Salish Sea Expeditions works with groups of 5th-12th grade students. Trips range from 3-5 Day Expeditions (overnight) as well as 1-Day programs. You will be one crew member of the six-person Education Team, working together to deliver quality inquiry-based & hands-on marine science research programs. All crew members aboard the vessel participate in all shipboard duties: vessel operations, line handling, docking, night watch, cleaning, etc.

Program Coordinator
Marine Science Educator
Logistics & Galley Coordinator
Mate / Nautical Educator
Deckhand / Nautical Educator


Seasonal position from late-March to mid-June*
Variable hours on days scheduled, number of days typically ranges from 15-20 days per month and is contingent on the schedule of programming


The boat is based out of Port Townsend, WA
Programming occurs throughout the Salish Sea


Full room and partial board – Housing includes a bed in a shared room in the house in Port Townsend. There is a shared kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry facilities. During programming, you may be sleeping on a boat or in a tent. Meals while running a program are provided, otherwise, you will be responsible for providing your own food.

Full Description at https://nwmaritime.org/about/job-opportunities/

Tagged as: Cooks and Food Service, Crew, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education, Water Skills


Experience working with 10-16-year-olds
Enthusiasm for working outdoors in all types of weather
Ability to work well both individually and as a team member, as well as independently with small and large groups of students
Ability to stay positive when working with crew and students over multiple days in relatively confined spaces of the vessel
Proactive work ethic: willingness to help in any aspects of programming as necessary
Fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including booster

Required Skills:

Current first aid/CPR
Ability to lift and carry gear up to 50lbs

Preferred Skills:

Knowledge of the physical and biological processes of the Salish Sea
WFA/WFR/EMT certification

About Northwest Maritime Center

The NWMC is dynamic, growing, making a difference in our community, and taking an increasing role in the region. We serve individual students and program participants, but we also work to help solve community problems like systemic improvements in our public schools, economic development, job training, and working regionally to pair the opportunities in the maritime industry with the need to address systemic oppression in communities of color. Plus, all of the fun stuff like kids’ programs, festivals, and adventure races. Our waterfront campus is vibrant with a multitude of compelling activities, and all of them done to meet or advance industry best practices. In the words of a board member: “We don’t do B work.”

Application Instructions

+ Complete the Northwest Maritime Instructor Position Application (https://forms.gle/NjStSV5kuTzfJm9e8) + Submit a cover letter and resume + Returning Crewmembers: please follow the steps above and clearly indicate in the applications that you are a returning crewmember