Marine Science Educator: Extended Learning Programs Lead – The Marine Mammal Center – Sausalito, CA

The Marine Mammal Center, an equal opportunity, non-profit employer, is seeking a Marine Science Educator: Extended Learning Programs Lead to join our team. The Marine Mammal Center’s mission is to expand knowledge about marine mammals—their health and that of their ocean environment—and to inspire their global conservation. Our core work is the rescue and rehabilitation of sick and injured marine mammals, supported by state-of-the-art animal care and research facilities, a corps of dedicated volunteers, and an engaged community.

About the Organization

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 with 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 $6M, 50 staff and 1,100 actively engaged volunteers, The Center operates 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

About the Opportunity

The Marine Science Educator teaches the breadth of marine science programs and tours offered at The Center , ensuring that the content and delivery corresponds to the knowledge and age level of the client (ages Pre-K to adults). The Center’s programs/tours take place in Sausalito and throughout the Bay Area via the Sea to School mobile outreach program.

This role will primarily be stationed at the main location in the Marin Headlands and will regularly deliver extended learning programs both during the day as well as after-hours at the Center. This role participates in a team-based process and often takes the lead in implementing, evaluating and updating programs during the extended learning hours.

As the Extended Learning Programs Lead, this role will work closely with guests when they are on-site and be the ultimate customer service representative. In addition to implementing program, the lead will be assisting in program development, mentoring youth volunteers/interns and supporting logistics for extended learning programs such as summer camp and overnighters.

The Marine Science Educator role requires self-direction and initiative. The position is supported and supervised by the Extended Learning Programs Coordinator, under the supervision of the Manager of School and Extended Learning Programs.

Although this role primarily serves the Extended Learning Programs audience, he/she will be required to deliver Student and Teacher Programs and Guest Experience Programs, as needed.

Due to the nature of the position, the Extended Learning Programs Coordinator will maintain a seasonally variable work schedule, specifically Tuesday-Saturday during the months of August-May, and Monday-Friday during the months of June-July, to coincide with program needs. Additionally, the position may be required to work evenings, holidays and other weekend days, according to program needs.

Core Competencies:

Ability to engage and teach marine science content to ages Pre-K to adult

Ability to develop and evaluate inquiry-based programs for pre K to 12th grade audience

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

Self-directed and ability to take initiative and see projects through to completion with minimal supervision

Ability to integrate new technologies into programs

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

Specific duties:

Facilitates all extended learning programs such as overnighters and summer camp

Teaches all education programs/tours onsite and occasionally outreach to schools

Support relationship building with other organizations leading extended learning programs

Ensure time for advance program preparation, plus begin and end at scheduled times. Outreach programs require arriving at least one hour prior to the scheduled start time.

Stay abreast of Center and marine science news to be able to inform and enhance programs and inform the public

Assists in responding to (or directing) the EDU outlook account and public phone information requests

Assist in oversight of public areas of the facility for safety, visitor amenities (brochures, clean restrooms, etc) and general maintenance

Develop and pilot new marine science activities, programs and curriculum as directed

Perform evaluation of programs/tours, 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 management

Attend all education department and general staff meetings


Bachelor’s degree in education, natural sciences or related field

At least 1-2 years experience in leading/teaching youth 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

Background and/or experience working with youth (of all ages) is highly desirable

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

Please send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements attention Human Resources Director to Please put “Marine Science Educator” in the subject line. Please no phone calls or faxed submissions. Deadline for applications is Saturday February 28, 2015