Internship: Conservation in Marine Mammal Response

This internship is meant to provide the intern with a high-level view of community powered conservation while supporting the advancement of an inclusive environment within one of the world’s largest marine mammal stranding response programs.

The successful candidate will contribute meaningful support to the technology, volunteer engagement, and logistics of our Monterey Bay Operations.

Key Responsibilities

  • Schedule is Thursday-Monday.
  • Supports the Operations Coordinators with technological and logistical tools that facilitate an efficient stranding response program. This includes tracking response progress, updating the stranding database, supporting volunteer crew with digital record-keeping, and more.
  • Assists with the organization and access of cloud-based resources; assists in preparation of a monthly newsletter and assists in preparing material requested by Marketing.
  • Assists crews with scheduling and communication as needed.
  • Assists with the updating of training and engagement materials for volunteers and staff.
  • <li?Engages and presents a final project. Projects can be data based that enhance the intern’s understanding of stranding ecology or further increase the accessibility of The Marine Mammal Center’s programs to a diverse community.

Qualifications and Experience

  • An interest and passion for conservation.
  • Strong interest and ability to use computer-based programs and comfort learning new software and database programs.
  • A desire to work as part of a team.
  • A desire to build skills in outreach and communication.
  • Proficiency in a language other than English preferred.
  • Experience working with volunteers and diverse communities.

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to remain in a stationary position and move in an office environment for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to operate a computer and other office equipment 90% of the time.
  • Ability to drive/operate a vehicle. Public transportation between housing accommodations and site is limited.

Work Environment

  • Potential exposure to zoonotic diseases.
  • Working in outdoor weather conditions and elements possible depending on intern’s interests.
  • Working in an office environment with rotating groups of volunteer crews.
  • Housing is provided through a network of volunteers with The Marine Mammal Center. Most of these volunteers have pets (cats and dogs). Pet and house sitting may be requested in exchange for housing.

Location: Moss Landing, California
Reports to: Monterey Bay Operations Manager
Hours: 40 hours Thursday-Monday, hours flexible
Position Classification: Seasonal
Benefits: Limited benefits. Stipend with housing options provided through a network of our volunteers in exchange for house or pet-sitting.


The Marine Mammal Center actively engages individuals from all backgrounds. We are committed to embracing diversity within our organization because we firmly believe that diverse employee teams help us to achieve our best organizational outcomes and provide the most effective support to the communities we serve. We are deeply dedicated to creating and maintaining an inclusive, equitable and supportive work environment. We strongly encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply. The Marine Mammal Center believes in growth and supporting our employees as best we can so they can become their best selves in and outside of work. We believe that a healthy work environment means building an inclusive culture where people can thrive together and feel supported and empowered. We believe in stretch versus constraint.


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


The Marine Mammal Center is leading the field in ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue, veterinary medicine, science, and education.

For more information, please visit our “About Us” page at www.marinemammalcenter.org

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume and provide a brief description bout how your experience aligns with the role. Note that applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

In your cover letter, please feel free to note which pronouns you use (For example – she/her/hers, he/him/his, they/them/theirs, etc.). We strongly encourage people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and non-binary people, veterans, parents, and individuals with disabilities to apply.

The Center is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone to our team. If you need reasonable accommodation at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know.

Research has shown that women and people from marginalized communities apply to roles when they meet 100% of the job requirements, versus men applicants who apply if they meet an average of 60% of the requirements. If you think that your skills are transferable and can add value to this role, please apply so we can determine whether it’s a good fit.

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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