Youth Engagement Mentors I & II (multiple positions available)

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Seattle, WA
United States

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We’re looking for three youth engagement mentors (YEMs) to join the Seattle Aquarium’s volunteer engagement team! We’re hiring one part-time, benefitted position (20−30 hours/week), one part-time, seasonal position (up to 10 hours/week) and one summer-only part-time, seasonal position (20−40 hours/week). 

Posted:                       Open to internal and external applicants.
Reports to:                 Youth engagement coordinator.

Position 1:                 Summer only: June–September, hourly, 20−40 hours per week, Tuesday−Saturday, variable hours between 8am and 7pm.*
Position 2:                 Marine science club I: May 2022–March 2023, hourly, up to 10 hours per week, Tuesday–Saturday, variable hours between 9am and 8pm.*
Position 3:                 Marine science club II: May 2022–March 2023, hourly, benefitted, 25−30 hours per week, Tuesday–Friday, variable hours between 9am and 8pm.*

*All positions include occasional evening hours based on programming and events schedule. All positions should be able to work at least one weekend day as part of their regular schedule

Date needed:             May 2022.

Posting expires:        Open until filled; preference given to applications received by April 12.

YEMs work with the volunteer engagement team to implement the Youth Ocean Advocates volunteer program for high school–age youth in a manner that’s both beneficial to the youth participating in the program and to the Aquarium’s mission. This position is responsible for the implementation of various program activities, including virtual marine science club (MSC) meetings, leading and supporting youth volunteers through such activities as youth interpretation shifts, and off-site program events like field conservation activities and field trips. YEMs will be active participants in our ongoing work to improve the program, particularly our focus on developing a program that is welcoming to all youth and respectful and appreciative of our community’s diversity.

The Aquarium was recently awarded a grant to host MSC, entering its second year. MSC is a drop-in club for high school youth who are interested in science. The club will meet weekly between June 2022 and March 2023. Weekly meetings will be virtual and there will be occasional opportunities for on-site experiences, field trips and conservation events. MSC positions are grant funded, term limited through March 2023 and may be extended based upon the program’s outcomes and ongoing funding. Two of the YEMs will support this effort.

To read specific job duties, requirements and pay/benefit information for each of the three positions, visit our website at


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. To that end, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including but not limited to Black, Indigenous and People of Color applicants and members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Interested candidates should upload a résumé to our online application in order to be considered. Application review will begin immediately.

Please let us know if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for this job by emailing us at

Note: Must pass a background check, upon job offer, to be eligible for this position. The summer-only and MSC II must also pass a motor vehicle records check, upon job offer, to be eligible for this position. Regarding driving records: Within the last three years you must not have had more than two moving traffic violations or any major violation (DUI, reckless driving, negligent driving, etc.).