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California’s diversity is one of its greatest strengths. Heal the Bay is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive environment that respects all individuals regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical ability, religion or age. We are focused on recruiting and retaining a diverse team of employees, creating awareness of justice and diversity issues, fostering a positive environment where inclusive behaviors are the norm, and embedding accountability for diversity throughout the organization. We are committed to creating an environment where all employees are included, are treated with dignity and respect, and are in a position to contribute to our success.

Heal the Bay Aquarium is looking for a full-time Senior Aquarist to provide a high standard husbandry care and maintenance for all aquatic exhibits, displaying local Santa Monica Bay species. As an advanced level position, the Senior Aquarist will be expected to have a strong base understanding of aquarium science and the ability to lead projects, develop volunteers, and contribute to the overall mission of Heal the Bay. Read More »

About the Organization  

Heal the Bay is an environmental nonprofit dedicated to making the coastal waters and watersheds of greater L.A. safe, healthy and clean. To fulfill our mission, we use science, education, community action and advocacy. We educate the greater Los Angeles region about the undersea wonders of our local Santa Monica Bay, the causes and impacts of local water pollution, the need for an improved resilient water supply, and what Angelenos can do to make a difference. We reach over 150,000 people every year through our Heal the Bay Aquarium, beach cleanups and community outreach programs.

California’s diversity is one of its greatest strengths. Heal the Bay is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive environment that respects all individuals regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical ability, religion, or age. We are focused on recruiting and retaining a diverse team of employees, fostering a positive environment where inclusive behaviors are the norm, prioritizing our work through an equity and inclusivity lens, and embedding accountability for diversity throughout the organization. We are committed to creating an environment where all employees are included, are treated with dignity and respect, and are in a position to contribute to our success.

Heal the Bay is looking for a full-time Senior Aquarist to support our Heal the Bay Aquarium Operations Department.

About the Role  

Under the supervision of the Associate Director of Operations, the Senior Aquarist will fill the primary role of providing high standard husbandry care and maintenance for all aquatic exhibits, displaying local Santa Monica Bay species. As an advanced level position, the Senior Aquarist will be expected to have a strong base understanding of aquarium science and the ability to lead projects, develop volunteers, and contribute to the overall mission of Heal the Bay.

Expectations & Responsibilities  

  • Daily duties include but are not limited to: cleaning exhibits, food preparation and feedings, treating any injured/diseased individuals as necessary, making observations and recognizing abnormal animal behavior/appearance, acting upon/reporting such observations in a timely manner, and completing all necessary records and paperwork thoroughly
  • Maintains all life support systems equipment, aquarium exhibits, and facilities. Identifies issues, performs necessary repairs, develops new systems, and keeps adequate supplies in stock
  • Performs routine water quality analysis, monitors trends, and makes necessary adjustments to maintain ideal aquatic habitat conditions
  • Leads and/or assists with acquiring all aquatic specimens through industry supplier purchase, zoological institution trade/donation or in boat collecting trips
  • Performs veterinary/medical procedures under the guidance of the HTB contracted veterinarian
  • Assists with procurement of supplies and equipment within quarterly/monthly designated budgets
  • Assists in the advancement and implementation of exhibit goals by contributing to design and management
  • Trains, develops, and oversees the work of aquarist volunteers and interns
  • Contributes to the mission of Heal the Bay by creating exhibit displays and work that promotes science, education, community action, and advocacy
  • Performs all other duties as required

Preferred Experience & Skills  

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, fisheries, zoology or related field required OR equivalent experience.
  • 3+ years of progressive levels of responsibility providing daily husbandry to aquatic animals
  • Knowledge of modern principles of animal care and welfare, including behavioral enrichment, habitat, nutrition, disease, training, water quality, and transport
  • Open Water SCUBA certified. Rescue Diver Certification preferred or the ability to get the certification within 4 months of hire
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds, kneel, bend, crouch, squat, and stand for extended periods of time
  • Ability to work effectively in wet conditions indoors and out, as well as, in inclement weather
  • Experience with computerized record keeping software such as Tracks is highly preferred

If you don’t meet all of the preferred skills above, you are still encouraged to apply and will be considered based on diverse and equivalent skills and experience.

