Waterfront Space Guide with Friends of Waterfront Seattle

Job Type

Part Time


Details: $15/hour to start



Start Date:


Application Deadline:



1400 Western Avenue
United States



Waterfront Space Guide

Reporting Relationship

Public Space Manager


Part-time; non-exempt

Over a decade in the making, Waterfront Seattle fulfills the public’s vision: beautiful public spaces for all, a salmon-friendly seawall, and year-round activities for culture, education, and fun. Our future waterfront will be a lively mixing ground for our community while also nurturing our near-shore environment. Friends of Waterfront Seattle is the city’s nonprofit partner, helping to build, steward, and program the park – today and into the future.

Friends is now actualizing the vision that was thoughtfully developed through an unprecedented collaboration between government, community leaders, tribes, the business sector, numerous stakeholders, and the public at large. Pike Place MarketFront, a partner project made possible by the waterfront project, opened this summer, and the Elliott Bay seawall rebuild is now done, complete with a salmon migration corridor. Most of the park will be built after the Viaduct's removal in early 2019; however, Friends and the City will begin constructing the first piece of the new park this fall: Pier 62: The People's Pier. Friends is also embarking on its 100M+ comprehensive campaign to raise capital funds for the City, programming and operating funds for the park, and building Friends capacity to program and manage the new public spaces. 

The Waterfront Space Guide will greet visitors to Waterfront Space, and work on special projects that support Friends of Waterfront Seattle’s mission.

Responsibilities & Details

  • Visitor Relations and Community Outreach
  • Orient guests to Waterfront Space resources, maintain records of traffic, and record questions and ideas
  • Help to organize and assist with events and activities in Waterfront Space
  • Represent the organization and the waterfront project at meetings and other events, including fundraisers and community happenings
  • Proactively develop and deepen connections to diverse communities, expanding relationships beyond adjacent neighborhoods
  • Execute special projects developed based on each Guide’s interests, experience and needs of the organization
  • Waterfront Space
  • Must be willing to work occasional evening events and weekends and perform light housekeeping duties.
  • Waterfront Space (1400 Western Ave) is open to the public 12pm – 5pm Wednesday through Sunday; we can arrange flexible and weekend-only schedules.


  • Relevant area interest and knowledge such as: urban studies; communications; environmental studies; engineering; public policy; architecture and landscape architecture; community engagement; graphic design; digital media; tourism; public space
  • Enthusiasm about the waterfront and connecting with the community
  • A love of detail, organization and clear communication
  • Passion for parks and public realm
  • Detail-oriented, creative, and flexible
  • Existing relationships with diverse Seattle communities preferred
  • Undergraduate degree preferred
  • Some experience with databases, especially Salesforce and NationBuilder, preferred
  • Training provided in project information and other areas, interest in and some knowledge of Seattle’s waterfront project is essential
  • Must be comfortable talking to large and small crowds

Waterfront Space Guides, like all members of the Friends team, will demonstrate a willingness to work on multi-disciplinary projects beyond the scope of the above responsibilities as assigned. Friends is an ambitious start-up that seeks qualified applicants with a “do all jobs” mentality. People of color, those with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community are encouraged to apply. 

We offer a chance to be closely connected with one of the most exciting projects happening in Seattle; a friendly and exciting work environment with many learning opportunities; flexible work schedule including weekend and/or weekday hours; and $15/hour to start. Internship credit may be possible for this position.

Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to jordan@friendsofwaterfrontseattle.org with the title “Waterfront Space Guide” in the subject line.

Level of Language Proficiency

English required, fluency in additional languages preferred.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

High School

How To Apply



Interested applicants should email a PDF including cover letter and resume in the same file to jordan@friendsofwaterfrontseattle.org with the title “Waterfront Space Guide” in the subject line.

Friends of Waterfront Seattle is an equal opportunity employer, which welcomes qualified applicants of all races, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations.