Teacher Engagement Specialist

Sausalito, California, United States Full-time


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.




Under the supervision of the School and Extended Learning Programs Manager, this role leads in the planning, implementing and developing Ocean Ambassadors program, including on-going teacher support as well as coordinating resources used in program delivery. This role will conceptualize and initiate new initiatives based on formal program evaluation, audience needs and participant and instructor feedback.  The Teacher Engagement Specialist will develop and implement robust evaluation protocols to ensure continual program improvement, and will assist in building and maintaining working relationships with key partners.


The Teacher Engagement Specialist acts as the primary staff point of contact for the Ocean Ambassadors Program and ensures teachers and schools participating in Ocean Ambassadors are provided with access to high-quality curriculum, resources and communication. This role ensures that Ocean Ambassadors teachers receive professional development, consistent communication on program content and best practices in instruction. This person will lead the recruitment, retention and growth of Ocean Ambassadors participants within our rescue range with support from the School and Extended Learning Programs Manager.


The Teacher Engagement Specialist assists in the development of the Center’s resources and programs for broader school-based audiences (i.e. students and teachers) including onsite and virtual implementation; delivers these programs and supports instructional staff, volunteers and interns in their program roles. 


This role is capable of teaching all programs offered at the Center, and occasionally facilitates onsite and offsite programs. The Teacher Engagement Specialist is responsible for coordinating with other program managers/coordinators to utilize current instructional staff to support Ocean Ambassadors.



  • Serves as primary point of contact and leads the Ocean Ambassadors program for participating teachers and schools around the Bay Area
  • Facilitates marine science professional development opportunities for teachers
  • Coordinates use of resources and materials used in program delivery.
  • Identifies, conceptualizes and initiates new initiatives and program improvements that respond to current environmental/wildlife issues, audience demands and the Center’s needs
  • Develops curriculum and lesson plans using innovative teaching strategies and integrating technology, especially adapting and evolving the Ocean Ambassadors curriculum and supporting resources in response to teacher needs as we expand to new communities
  • Directs and communicates with staff internally around program support needs, working closely with the School and Extended Learning Programs Manager and Coordinator
  • Researches and writes copy for brochures, posters and other educational print materials
  • Assists in marketing and promotion of program offerings
  • Supports fundraising efforts in a variety of ways, including representing Ocean Ambassadors during meetings with current or potential funders as well as supporting grant submissions and preparing written reports regarding program goals, plans and outcomes.
  • Assists in preparation and administration of annual operating budget
  • Monitors budget expenditures and prepare reports as required
  • Tracks program attendance and assists in generating quarterly reports on area activities
  • Supports ongoing evaluation of all facets of Ocean Ambassadors
  • Develops protocol and oversees use of resources, materials and educational methodologies used in program delivery
  • Participates in the general maintenance of Education Classroom and storage areas
  • In cooperation with other program managers/coordinators, organizes and maintains program supply inventory; orders materials as necessary
  • Attends educational workshops, classes and conferences as directed
  • Adheres to The Center's personnel policies and procedures as defined in the employee handbook and as communicated by management
  • Supports other School and Extended Learning Programs as well as Guest Experience Programs through collaborative program and resource planning
  • Uses appropriate technology and resources to support educational activities



  • Strong communication, inter-personal and writing skills.
  • Ability to provide exceptional customer service to a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to multi-task while being very efficient with time.
  • Ability to take initiative and see projects through to completion with minimal supervision.
  • Willingness and ability to experiment with program design, content and delivery to exceed participants’ expectations, while meeting revenue goals and advancing the Center’s mission
  • Ability to engage and teach marine science content to diverse audiences.
  • Ability to develop programs for school-based and public audiences.
  • Training skills, with the ability to teach marine science programs and content to instructional staff
  • Skill and ability with using Microsoft Office Suite of programs.
  • Ability to communicate well and work as part of a multidisciplinary team to advance the mission of The Center.



  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in education, science or environmental studies
  • Minimum 2 years experience in designing and delivering lessons and/or programs in a school environment
  • Experience in facilitating trainings, preferably with teachers and/or educators
  • Experience in environmental education and/or informal education programs
  • Classroom teaching experience is highly desirable
  • Some experience managing staff, volunteers and/or seasonal contract staff
  • Ability to drive Center vehicles and maintain a clean driving record
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Attention to detail and quick to learn
  • “Can-do” attitude and willing to take on new projects as needed
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to complete tasks in a productive, proactive manner
  • Ability to multi-task efficiently and prioritize deliverables regularly
  • Ability to work with minimal day to day supervision



  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 30 pounds
  • 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
  • Hospital environment with access to other parts of the facilities via outdoor pathways
  • Limited exposure to zoonotic diseases



LOCATION: Main Hospital, Sausalito, CA

HOURS: Full-time, 40hrs/week, exempt (ineligible for overtime) 

REPORTS TO: School and Extended Learning Programs Manager


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