San Diego Seal Society Intern

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Job Title: San Diego Seal Society Intern
Department: San Diego Chapter
Location: San Diego, CA
Reports to: Chapter Director or Volunteer Leader
Work location: Remote and onsite at seal and sea lion rookeries in La Jolla, occasional travel to La Jolla and Sierra Club office
Duration: 10 hours per week, for 4 months, not to exceed 6 months

Context: At the Sierra Club, we believe in the power of togetherness. Together, we remain committed to the fight for a healthy climate built on a foundation of environmental, racial, economic, and gender justice – a future where all people benefit from a healthy, thriving planet and a direct connection to nature. As the climate crisis and deeply entrenched systemic racism all fuel inequity, we will continue to fight for a bold, transformational agenda that recognizes the interconnectedness between our planet, our humanity, and our democracy. By recognizing that our destinies are tied, we believe that all things are fundamentally connected, and the overlap between ecology, race, gender, and representative government will move to either advance our collective humanity or to oppress it. Sierra Club is comprised of staff across the country and a network of local chapters that support our grassroots engagement.

Scope: Under general supervision of the assigned supervisor, will support our work in educating public and building volunteer leaders. Assists in carrying out campaign strategies, and interacts with volunteers, the public, other organizations, the media and other club staff. Successful candidate will learn the value of teamwork experience, communication skills and organization from dedicated volunteer docents, behavior and biology of seals and sea lions and their role in the ocean ecosystem, appreciate the critical need to protect marine mammals in this time of climate change and the importance of taking responsibility for assigned tasks.

Job activities include but are not limited to:

  • Assists in the development of educational/informational materials such as newsletters, flyers, news flashes, fact sheets, and writing articles of interest to the public.
  • Assists with social media including Facebook, twitter, tik tok and Instagram
  • Assists in providing guidance, training, and information to volunteers and the public.
  • Participates (as part of a team) in planning and carrying out plans or strategies to protect the harbor seal and sea lions in La Jolla.
  • Assists in facilitating meetings, taking notes and distributing materials as needed.
  • Maintains volunteer and statistical data base.
  • Works independently on specific assigned projects.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Ability to work well in a team with staff and volunteers.
  • Ability to work with public from many different backgrounds.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including ability to clearly explain complex issues and effectively communicate them to large groups of people.
  • Proficiency using various platforms including Microsoft Office, Google Drive, Slack, Zoom, and social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter).
  • Equity Analysis and Practice. You are aware of your group identities and how they have shaped your life and experiences at work. You have an analysis of how racism and other forms of oppression in society impact relationships, systems and culture. You bring experience and skills for working effectively with colleagues across group identities and position/role.

The strongest candidates will also demonstrate the following experiences, skills and competencies:

  • Bilingual in Spanish
  • Knowledge of biology of marine mammals and their environment
  • Demonstrated desire to protect animals and the environment
  • Experience in conducting research on various topics.
  • Understands how city government works.


The hourly rate for this position is $18/Hour.

This is a category 99 hourly, non-represented, temporary position.

Sierra Club is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. Sierra Club employees are not eligible to participate in the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.

Sierra Club values the expertise and talents of foreign nationals. Sierra Club sponsors both nonimmigrant and immigrant visas when certain criteria are met, based on immigration laws and organizational needs. Such sponsorship is at the discretion of the Department Head and Sierra Club Human Resources in consultation with the employee’s manager. The Sierra Club cannot guarantee the approval of a visa petition. The Sierra Club is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.

To Apply

This position does not have an undergraduate education requirement. If you choose to include your education history, please remove your schools from your resume. You may leave your degree (e.g., “B.A. Philosophy”), but please remove any undergraduate and graduate school names.

This anonymous process is aimed at opening this opportunity to more candidates, reviewing applicants on performance assessments and mitigating bias in the decision-making process.

Lastly, we are intentionally not asking for a cover letter, so please do not send one in with your application.

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