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Ocean Institute

  • 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA
  • Oceaninstitute.org

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Science Instructor

The Institute includes state-of-the-art teaching labs, the spectacular Maddie James Seaside Learning Center, a historic tall ship, and an oceanographic research vessel. Immersion-based field trips range from one-hour science labs to multi-day programs at sea. All programs are designed to maximize immersion, spark curiosity, and inspire a deep commitment to learning.


min experience

salary range

$15.50 - $15.50 / hour

Additional Job Details

International Applicants Allowed?
Work Visa Sponsoring Available

Job Overview


Under the direction of Science Program Manager and Coordinator, the Science Instructor utilizes appropriate teaching skills and strategies to promote each student’s knowledge, awareness, and appreciation of science content.  Science Instructors teach students grades pre-school through college in our laboratory, on our research vessel, and in the Dana Point Marine Protected Area.



  • Must be able to fulfill the Essential Functions of the Instructor position.
  • Four-year degree in science or education.
  • Demonstrated experience working with children and groups in an organized educational or recreational setting.
  • Must be adept with various computer programs including the Microsoft Office suite and online programs
  • Ability to work overnight programs and occasional weekends.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Committed to excellence and furthering the educational and environmental mission of the organization.
  • Maintains certifications in First Aid and CPR.
  • Upon job offer, completes a fingerprint and background check.
  • Upon hire, participates in United States Department of Transportation and Coast Guard required drug-testing program.


  • Demonstrates the ability to positively maintain a focused learning environment in a variety of situations and settings.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of various scientific disciplines. Uses teaching techniques to dynamically present the facts and underlying principles of these disciplines to students of a wide range of ages and abilities. Use inquiry based learning and stay current on teaching techniques.
  • Keeps up to date on current information in the fields of science and education.
  • Attains and retains knowledge of Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Explains safety procedures to participants in educational activities and strictly enforces safety guidelines.
  • Works with supervisors to resolve participant behavioral problems.
  • Understands and maintains safety and conduct expectations outlined in the Ocean Institute Employee Handbook and other Ocean Institute documents.
  • Assists in the maintenance of equipment and supplies.
  • Assists the program manager/coordinator in the overall administration of the program.
  • Assists the program manager/coordinator in implementing new curricula.
  • Participates in Ocean Institute staff meetings, training and enhancement activities.
  • Interacts professionally with colleagues and public.
  • Works as part of a team with other Ocean Institute staff members and uses interpersonal communication techniques to ensure the success of the programs and positive work environment.
  • Maintains a positive attitude in a vigorous working environment.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Ocean Institute provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Ocean Institute complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Ocean Institute expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Ocean Institute’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.


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