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Educational Specialist, SEA Discovery Center

Apply now Work type: Permanent Part Time
Location: Poulsbo, WA
Categories: Academic Affairs

Position Title Educational Specialist, SEA Discovery Center
About the University Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 90,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department

Outreach and Continuing Education (OCE) at Western Washington University expands access to Western’s outstanding educational opportunities across the region and beyond through a focus on creating community, serving learners, and providing lifelong impact through quality education.   

OCE collaborates with colleges, departments, and the community, linking university resources with educational needs and opportunities —including international education opportunities—in support of the State’s education attainment goals and Western’s strategic goals.  

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.  

For more information, please visit the Outreach and Continuing Education website.  

About the Position The Educational Specialist serves as the lead educator for K-12 student groups and general visitors to SEA Discovery Center's public aquarium. This is a half-time position. The position will coordinate and instruct marine science / environmental education programs and teacher training workshops as needed. This position also works to provide program staffing needs through recruitment and coordinating volunteers. Working closely with the Director of Operations and Outreach, the Education coordinator will assist with securing funding support for educational programs through grants and partnerships and collaborate on curriculum creation.

This position also requires a valid driver’s license and ability to travel and the ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends, and holidays as dictated by program needs.

SEA Discovery Center is a public aquarium located in Poulsbo, WA and is a self-sustaining program of Western Washington University. 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. The 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. Annually, more than 25,000 people visit the aquarium or participate in an educational program at SEA.

Job Duties:

  • Develop and deliver marine science and other informal education programming at SEA Discovery Center (primarily for K-12 students)
  • Manage the outreach, scheduling and coordination of school field trips to the aquarium
  • Work with SEA & WWU staff and resources to create and deliver programs, prepare, modify, and/or update curriculum, lesson plans, and/or classroom materials to stay current with state standards in science education
  • Lead education activities in classroom, aquarium, theater, floating lab and other appropriate SEA facilities
  • Work with volunteers to ensure appropriate staffing and support for K-12 groups

Volunteer Management

  • Recruit, manage and maintain a group of volunteers to help support SEA's ongoing operations, to include support for education programs and aquarium guides/docents
  • Create and implement volunteer recognition program and other incentives for service
  • Ensure adherence to WWU policies and procedures
  • Create annual volunteer impact report

Marketing and Fundraising Support

  • Work with the Director of Operations and Outreach to support fundraising and grant writing efforts for SEA Discovery Center
  • Collaborate with University Relations and Marketing, SEA Staff, Volunteers and others to support marketing and social media efforts (Facebook/Instagram)

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Anti-Racism and Accessibility Efforts

  • Demonstrate a commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment
  • Contribute to the unit, OCE, and Western's work on diversity, equity, inclusion, anti-racism, and accessibility through conversations and professional development

Other Duties as assigned to support the operations of SEA Discovery Center

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree plus 2+ years of related work experience in an educational setting, or a position that lends itself to providing informal education to groups of students/individuals
  • Demonstrated commitment to contributing to an inclusive work environment
  • Demonstrated knowledge of marine life of the Pacific Northwest and a commitment to being a steward of the marine environment
  • Experience delivering program information through teaching or training, community instruction, service, outreach activities or similar type of experience
  • Demonstrated ability to foster and maintain strong and collaborative relationships with coworkers, volunteers, stakeholders, constituent groups, community groups, city/county government officials
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated organizational skills necessary to successfully manage a large volume of information
  • Intermediate skills in the use of technology, including recent versions of Office 365 or similar programs
  • Valid driver's license and ability to travel. Occasional weekend and/or holiday work may be required.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with curriculum design or development, adhering to national standards within a discipline
  • History of success with grant writing or fundraising
  • 2+ years' of paid work experience at a non-profit organization
  • Experience managing volunteers for a non-profit or similar type of organization
Special Conditions All employees must comply with our Immunization policies, including COVID vaccination by time of hire and Proof of Rubeola Measles Immunity within 60-days of hire. Please reach out to if you need information regarding medical or religious exemption and applicable accommodations.
Salary The starting salary for this position is from $24,234- $28,273, commensurate with experience. Includes an excellent benefits package.
Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes Position closes January 30, 2022 at 11:55 pm

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 Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, 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).

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("The Clery Act"). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services at The report can be found at: Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.

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.

Job no: 499291
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Applications close: Pacific Standard Time

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