Job Opportunity: Camp and Public Programs Assistant – Seattle Aquarium (Deadline: 12/08/15)

Seattle Aquarium LogoJOB POSTING
Camp and Public Programs Assistant

Posted: Open to internal and external applicants.
Reports to: School and public programs manager
Status: Full-time, non-exempt/hourly for approximately six months (ending in August 2016)
Hours of Work: 20 hours per week February–May, ramping up to 40 hours per week June–August
Dated Needed: Mid-February through end of camp in August
Posting Expires: Tuesday, December 8, 2015

About the Seattle Aquarium: The Seattle Aquarium is owned by the City of Seattle and under nonprofit management. The Aquarium currently serves over 825,000 visitors and 40,000 schoolchildren and their teachers annually. Guided by the mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment, the Seattle Aquarium has a realistic plan for phased growth based on record-setting attendance, membership and fundraising growth, an energized board of directors and professional management. The current annual budget is $14 million.
Position overview: The camp and public programs assistant will work with the public programs coordinator to prepare for and maintain programming during a maternity leave. This position will work with both the coordinator and the section manager to ensure that all aspects of marine summer camp 2016 programming, as well as limited public programming, run efficiently. The assistant will work with the coordinator in preparing for the season and will work independently full time starting at the beginning of camp trainings. These programs will be at the Aquarium and at various field locations throughout the Puget Sound.

Primary job functions:
Marine summer camp 2016: Work with coordinator to plan for a successful season and oversee all aspects of the program in the absence of the coordinator.
o Assist in the hiring of temporary camp staff.
o Work with registration and other Aquarium staff to ensure camp registration and shared space use of Aquarium facilities runs smoothly.
o Communicate with camp parents/guardians.
o Supervise and schedule camp staff.
o Work with volunteer department in the recruiting and training of teen volunteers for camp.
o Schedule all field trips and transportation for camps.
o Work with camp staff to finalize written camper session schedules for staff and families, including supply orders and booking expert guests.
o Work with partnership camps if necessary.
o Assist in the planning of/responsible for camp staff training week.
o Assist the coordinator for the duration of the camp year.
Public programs
o Oversee all aspects of the Critter Discoveries and Sea Stroller programs for the spring season (six programs).
o Oversee all aspects of the kayaking programming for the spring and summer season.
o Act as liaison with development department for any Splash!, Toddler Time or kayak redemptions that occur during the spring and summer season.

Required special knowledge, skills, training:

  • Washington State driver’s license or other state valid license and good driving record.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • CPR/first aid/EpiPen certification.
  • Able to work as part of team and/or independently.
  • Able to supervise camp staff.
  • Basic marine and conservation knowledge.
  • Able to pass background check.


  • Required: B.A in education, child development, recreation, environmental science or biology.


  • Must have a minimum of two years’ experience teaching programs at a zoo/aquarium or other informal education facility.
  • Must have experience working in a summer camp, preferably at the Seattle Aquarium’s marine summer camp.
  • Knowledge of Pacific Northwest marine life.

Working conditions:

    • Flexible schedule and ability to commit to the hours and dates of work above.
    • High energy needed to work with public of all ages for duration of shift.
    • Must be able to spend long periods of times outdoors during all weather conditions (extreme heat or rain).
    • Must be able to sit, stand, walk and/or run for varied and extended periods of time while interacting with public.
    • Heavy to moderate vocal demands to project talks and announcements to direct an audience in loud areas during heavy foot traffic.
    • Ability to lift at least 30 pounds.

Salary and benefits: This is a full-time, hourly/non-exempt position. Comprehensive benefits package includes: medical, dental, life insurance, short- and long-term disability, long-term care coverage, 403b retirement with a match and paid time off. Vacation and sick accruals as well as paid holidays begin immediately. Floating holidays will be available but must be used during six-month position.

How to apply: The Seattle Aquarium is a progressive, equal opportunity employer that values a diverse workforce. All candidates are encouraged to apply by sending a one-page letter of interest and résumé to Application review will begin immediately.

Note: Must pass a background check to be eligible for this position.


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