Compensation  

This is a non-exempt full-time position $20-$24 per hour with appropriate state and federal taxes withheld.

Benefits  

There are dental, medical, health insurance, and vacation benefits included as part of employment. In accordance with California Labor Law, employee will be eligible to receive up to 72 hours of paid sick leave per calendar year, after completing 90 days of employment. All Heal the Bay recognized Holidays will be compensated in accordance to time worked.

Schedule 

Full-time, 40 hours per week. Must be available for weekends, evenings, and holidays.

Physical Demands

Ability to work in variable weather conditions with potential exposure to heat, wind, and inclement weather both inside the Aquarium Pier Gift Shop and Aquarium Exhibit Gallery, and outdoors on the Santa Monica Pier and beach

 How to Apply  

Please email your resume and cover letter to Laura Rink, Associate Aquarium Director, at lrink@healthebay.org with the subject line “Senior Aquarist Heal the Bay”. No phone calls please.  Applications will be reviewed immediately and on an ongoing basis in the order they are received

Qualified individuals that reflect the diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of Los Angeles County are strongly encouraged to apply for this opportunity.


Heal the Bay is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status and we strongly encourage applications from individuals that reflect the diversity of Los Angeles County.

Heal the Bay complies with AB 1008, the Fair Chance Act, during the hiring process. Once a conditional job offer has been made the candidate will be asked to complete a Live Scan criminal background check. A thorough assessment of conviction history will be considered including: the nature and gravity of the criminal history, the time that has passed since the conviction, and the nature of the job the candidate is seeking.

Heal the Bay requires all staff to obtain and maintain up-to-date COVID-19 vaccinations, when available. Heal the Bay believes this is an important measure to protect the health and safety of employees, volunteers, family members and those who visit the workplace from COVID-19 infection. Staff must show proof of vaccination (vaccination card or website).

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Heal the Bay invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of Development. This senior director will generate gifts, grants, and other charitable revenue to support Heal the Bay’s efforts to improve the long-term quality of life for the human and wildlife inhabitants of California’s treasured coastlands. Read More »

Heal the Bay invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of Development. This senior director will generate gifts, grants, and other charitable revenue to support Heal the Bay’s efforts to improve the long-term quality of life for the human and wildlife inhabitants of California’s treasured coastlands. This is a rare opportunity–ideal for the fundraising leader who is professionally and personally motivated to make an impact now! Climate change and pollution threaten California’s beaches, rivers, and coastal wildlife. Join the passionate team at Heal the Bay to help make Santa Monica Bay and its watersheds safe, healthy, and clean. The successful candidate’s vision, enthusiasm, and fundraising expertise will support science, advocacy, community outreach, and education to create positive change in our environment.

About the Organization

Heal the Bay is an environmental organization dedicated to making southern California’s Coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy and clean. To fulfill our mission, we use science, education, community action, and advocacy. Heal the Bay has an annual budget of over $4 million and more than 15,000 members. Progress toward our mission is achieved by effectively combining science, advocacy, community outreach, and education to create positive change in our environment. 

We strongly encourage applications from individuals that reflect the diversity of Los Angeles County, including but not limited to people of color, LGBTQIA and other communities that environmental organizations, including Heal the Bay, have not adequately engaged. 

Position Summary

Reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer as a key member of the organization’s senior staff cabinet, the Director of Development leads the organization’s fundraising and grants administration efforts that generate more than $6 million annually. As the chief fundraiser for Heal the Bay, the Director of Development conducts ongoing communications with major donors, foundation program officers, public sector agencies, and senior corporate officers to sustain and grow contributions from these partners.

The Director of Development is expected to be an effective public ambassador for Heal the Bay and will address diverse audiences in a wide variety of settings on behalf of the organization. The Director of Development will coordinate major donor appeal meetings and foundation site visits, often in concert with institutional representatives, including board members, the Chief Executive Officer, or other senior staff. Heal the Bay plans to carry out a capital campaign to build a new aquarium at the Santa Monica Pier. The Director of Development will be the primary internal coordinator of activities carried out by the capital campaign consultants and the campaign fundraising committee.

