The Environmental Science Center (ESC) is a non-profit organization offering experiential environmental education programs at local beaches, streams, forested areas, and in classrooms throughout south King County. Our goals are to foster environmental stewardship actions in all participants of our programs, and to offer knowledge and resources for communities to deepen their relationship with their local environment. ESC recognizes that many communities in south King County – particularly Black, Indigenous, People of Color, immigrant/refugee, and low-income communities – have been systematically excluded from safe, positive, and relevant outdoor experiences, and we are striving to change that. We aim to remove some of the barriers to these experiences by providing free and low-cost programs, and by working to create a safe and affirming space within our programs and in the broader community.

Applications for our Spring 2024 Beach Heroes Program are now closed

Naturalists will be teaching on-site at Seahurst Beach in Burien, WA, with the potential for some virtual programming as well, as needed due to health guidelines and school requirements. The two-part Beach Heroes program introduces students in grades K-3 to the local Puget Sound beach habitat and the organisms that live there. During the 1-hour Introductory Lesson students are introduced to proper beach etiquette and stewardship while learning about marine invertebrates and their relationship to the beach habitat. The 2-hour Field Lesson focuses on student-centered beach exploration and includes a structured activity through which students learn about the seawall removal and habitat restoration that has taken place at Seahurst Beach. ESC curriculum is provided for all components.

How to Apply:  Please fill out the naturalist application from linked above and send an updated resume with subject line “Job Opening Beach Naturalist” via e-mail to ESC’s Program Manager:

For more information, please email Hanna.


ESC in an Equal Opportunity Employer and treats all employees and volunteers in a non-discriminatory manner without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, amnesty, national origin, disability, genetic information, or status as covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.


We are an equal opportunity employer and value equity, anti-racism, and hiring staff who culturally and linguistically reflect the communities we work with.

All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.

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