Program Coordinator

Salish Sea Expeditions - Bainbridge Island, WA


Program Coordinator

The Program Coordinator is responsible for the overall experience of an expedition. Pre-expedition and office duties may include managing paperwork to prepare for the trips, coordinating with other staff for expedition prep, general maintenance of scientific equipment and program development as necessary. The Program Coordinator will also work with other staff to help students in their classroom to design their marine research project. Primary responsibilities aboard the sailing vessel are to oversee onboard program operations, collaborate with the Captain and other crewmembers to facilitate meetings to plan the timing, daily flow, and destinations of the expedition, and to assist the Marine Scientist in the implementation of the science program. The Program Coordinator will be one member of a 6-person team.

About You

  • 2+ years experience in outdoor/environmental education programming (coordination/management experience preferred)
  • Excellent organizational skills + attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively to both crewmates and Salish Sea Expeditions office
  • Knowledge of or demonstrated interest in Oceanography and associated sampling techniques
  • Ability to carry out and explain the scientific process to students
  • Demonstrated Inquiry Based teaching ability
  • Experience working with 10-16 year olds
  • 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 necessary
  • First Aid & CPR Certified by position start date

Compensation: $1500-$1600/month, depending on experience, full room, partial board and sea time.

Interested in applying for a position?

1) Review the information and our position descriptions at
2) Submit an application. Link can be found here:
3) Send a cover letter and resume to jobs at

Returning Salish Sea Expeditions Crew?

1) Complete theSalish Sea Expeditions: Education Staff Application for Returning Crew. Link can be found here:
2) If it’s been more than two years since you’ve worked at Salish Sea Expeditions, please send a cover letter and resume to jobs at

About Us

Salish Sea Expeditions is a nonprofit organization established to provide opportunities for students in grades 5th and beyond to design and conduct real scientific, boat-based research on the waters of the Salish Sea and within their local watersheds.


To inspire youth to connect with the marine environment through boat-based scientific inquiry and hands-on learning, instilling curiosity, confidence, and critical thinking.

About Our Education Team

To achieve our organizational mission, our Education Director and Program Manager hire nautical and marine scientist educators for our Spring and Fall Seasons to teach in the classroom and deliver our program aboard the sailing vessel Carlyn. Programs range from 1- to 5-days, with multi-day onboard programs involving Pre- and Post-Expedition Sessions with our student scientists and sailors.

Integral to the success of Salish Sea Expeditions and our hands-on, boat-based programs is a crew full of knowledgeable, curious, enthusiastic, and self-motivated educators. There are typically six crew members on all expeditions.

  • Captain, Mate & Deckhand: Oversee ship operations and nautical instruction
  • Marine Science Educator: Instruct & guide student research efforts
  • Program Coordinator: Responsible for oversight of the entire experience, facilitates each trip and assists in the science program.
  • Logistics & Galley Coordinator: In charge of preparing lunches for the students and crew and coordinating meals and supplies for the expeditions.

Professional development opportunities vary from season to season and may include attending conferences and outreach events throughout the area, volunteer opportunities with other scientific research groups, and continuing education classes in the maritime sector. If you’re interested in joining our team, please take a look at our position descriptions below. Each season we may also host additional programs, including Marine Explorers Weekends,Science Under SailandEducator Expeditions & Workshops.

Hiring Information

  • Spring Season: March-June; Hiring period: November-December
  • Fall Season: September-October; Hiring period: July-August
  • Compensation: $1,400-$2,200/month, depending on position and experience

We accept applications year-round and will keep your application on file if you apply outside of our Hiring Seasons (July/August or November/December). We look forward to hearing from you!

Job Types: Full-time, Temporary

Salary: $1,500.00 to $1,600.00 /month