Heal the Bay produces several successful fundraising events, generating at least $1.3 million in annual gross proceeds. The Director of Development will work closely with staff and consultants to ensure sponsorship and onsite revenue goals are achieved, taking ownership of coordinating pledges from event sponsors, board members, and special guests.

The Director of Development actively collaborates with Heal the Bay’s board of directors, senior staff, and the staff of the Development department to set and measure progress toward achieving annual and long-range fundraising goals. In this highly collaborative role, success depends on building mutually respectful working relationships with fellow executives and program teams, understanding and persuasively articulating Heal the Bay’s projects, initiatives, and strategic priorities. The Director of Development will also work closely with Heal the Bay’s communications team to support fundraising objectives and ensure consistent institutional branding.

Heal the Bay is committed to a healthy, safe, and inclusive workplace environment. The Director of Development will be a champion of diversity, equity, and inclusion–both as an organization leader, and in alignment with donors, foundation grantmakers, and corporate sponsors who value diversity and inclusion as principles of ethical stewardship.

The successful candidate will be relentlessly goal driven, sustaining a singular focus on accountability–of both their own work and that of the Development team. To be seriously considered for this opportunity, applicants must demonstrate a history of directly initiating, sustaining, and expanding charitable fundraising results. The selection committee is eager to meet candidates who can demonstrate progressively senior professional employment, consulting, and/or volunteer roles that reflect a passion for protecting the environment.

The Santa Monica Bay and its environs are diverse in flora, fauna–and people. The future of Heal the Bay depends on engaging directly with and generating enthusiasm for its mission among prospective donors, volunteers, staff, and advocates from the region’s ethnically diverse communities. The Director of Development will support and coordinate, as directed by the CEO, Heal the Bay’s efforts to develop, implement, and measure the impact of methods to achieve greater visibility, affinity, charitable giving, and volunteer support among all who have a stake in the organization’s mission.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

Fundraising, Stewardship, and Communications 

  • Develops and leads the implementation of a multi-year Development Plan, in consultation with Heal the Bay’s executive and board teams.  
  • Manages a portfolio of major donors and prospects; is personally and actively engaged in the cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, and documentation of donor relations.
  • Leads development team in executing three major fundraising events:  gala, golf tournament and water agency luncheon. This includes generating gifts and sponsorships.
  • Researches, explores, and executes methods to establish and leverage for fundraising impact relationships with private sector and philanthropic leaders and organizations. 
  • May spend up to 20% of time on local (LA County) travel to develop and cultivate major donors. 
  • Guides the creation of donor-related materials, including print, direct mail andelectronic appeals, stewardship communications, and event sponsorship appeal packets.
  • Leads the development of written proposals and verbal appeals, ensuring that supporting materials are prepared for all grant requests and major donor meetings. 
  • Solicits, either personally or with other senior team members, a targeted number of major gifts annually. 
  • Develops and measures the effectiveness of methods to build a pipeline (tracked in Salesforce) of prospective major donors.
  • Is an effective and compelling public spokesperson, leveraging appearances to increase the community of and enthusiasm among stakeholders.
  • Creates opportunities in coordination with the CEO to raise Heal the Bay’s profile throughout the region by successfully leading and supporting strategic partnerships, special and public events, and issue campaigns.
  • Ensures timely, transparent, and comprehensive information is provided to accounting and data management of impending gift requests to ensure compliance with accounting procedures.
  • Manages and takes personal responsibility for the documentation of all fundraising activity, preparing and providing monthly briefing and periodic full reports to Heal the Bay board and senior staff of department objectives and ongoing fundraising activities.  
  • Strictly observes and demonstrates respect for nonprofit and fundraising ethical principles of transparency, regulatory compliance, and donor stewardship. 

