Employment Opportunities

Why you want to work here.

There are rare moments when organizations have the combination of a talented and motivated staff, an engaged board, a healthy and productive work culture, are executing well on existing programs but still innovating and looking for the next step—we’re in that moment, and it’s exciting.

The pandemic had significant impacts on our organization and our ability to serve our community—just as it affected other organizations. We shifted activities and made some hard choices but did so to preserve the resources that are enabling us to rebuild as we return to normal service levels.

We are now on a path growing beyond our pre-pandemic size. The work of our board and our team is key to that growth and rebuilding, and we want you if you have the skills to help the team succeed and are excited to be part of a team that is using this moment to not just survive, but scale.

The Northwest Maritime Center is dynamic, making a difference in our community, and taking an increasing role in the region. We serve individual students and program participants, but we also work to help solve community problems like systemic improvements in our public schools, economic development, job training, and working regionally to pair the opportunities in the maritime industry with the need to address systemic oppression in communities of color. Plus, all of the fun stuff like kids’ programs, festivals, and adventure races. Our waterfront campus is vibrant with a multitude of compelling activities—all of them done to meet or advance industry best practices. In the words of a board member: “We don’t do B work.”

On top of it all, you’d get to work on the water in Port Townsend: natural beauty, heritage buildings, arts community, wooden boats, zero traffic jams. The Northwest Maritime Center’s relative scale to our small town means that the effects of our success can be observed in the success of our community. You’ll be doing meaningful work for the place you live, and your efforts will make a tangible difference.

Right team, right moment, the right momentum, and the chance to move the needle for the prosperity of an entire community: That’s why we get excited to come to work in the morning, and that’s why we think you should want to be here too.

The Northwest Maritime Center is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes and encourages individuals of all cultures and communities to apply.


Year-round Positions:

Current regular full-time and part-time job openings. If you’re passionate about what we do and eager to learn more, we’d like to meet you.

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to apply@nwmaritime.org. Include the job title in the subject line.

Maritime Education Coordinator (Maritime High School - Seattle)
Visitor Services Associate
Venue Coordinator

Seasonal Positions:

Seasonal full-time and part-time job descriptions. If you’re passionate about what we do and eager to learn more, we’d like to meet you.

SALISH SEA EXPEDITIONS POSITIONS: SPRING (March - June) / FALL (August - October)
Program Coordinator
Mate / Nautical Educator
Deckhand / Nautical Educator
Marine Science Educator
Logistics & Galley Coordinator
SPRING/SUMMER YOUTH EDUCATION POSITIONS
Summer Program Coordinator – Port Townsend Spring/Summer
Lead Messing About in Boats Instructor – Port Townsend Summer Camp
Learn to Sail Instructor – Port Townsend Summer Camp
Messing About in Boats Instructor – Port Townsend Summer Camp
SPRING YOUTH EDUCATION POSITIONS
School Program Lead Instructor – Port Townsend Education Programs
Captain/Instructor – Port Townsend Education Programs
Mate/Instructor – Port Townsend Education Programs
SPRING - FALL ADULT EDUCATION POSITIONS
Captain/Instructor – Port Townsend Adult Sailing Programs

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To apply, complete the Seasonal Position Application and email a current resume to  apply@nwmaritime.org. Include the job title in the subject line.

photo by Mark Saran

Year-round Positions:

Current regular full-time and part-time job openings. If you’re passionate about what we do and eager to learn more, we’d like to meet you.

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to apply@nwmaritime.org. Include the job title in the subject line.

Salish Sea Expeditions Program Manager
Lead Janitor

Seasonal Positions:

Current openings supporting our seasonal programs. Join us as we offer high quality education programs; expand opportunities to foster curiosity, teamwork, and hands-on learning; and connect youth and adults to maritime life and the marine environment.

To apply, please complete the NWMC Instructor Application and send your cover letter & resume to apply@nwmaritime.org.

Adult Sailing Instructor
SCHOOL PROGRAMS MATE-INSTRUCTOR
SCHOOL PROGRAMS CAPTAIN-INSTRUCTOR


Salish Sea Expeditions Seasonal Positions

Salish Sea Expeditions’ programs are now in full swing, but we accept applications year-round and will keep your application on file if you apply outside of the Hiring Seasons (July/August or November/December). Program seasons: March-June and September-October.

To apply, please complete the Salish Sea Expeditions Education Team Application for new crew or Application for Returning Crew and send a cover letter & resume to jobs@salish.org.

Salish Sea Expeditions Captain
Salish Sea Expeditions Mate/Nautical Educator
Salish Sea Expeditions Deckhand/Nautical Educator
Salish Sea Expeditions Logistics & Galley Coordinator
Salish Sea Expeditions Marine Science Educator
Salish Sea Expeditions Program Coordinator

photo by Mark Saran