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OSO is Hiring Marine Science Instructors!

O’Neill Sea Odyssey Marine Science Instructor Job Description

Summary: OSO is seeking a Marine Science Instructor with excellent outdoor teaching skills, a  strong background in experiential education, and a passion for connecting youth to the ocean. This individual is a flexible team player who is patient, personable, has a great rapport with kids, and understands the significance of adhering to safety protocols. 
The Marine Science Instructor will work with fellow instructors, Skippers, the Program Manager, and other OSO staff to deliver programming to 4th through 6th-grade and special needs students on the water and in the classroom.

About O’Neill Sea Odyssey: O’Neill Sea Odyssey (OSO) is a local ocean education nonprofit 501(c)3 based in the Santa Cruz Harbor in Santa Cruz, California. O’Neill Sea Odyssey’s mission is to provide a hands-on educational experience to encourage the protection and preservation of our living sea and communities. OSO serves 4th through 6th-grade students and special needs students on board the Team O’Neill Catamaran and shoreside at the Jack O’Neill and Harry Hind Education Center in the Santa Cruz Harbor. Students are taught Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Common Core-aligned marine science concepts, and ocean stewardship ethics. The program is free-of-charge and each class completes a community service project to contribute to the flourishing of their home watershed. The majority of students served have never been on the ocean or the Monterey Bay.

Typical Activities:  

  • Teach three stations at sea and on land, including marine biology, marine ecology, and navigation, incorporating stewardship principles.  
  • Provide and enforce safety guidelines with students, adult chaperones, and classroom teachers.  
  • Facilitate pre and post-student and teacher/group leader surveys. 
  • Enter data and facilitate basic setup and cleanup of teaching materials.  
  • Work a 7.5-hour day with two consecutive classes of students.


  • Experience teaching in an outdoor and/or informal learning environment with a  public speaking component (i.e. camp counselor, youth group leader, classroom teacher, tour guide, or similar). 
  • Sailing/boating experience 
  • Bilingual (Spanish) 
  • Experience working with bicultural, English Language Learners, and diverse learning audiences; intentionally inclusive and culturally aware.  
  • Degree in a relevant field OR similar experience.
  • Ability to follow instructions and policies outlined to ensure a safe experience for all participants. 
  • Ability to teach the curriculum as described and adapt appropriately for student needs. 
  • Ability to pass a background check and drug test per US Coast Guard requirements, and submit to random, mandated Department of Transportation drug testing (including cannabis) as required.  
  • Ability to lift 60 lbs. and bend, run, and jump. Must be able to stand for 3-hour periods. 
  • Ability to manage diverse weather conditions (wind, rain, direct sun).

To Apply:  Please submit a one-page cover letter and resume highlighting relevant experience to anewman@oneillseaodyssey.org, subject line “Marine Science Instructor Position.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  

At O’Neill Sea Odyssey diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace is one where all employees and volunteers, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability, feel valued and respected. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are valued and heard.