Management 

  • Hires, supervises, and evaluates up to four Development staff, ensuring that they have the support and resources to succeed. 
  • Oversees the preparation of Development department reports, monitoring progress and adjusting resources to achieve outcomes as described in fundraising plans.
  • Conducts regular team and individual meetings with Development staff to shape and support donor relations, gift prospecting, foundation proposals, and private sector sponsorship appeals.
  • Devotes approximately 10% of time to senior staff collaboration and general administrative activities across the organization.
  • Continues professional and network development through ongoing training and climate/conservation community activities. 

Leadership Team & Board of Directors

  • Participates actively and productively as a collegial member of the senior staff to support Heal the Bay’s strategic and operational success.
  • Conducts respectful and productive meetings with Heal the Bay board members to support both their own giving and to leverage their capacity for referring major gift prospects among their networks.  

Management Approach, General Skills, Experience, and Education

  • At least ten years of senior fundraising leadership and gift solicitation experience.
  • Demonstrated success cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding high net-worth individuals, with a track record of securing five-figure (and greater) gifts, and increasing major donor gifts.
  • Experience preferred in capital campaign planning, fundraising, or other campaign support roles.
  • Strong ability to persuasively express and describe the mission and programs of Heal the Bay to a wide variety of different audiences. 
  • Proficiency in Salesforce or similar donor relations database; ensure that Development staff are skillfully maintaining Heal the Bay’s donor data system.
  • Resourceful and creative problem solving and goal achievement style, bringing a blend of coaching and “lead by example” management approaches.   
  • Flexible, collegial, and supportive interpersonal workplace style.  
  • Ability to perform under pressure with grace in a dynamic workplace environment.
  • Superior professional working style, including the ability to work effectively with the executive leadership, board of directors, major donors, and prospects in an effective manner.
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills.
  • A clear understanding of 501(c)(3) nonprofit legal issues/structures.

Compensation

  • The salary and compensation package is very competitive, with the annual salary range from $120,000 to $150,000. The actual salary offer will depend on the finalist’s experience and demonstrated capacity for success. Heal the Bay offers an excellent benefits package.
  • This is a full-time (exempt) position, with occasional evening and weekend work required. The position requires being based in Los Angeles County, California with a current flexible “in office” requirement of at least two days a week.

Learn more about Heal the Bay.

Application Information 

How to apply: Please send your resume and cover letter by 5 p.m. Pacific on January 20, 2023, to salazarsearch@gmail.com with the subject line “Heal the Bay”.

Qualified individuals that reflect the diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of Los Angeles County are strongly encouraged to apply for this opportunity.


Heal the Bay is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. 

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Internships

Heal the Bay’s Science, Policy, and Outreach Department is recruiting for a highly self-motivated MPA Watch intern with an interest in marine protected areas (MPAs), coastal conservation, and fieldwork for the 2023 Spring Session (February – May). Read More »

About the Organization

Heal the Bay is an environmental nonprofit dedicated to making the coastal waters and watersheds of Greater Los Angeles safe, healthy, and clean. To fulfill our mission we use science, education, community action, and advocacy.  

Internship Overview

Heal the Bay’s Science, Policy, and Outreach Department is recruiting for a highly self-motivated MPA Watch intern with an interest in marine protected areas (MPAs), coastal conservation, and fieldwork for the 2023 Spring Session (February – May). The intern will report to our Coastal and Marine Scientist, and work both in the field at MPA sites and virtually for approximately 10-20 hours each week with flexible scheduling and an option for periodic in-office meetings. The intern is expected to start the week of February 13th, as well as provide their own transportation to and from MPA field sites in Malibu and Palos Verdes. Interns are trained to observe and collect unbiased data on coastal and marine resource use.

This is an excellent opportunity to gain science fieldwork experience and to work for a reputable non-profit that has been established on the Westside for over 35 years. Heal the Bay’s community science program, MPA Watch, is part of a statewide network and collects valuable scientific data to inform various government and other organizations about human use at MPA sites and inform MPA management.

There are required physical expectations that an individual must possess to successfully perform essential internship responsibilities, including:

  • Ability to spend 4-5 hours outside and willingness to do so under harsh weather conditions, if necessary.
  • Ability to complete moderate hiking and willingness to do so under harsh weather conditions, if necessary.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50lbs.
  • Ability to push and pull up to 50lbs.

