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Shore Employment

Admissions Counselor

Sea Education Association announces a job opening in our Woods Hole, Massachusetts office.

Title: Admissions Counselor
Reports to: Admissions Coordinator
Start Date: August 2017

Job Description

One of four such positions, the SEA Admissions Counselor is responsible for recruiting and advising prospective SEA Semester students, managing student applications, developing and fostering relationships with academic contacts at colleges and universities, and working to develop new strategies for marketing and recruitment. This full-time position includes extensive domestic travel, offers a competitive salary and benefits, and is based in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Actively recruit students on their home campuses
  • Advise students, on a regional basis, throughout each stage of the inquiry/application process
  • Assemble and maintain student application files
  • Conduct organized follow-up with inquiries and applicants
  • Maintain and strengthen ongoing relationships with administrators, faculty, and advisors at SEA Semester affiliate and sending institutions
  • Establish and develop relationships with potential partner institutions
  • Schedule and coordinate personal recruiting travel

Required Skills

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Effective and proactive written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and multitasking abilities
  • Strong presentation and public speaking skills
  • Positive, outgoing attitude with a great sense of humor
  • Willingness & ability to travel frequently, especially during peak recruiting seasons
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, Skype, Google platform, FileMaker Pro or similar database, and social media channels


  • Bachelor's degree
  • Personal study abroad experience, preferably on a field-based or experiential learning program such as SEA Semester
  • Previous Admissions or study abroad advising experience a plus
  • Valid driver's license with a clean driving record
  • Ability to lift or maneuver up to 50 pounds, continuously stand or walk and bend, squat, and climb stairs

How to Apply

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Applicants should email a letter of interest and résumé to admissionscounselorsearch@sea.edu with the subject line “Admissions Counselor Search,” or mail their materials to SEA Admissions Search, P.O. Box 6, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, 02543.

The Program

SEA Semester has offered field programs in marine and environmental studies since 1971. SEA is an educational institution dedicated to the exploration, understanding, and stewardship of the oceans, and to the study of humanity's relationship with the oceans. SEA Semester offers students an interdisciplinary curriculum, on shore and at sea aboard tall ships, that provides challenging voyages of scientific discovery, academic rigor, and personal growth.

Science Program Coordinator

August 2017: Sea Education Association (SEA) invites applications for a permanent, fulltime position of Science Program Coordinator. SEA is a non-profit educational institution located in Woods Hole, MA, which offers innovative and rigorous oceanography and environmental science programs on our campus and aboard our state-of-the-art sailing research vessels, SSV Corwith Cramer and SSV Robert C. Seamans in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

We seek a candidate who desires a diverse and challenging interdisciplinary position and understands what it takes to be an essential part of a team. Candidates should be professional, self-motivated and highly organized. Additionally, we require the flexibility to be able to meet the needs of our sailing school vessels which means occasional work during non-traditional work hours (nights and weekends).

Position Summary

The Science Program Coordinator will play a vital role in supporting and promoting science programs on board SEA’s two sailing school vessels and at our campus. S/he will work alongside the Science Operations Coordinator, Marine Operations staff, as well as the Marine Science faculty to develop and advance the Assistant Scientist Program, ensure timely completion of pre-cruise and post-cruise logistics, and support of marine science programs and overall ship operations. This position requires an individual to be able to multi-task effectively, be flexible and innovative, and possess good communication skills. The ability to work as part of a team is also essential to this position. The Science Program Coordinator may also have the opportunity to sail as an assistant scientist or teaching assistant as needed. Travel to the ships during maintenance periods for two to six weeks per year may also be required and is encouraged. S/he reports to the Director of Marine Operations.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Lead the continued development and advancement of SEA’s Assistant Scientist Program. This will include recruiting and staffing assistant scientists on board SEA’s two vessels, coordinating training of current and prospective assistant scientists, and identifying opportunities for professional development
  • Facilitate and manage the process for obtaining Marine Scientific Research Authorizations for all SEA cruises; this includes securing needed clearances and permits for scientific research and other related activities during at-sea programs. This will entail working closely with SEA faculty and other Marine Operations staff, in conjunction with the US Department of State and coastal state authorities, to organize and submit research clearance applications, ensure the timely fulfillment of reporting requirements, and manage requests for data and other cruise-related information as related to the permitting process.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with a variety of regulatory, governmental, and educational institutions and agencies.
  • Facilitate effective coordination, communication, and collaboration among Academic Programs and Marine Operations stakeholders to ensure fulfillment of all planning and reporting requirements.
  • Assist managing the archiving of SEA oceanographic data and samples.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Works closely with the Science Operations Coordinator to:
  1. Manage the science operations budget and identify potential areas for additional funding opportunities (grants etc.).
  2. Prepare science supplies and equipment for delivery to the ships.
  3. Outfit and manage the shore-based laboratory.
  4. Assist as dedicated shore-based support for shipboard science staff to aid in preventative maintenance protocols and troubleshooting of shipboard instrumentation, equipment and systems.
  5. Assist identifying, implementing, and managing improvements to SEA’s shipboard science protocols and safety management with regards to vessel laboratory, wire and deployment operations, and other scientific operations on board vessels.


