School and Youth Programs Coordinator

Sausalito, California, United States 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. 


The School and Youth Programs Coordinator assists in the development of the Center’s resources and programs for school-based audiences (i.e. students and teachers) as well as youth, family and adult audiences; delivers these programs and helps train and supervise instructional staff, volunteers and interns. 


Under the supervision of the School and Youth Programs Manager, this role assists with planning, implementing and presenting education programs, including coordinating resources used in program delivery.   This role will conceptualize and initiate new programs based on formal program evaluation, audience needs and participant and instructor feedback.  The School and Youth Programs Coordinator will develop and implement robust evaluation protocols, while also assisting in building and maintaining working relationships with key partners, including local schools, districts, colleges/universities, scout groups and other informal education organizations.


This role is responsible for coordinating the day-to-day activities of the instructional staff, including training and coaching, as well as monitoring progress for individual program initiatives (i.e. school partnerships, youth volunteer program, and outreach). 


This role is capable of teaching all programs offered at the Center, and occasionally facilitates onsite and offsite programs. The School and Youth Programs Coordinator is responsible for developing program staffing plans, coordinating with other program managers/coordinators to utilize current instructional staff whenever possible, as well as recruiting, hiring and training contractual and/or seasonal program staff, as needed.


In addition to responsibilities to all School and Youth Programs, the School and Youth Programs Coordinator will lead teen engagement programs and strategy coaching youth, coordinating with other departments and organizing program operations.


Although this role primarily serves the School and Youth Programs audience, he/she will be required to deliver Guest Experience Programs, as needed.


This role typically works a Tuesday-Saturday schedule and will be required to work evenings, weekends and/or occasionally holidays, depending on program schedules.


The School and Youth Programs Coordinator reports to the School and Youth Programs Manager. 



  • Provides instruction, direction and guidance to coordinate and support continual improvement and growth within school and youth programs
  • Oversees scheduling and coordinating logistics for all School and Youth Programs
  • Leads teen engagement programs and strategy
  • Initiates, builds and maintains working relationships with key partners, including local schools, districts, colleges/universities, scout groups and other informal education organizations
  • Plans, implements and presents education programs
  • Coordinates use of resources and materials used in program delivery 
  • Identifies, conceptualizes and initiates new programs 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 
  • Hires, trains and supervises Youth Education Interns
  • Coordinates classroom set-up daily to ensure room is prepared for visitors and scheduled groups
  • Researches and writes copy for brochures, posters and other educational print materials
  • Assists in marketing and promotion of program offerings and in fundraising as requested
  • Assists in preparation and administration of annual operating budget
  • Monitors budget expenditures and prepare reports as required
  • Tracks program attendance and assist in generating quarterly reports on area activities
  • Supports ongoing evaluation of School and Youth Programs, staff and volunteers.
  • 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 Guest Experience Programs through collaborative program and resource planning
  • Delivers Guest Experience Programs as needed
  • 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 natural sciences, education or museum studies or related field
  • Minimum 2-3 years experience in designing and delivering informal education programs
  • Experience training individuals in marine science content or related field is desirable
  • Experience coordinating large-scale partnerships is desirable
  • Background and/or experience in zoo/aquarium/museum and/or school environment is highly desirable
  • Some experience 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: Sausalito, CA

HOURS: full-time

REPORTS TO: School and Youth Programs Manager


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