This is an unpaid internship, but please contact your college or university about qualifying for college credit or scholarship opportunities. Please note that this is a hybrid internship and will require attendance at periodic in-office meetings. Interns must have reliable access to a computer and the internet to complete remote work in addition to fieldwork Interns must have reliable access to a computer and internet to complete remote work in addition to field work.

Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Complete MPA Watch beach surveys of human activities inside and outside protected areas for MPA Watch program.
  • Assist in organization and management of the MPA Watch database.
  • Conduct quality assurance and quality control on MPA Watch surveys in the database.
  • Assist with the development of MPA Watch program and training materials such as manuals and PowerPoint presentations
  • Assist in the development and implementation of MPA Watch volunteer trainings.
  • Assist in MPA Watch volunteer events and coordination.
  • Attend virtual weekly MPA Watch team meetings
  • Maintain a professional and enthusiastic attitude when representing Heal the Bay in public settings, meeting, events, and trainings.

Qualifications:

  • Recently graduated or currently enrolled in higher education program at a college or university in a degree program of Environmental Studies, Marine Science, Oceanography, Biology, Ecology, Environmental Policy or related field.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Detail-oriented; ability to complete projects promptly and completely.
  • Ability to work independently as well as with a team.
  • Preferred: experience in conducting data collection and/or research and proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Compensation: Unpaid. School credit is available at participating schools/colleges.

How to Apply: Applicants must send a resume and cover letter to Emily Parker, Coastal and Marine Scientist, at eparker@healthebay.org  by Friday, January 27th 2023 for application to be considered. Please use the phrase “MPA Watch Spring 2023 Internship” in the email subject line.


Heal the Bay is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status and we strongly encourage applications from individuals that reflect the diversity of Los Angeles County.

 Heal the Bay complies with AB 1008, the Fair Chance Act, during the onboarding process. Once a conditional internship offer has been made the candidate will be asked to complete a Live Scan criminal background check. A thorough assessment of conviction history will be considered including: the nature and gravity of the criminal history, the time that has passed since the conviction, and the nature of the job the candidate is seeking.

 Heal the Bay requires all interns to obtain and maintain up-to-date COVID-19 vaccinations, when available. Heal the Bay believes this is an important measure to protect the health and safety of employees, volunteers, family members and those who visit the workplace from COVID-19 infection. Interns must show proof of vaccination (vaccination card or website).

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Heal the Bay Aquarium is recruiting a detail-oriented Aquarist intern for an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience in aquarium science, animal husbandry, and life support system maintenance with a reputable aquarium and environmental nonprofit Read More »

About the Organization

Heal the Bay is an environmental nonprofit dedicated to making the coastal waters and watersheds of Greater Los Angeles safe, healthy, and clean. To fulfill our mission we use science, education, community action, and advocacy.  

Internship Overview

The Heal the Bay Aquarium offers school groups, families, and visitors a unique view of the ocean world right outside its doors. The aquarium is home to hundreds of organisms, native to Santa Monica Bay. As Heal the Bay’s marine education facility, the aquarium strives to teach visitors about the importance of environmental stewardship and marine conservation.

Heal the Bay Aquarium’s Operations Department is recruiting for a highly self-motivated Aquarist intern for the 2023 Spring Session (February – April). The intern will report to our Associate Director of Operations, and work onsite at the aquarium for 10-20 hours each week with flexible scheduling. The intern is expected to start the week of February 13th and finish with a presentation of their project at our Internship Symposium.

This is an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience in aquarium science, animal husbandry, and life support system maintenance with a reputable aquarium and environmental nonprofit. This is an unpaid internship, but please contact your college or university about qualifying for college credit or scholarship opportunities. At the end of the internship program, a recommendation for college or work application may be requested.

There are required physical expectations that an individual must possess to successfully perform essential internship responsibilities, including:

  • Ability to walk on the beach and sand. 
  • Willingness to be in the water and occasionally get wet. 
  • Willingness to interact with and touch marine animals. 
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs. 
  • Ability to push and pull up to 50 lbs. 
  • Ability to spend 2-4 hours outside and willingness to do so under harsh weather conditions, if necessary.

