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Youth Education Intern


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 $9M, 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.


This position is a member of the School & Youth Programs team within the Education Department and supports marine science education programs offered by The Marine Mammal Center . Under the direction of the Center’s education team, interns will have opportunities to explore high quality youth programs in formal and informal education environments. As Youth Education Intern, this role focuses primarily on supporting the Seals & Slippers overnight program for organized groups of youth such as scout groups and select offerings for families. The intern will also support on at least one weekday to observe and develop resources for school programs and to focus on additional projects to further their own professional development.

The position is supported and supervised by the Coordinator of School and Youth Programs with direct collaboration and support from Marine Science Educators. The intern role requires self-direction, initiative and passion.  


You will assist the Education Department with a variety of roles. These include: 
  • Co-lead the overnight program, Seals & Slippers, including tours, hands-on activities and guided hikes for a variety of audiences including families and scout groups.
  • Organize and assist with the set up and break down of programs and program supplies.
  • Answer program participant questions and help direct them during programs.
  • Interpret animal’s behaviors and animal care procedures to guests.
  • Work with education staff to develop resources supporting school programs.
  • Stay abreast of The Marine Mammal Center and marine science news to be able to inform and enhance programs and inform the public.
  • Adhere to the Center's personnel policies and procedures as defined in the employee handbook and as communicated by management.
  • Attend trainings and check-ins when possible.


  • Enthusiasm for engaging with marine science content for ages Pre-K to adult with a primary focus on youth ages 6-12.
  • Strong communication, inter-personal, and writing skills.
  • Exceptional customer service capacity with a variety of audiences.
  • Excellent time management with the ability to multi-task.
  • Self-directed and ability to take initiative.
  • Ability to communicate well and work as part of a multidisciplinary team to advance the mission of The Marine Mammal Center.


  • One or more years of undergraduate college work required in education, marine science, conservation biology or a related discipline.
  • Background and/or experience in leading/teaching school groups.
  • Background and/or experience in environmental education and natural sciences.
  • Ability to engage and communicate with audiences of all ages and provide exceptional customer service to a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to complete tasks in a productive, proactive manner.
  • Must have access to transportation.
  • 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.
  • Ability to stand/walk up to 6 hours without a break and lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.
  • 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.


Candidate must be available to start no later than January 15, 2019. End date is June 2, 2019 with the possibility for an extension through August 2019. The ideal candidate is available every Friday evening through Saturday morning plus one weekday for a total of approximately 25 hours per week. Time off must be arranged in advance. This position is unpaid and reports to the School & Youth Programs Coordinator. 

Applications will be accepted until January 4, or until the position is filled. Follow this link to apply: