SEA is hiring Shore Stewards to manage the food operations for the SEASCape and PreCollege summer programs (program descriptions below). Reporting to the Director of Student Services and the Director of Academic Programs, the Shore Steward perform duties including but not limited to menu planning, purchasing, preparation, service, sanitation, and record keeping for 3 meals plus snacks to approximately 30-60 people per day during the summer. 


SEASCape is a residential summer program at Sea Education Association providing current high school students the opportunity to explore coastal and offshore marine environments around Cape Cod, both scientifically and culturally. Divided into two major themes, “Introduction to Oceanography” and “Oceans and Society,” students participating in SEASCape will not only conduct fieldwork throughout Cape Cod’s diverse environment but will also explore the rich heritage of Cape Cod as a center for global maritime trade, commercial fisheries, shipbuilding, and naval operations. Through daily weekday lectures and discussions, laboratory activities, field trips, and group projects, students are immersed in a hands-on learning experience that will strengthen their understanding of marine issues, the value of community, and leadership skills. 

PreCollege is an academically rigorous three-week program for rising juniors, seniors, and recent high school graduates interested in pursuing oceanography, marine biology, environmental science, or other related disciplines at the undergraduate level. With over 40 contact hours of official instruction, students will be exposed to college-level lectures, laboratory activities, group discussions, and research projects. Students will strengthen their skills in oceanographic research methods, science communication, critical thinking, data visualization, leadership, and more. Students will discuss environmental topics such as climate change mitigation, ocean policy, marine biodiversity, coastal ecology, and ocean engineering. Another component of this program is visits to local and world-renowned institutions such as the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Marine Biological Lab, and the Woodwell Climate Research Center in Woods Hole. 


  • Manage the food service operation for SEA’s summer programs, including menu planning, purchasing, sanitation, and record keeping  
  • Ensure the safe and efficient preparation and service of meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, plus snacks) for 30-60 people per day (with support from another steward/cook and program staff)  
  • Accommodate student and staff food allergies and dietary restrictions  
  • Oversee the inventory, ordering, and budgeting of food as well as kitchen organization 
  • Promote practices that seek to reduce waste, reuse items, and recycle/compost as much as possible 


  • Experience in institutional or large food service setting 
  • Knowledge of and experience in food service: ordering, inventory, budgeting, food preparation, family-style serving, buffet serving, cleaning, and institutional kitchen equipment 
  • Ability to work within a budget and purchase supplies efficiently 
  • Knowledge of and experience in the preparation of foods for specialized diets 
  • Ability to work well with others in a face paced team setting  
  • Valid foodservice certifications 
  • Physical ability to lift and carry 50 pounds minimum 
  • Physical mobility and endurance to perform tasks while standing/walking for long periods of time 
  • CORI check required 
  • Valid driver’s license required 


This is a full-time, seasonal, non-benefit eligible position that begins Mid-June-August. There may be opportunities to extend your contract to work as a sea-going steward. 

Salary is $1200-1500 per week and is commensurate with experience and professional certifications. Housing and meals on SEA’s Woods Hole campus are provided. To apply, submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information of two references to aelder@sea.edu. Questions about the position can be sent to that email as well.