Salary Range:16.5000 (USD) Hourly Onwards

Posted: Open to internal and external applicants.

Reports to: Youth engagement coordinator.

Status: Part-time, hourly, benefited position.

Hours of work: Works day shift Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday and one other weekday, up to 30 hours/week. Occasional need for evening work as related to events and programs.

Date needed: March 2020.

Posting expires: Tuesday, January 28, end of day.


About the organization:

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’re 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’re 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’ve 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 $18 million.


Position description: 

The Seattle Aquarium is looking for a part-time youth engagement mentor to join the Volunteer Engagement team. This position works with the Youth Engagement team to implement the Youth Ocean Advocates volunteer program for high school–age youth in a manner that is both beneficial to the youth participating in the program and to the Aquarium’s mission. The youth engagement mentor is primarily responsible for the implementation of program activities, which includes supervising and supporting youth volunteers in their interpretation shifts, leading field conservation activities, delivering trainings and continuing education opportunities and leading field trips. The position will work to improve the program, particularly our focus on developing a program which is welcoming of all youth and is respectful and appreciative of our community’s diversity. Further, this position will support planning, equitable recruitment and administrative functions of the program.


A. Essential functions:

  • Be an encouraging, supportive and motivating role model for youth as they serve in mutually beneficial volunteer roles supporting the Aquarium’s mission. Recognize youth volunteers’ interests, strengths and growth opportunities and support their exploration and development as they pursue their varied interests as they relate to the Aquarium’s mission, including—but not limited to—marine science, biology, sustainability, conservation, environmental justice, science communication, community service, community engagement and more.
  • Supervise youth volunteers as they complete their volunteer assignments. Mentor and coach youth to improve the quality of their work, interpretation and customer service.
  • Lead the equitable recruitment, selection and onboarding processes for youth volunteers.
  • Lead the evaluation of youth volunteers, including accurate record keeping, communication regarding volunteer commitments, and providing feedback and coaching on volunteer performance.
  • Ensure the continuing education of youth volunteers by developing and implementing both short (30-minute) and long (full-day) trainings on a variety of topics, including aquarium species, ocean science, interpretation and conservation. Integrate Aquarium’s mission outcomes in lesson planning.
  • Plan, implement and supervise field experiences for Youth Ocean Advocates, including beach cleanups, restoration work, citizen science, field trips, etc.
  • Chaperone youth volunteers participating in off-site field trips. This includes being comfortable driving aquarium vehicles, including a 15-passenger van, and also comfort navigating public transportation.
  • Work closely with the youth engagement coordinator to improve existing programming, including removing barriers to program participation for individuals from underrepresented communities and building a positive, welcoming and inclusive culture respectful of our diverse community.
  • Communicate frequently with youth volunteers and other stakeholders via email, phone and social media and in person.


B. Additional responsibilities:

  • Complete special projects and other duties as assigned.
  • Interact positively with Aquarium visitors and provide excellent customer service to all stakeholders.


C. Required skills, abilities: 

  • A demonstrated commitment to and experience in building a positive, welcoming culture respectful of the diversity in our community.
  • Interest and experience in marine science, conservation and environmental justice.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including experience delivering formal presentations.
  • Detail oriented with strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to shift priorities in a rapidly changing work environment.


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



  • Interest and experience in working with or mentoring youth, utilizing positive youth development principles and practices focusing on the strengths and opportunities associated with high school–aged youth.
  • Two years of college coursework in education, life sciences, or similar area of study or two years of experience working in informal education.
  • Washington driver’s license (or ability to obtain one upon arrival). Comfort driving Aquarium vehicles, including a 15-passenger van.
  • Adult, child and baby first aid and CPR/AED training and certification required within 30 days of employment.



  • Experience participating in field conservation work, including leading service learning/volunteer projects.
  • Previous experience working or volunteering at an aquarium, zoo, marine science organization or similar organization preferred.


E. Working conditions:


Salary and benefits: $16.50/hour + part-time benefits package. Part-time staff are eligible for Seattle Aquarium’s part-time benefits package to include medical, vision, employer-funded Health Reimbursement Account, Flexible Spending Account, a Family Plus membership, access to a subsidized ORCA pass, and paid sick time.


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 in our online application.


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’s license suspended or revoked; or been convicted of three or more speeding violations.

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