Primary Responsibilities: 

  • If not done so already, complete the outlined Aquarist volunteer training program
  • Participate in the motivation, training, and onboarding of new volunteers
  • Assist Operations staff in day-to-day operations, maintenance, and special projects as they arise
  • Attend biweekly Aquarium All Staff meetings
  • Attend weekly check-ins (virtual or in-person) with Associate Director of Operations to provide project updates and feedback
  • Maintain a professional and enthusiastic attitude when representing Heal the Bay in public settings, meeting, events, and trainings.
  • Develop an independent research project on aquatic animal husbandry, exhibit interpretation, or another related topic and present at the end of the internship.

Qualifications: 

  • Recently graduated or currently enrolled in higher education program at a college or university in a degree program of Environmental Studies, Marine Science, Oceanography, Biology, Ecology, Environmental Policy or related field.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Detail-oriented; ability to complete projects promptly and completely.
  • Ability to work independently as well as with a team.
  • Preferred: completion of the Heal the Bay Aquarium volunteer training program and/or relevant experience working with marine animals

Compensation: Unpaid. School credit is available at participating schools/colleges.

How to Apply:  Applicants must send a resume and cover letter to Laura Rink, Associate Director of Operations, at lrink@healthebay.org by Friday, January 27th 2023, for application to be considered. Please use the phrase “Aquarist Spring 2023 Internship” in the email subject line.


Heal the Bay is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status and we strongly encourage applications from individuals that reflect the diversity of Los Angeles County.

 Heal the Bay complies with AB 1008, the Fair Chance Act, during the onboarding process. Once a conditional internship offer has been made the candidate will be asked to complete a Live Scan criminal background check. A thorough assessment of conviction history will be considered including: the nature and gravity of the criminal history, the time that has passed since the conviction, and the nature of the job the candidate is seeking.

 Heal the Bay requires all interns to obtain and maintain up-to-date COVID-19 vaccinations, when available. Heal the Bay believes this is an important measure to protect the health and safety of employees, volunteers, family members and those who visit the workplace from COVID-19 infection. Interns must show proof of vaccination (vaccination card or website).

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Heal the Bay’s Beach Programs team is recruiting for a Beach Programs Intern with an interest in marine science, environmental outreach, and working with public volunteers for the 2023 Spring Session (February-May) Read More »

About the Organization

Heal the Bay is an environmental nonprofit dedicated to making the coastal waters and watersheds of Greater Los Angeles safe, healthy, and clean. To fulfill our mission we use science, education, community action, and advocacy.

Internship Overview

Heal the Bay’s Beach Programs team is recruiting for a Beach Programs Intern with an interest in marine science, environmental outreach, and working with public volunteers for the 2023 Spring Session (February-May). The Beach Programs Intern will work under the supervision of our Beach Programs Manager and will work for approximately 10-20 hours each week, with a hybrid work approach of some in-office work at the Heal the Bay main office in Santa Monica and some remote work. The intern must come into the office at least one day of the week between Monday-Friday to assist with outreach activities and volunteer coordination. The intern is expected to start the week of February 13th, 2023, and must have access to a computer and internet to complete remote work and reliable transportation for in-office work. Some evening and weekend work may be required.

There are required physical expectations that an individual must possess in order to successfully perform essential internship responsibilities, including:

  • Ability to walk in the sand.
  • Ability to spend 2-3 hours outside, and willingness to work in variable weather conditions with potential exposure to heat, wind, and inclement weather while on the beach.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 30 lbs.
  • Ability to push and pull up to 30 lbs.

