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Community Outreach Coordinator

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Seattle Aquarium
1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59
Seattle, WA 98101
United States

Posted: Open to internal and external applicants
Reports to: Community engagement and inclusion manager
Status: Full-time, exempt/salaried, benefitted position
Hours of work: Variable based on programming, often Monday through Friday, typical office hours with regular flexibility required to implement weekend or evening programs as needed, 1–2 weekends per month, depending on the season.
Date needed: Within 2–3 weeks of offer
Posting expires: Open until filled

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 its 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 $17 million.

Position description:
The community engagement coordinator is responsible for building authentic, mutually beneficial relationships with community-based organizations by connecting them with the Aquarium’s watershed-based field experiences and by working with Aquarium colleagues to ensure we are offering culturally responsive, high-quality programs that fit our partners’ needs.

The Aquarium runs two well-established and successful field outreach programs offered to the public free of charge: beach naturalist and Cedar River Salmon Journey. We engage with the community through our Aquarium Connections program, which is open to service-based nonprofit or governmental organizations that support families with low incomes, communities of color, immigrant and refugee communities, the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities, the deaf community, people who are blind and others. This position will be responsible for deepening our engagement with existing and new Aquarium Connections partners through the beach naturalist and Cedar River Salmon Journey programs. This position will also play a key role in the growth of the programs and the development of new community-based and co-created field conservation programs. This position will focus on outreach, relationship-building and the development of new programming with our partner organizations, and will do some program delivery.

The ideal candidate will have three years cumulative experience working or volunteering in an aquarium, zoo, environmental education/restoration agency, nature center, camp, community organizing, or similar institution. Also, they will have one year experience doing outreach to diverse communities, community organizing or similar activities. Candidates must have strong verbal and written communication skills to effectively communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. They should be enthusiastic with a skill for networking, developing relationships and building strong ties in the community.

For a full job description and list of requirements visit our website at SeattleAquarium.org/jobs.

Salary and benefits: Hiring range of $42,000–$52,000/year, depending on experience—please include pay rate expectations in your materials. Full-time staff are eligible for the Seattle Aquarium’s comprehensive benefits package to include medical, vision, dental, health reimbursement account, medical and dental flexible spending accounts, life insurance, short- and long-term disability, long-term care, access to a subsidized ORCA pass, and generous paid time off.

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 résumé and one-page letter detailing interest and relevant experience to [email protected]. Application review will begin immediately.


Seattle Aquarium
1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59
Seattle, WA 98101
United States