We are searching for our next Executive Director!

Interested in this role or know someone who would be a good fit?  Applications are due January 3rd, 2020.  Please see the job description below for more details.



The Executive Director is the captain of this ship and their job is to best utilize the strengths and abilities of the crew to steady a course aligned with the mission and vision of the organization.  This position works with a talented and driven team comprised of board members, staff, and naturalists.


Our team is small but mighty at the Environmental Science Center. We are a nonprofit whose mission is to promote environmental stewardship and academic achievement through science-based education.  We are dedicated to fostering a passion for the environment in our diverse community by getting people outside and using nature as our teacher. ESC prioritizes working with groups who historically have had less access to environmental science opportunities.  We deliver hands-on programs at local beaches, forests, rivers and classrooms. Our programs increase science literacy, provide an opportunity for more diversity in STEM career fields, and increase healthy every day choices that affect the Puget Sound ecosystem and our community. We have a strong belief in our mission and are driven by the work we get to do.


You are passionate about the environment, have high emotional intelligence, and feel internally motivated by the mission of the organization. You thrive working in a nonprofit, with a small team, and want to maintain the welcoming and team-oriented culture of ESC. Working with dedicated environmental stewards in a grass roots atmosphere is your dream job. You are accountable, self-directed, flexible, adaptable, conscientious, and above all else, a visionary.  You are a big picture thinker and will support the team in moving the organization to the next level.  At the same time, you don’t mind rolling up your sleeves and jumping in, wherever it’s needed.  Motivating others to achieve their best is something that excites you and you are willing to wear many hats to get the job done.


As with every role, these are a sampling of the core job functions and there will be other duties assigned.


  • Develop and implement ESC’s strategic plan with staff, Board of Directors, and partner agency input. Lead and coordinate the development of the annual budget, operating plan, and performance goals.  Make changes to annual operating plans and performance goals based on the organization’s successes and failures.
  • Work with the Board of Directors to refine policies and practices in public relations, accounting, information systems, and human resources.
  • Ensure that adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work.
  • Work with the Grants and Programs Coordinator and the Operations and Stewardship Manager to refine policies in fundraising and provide support in raising funds for the organization.
  • Work with the treasurer to maintain and refine accounting procedures for managing and tracking ESC finances and funds. Communicate ESC’s performance and financial information with the board monthly and with funders as appropriate.
  • Work with the Community Engagement Manager to refine practices in marketing and to promote the activities of the organization, its programs and its goals. Represent the organization to agencies, organizations, and the general public.  Maintain close working relationships with community leaders and partner agencies to ensure that ESC is in tune with community needs.
  • Lead development of human resource programs and employee benefits programs and policies. Identify staff training needs and coordinate as appropriate.  Responsible for hiring, training and evaluating employees.  Ensure that job descriptions are developed and that regular performance evaluations are held. Handle disciplinary or performance issues according to ESC philosophy and policies.
  • Provide direction and support to ESC employees working on various programs and projects. Participate in projects as necessary or appropriate.  Coordinate regularly with staff on daily operations including management of hourly naturalists.  Ensure that staff members are aware of their roles and responsibilities.  Plan and facilitate periodic staff meetings.
  • Maintain a climate which attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people.
  • Oversee the management and maintenance of the Environmental Science Center facility at Seahurst Park.
  • Ensure that all contractual obligations for the long-term lease agreement are met.
  • Utilize the Little Green Light database for capturing all contact information.


  • A passion for environmental education and a desire to further develop a nonprofit organization.
  • Knowledge of nonprofit boards and best practices.
  • At least five years of nonprofit development experience as well as success in crafting and meeting fundraising goals. Knowledge of all aspects of fund development including individual giving, grant writing, and special event production.
  • Experience creating and managing budgets as well an understanding of accounting processes and procedures.
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills.
  • Experience cultivating relationships with major donors.
  • Proven ability to generate professional quality written materials.
  • Ability to inspire, motivate, and manage people as well as effectively delegate tasks to meet organizational goals.
  • Proficient at multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving, and taking initiative.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate orally, including public speaking and in writing
  • Highly organized and able to manage deadlines and handle multiple projects, while maintaining quality of work
  • Prior experience supporting event logistics
  • Ability to be in the office on a consistent schedule with occasional evening and weekend work when necessary
  • QuickBooks experience (strongly desired)
  • Donor database experience (preferred)
  • Proficiency in MS office and database programs
  • You may be required to lift, sit, stand, climb stairs and walk for extended periods throughout the day


  • This position is 35 hours per week and pays $35 per hour
  • Flexible schedule that you can build to work around your life – we only ask that this schedule is consistent and that you are in the office when you are scheduled.
  • 70 hours of paid vacation each year
  • Medical/Dental/Vision after 3 months of employment
  • The opportunity to work for a phenomenal organization who cares about their employees as much as they care about their mission
  • We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.


