Marine Science Educator

Sausalito, California, United States Full-time

 

OUR MISSION

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

 

WHAT MOTIVATES OUR WORK

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.

 

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION

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. 

ROLE DESCRIPTION

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 Youth 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 Youth 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.

 

 PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES + DUTIES

  • Develop fluency to teach all education programs onsite and outreach to schools
  • Facilitate all youth and family 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 youth 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

 

KNOWLEDGE + ABILITIES

  • 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

  

QUALIFICATIONS + EXPERIENCE

  • 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.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

LOCATION: Sausalito, California

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

REPORTS TO: Manager of School and Youth Programs