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Marine Science Interpreter (Seasonal)
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Deadline to Apply:
Saturday, April 3, 2021, 9:00pm
The Seattle Aquarium is looking for five temporary marine science interpreters to join the Visitor Engagement team. Marine science interpreters are shift supervisors in the exhibits, leading our interpretation volunteers and engaging guests through formal interpretation and casual conversations. This position will primarily work daytime, interpretive, customer service and volunteer support shifts; will also work evening events.
Posted: Open to all internal and external applicants.
Reports to: Training and onboarding coordinator.
Status: Part-time, hourly, cannot work more than 1,000 hours per year.
Duration: Work is available through mid-September 2021 with potential to continue in the fall/winter, depending on performance and department needs.
Hours of work: Vary by season, average 15–20 hours per week. The Aquarium is open seven days a week. Interpretive shifts vary in length from four to eight hours between the hours of 8:30am and 11pm. This position will regularly fill weekend shift openings and evening events, but weekdays will also be scheduled as needed.
Date needed: ASAP.
Posting expires: April 3, 2021.
The Seattle Aquarium is looking for five temporary marine science interpreters to join the Visitor Engagement team. Marine science interpreters are shift supervisors in the exhibits, leading our interpretation volunteers and engaging guests through formal interpretation and casual conversations. This position will primarily work daytime, interpretive, customer service and volunteer support shifts; will also work evening events. These staff will provide coverage for last-minute schedule changes and vacation requests, most often Thursday–Monday, in addition to working regularly scheduled hours. Flexibility in scheduling is required.
*Please note, the marine science interpreter position has been modified to meet our current operations. In the short term, this position is also required to perform the following duties (*for more information on our pandemic operations, see the end of this job posting):
Provide regular announcements encouraging guests to wear a mask at all times, maintain appropriate physical distance and refrain from touching exhibits.
Help with crowd control, wayfinding and guest flow through the Aquarium.
Support Seattle Aquarium COVID-19 policies with guests and volunteers by modeling and/or explaining proper procedures.
Primary job functions:
- Interpret Aquarium exhibits to visitors on an informal, one-on-one basis.
- Provide great customer service while assisting with guest flow and reinforcing policies.
- Communicate openly with coworkers from all Aquarium departments.
- Prepare and deliver interpretive mini-talks to Aquarium visitors.
- Supervise and support interpretation volunteers, including some training of volunteers.
- Some administrative work, such as email and maintaining volunteer records.
- Assist with maintenance of props, exhibits and office/lounge spaces.
- Other projects as assigned.
Required skills, abilities:
- Excellent oral, presentation and written communication skills.
- Excellent leadership abilities, willingness to take charge and ability work independently as primary Interpretation staff.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Familiarity with MS Office programs, including Word, Excel, Outlook. Familiarity with, or ability to learn, volunteer databases (Volgistics).
- Critical thinking and excellent judgment.
- Knowledge of marine science and conservation.
- Ability to: adjust priorities in a rapidly changing work environment; shift gears comfortably or when needed; decide and act without having the total picture.
- Team player with a healthy sense of humor.
- Strive to incorporate the Aquarium values to create an inclusive learning environment full of awe-inspiring moments that honor our unique location and history.
Experience, education and certifications:
We will consider various combinations of relevant experience and education to meet minimum requirements.
- Minimum two years’ academic experience in education, biology, environmental science or similar field, preferred B.A./B.S. degree.
- Degree in education, biology, environmental science or similar field preferred.
- Minimum of one year experience working in an aquarium, zoo, environmental education center or similar institution required.
- Previous experience leading and working with volunteers preferred.
- Skill and comfort with talking and presenting to both large groups and individuals. Use of microphone and other voice-enhancing equipment.
- Must be able to walk, stand or sit for extended periods of time.
- Occasional extended exposure to outside weather conditions.
- Flexible schedule required: this position will regularly be assigned to work both Saturday and Sunday.
Pay and benefits:
$17.00/hour; number of hours varies week to week. Temporary staff are not eligible for benefits but accrue paid sick time and are paid an additional $0.75/hour to assist with transportation costs.
About the Seattle Aquarium:
The Seattle Aquarium is a respected authority on Puget Sound, the Salish Sea and the world’s one ocean. Our passionate staff increases awareness and drives the change needed to preserve and protect our marine environment through a variety of channels including: a compelling exhibit experience and engaging daytime and evening events; conservation education programs for people of all ages and backgrounds; community outreach to underserved populations; research that advances understanding of animals in our care and their counterparts in the wild; advocacy and policy work; an award-winning volunteer program; strong and consistent marketing efforts; and more.
We are noted for our collaborative, communicative and team-oriented working environment. Our values, developed in conjunction with our staff, include commitments to adopting and promoting sustainable practices; creating awe-inspiring experiences; constantly learning and improving; fostering an inclusive community; maintaining scientific credibility through evidence-based practices; and honoring our unique place by using our location and history as a lens for larger understanding.
Proudly accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, we are the eighth-largest aquarium in the U.S. by attendance and we welcome over 850,000 people through our front doors each year. Guided by our mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment, we have developed a master plan to substantially increase in size and impact by opening a new exhibit building, the Ocean Pavilion. Our current annual budget is $20 million.
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 one-page letter detailing interest and relevant experience 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.
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. If hired, relocation assistance is not available.
Application deadline: April 3
Interviews: April 15–30
Start date: May 2021