  • Grants and Programs Coordinator (30 hours per week)
  • Community Engagement Manager (40 hours per week)
  • Programs Manager (33 hours per week)
  • Naturalists (Approximately 15 part-time/seasonal)


Please sent a cover letter addressing why you would be a good fit for this position, resume, and 3 references via email to  In the subject line please write “Application for Executive Director position.”  Application materials are due by January 3rd, 2020.


Beach Naturalists

We are currently hiring naturalists for our spring 2020 Beach Heroes Program!  Application Deadline: January 20th, 2020

Mike & studentsThe Beach Heroes program introduces students to the local Puget Sound beach habitat and the organisms that live there.  During the 1-hour classroom visit, students will understand proper beach etiquette and stewardship while learning about marine invertebrates and their relationship to the beach habitat. The 2-hour field study features both naturalist-led beach exploration and structured activities, during which students will learn all about the habitat restoration of Seahurst Beach!


  • Conduct 2-hour field study programs for students K-3rd about common intertidal marine organisms, ecological importance of the nearshore habitat, and marine stewardship. ESC curriculum provided.
  • Model appropriate stewardship behavior.
  • Guide groups of 10-13 students during field study programs.


  • Experience teaching children and adults in outdoor or informal settings.
  • Knowledge of the Puget Sound nearshore habitat including marine invertebrate and seaweed identification, tide zonation, and ecological relationships.
  • Willingness to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Exceptional interpretive skills.
  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • Must be able to pass a Washington State background check.

Compensation: $17.00/hour – $19.00/hour DOE

Time Commitment: Part-time/ seasonal, based on demand.

The ESC spring season starts in April and runs through June, 2019.  Field studies are typically scheduled Monday – Friday between 9:00am and 2:30pm. There may be special weekend projects that occur on occasion.  Beach naturalist time commitment per shift is approximately 2.5 hours. Attendance is required at the training session in March at Seahurst Park in Burien.

Supervisor: Joanna Stodden, ESC Program Manager.

Work Location: Seahurst Park (1600 SW Seahurst Drive, Burien, WA 98166)

TO APPLY: Please fill out Beach Naturalist Application and send resume to by Monday, January 20th.


The Environmental Science Center (ESC) is a non-profit organization, offering quality, experiential environmental education programs at local beaches, streams, forested areas, and in classrooms throughout South King County.

ESC is currently not recruiting naturalists. 

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  • Conduct field study programs to 4th-12th grades about salmon life cycle, anatomy, habitat needs, ethnobotany, watershed health, and human impacts on salmon habitat (ESC curriculum provided).
  • Model appropriate stewardship behavior.
  • Guide groups of 10-15 students during field study programs.


  • Experience teaching children and adults in informal and outdoor settings
  • Knowledge of the western Washington riparian ecosystem, human impacts on watershed health, and the lifecycle, habitat needs, and ecological importance of salmon.
  • Willingness to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Exceptional interpretive skills.
  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • Must be able to pass a Washington State background check.

Compensation: $17.00/hour – $19.00/hour DOE

Time Commitment: Part-time/ seasonal, based on demand.

The ESC salmon season starts in September and runs through January, 2020.  Field studies last 3 or 4 hours, and are scheduled Monday – Friday between the hours of 9:00am and 2:00pm.

Supervisor: ESC Programs Manager Joanna Stodden

Work Locations:

  • Normandy Park Cove (1500 SW Shorebrook Drive, Normandy Park, WA 98166)
  • Renton Community Center (1715 Southeast Maple Valley Renton, WA 98057)
  • Mary Olsen Farm (28728 Green River Road, Kent, WA 98030)

How to Apply:  Check our website in  summer 2020 for openings.

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