This is an excellent opportunity to work in a dynamic and unique work environment in a non-profit office and on the beach. You will be coordinating with public cleanup volunteers through the Adopt-A-Beach program and at the monthly Nothin’ But Sand cleanups. You will gain program management and non-profit experience with a reputable nonprofit that has been established for over 35 years. Heal the Bay staff are experts in their fields and have strong partnerships with multiple local agencies, non-profits, and aquariums throughout Los Angeles County and nationwide. Additionally, the Heal the Bay Aquarium is home to hundreds of organisms, native to Santa Monica Bay, and the perfect place to learn about the importance of environmental stewardship and marine conservation. As Los Angeles’ leading ocean conservation non-profit, Heal the Bay strives to educate the public on the impacts of plastic pollution, lower the impact of climate change stressors to the Los Angeles environment, and promote equity and environmental justice within all environmental spaces.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Beach Programs team with cleanup coordination and execution
  • Collaborate with Beach Programs team on various tasks/projects
  • Assist with the development of education and outreach materials such as researching and creating Earth Month environmental pledge campaigns
  • Assist with new volunteer Beach Captains trainings
  • Create communications plan for Adopt-A-Beach applicants
  • Build your network within the environmental field
  • Maintain a professional and enthusiastic attitude when representing Heal the Bay in public settings, meetings, events, trainings, on the phone, and via email while interacting with guests, volunteers, and staff
  • Develop an independent project and present results at the end of the internship.

Qualifications:

  • Recently graduated or currently enrolled in a higher education program at a college or university in a degree program of Environmental Science/Studies, Communications, Business Management, Sociology, or a related field.
    OR
    A strong, dedicated interest in working in the environmental non-profit field.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Public speaking, outreach, volunteer coordination, and/or customer service experience is a plus
  • Well organized and detail-oriented; ability to complete tasks promptly and completely with the ability to be flexible and multitask.
  • Ability to work well both independently and as a team.
  • Ability to respectfully communicate with volunteers of all ages, ethnicities, exceptionalities, gender identities, religions, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Proficiency in Eventbrite, Salesforce, and/or Canva is a plus.
  • Ability to pass a Live Scan background check.

Compensation:

This is an unpaid internship, but please contact your college or university about qualifying for college credit or scholarship opportunities. This internship is intended to support professional growth; the intern will have opportunities to network with environmental professionals and gain valuable collaboration and program management skills. The culmination of this internship will be the presentation of a personal project to Heal the Bay staff and related stakeholders. At the end of the internship, interns will be able to request a letter of recommendation.

How to Apply:

Submit a cover letter and resume to Stephanie Gebhardt Rath, Beach Programs Manager, at sgebhardtrath@healthebay.org by Friday, January 27th, 2023 for your application to be considered. Please use the phrase “Beach Programs Internship Spring 2023” in the email subject line.


Heal the Bay is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status and we strongly encourage applications from individuals that reflect the diversity of Los Angeles County.

Heal the Bay complies with AB 1008, the Fair Chance Act, during the onboarding process. Once a conditional internship offer has been made the candidate will be asked to complete a Live Scan criminal background check. A thorough assessment of conviction history will be considered including: the nature and gravity of the criminal history, the time that has passed since the conviction, and the nature of the job the candidate is seeking.

Heal the Bay requires all interns to obtain and maintain up-to-date COVID-19 vaccinations. Heal the Bay believes this is an important measure to protect the health and safety of employees, volunteers, family members and those who visit the workplace from COVID-19 infection. Interns must show proof of vaccination (vaccination card or website).

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Heal the Bay is recruiting a Marine Debris Analysis Intern with an interest in statistics, computer science, data management and analysis to work with the Beach Programs Team for the 2023 Spring Session (February-May). Read More »

About the Organization

Heal the Bay is an environmental nonprofit dedicated to making the coastal waters and watersheds of Greater Los Angeles safe, healthy, and clean. To fulfill our mission we use science, education, community action, and advocacy.

Internship Overview

Heal the Bay’s Beach Programs team is recruiting for a Marine Debris Analysis Intern with an interest in statistics, computer science, data management and analysis for the 2023 Spring Session (February-May). The Beach Programs Intern will work under the supervision of our Beach Programs Manager and will work for approximately 10-20 hours each week, with a hybrid work approach of some in-office work at the Heal the Bay main office in Santa Monica and some remote work. The intern must come into the office at least one day of the week between Monday-Friday to assist with marine debris data management and complete professional development activities. The intern is expected to start the week of February 13, 2023, and must have access to a computer and internet to complete remote work and reliable transportation for in-office work. Some evening and weekend work may be required.

