Environmental Education Instructor

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Foss Waterway Seaport

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Do you love the ocean, wildlife, science, or history? This is the place for you!

We're looking for volunteer education program instructors to teach hands-on education lessons for K-12 students. We provide programs on a variety of subjects including history, marine science, and environmental science. We run on-shore programs at the Foss Waterway Seaport museum and boat-based programs out on Commencement Bay.

Programs are regularly scheduled for Monday-Thursday from 8:00am at the earliest to 3:00pm at the latest. Other opportunities are available outside of these regularly scheduled school programs. Some examples include social media, aquarium maintenance, or curriculum development.

Required Qualifications:

  • An interest in the marine environment and maritime history
  • Willingness to learn new things, especially science!
  • Outgoing and willing to work with diverse groups of students and adults
  • Committed to making learning a fun and safe experience for all

  • Family membership to the museum
  • Unique volunteer environment
  • All training provided

If interested, please contact us at education@fosswaterwayseaport.org to learn more!

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About Foss Waterway Seaport


705 Dock Street, Tacoma, WA 98402, US

Mission Statement

The mission of the Foss Waterway Seaport is to celebrate Tacoma's maritime heritage -- past, present and future. We fulfill our mission by working with community groups, schools and the general public to provide exhibits and programs that highlight the history, the present vitality and the future of Puget Sound and its connection to the people, the commerce, the environment, and the ecology of the region.


The Foss Waterway Seaport was founded in 1996 as the Commencement Bay Maritime Association to carry on the work begun in the early 1990s by "Life on the Sound" founders Phyllis Harrison and Mike Vlahovich. They were working to create community space to celebrate the art, culture, crafts and skills of Puget Sound’s maritime community. Later the project became known as the Working Waterfront Maritime Museum. The association became a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization in March of 1997. The name Foss Waterway Seaport was adopted in 2005 when the vision for the project grew beyond a heritage museum.

The museum is presently located on Dock Street along Tacoma’s Thea Foss Waterway. The centerpiece of our home is a 117-year-old wheat transfer facility, known as the Balfour Dock building. It is one of two remaining wooden warehouses originally build as a mile-long complex in 1900. These warehouses were built to accommodate cargo carrying, square-rigged ships that frequented the port during the early days of Tacoma’s history. Theses wharves hosted many beautiful sailing vessels, as well as steam-and diesel-powered cargo traders well into the 20h century.

Educational and cultural programs and events are centered around the historic building and 1,200 feet of public moorage on the Thea Foss Waterway. Activities include: Maritime Heritage exhibits, Land- and Boat-based Marine Science Education programs, a Heritage Boat Shop and meeting and event rental space.

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


705 Dock StreetTacoma, WA 98402



  • History
  • STEM
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • People Skills
  • Public Speaking
  • Environmental Education


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training

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