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Maritime Career Pathways
Explore educational paths and technical skills needed to enter into a career in the maritime industry.
Maritime Career Pathways
There are several pathways to get into a career in maritime. Open this document to help plan your journey from initial interest and aptitude assessments, to high school courses, apprenticeships, career essentials, and levels of education requirements to different job titles.
Internships & Career Training Opportunities
These opportunities are updated monthly, so check back again soon to see new opportunities!
Seasonal Positions at Argosy Cruises
Seasonal positions with a family-owned and Seattle-operated business that has become the largest premiere boat tour company in the Northwest. Our employees are driven to create extraordinary experiences, sharing the fun and adventure of the Pacific Northwest. Argosy Cruises has a dynamic and fun environment to practice and improve your hospitality skills and knowledge. All Argosy employees have attention to detail, great guest service skills, and focus on safety.
Duwamish Valley Youth Corps
Programs on Environmental Justice and Job Skills
In response to requests by the community of the Duwamish Valley, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/Technical Advisory Group (DRCC/TAG) developed the Duwamish Valley Youth Corps (DVYC) as a youth engagement program focusing on environmental justice and job skills. By providing experiences and lessons that are unavailable to the youth at home or school, the purpose of the DVYC is to enrich and build upon their own lived experience. We believe that providing more, and more thoughtful, curriculum and hands-on activities will give our youth the arena they need to grow and achieve.
Earthcorps — Environmental leadership development and green-jobs
Recruiting 18+ for training program
EarthCorps cultivates leaders and community partnerships to advance environmental justice. Each year we bring together passionate and hardworking young adults – who we call corps members – from the United States and across the globe for an environmental leadership development and green-jobs training program where we care for the lands, waters, and people of the Puget Sound region. Recruiting 18+ to start every January, June, and September.
Expanded Maritime Collaborative (EMC)
6-week after-school programs for high school students
The Expanded Maritime Collaborative (EMC) offers a series of 6-week after-school programs for high school students in the Seattle and South King County area. The purpose of the EMC is to create an opportunity where students can become aware, interested and engaged in the maritime sector throughout the school year. With the EMC, students will have year-round access to experiential learning events, and receive advanced preparation for paid internship opportunities such as the 2023 Summer Youth Maritime Accelerator Project (YMAP).
Harbor Freight Fellows Initiative (HFFI)
(All Across the USA)
The Harbor Freight Fellows Initiative (HFFI) is a partnership between Big Picture Learning and the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools program to elevate the respect and resources accorded youth (and their teachers).
We support youth for whom the trades are the appropriate and chosen post secondary path to a fulfilling life as a professional and community member–especially those who have been historically marginalized in the trades through race, ethnicity, or gender bias.
Port of Seattle
High School Internships
The Port of Seattle’s High School Internship Program is designed to provide you with the skills you need to be successful in a corporate environment.
Interns will learn the Port’s Code of Conduct and communications technology, as well as business skills such as: diversity and inclusion, process improvement, project management, networking, public speaking, communications, and leadership.
A variety of career awareness activities will be available during the summer to promote learning and increase exposure to various aspects of the Port. This includes mentorship meetings, facility tours, LinkedIn 101, and resume workshops.
Port of Tacoma
Community Relations Internship
This internship will assist the Port’s Community Relations team in the execution of the Port’s summer outreach activities. This position will engage and educate the public about the Port through a variety of events including public tours and booths at select public festivals and events. In support of the Community Affairs Manager and Community Affairs Specialist, assist in the implementation of high-profile external Port programs and special events (e.g., receptions, ribbon cuttings, open houses, Touch-a-Truck etc.).
Ages 14 – 20 Join a Unit
(All Across the USA)
You and your shipmates lead your Sea Scout program, so you make it what you want. In Sea Scouts you may cruise the San Juan Islands or Scuba dive in the Florida Keys. You might paddle down a local river or day sail on the lake. You may cruise aboard “America’s Tall Ship” the USCG Barque Eagle. In Sea Scouts, you build your own adventure! Sea Scouting provides limitless opportunities and exciting challenges that you won’t ﬁnd anywhere else. It is a place to grow and learn, ﬁnd adventure, and build long lasting friendships.
Goodwill Maritime Program
High School Seniors
Our Youth Maritime Program helps prepare high school seniors for a career in the maritime industry. This two-year program provides students a smooth transition through their senior year in high school toward college readiness. It helps build strong soft-skills and connects students with future career maritime opportunities.
Youth Maritime Accelerator Program (YMAP)
Paid Internship for Ages 18-24
The Youth Maritime Accelerator Project (YMAP) is an 8-week paid summer internship program where youth ages 18-24 participate in skills-based training workshops in the morning and intern with their respective maritime employer in the afternoon. Each Friday, they participate in experiential learning events to gain hands-on experience and exposure to the maritime industry. Our diverse and talented youth in this program are primarily from underserved communities in the South King County region and are new to maritime. Students receive a total stipend of $2,000, with $1,000 paid at the end of each month throughout the internship.
These organizations continually offer public programming for youth and families to connect with water in meaningful ways. Check them out!
The Center for Wooden Boats
- Volunteer Opportunities with boatbuilding, free sailing lessons
- Training and skill building
Duwamish River Community Coalition
- Training and skill building for youth in environmental justice
Northwest Maritime Center
(Port Townsend, WA)
- The mission of the Northwest Maritime Center is to engage and educate people of all generations in traditional and contemporary maritime life, in a spirit of adventure and discovery.
Sealife Rescue, Rehab, Research
(Des Moines, WA)
- Marine mammal rehabilitation center
- Volunteer Opportunities with Animals
- Training and skill building.
(WA State, Travelling)
- Environment and ecology aboard the tall ship Adventuress
- Community sailing opportunities
- Entry level career pathways
Tacoma Community Boat Builders
- Youth skillbuilding and mentoring through boatbuilding and woodworking
Schools with Marine Focus
These schools offer education and training for marine and aquatic-based careers and activities.
(18+) Seattle, WA
(18+) Seattle, WA
(18+) Wenatchee, WA
Des Moines, WA
(High School) Everett, WA
(18+) Fairhaven, MA
Seattle, WA and Baltimore, MD
(18+) Port Hadlock, WA
Here we provide more interesting links and resources related to our program at Sea Potential.
Land & Labor Acknowledgement
Become familiar with the history of the land you are on and the people that have called it home since time immemorial.
“Today we are on the ancestral lands of the Duwamish and Coast Salish people. We honor with gratitude the generations of stewardship that these communities (past and present) embody, and we look to their leadership for healthy and strong relationships with land, water, and people. We honor and give respect to land and water themselves simply for the sentient beings they are.
If you aren’t familiar with the history of the land you are on and the people that have called it home since time immemorial, we recommend referring to www.native-land.ca as a starting point”
“We would also like to acknowledge and honor the contributions made to our present day society and economy by enslaved peoples, immigrants, and marginalized people made to work under unjust and inequitable labor practices. The exploitation of people has led to generations of harm. We feel it is important to remember that and combat that, as we work on creating more opportunities for the community moving forward and especially when focusing on growing the workforce.”
*These land and labor acknowledgements are being shared for referencing purposes, not for you or your organization to copy word for word. Please refer to land acknowledgements developed by tribes and Indigenous led organizations as well and seek to understand the ways marginalized communities have historically been impacted in your area.*