There are required physical expectations that an individual must possess in order to successfully perform essential internship responsibilities, including:

  • Ability to walk in the sand.
  • Ability to spend 2-3 hours outside, and willingness to work in variable weather conditions with potential exposure to heat, wind, and inclement weather while on the beach.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 30 lbs.
  • Ability to push and pull up to 30 lbs.

This is an excellent opportunity to work in a dynamic work environment in a non-profit office and go in-depth into data and community science analysis. You will be helping Heal the Bay manage and analyze the marine debris data collected by volunteers through the Adopt-A-Beach program, Suits on the Sand corporate cleanups, and the monthly Nothin’ But Sand cleanups. Heal the Bay staff are experts in their fields and are well networked with local agencies, non-profits, and aquariums throughout Los Angeles County and nationwide.  As Los Angeles’ leading ocean conservation non-profit, Heal the Bay has maintained a marine debris database of debris collected off Los Angeles area beaches and waterways for over 30 years. This data has helped in the creation of numerous environmental policies and contributed to global plastic pollution tracking. Heal the Bay strives to educate the public on the impacts of plastic pollution, lower the impact of climate change stressors to the Los Angeles environment, and promote equity and environmental justice within all environmental spaces.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Beach Programs team with marine debris database management and data analysis.
  • Coordinate with the Outreach, Science and Policy, and Data Management teams on various tasks/projects.
  • Assist with data collection at Beach Programs events, such as Nothin’ But Sand and Suits on the Sand.
  • Coordinate with and assist new data entry office volunteers.
  • Create a data management plan for Heal the Bay’s Marine Debris Data.
  • Build your network within the environmental and data management fields.
  • Maintain a professional and enthusiastic attitude when representing Heal the Bay in public settings, meetings, events, trainings, on the phone, and via email while interacting with guests, volunteers, and staff.
  • Develop an independent project and present results at the end of the internship.

Qualifications:

  • Recently graduated or currently enrolled in a higher education program at a college or university in a degree program of Environmental Science/Studies, Statistics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Data Science, Business Management, or related field.
    OR
    A strong, dedicated interest in working in data management within/or the environmental science or non-profit field.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Well organized and detail-oriented; ability to complete tasks promptly and completely with the ability to be flexible and multitask.
  • Ability to work well both independently and as a team.
  • Ability to respectfully communicate with volunteers of all ages, ethnicities, exceptionalities, gender identities, religions, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are required
  • Experience with Salesforce, SQL, and/or other computer coding is a plus.
  • Ability to pass a Live Scan background check.

Compensation:

This is an unpaid internship, but please contact your college or university about qualifying for college credit or scholarship opportunities. This internship is intended to support professional growth; the intern will have opportunities to network with environmental professionals and gain valuable collaboration and program management skills. The culmination of this internship will be the presentation of a personal project to Heal the Bay staff and related stakeholders. At the end of the internship, interns will be able to request a letter of recommendation.

How to Apply:

Submit a cover letter and resume to Stephanie Gebhardt Rath, Beach Programs Manager, at sgebhardtrath@healthebay.org by Friday, January 27th, 2023 for your application to be considered. Please use the phrase “Data Analysis Internship Spring 2023” in the email subject line.


Heal the Bay is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status and we strongly encourage applications from individuals that reflect the diversity of Los Angeles County.

Heal the Bay complies with AB 1008, the Fair Chance Act, during the onboarding process. Once a conditional internship offer has been made the candidate will be asked to complete a Live Scan criminal background check. A thorough assessment of conviction history will be considered including: the nature and gravity of the criminal history, the time that has passed since the conviction, and the nature of the job the candidate is seeking.

Heal the Bay requires all interns to obtain and maintain up-to-date COVID-19 vaccinations. Heal the Bay believes this is an important measure to protect the health and safety of employees, volunteers, family members and those who visit the workplace from COVID-19 infection. Interns must show proof of vaccination (vaccination card or website).

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