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. We respect and serve a broad spectrum of learners in high-quality degree and non-degree programs that are multidisciplinary, flexible, and rigorous. We foster mentorship, collaboration, and equity through education.
About the Department
SEA Discovery Center through the Outreach and Continuing Education Department at Western Washington University support Western’s mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities. 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 Outreach and Continuing 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
The SEA Discovery Center is a 7-day a week operation. This position is responsible for various shifts of aquarium operation and assistance. Timing of duties will include weekends (Sat and/or Sun), occasional nights (any day of the week) and other times to be scheduled. Minimum 5.5 hours per week.
Aquarium Program Assistance
Provide explanations of exhibits
Answer general questions
Conduct tours of aquarium facilities
Assist with aquarium exhibit and animal care and curation
Ensure that aquarium and public areas are stocked with necessary supplies and set up for visitors throughout the day.
Communicate and work with volunteer docents.
General Program Support
Assist, prepare for, and lead activities for programs and events
Ensure Center is open and closed as per scheduled hours of operation
Executes opening and/or closing procedures
High school graduate or equivalent
Knowledge and enthusiasm for local marine life and marine science
Ability to communicate knowledge of local marine life and environments, with style appropriate for people of all ages and backgrounds
Responsible and able to execute facility procedures independently and as part of a team of staff
Computer skills and facility with online calendars and event schedules
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and troubleshoot resourcefully
Must be available to work evenings and weekends
College degree in life sciences, environmental education, or related field; or currently enrolled in a related college degree program
Experience working in customer service
Experience working with groups of children and adults in an interactive, hands-on educational setting
Diving certified or able to become dive-certified
$16.34 per hour
This position is part of bargaining unit A and is covered by the collective bargaining agreement with Washington Federation of State Employees.
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.
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With 15,000 students, 160 academic programs, and an energized campus community, Western offers the focus on students and the faculty access of a smaller college and the academic choice, resources, multicultural diversity, and room to grow of a large university. Western is located in beautiful Bellingham, a scenic coastal city of approximately 80,000 situated between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. With easy access to both the Cascade mountain range and the Pacific coast, the region is rich in cultural events and attractions as well as many recreational activities. Western is known nationally for its successes, including being named the top public master’s granting university in the Pacific Northwest by U. S. News and World Report and one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by the Chronicle of Higher Education.