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Environmental Educator and/or Substitute Teacher for Academic Field Trip Programs

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Location: Poulsbo, WA
Categories: Academic Affairs

Position Title Environmental Educator and/or Substitute Teacher for Academic Field Trip Programs (Poulsbo)
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

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.

Required Qualifications
  • 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
Preferred Qualifications
  • Preferred BA or MS in related field
  • Experience developing interactive, hands-on lessons for youth in one or more of the following grade bands: PreK-2, 3-5, 6-8, and/or 9-12
  • Proficiency in MS Office or related programs


 Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Unit

 United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions

A cover letter and curriculum vitae are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications, including your demonstrated ability and commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds.

You will be asked to provide contact information of three references.

Closing Date Notes Open continuously

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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