School and Youth Programs Manager

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, USA Full-time


The Marine Mammal Center advances global conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education.



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 science, and education. Marine mammals are ecosystem indicators, and the health of these animals provides 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.

To advance our mission, we focus our work in three key program areas:

  1. Animal Care: With a volunteer force numbering more than 1,200 and the support of a concerned public, the Center is able to respond to marine mammals in distress. Sick and injured animals are treated and rehabilitated at our state-of-the-art veterinary facilities where we care for our patients until they can be released back to their ocean home. Covering a rescue range that spans 600 miles of California coastline and the Big Island of Hawai‘i, the Center responds to more stranded marine mammals than any other organization in the world. Our sought-after experts are deployed locally and internationally to provide technical veterinary expertise and training on best practices ranging from anesthesia to disentanglement.
  2. Scientific Research: The Center is a major contributor to the global body of research and knowledge about marine mammal medicine and health. Our veterinary experts develop new clinical techniques to improve marine mammal rehabilitation and care, and investigate the reasons why marine mammals strand and how these factors are connected to ecosystem and human health. Learning from every animal we respond to, our researchers identify novel diseases and pathogens, support endangered species conservation and partner with scientists around the world on collaborative research that utilizes samples and data collected by the Center. Marine mammal health, ocean health and human health are inextricably linked, and our work advances knowledge of all three to benefit us all.
  3. Education: As a teaching hospital, the Center serves as a vital training ground for veterinary professionals from across the globe, expanding the collective understanding and application of marine veterinary science and conservation. 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.



The Marine Mammal Center was founded in 1975 by three local citizens: Lloyd Smalley, Pat Arrigoni and Paul Maxwell. Since then, and thanks to their vision, the Center is now a global leader in marine mammal health, science and conservation and is the largest marine mammal hospital in the world. The Center operates physical locations in Sausalito, Morro Bay and Moss Landing, CA, as well as in Kona, Hawai‘i, and has an annual operating budget of $11.5M. A team of 80 staff and 1,200 actively engaged volunteers make the Center’s impact possible and keep the Center operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 




Under the supervision of the Associate Director of Curriculum and Instruction this role leads in the planning, implementation and development of School and Youth Programs in Hawai’i, with an emphasis on programs and support for teachers and students on Hawai’i Island. This role will conceptualize and implement new initiatives based on formal program evaluation, audience needs and participant and instructor feedback.  The School and Youth Programs Hawai’i Manager will develop and implement robust evaluation protocols to support schools and districts, while also assisting in building and maintaining working relationships with key Hawai’i Island partners.


In addition, this role serves as the primary staff contact for School and Youth Programs on Hawai’i Island.  The School and Youth Programs Hawai’i Manager ensures teachers and schools participating in our programs on Hawai’i Island are provided with access to high-quality lessons, curriculum, resources and/or communication.  This role engages and supports teachers and districts across Hawai’i Island to meet our program goals.


The School and Youth Programs Hawai’i Manager leads in the development and implementation of the Center’s resources and programs for Hawai’i school-based audiences (i.e. students and teachers) including onsite and offsite; observes these programs and provides consistent feedback to teachers, volunteers and interns in their supporting roles for the program. 


This role is capable of teaching all programs, and occasionally facilitates onsite and offsite programs along our wider range.  The School and Youth Programs Hawai’i Manager is responsible for coordinating with other staff, interns and volunteers to ensure support for all school and youth programs.  Although this role primarily serves the school and youth audiences, this role will be required to support additional education and community-based programs and events in Hawai’i. 


With oversight from the Ke Kai Ola Hospital Director and in collaboration with the Ke Kai Ola team, this role will support general operations at Ke Kai Ola, including supporting onsite events and programs, greeting visitors, and responding to general inquiries via phone and email.  This role will participate in regular Ke Kai Ola team meetings and will provide members of the Hawai’i-based team with updates regarding the status, needs and progress of school and youth programs and key school and youth community partnerships.


This School and Youth Programs Hawai’i Manager typically works a Monday-Friday schedule and will be required to work evenings, weekends and/or occasionally holidays, depending on program schedules.


The School and Youth Programs Hawai’i Manager reports to the Associate Director of Curriculum and Instruction and will collaborate frequently with the School and Youth Programs Manager in the Bay Area. 



  • Manage Hawai’i Island-based Marine Science Educators, Interns and Volunteers
  • Supervise curriculum support and resource development for all Hawai’i Island school and youth programs
  • Manage school and youth organizations, partners and stakeholders on Hawai’i Island
  • Supervise projects, communication and budget/grant support for Hawai’i Island school and youth programs
  • Deliver school and youth programs, including teacher professional development and coaching across Hawai’i Island
  • Facilitate school and youth programs team monthly meetings and yearly retreat with the Associate Director of Curriculum and Instruction
  • Inform school and youth programs vision, strategy, goals and quarterly objectives
  • Identify, conceptualize and implement new initiatives and program improvements that respond to current environmental/wildlife issues, audience demands and the Center’s needs
  • Develop curriculum and lesson plans using innovative teaching strategies and integrating technology,
  • Adapt curriculum and resources in response to dynamic teacher and community needs
  • Direct and communicate with staff internally regarding program support needs, working closely with the Associate Director of Curriculum and Instruction and Hospital Director of Ke Kai Ola
  • Research and write copy for brochures, posters and other educational print materials
  • Assist in marketing and promotion of program offerings
  • Support fundraising through preparation and provision of reports and anecdotes for funders
  • Assist in preparation and administration of annual operating budget
  • Monitor budget expenditures and prepare reports as required
  • Track program attendance and assist in generating quarterly reports on area activities
  • Support ongoing evaluation of all facets of School and Youth Programs
  • Develop protocol and oversee use of resources, materials and educational methodologies used in program delivery
  • Participate in the general maintenance of education spaces and storage areas
  • In cooperation with other staff, organize and maintain program supply inventory; orders materials as necessary
  • Attend educational workshops, classes and conferences as directed
  • Adhere to the Center's personnel policies and procedures as defined in the employee handbook and as communicated by management
  • Support all School and Youth Programs as well as other Education Programs through collaborative program and resource planning
  • Use 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 3-5 years of experience in designing and delivering lessons and/or programs in a school environment
  • Demonstrated ability to foster positive relationships with a variety of stakeholders and community members (familiarity with Hawaiian communities, culture and customs is highly desirable)
  • 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
  • Experience in managing staff, volunteers and/or seasonal contract staff
  • Ability to drive Center vehicles and maintain a clean driving record
  • Ability to stand/walk up to 3 hours without a break
  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 30 pounds
  • 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
  • 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



LOCATION: Hawai’i Island (Big Island)

HOURS: full-time

REPORTS TO: Associate Director, Curriculum and Instruction