The successful candidate will bring the following to our team of professional educators: enthusiasm for marine science and education; an ability to work collaboratively in a team setting; strong networking and communication abilities; and excellent interpersonal skills for working with teachers, students and the general public.

Essential functions:

  • Manage the daily operations of school outreach programs for a growing preK–12 audience to support Aquarium staff for programmatic and administrative tasks, striving for excellence in customer service, ocean literacy, productivity, diversity and conservation behavior change.
  • Supervise/oversee the daily operations of the seasonal SPP Citizen Science program. Maintain data records and work with outside partners to find new opportunities to share and highlight data. Participate in, and sometimes lead, conversations about the growth and evolution of citizen (or “community”) science at the Aquarium.
  • Work cooperatively with the SPP manager and, when appropriate, the community engagement team. Help ensure a safe and inclusive learning environment. Lead the development of new off-site school programs aligned with the Seattle Aquarium’s mission and outcomes. Utilize standards-based and effective practices, such as Next Generation Science Standards, Fostering Empathy for Animals, and Visual Thinking Strategies in Science.
  • Hire, onboard, train and evaluate staff and volunteers in partnership with human resources.
  • Maintain appropriate staffing levels and scheduling for outreach programs.
  • Teach outreach programming and/or teacher workshops.

Additional responsibilities:

  • Contribute through professional conduct to a working environment that is energetic, innovative and collaborative.
  • In collaboration with human resources and the community engagement team, work to make the Aquarium and our programs more welcoming and inclusive for all.
  • Work with Aquarium marketing and the philanthropy teams to promote and fund school outreach programs
  • Stay familiar with current research in informal/non-formal learning environments and with current efficient practices in citizen science, early childhood education and after-school programming.
  • Other tasks such as maintenance and organization of supplies, and participation in regular meetings and program focus groups as needed.
  • Perform other related duties of a comparable level/type as assigned.

Required skills, abilities:  

  • Interest and expertise in marine science and conservation.
  • Interest in equity, inclusion and diversity.
  • Comfort with instructional technologies.
  • Must be able to interact positively with volunteers and be willing to teach and be supportive of all volunteers’ abilities.
  • Ability to work with people of all ages and handle a variety of situations, including those that may be complicated or challenging, with grace, empathy and a sense of humor.
  • Interest in and demonstrated commitment to environmental justice and desire to serve communities that are disproportionately affected by environmental degradation.
  • Experience in informal education curriculum writing.
  • Experience developing and refining education programs using an equity lens to ensure accessibility and inclusion for diverse audiences.
  • Knowledge of current informal education best practices.
  • Excellent teaching and interpretive skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience managing program and staff scheduling.
  • Proficiency in office software applications.
  • Familiarity with state and national educational standards, NGSS and Ocean Literacy Principles.
  • Experience and confidence with delivering formal presentations and informal interpretation, and/or teaching experience.

Experience, education and certifications:

We will consider various combinations of relevant experience and education to meet minimum requirements.


  • B.A./B.S. degree in education, science or related field, or a combination of equivalent education and work experience.
  • Three years teaching experience in an informal education facility.
  • Two years education program development experience in informal education facility.
  • Minimum of one year experience supervising an individual and/or group.
  • Previous participation in one or more cultural competency, implicit bias or related training.
  • Washington state drivers’ license, or willingness to obtain one, and good driving record required for local travel.
  • Must have first aid and CPR certifications by first day of work.

Working conditions:

  • Able to stand for long periods of time.
  • Able to lift 30 pounds or more.
  • Requires duties to be carried out in offices, exhibits and classrooms, during outdoor field excursions, and off-site training and travel. Must be comfortable driving Aquarium vehicles, which include a 15-passenger van.
  • Requires working outdoors in all weather conditions and terrain. Seasonal programs take place on local beaches.
  • Flexible schedule and ability to work evenings, holidays and weekends.

Salary and benefits:

D.O.E., $43,000 – $52,000/year.  Please include salary expectations in your materials. Full-time staff are eligible for the Seattle Aquarium’s comprehensive benefits package to include medical, vision, dental, health reimbursement account, medical and dental flexible spending accounts, life insurance, short- and long-term disability, access to a subsidized ORCA pass, a Family Plus membership and generous paid time off.

How to apply:

The Seattle Aquarium is a progressive, equal opportunity employer that values a diverse workforce. All candidates are encouraged to apply by uploading a résumé and one-page letter detailing interest and relevant experience to 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 and motor vehicle records check, upon job offer, to be eligible for this position. Regarding driving records: during the last 36 months you must not have had any of the following experiences: left the scene of an accident; been convicted of reckless, negligent or careless driving; had automobile insurance canceled, declined or not renewed; been convicted of an alcohol- or drug-related offense; had driver license suspended or revoked; been convicted of three or more speeding violations.