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Education Associate


The Educational Associate is responsible for teaching marine education programs (pre-K to adult) that support the Aquarium of the Pacific and its mission. The individual will implement the Aquarium’s existing educational programs which include family programs, sleepover programs, community and school outreach programs, tours, school programs, camps, and shows. The individual will provide the highest level of customer service to guests, community and professional peers while instilling a sense of wonder, respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its ecosystems, and inhabitants. The Education Associate position is not entry-level; this position is considered a career-track position in the field of informal education.


  • Teach a wide variety of Aquarium of the Pacific’s education programs
  • Maintain the highest level of customer service to program participants and Aquarium guests
  • Assist guests with touching animal at specific exhibits both onsite and on the Aquarium on Wheels mobile tidepool
  • Communicate constructively and effectively with other Aquarium team members
  • Maintain a clean teaching space for programs and presentations
  • Demonstrate creativity and flexibility in approach to teaching practice
  • Works as a team player and problem-solver
  • All other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in marine science, biology, or related field preferred or equivalent experience (Individuals working toward their degree may also be considered)
  • A minimum of 6 months experience teaching learners (children and/or adults) in either a formal or informal setting
  • Valid California driver’s license


  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Knowledgeable in ecological, biological, and conservation principles
  • Knowledge of effective instructional strategies for informal education to a variety of ages and abilities
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience speaking in public on microphone and/or to large audiences


  • Ability to sit, stand and walk for long periods of time
  • Ability to balance, bend, squat, climb, kneel, crawl, twist
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 0-50lbs
  • Ability to pull and push up to 0-100lbs
  • Full functional range of motion in all major body joints from reaching, twisting, bending, simple and power gripping, fine and gross motor skills
  • Ability to function while on board a mid-sized ocean vessel


  • Aquarium galleries, classrooms, theater and informal learning environment
  • Offsite areas conducting programs as needed
  • Outside environments in varying weather conditions
  • Open ocean environments
  • Exposure to various in temperature, humidity or wetness
  • Wet, dirty, uneven surfaces and walkways
  • Exposure to confined spaces


If you meet the requirements of this position, click on the link below to “APPLY NOW.” You will be directed to our web application process, the successful completion of which is required by all applicants. There are THREE simple steps to this process, which is administered by Wonderlic, Inc.:

  1. You will complete a brief web application;
  2. You will attach or build your resume;
  3. You will complete the online assessments.

Upon completion of all THREE steps, your submission will be forwarded to our hiring team for consideration. Thank you so much for your interest in the Aquarium of the Pacific! The Aquarium of the Pacific is an Equal Opportunity Employer.