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Port Townsend Bay Tours Docent (SUMMER SEASON)

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Join the team at Northwest Maritime as the Port Townsend Bay Tours Docent! Lead visitors and guests on tours of Port Townsend Bay from aboard the 40-foot passenger catamaran, Admiral Jack! You will meet & greet guests at the Northwest Maritime Welcome Center, then share information about Port Townsend’s history, wildlife, and points of interest while voyaging along our iconic coastline.


  • Check-in & guide guests to summer boat tour location

  • Sell last-minute tickets through ticketing software

  • Along with Captain and Deckhand, ensure safety standards are met

  • Utilizing a script, provide a tour of Port Townsend's coastline from the water, including identifying points of interest and answering questions

  • Other duties as assigned


While this is a summer position, the Port Townsend Bay Tours Docent will work as part of the NWM team to ensure smooth operations for the organization as a whole. This could include providing information to visitors to Northwest Maritime and helping out in projects and events that require all-hands-on-deck, to helping tie up a vessel coming into our dock because you happen to be standing there. We all pitch in for the heavy lifting now and then—sometimes this is metaphoric; occasionally we all have to actually help lift something heavy.


  • Responsible and able to represent NWM in a friendly and enthusiastic manner

  • Strong customer service skills

  • Comfortable using an iPad and other technology

  • Ability to stand while greeting guests, on land and on the boat while underway & leading tours 

  • Comfortable guiding and speaking to groups of up to 30 people


  • Experience on the water

  • Knowledge of Port Townsend's history and points of interest

  • Knowledge of local wildlife, geology, and navigation


  • Submit your resume with the online application.

  • Deadline for applications: Open until filled


  • Position is part-time, approximately 8-14 hours per week, onsite and on the passenger vessel Admiral Jack

  • Season Dates: Fridays & Saturdays June 28-August 31, 2024 & Wooden Boat Festival Weekend, September 6-8, plus some training prior to season start and specially scheduled private tours

  • NWM main offices are located at 431 Water St., Port Townsend, WA 98368

  • Reports to NWM Campus Director and/or Visitor Experience Supervisor


  • $18 - $19 per hour, non-exempt

  • Paid time off: accrues 1 hour of sick time for every 25 hours worked

  • Employee discounts

NWM is committed to equal employment opportunity, striving towards being an antiracist and inclusive organization. We value the diversity of our staff and the communities that we serve, which includes a spectrum of racial, cultural, religious, sexual and gender identities, and abilities. We strongly encourage applications from people who have not seen themselves represented in the industry.