|About the University
Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. While its home campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, WWU on the Peninsulas is located on the Olympic College campus in Poulsbo in order to better serve the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas. WWU on the Peninsulas provides a distinctive Western experience in programs tied to the unique strengths and needs of the communities west of Puget Sound.
|About the Department
Extended Education at Western Washington University expands and diversifies Western’s offerings throughout Puget Sound, the state of Washington, and globally to provide learning options for the contemporary student.
SEA Discovery Center through the Extended Education Department at Western Washington University supports Western’s mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
Located on Liberty Bay in Poulsbo, WA, the SEA Discovery Center is a public aquarium and marine science center, where visitors of all ages immerse themselves in the wonders of local marine life and ecosystems. The SEA Discovery Center inspires lifelong learning and a deeper connection to the marine environment through public aquarium exhibits, school field trips, educational programs, a vibrant volunteer program, and environmental stewardship projects involving the community. Previously known as the Poulsbo Marine Science Center, the facility has recently come under oversight of Western Washington University’s Extended Education. Although the Center’s name has changed, the vision and mission of the Center as an environmental educational resource for the region’s community and K-12 students remains the same. In fact, WWU aspires to expand the reach of the Center, the scope of STEM education taking place there, and the numbers of students and community members served. The Center’s facilities include a 3-story main building (footprint 24,000 sq. ft.) with fresh and saltwater aquarium exhibits, classrooms, and theater, outdoor grounds and parking lot, and floating boathouse classroom. Please see our website at www.wwu.edu/sea.
|About the Position
This position delivers marine science education to pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade students through classroom, aquarium, and field investigation instruction at the SEA Discovery Center on a varied schedule up to 18 hours per week. Programming may also occur at schools. The instructor may deliver existing curriculum or may prepare new lesson plans and/or classroom materials. Professional development training will be provided.
- Certified teacher or currently enrolled in teacher certificate program with classroom teaching experience and/or highly skilled experience in environmental education or science degree in related field (Marine Biology, Biology, etc.)
- Experience teaching lessons in one or more of the following grade bands: PreK-2, 3-5, 6-8, and/or 9-12
- Demonstrated ability and commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds
- Ability to deliver marine science content with interactive, hands-on learning
- Experience managing group dynamics in field trip, environmental, and/or classroom settings
- Experience with classroom technology
- Valid driver’s license