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Employment Opportunities at the Ocean Institute

Science Instructor

Join us at our state-of-the-art seaside learning center in Dana Point and at the Lazy W Ranch, our outdoor teaching facility in the Cleveland National Forest. Help guide our students as they immerse themselves in the exploration of marine science, oceanography, California history, and ecology through a variety of hands-on programs, including:
  • Offshore investigations on our floating laboratory, RV/Sea Explorer
  • Marine science discoveries at our onshore laboratory and at the Dana Point Marine Life Refuge
  • California cultural history explorations at the Lazy W Ranch in the Cleveland National Forest
  • Southern California ecology and biology investigations during our Outdoor Education programs
Qualifications and Experience
  • Four-year degree in science or education (equivalent relevant experience may be acceptable).
  • Applicant should have experience working with or teaching groups of young people.
  • Applicant should be self-motivated, quick thinking, adaptable, curious and have a sense of humor.
  • Background or coursework in biology, marine biology, geology, oceanography, ecology or education is a plus!

Conditions of Employment

  • Approximately 15-30 hours per week (varies week to week).
  • Wage starts at $11.20 per hour with possible increases to $14.50 per hour.
  • Up to two overnights per week and some weekend work may be required.
  • Meets specific physical requirements of assigned programs.
  • Must be certified in CPR and First Aid.
  • Must be willing to participate in drug-testing program.
  • Must be able to bend, stoop, prolonged standing and lift up to of 25 lbs. unassisted
Method of Application
Send resume and cover letter to:
Fax: (949) 248-5557
E-mail: swinterhoff@ocean-institute.org

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We have been active members of the Ocean Institute for more than 20 years. Their superb staff runs the finest "hands-on" marine education program in Southern CA. They are experts and teachers.


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