  • Collaborate with other Marine Operations staff to:
  1. Ensure timely coordination of logistics for vessel arrivals and departures as well as other shipboard needs and activities.
  2. Foster innovative and effective approaches to communication between the vessels and shore-based faculty and staff.
  3. Identify and coordinate professional development and training opportunities for Marine staff.


  • Identify and represent SEA at various science-based educational and outreach events
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Marine Operations.

Position Requirements

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS in Biology, Chemistry, Oceanography, or related field
  • 1-3 years of relevant experience in a professional setting
  • Familiar with research vessel or sailing school vessel operations
  • Working knowledge of oceanographic or marine science sampling methods
  • Proficient with word processing, spreadsheet and database software
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, both verbal and written
  • Demonstrated project management and organizational skills
  • A demonstrated ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with colleagues, staff, students and outside agencies
  • The ability to travel or go to sea for extended periods

Preferred Qualifications

  • MS in Biology, Chemistry, Oceanography, or related field
  • Experience overseeing or managing staff and/or volunteers
  • Familiar with oceanographic sampling equipment
  • Familiar with oceanographic sampling software (Ocean Data View, Sea Bird processing software, etc.)
  • Familiar with UNOLS goals and standards

Salary & Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience. Salary includes a competitive benefits package. This position provides access to SEA sponsored trainings including but not limited to: Diversity training, Wilderness First Responder training, Leadership and Managerial Skills training, (STCW).

To Apply

A review of applications will commence on September 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit electronic copies of a cover letter, current resume, and the names and
contact information for 3 professional references.

Email materials to ScienceCoordinatorSearch@sea.edu. Questions about this position may also be sent to this address.

About Sea Education Association

SEA is a global teaching, learning and research community dedicated to the exploration, understanding and stewardship of marine and maritime environments. SEA empowers students with life-changing sea voyages of scientific and cultural discovery, academic rigor and personal growth. Our SEA Semester program features an interdisciplinary curriculum and dynamic leadership-development experience – at sea aboard tall ships and on shore.  SEA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. SEA is committed to the development of a multicultural environment. We value input of multiple viewpoints and perspectives across the organization; our goal is to create an academic and working community that is rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity.

Faculty Employment

Marine Policy Faculty Member

August 2017: Sea Education Association (SEA), a non-profit educational institution located in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, invites applications for a full-time 9-month faculty position at the assistant or associate professor level in Marine Policy. SEA offers innovative undergraduate programs (SEA Semester®) which combine marine sciences, leadership training, history and policy in an interdisciplinary study of the ocean and its relation to society. We are seeking candidates who possess strong training in marine and environmental policy, law and conservation with significant experience or training in the Atlantic, Caribbean, or Pacific.

The successful candidate will have the desire to join and contribute to a deeply committed educational community and to pursue a professional agenda of innovative interdisciplinary teaching and excellent scholarship, working in a team with a marine scientist/oceanographer and nautical science instructor/licensed captain for 12-week programs on shore and at sea. A PhD or JD in a relevant field is required.

The position is a renewable appointment for nine months of work over a twelve-month period, involving approximately 14 weeks per year sea service with the remaining 25 weeks of work based in Woods Hole (Falmouth), MA. Teaching schedule will begin approximately January 2018.

A review of applications will begin on September 1, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, one-page statement of teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information for three professional references. Email materials to MarinePolicySearch@sea.edu. Questions about this position may also be sent to this email address.

SEA is committed to the development of a multicultural environment. We value input of multiple viewpoints and perspectives across the organization; our goal is to create an academic and working community that is rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity.

Salary includes a competitive benefits package. SEA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Crew Employment

Scientist Employment