’s distance learning initiative.
Teach lessons on field-based data collection methods, identify Northwest intertidal species, and use scientific practices and presentation skills to support the ongoing Community Science program. This includes data collection on local beaches that follow established study protocols.
Mentor, virtually and in person (when appropriate), middle school and high school youth through scientific investigations.
Facilitate future remote and in-person programs like Family Camp, Boy/Girl Scout programs, homeschool events and more, for children and their caretakers in a safe environment in line with the Seattle Aquarium’s policies and guidelines. This includes following all state standards for safety instituted to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Work collaboratively in a team environment maintaining a high level of communication.
Perform other related tasks as assigned, such as inventorying materials and supplies, printing, assembling program kits, and curriculum review.
Other programming needs as required to meet the goals of the Seattle Aquarium’s mission.


Experience, education, and certifications: We will consider various combinations of relevant experience and education to meet minimum requirements.


Completed high school and must be 18 years of age or older.
Minimum of one year’s experience teaching programs at a zoo/aquarium or another informal education facility or in a school or classroom setting.
Experience working with diverse racial and socio-economic audiences.
Adult, child and baby first aid and CPR/AED and anaphylaxis and epinephrine auto-injector training and certification proof required by the first day of work. Online courses are not accepted. 


Pay and benefits: $17.00/hour + additional $0.75/hour to assist with transportation costs. Temporary staff are not eligible for benefits but accrue paid sick time. 


*Regarding COVID-19: 

The Aquarium prioritizes health and safety for our staff and visitors, embracing science to guide our operations. Staff are required to wear face masks while working, always maintain physical distancing and check their temperature before starting work each day. In addition, we maintain high standards of cleanliness and all high-touch surfaces (like windows, railings, restrooms and elevators) are continuously cleaned.  


We anticipate the following recruiting schedule for those candidates who are selected for consideration.  The following dates are preliminary and subject to change. We will work with candidates to set interviews that work for all involved. 


Application deadline: open until filled; priority given to applications received by March 5
Application review: complete by March 10th
Interviews: complete by March 18th
Start date: April 5th; required training tentatively schedule April 5 through 9

How to Apply:

How to apply: The Seattle Aquarium is a progressive, equal opportunity employer that values a diverse workforce. One of our core values is fostering an inclusive community and we want our staff to reflect our community. We encourage diverse candidates to apply, including but not limited to Black, Indigenous and People of Color applicants.  Apply by uploading a résumé and brief letter of interest in our online application. Application review will begin immediately.  


Please let us know if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for this job. 


Note: Must pass a background check, upon job offer, to be eligible for this position.