Marine Science Conservation Educator - AmeriCorps (January 2023 start)

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San Francisco, CA, United States

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30+ days ago

The Marine Mammal Center



Additional pay

Work Environment: Fully On Site

Term: January 2023 - August 2023; 1200 hours; 40 hours/week

Benefits: Healthcare coverage (w/dental & vision), Education Award, student loan deferment, child care allowance, CalFresh, professional development budget ($100), industry networking.

About The Marine Mammal Center

The ocean is in trouble. From the depletion of fish stocks to increasing ocean temperatures, human activity threatens marine ecosystems that are vital to the health of our ocean and all life on earth. As a critical first responder to these threats, The Marine Mammal Center is leading the field in ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue, veterinary medicine, science, and education. Marine mammals are ecosystem indicators, and these animals provide insights into human and ocean health threats. Together, we are taking action today to support a network of scientists and stewards to protect our shared ocean environment for future generations.

Our innovative school and public education programs build a sense of responsibility through a connection to marine mammals and the marine environment, inspiring future ocean stewards and promoting action to protect the ocean. Each year, these education programs and hands-on trainings reach more than 100,000 children and adults, supporting the next generation of informed scientists and engaged citizens who will care for and ensure the health of our ocean and environment.

Position Overview & Description

The Marine Science Conservation Educator is an integral part of the Center’s Community Engagement team that engages with the public to inspire the next generation of ocean stewards and empower visitors to the Center to take action in support of our ocean and marine mammals. The Marine Science Conservation Educator delivers the Center’s public programs and services and helps train and supervise Community Engagement volunteers and interns. This role is capable of teaching all public programs offered at the Center, and frequently leads tours and other onsite programs. In addition, the Marine Science Conservation Educator provides day-to-day direction and guidance to education volunteers and interns, and assists in the oversight of public areas for safety, visitor amenities (brochures, clean restrooms, etc) and general maintenance.


  • Leads tours of the Center to visiting groups
  • Mentors, coaches and leads the Youth Crew Climate Ambassador program
  • Serves as the contact and point person for volunteers throughout the day as questions arise
  • Directs the opening and closing of the Center to the public and providing daily information provided to volunteers.
  • Creates content and resources around climate change, ocean trash and overfishing to support volunteers and guests communicate conservation and guidance around solutions
  • Creates and maintains timely patient information for inclusion in Community Engagement programs. Ensures this information is disseminated and included in all education programs, as appropriate.
  • Performs evaluation of program areas and make adjustments to programs accordingly
  • Approaches and interact with guests to personalize their Center experience
  • Provides information related to the Center’s mission, core work, patients, exhibits and programs; as well as opportunities to support the Center (e.g. volunteering, membership, donations)
  • Coordinates Exhibit Hall set-up to ensure room is prepared for visitors

Desired Qualifications

  • At least 1-2 years’ experience in leading tours or programs for school and/or adult audiences
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and writing skills.
  • Proven experience with customer service preferred
  • Self-directed and ability to take initiative and see projects through to completion with minimal supervision.
  • Experience working with volunteers is preferred.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) preferred.
  • Must be able to work a Thursday - Monday schedule (including weekends, holidays, and some evenings as required).
  • Have reliable transportation to and from the Center. Please note that the Center is located in the Marin Headlands, an area that is not readily accessible by public transportation.

Fellowship Experience at The Marine Mammal Center

  • Mentorship and coaching on climate change communication best practices.
  • Opportunity to connect and network with The Center’s Experts in veterinary care, research, response and education.
  • Welcoming team atmosphere that encourages growth.
  • Part of an organization that is making a difference in protecting the health of our ocean and marine life for future generations.
  • Experience working at a mission-driven, non-profit organization.
  • Hands-on experience supervising a large volunteer workforce.


Climate Corps AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps is a national service commitment that meets a community’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. Bay Area Community Resources and SEI partner to implement Climate Corps AmeriCorps, an award-winning fellowship program that provides professional development opportunities for emerging leaders through implementation of sustainability and resiliency projects with local governments, nonprofits, and educational institutions.

Upon completion of the term, 1200-hour CCAC Fellows receive a Segal Education Award of $4,546.50 in return for your service. You can use the award to repay qualified student loans and to pay current educational expenses at eligible institutions of higher education and training programs.

To see a full list of climate, energy, and sustainability positions posted by Climate Corps, please visit here. We are constantly adding positions, so make sure to frequently check this site to see if there are new opportunities available.

Basic Eligibility

AmeriCorps fellows must:

  • Be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents
  • Have a high school diploma/GED
  • Be 17 years old or older
  • Pass state criminal and FBI background checks, and a national check in the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Registry
  • Test negatively for tuberculosis if working with minors
  • Be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing
  • Live in the state of California

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Statement

Bay Area Community Resources, the administrator of Climate Corps AmeriCorps, is an equal opportunity employer. We cultivate an environment that encourages fairness, teamwork, and respect among all employees and National Service members. We are firmly committed to maintaining an atmosphere in which people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles may grow personally and professionally. Therefore, we enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religion or religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, medical condition, disability, military service, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local laws or ordinances. Our management is dedicated to ensuring the fulfillment of this equal opportunity policy with respect to hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, recruitment advertising, pay, and other forms of compensation, training, and general treatment during employment.