Marine Science Educator

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Friday, July 21, 2017, 5:00pm



Sausalito, CA
United States

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At The Marine Mammal Center, we are guided and inspired by a shared vision of a healthy ocean for marine mammals and humans alike.  The Marine Mammal Center advances global conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education.


We rescue and rehabilitate sick and injured marine mammals at our state-of-the-art veterinary facilities by engaging a dedicated workforce and a supportive community.  We learn from the patients in our care and contribute to scientific understanding of the changing health of our ocean, taking action to address ocean threats and save endangered species.  We lead as a teaching hospital by training veterinary professionals locally and internationally, and inspiring future ocean stewards through innovative school and public education programs.


The Marine Mammal Center is the largest facility of its kind in the world. Founded in 1975, The Center has grown into an internationally renowned and state-of-the art marine mammal hospital, research center and educational organization. Each year, The Center treats 600 – 800 sick, injured and orphaned marine mammals, with the goal of rehabilitation and release. Its professional staff collaborates with over 30 different scientific, educational, federal, state and non-profit organizations from around the world. 

Marine mammal scientists and veterinarians from across the globe visit The Center and shadow its staff and volunteers to learn from the hundreds of animals treated each year, and from its acclaimed veterinary, scientific, and research staff. By collaborating with leading scientists and researchers to learn from the patients in their care, The Center expands and advances science to increase understanding of the health of the ocean and highlights implications for human health.

In addition to its work within the scientific community, The Center’s formal and informal education programs reach 100,000 children and adults ever year. Ultimately, The Center’s work inspires action and fosters stewardship toward the care of our environment.

Overlooking the ocean in the Marin Headlands, in Sausalito, CA, The Center operates three field stations in its 600-mile rescue range on the California coastline from San Luis Obispo through Mendocino County. Simultaneous to the construction of its new Kona, Hawaii facility, The Center’s rescue range has increased to include the entire Hawaiian archipelago. With an annual operating budget of almost $9M, 60 to 70 staff depending on the time of year, and 1,200 actively engaged volunteers, The Center operates 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.


The Marine Science Educator leads a variety of marine science education programs offered by The Marine Mammal Center.  This role is based at the main location in the Marin Headlands and regularly delivers onsite tours and programs, as well as outreach programs in schools and at community-based events throughout the Bay Area.  This role assists in developing, evaluating and updating onsite and offsite programs and tours.  As Marine Science Educator, this role focuses on the delivery and operational aspects of education programs.  Although this role primarily serves the School and Extended Learning Programs audience (student groups and private groups), the Marine Science Educator also delivers Guest Experience Programs, occasionally (public tours).

The position is supported and supervised by the Manager of School and Extended Learning Programs.  The Marine Science Educator role requires self-direction and initiative.  

This role is full-time, typically working a Tuesday-Saturday schedule, but may be required to shift the schedule to work early mornings, late evenings, weekends and/or holidays, depending on program or facility needs.


  • Develop fluency to teach all education programs onsite and outreach to schools
  • Facilitate all extended learning programs such as overnighters and summer camp
  • Ensure time for advance program preparation, plus begin and end at scheduled times
  • Support development of new marine science programs, for both onsite and outreach programs
  • Help building relationships with other organizations through leading school and extended learning programs
  • Stay abreast of The Marine Mammal Center and marine science news to be able to enhance programs and inform the public
  • Assist in oversight of public areas of the facility for safety, visitor amenities (brochures, clean restrooms, etc.) and general maintenance
  • Perform evaluation of programs, coordinate teachers’ involvement and maintain data base of information from evaluations; produce reports, as directed
  • Adhere to The Center's personnel policies and procedures as defined in the employee handbook and as communicated by supervisor(s)
  • Attend education trainings, education department check-ins as well as staff meetings when possible


  • Ability to engage and teach marine science content to ages Pre-K to adult
  • Exceptional attention to detail and deadlines
  • Excellent customer service skills and a willingness to learn; Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Accuracy and strong organizational skills are essential
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel
  • Ability to work flexibly and independently in a team environment under a variety of circumstances while being diplomatic and decisive
  • Ability to work in a high-pressure environment and balance competing demands and priorities
  • Ability to take initiative to seek further knowledge and problem-solve.
  • Ability to integrate new technologies into programs
  • Ability to foster positive relationships with a variety of stakeholders and community members
  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time
  • Ability to move from place to place, use a computer terminal and telephone; able to lift and carry up to 25 lbs. short distances; can bend, twist, reach, and grasp
  • Willingness to work nights and weekends as needed 


  • Bachelor’s degree in education, natural sciences or related field
  • At least 1-2 years of experience in working with school groups and adult groups and leading tours or programs
  • Background and/or experience in environmental education and natural sciences
  • Program development and evaluation experience is highly desirable
  • Background and/or experience with school environments is highly desirable
  • Ability to drive Center vehicles and maintain a clean driving record
  • Must submit to and pass background check
  • Must obtain TB test and any other medical examinations or vaccinations as required by state or federal regulations
  • Bilingual proficiency is very desirable.


LOCATION: Sausalito, California

HOURS: Full-time, non-exempt (hourly)

REPORTS TO: Manager of School and Extended Learning Programs

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