Communications Assistant

Sausalito, California, United States Full-time Allows remote



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 $10M, 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 vision of the communications team is to build and nurture an iconic and inspiring brand in the ocean conservation space. In order to do so, we aim to attract, engage, and inspire a global network of supporters to amplify our brand voice and take action to advance ocean conservation. We build awareness, long-term affinity, and engagement with The Marine Mammal Center among a diverse network of supporters to inspire individuals to take action to positively impact marine mammal and ocean health.

The Communications Assistant is an essential member of the Development and Communications team who supports the overall strategy and tactics of the Communications team and adds value to the strategic tasks of marketing and communications.

The ideal candidate is a creative go-getter who is passionate about inspiring ocean conservation and growing their experience within the fast-paced world of a leading nonprofit organization. This is a growth-oriented role that will allow the successful candidate to begin to develop functional expertise in specific areas while also being able to contribute to broader department and organizational initiatives.

This position actively supports the development and execution of the organization’s marketing and communications plan and supports various campaigns and initiatives in support of the Center’s strategic plan. On a day-to-day basis the Communications Assistant will support the development of engaging stories about our patients, the importance of our scientific research projects and publications, and the impact of our dynamic education programs.


  • Assist in the development and execution of strategies, tactics, and campaigns to meet marketing and communications department goals and deliverables.
  • Write and edit content for a variety of marketing channels, including monthly newsletters, marketing emails, printed collateral, social media platforms, fundraising mail and emails.
  • Repackage content and stories to extend shelf-life, save resources and target different audiences.
  • Monitor marketing budget and manage reorders, invoicing and support for marketing and advertising vendors.
  • Coordinate logistics for departmental meetings and trainings, including scheduling, preparing agendas and follow-up.
  • Create and maintain schedule of advertising commitments and ensure creative is submitted on time.
  • Assist in managing design calendar.
  • Proactively brainstorm new ideas to promote the Center’s mission.
  • Actively support the development and execution of the marketing plan.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned.


  • Highly motivated self-starter who can work with a wide variety of individuals in a team setting and approach new situations and challenges with a sense of humor.
  • Ability to multi-task and balance multiple projects at one time with demonstrated success meeting deadlines.
  • Proven organizational skills, with strong attention to detail and excellent follow-up/tracking skills.
  • Ability to take direction and work autonomously.
  • Demonstrates initiative and thinks proactively.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Commitment to the organization’s mission and interest in science or ocean conservation.


  • Bachelor's Degree in marketing, digital marketing, PR, or other closely related field.
  • 0-2 years’ relevant experience in a paid or voluntary position.
  • Experience creating various types of content – blog posts, emails, newsletters, website, landing pages, calls-to-action, etc.
  • Experience using required computer software including Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, Outlook, Power Point).
  • Photography and video editing/production experience a plus.


  • Sit at a desk for extended periods of time using a computer screen, walking, and climbing stairs
  • Ability to lead tours of the Center’s premises
  • Occasionally lift a box weighing approximately 20 pounds
  • Hospital environment with access to other parts of the facilities via outdoor pathways
  • Limited exposure to zoonotic diseases



  • LOCATION:  Sausalito, California
  • HOURS: Full-time, 40hrs/week, non-exempt (eligible for overtime)
  • REPORTS TO: Public Relations and Marketing Officer

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