SEA Education Association is hiring a Program Assistant for its second session summer program taking place on shore in Woods Hole, MA for 3 weeks and then sailing from Honolulu to Fiji via the Phoenix Islands. The period of employment is June to August 2022

The Program Assistant plays a key role in supporting student success in SEA’s programs, both on-campus and during the sea component. S/he/they are focused on student preparation and the student experience throughout the enrollment period at SEA. Major areas of responsibility include community development, meal planning, front line medical supervision, mental health support, and at sea coordination with faculty and staff. The Program Assistant lives on campus when students are on campus and in most cases sails with the students during the sea component in a role designed by the faculty to best fit the program needs.


• Community Development – lives with the students and supervises the development of community norms, and emotional/mental welfare of students. Plans extracurricular and morale-boosting free time activities.
• Program Logistics- leads student meal planning, budgeting and execution. May be responsible for travel days from shore component to ship,

• Medical Supervision – works closely with the SEA Medical Coordinator to ensure student safety and welfare when on campus. Serves as a front-line intervention for medical and mental health issues on campus. At sea, may serve as the shipboard medical officer.

• Academic Support – supports program faculty as needed by assisting students outside of the classroom with assignments, leads discussions, and helps students meet their academic goals

• Marketing & Development — Documents the experience for students by taking quality photographs, upload photos to the online group album weekly

Start date is Jan 2nd with some remote orientation in the weeks prior. WFR certification and recertification are offered at discounted rates on the SEA campus in the first two weeks of December for interested candidates.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Staff, Cooks and Food Service, Crew, Instruction and Guiding, Medical, Research/Science and Technical, Teaching/Education, Water Skills


• Bachelor’s degree in outdoor education, environmental science, marine biology, or a related field
• At least one year of experience in student support at the secondary, gap year, or undergraduate level; experience with off-campus programs preferred
• Experience working with diverse groups of students
• Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality about student records and other information of a confidential nature
• Wilderness First Responder or higher medical training preferred. SEA o

About SEA Education Association

Sea Education Association (SEA) is a non-profit educational institution and an internationally recognized leader in ocean education. Since 1971, SEA has educated undergraduate, high school and gap year students about the world’s oceans through its Boston University accredited study abroad program, SEA Semester® and other programs. SEA is located on Cape Cod in the oceanographic research community of Woods Hole (Falmouth) and owns and operates two sailing research vessels: the SSV Corwith Cramer in the Atlantic Ocean and the SSV Robert C. Seamans in the Pacific.

Application Instructions

Please send applications including a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and positions must be filled ASAP.