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The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Director is responsible for overseeing the management of and fundraising for the facility and the staff. Staff is comprised of aquarists, educators, public outreach and administrative personnel, augmented by 120 active volunteers. The position is part of Heal the Bay’s management team. Read More »

The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium offers school groups, families and visitors a unique view into the ocean world just outside its doors and is home to hundreds of organisms native to the Santa Monica Bay.  The interactive displays, touch tanks filled with tide pool animals, a shark tank, Kids’ Corner, and a scientific microscope lab are some of the main features of the Aquarium.  Our field trip education programs, educational birthday parties, children’s marine biology classes, education programs for the public and volunteer opportunities are all ways the public can be involved in the Aquarium experience. As the public learning center of Heal the Bay, the Aquarium also educates visitors about the importance of environmental stewardship and marine conservation.

The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Director is responsible for overseeing the management of and fundraising for the facility and the staff.  Staff is comprised of aquarists, educators, public outreach and administrative personnel, augmented by 120 active volunteers.  The position is part of Heal the Bay’s management team.

The Aquarium is open seven days a week; business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Some evening and weekend work will be required as well.  This position reports to the President of Heal the Bay.

Responsibilities

  • Secure funding for programs, operations and staff through both earned revenue and donations
  • Manage annual operating budgets
  • Provide strategic vision and leadership with the Aquarium’s staff/volunteers
  • Provide strategic vision and leadership within the Santa Monica Pier community as well as with the City of Santa Monica, representing the interests of the Aquarium and Heal the Bay as the City develops a master plan for the Pier and moves forward with land use and infrastructure projects in the surrounding area
  • Inspire, support and maintain the highest quality and standards for staff, incorporating Heal the Bay’s mission in all efforts
  • Develop new fundraising relationships and maintain existing relationships to secure funding for programs, operations and staff, including a future capital campaign
  • Maintain an active presence in the local community, especially with funders/sponsors and the tourism industry
  • Collaborate with staff to execute strategic plans, budgets, project planning and human resource issues
  • Develop strategic marketing and advertising opportunities and partnerships throughout the region
  • Collaborate with staff to bolster programming through exhibit design, public experience, classroom/program education and regional partnerships
  • Create and maintain interdepartmental projects of Heal the Bay’s mission and priorities
  • Provide leadership as a member of the management team of Heal the Bay, which includes interacting with the Aquarium Advisory Board and Heal the Bay’s Board of Directors
  • Serve as the Educational Programming Curator for the Santa Monica Pier curating large scale educational events on the Santa Monica Pier
  • Additional responsibilities and projects as required

Qualifications, Experience & Skills:

  • Experience managing a public aquarium, museum, or education facility
  • Proven leadership skills and ability to maintain a creative and supportive work culture
  • Proven background in fundraising and development
  • Experience managing and communicating with multiple departments with creative, enthusiastic and dynamic staff from a variety of disciplines/backgrounds
  • Able to work in a shared space in close quarters
  • Organized, multi-tasker with strong decision-making skills
  • Strong writing and public speaking skills and familiarity with social media as a marketing tool
  • Passion for and an understanding of Heal the Bay’s mission, the ocean and environmental health

Preferred:

  • Strong science and education background in environmental field, marine biology or related fields
  • Existing relationships with local and state decision-makers, foundations, partner agencies, museum or science facilities
  • Previous experience in leading a capital campaign

Please send a cover letter and resume by applying online at www.healthebay.org/jobs.

Heal the Bay is an equal opportunity employer and actively recruits to promote diversity in our workforce.

  • Full time including some evenings and weekends required
  • Salary: commensurate with experience, full benefits
  • Start Date: ASAP

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Internships

Heal the Bay’s Communications Department is looking for an enthusiastic, outgoing intern to assist in our marketing, public relations, outreach and graphic design efforts. This internship will begin ASAP and continue until winter break. Supporting our on-the-ground and online environmental advocacy work, this internship will focus on campaign and social media strategy, data analysis, email marketing, content creation and community relations. There are also opportunities to pitch independent creative projects that broaden and deepen our existing efforts. Read More »

Do you love the environment? Are you just as comfortable talking to strangers as you are poring over Google Analytics? Are you a fan of tweeting, pinning, posting, or any other variation of sharing your favorite moments & brands online? Are you looking for an internship that’s more than just grabbing coffee?

We’re looking for an enthusiastic, outgoing Communications intern to assist our Communications Department with a variety of important tasks including campaign support, social media, data analysis, email marketing, content creation, and community relations. There are also opportunities to embark on a creative project of your own.

Functions Include:

  • Promote environmental campaigns and communications initiatives at live events
  • Organize and optimize digital properties both externally and internally
  • Respond to feedback from fans and interact positively with our membership community
  • Draft content for web, email, and social media properties
  • Assist in social media data analysis to develop strategic marketing plans

Experience and Skills Required or Preferred:

  • Currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Master’s program at an accredited university or community college (preferred)
  • Proficiency in social media platforms (required)
  • Graphic design software (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign preferred)
  • Google Analytics
  • Basic audio/video editing skills
  • Copy editing
  • Experience assisting a manager in any capacity
  • Experience in community organizing, particularly grassroots oriented approaches
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively with colleagues
  • Occasional evening and weekend work is required

About You:

  • Creative, self-directed, ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Inquisitive, desire to learn new skills and diverse aspects of our organization’s work
  • Most importantly you should be passionate about protecting the environment, particularly watersheds, beaches, and oceans

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Heal the Bay is looking for an organized and responsible person (bilingual preferred) capable of working in a fast-paced environment to support the Programs Department. Interns will be working closely with the Programs Department staff to coordinate successful events, educate the public about marine conservation and water quality issues, and provide support in the office. Read More »

Heal the Bay is looking for an organized and responsible person (bilingual preferred) capable of working in a fast-paced environment to support the Programs Department. Interns will be working closely with the Programs Department staff to coordinate successful events, educate the public about marine conservation and water quality issues, and provide support in the office.

This part-time, non-commissioned (unpaid, but ask your school about giving you credit for this!) intern position (minimum of 9 hr/week; but very flexible) is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in the environmental field. This internship would begin as soon as possible and would last for a minimum amount of 2 months time. Attendance at some weekend and evening events might be necessary.

This is an excellent leadership opportunity that will be useful for gaining community outreach experience, resume building, and obtaining references.

Responsibilities include:

  • Work with the Programs Department staff to plan, promote, and work at/attend a variety of special events that go on throughout the year. i.e. beach and/or creek cleanups, trainings, “tablings”, dinners, Coastal Cleanup Day, and more. • Recruit schools, businesses, and community groups to participate in Heal the Bay events.
  • Assist in coordinating and training speakers, volunteers, and staff on the day of events.
  • Make presentations to community and help educate the public about ocean pollution and the Heal the Bay mission. • Manage a variety of databases that grow continuously and exponentially at Heal the Bay.

Qualifications:

  • Very well organized and careful attention to detail.
  • Must be available to work partial days on occasional weekends (Saturdays especially).
  • Strong communication and writing skills.
  • Ability to lead and coordinate large groups of volunteers.
  • Ability to work well both independently and as a team.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office applications.
  • California driver’s license required; a car for driving to meetings is a plus.
  • Spanish speaker preferred.
  • Passion for environmental justice issues is a plus.
  • All Applicants must be at least 17 years of age; students of college level studies are preferred.

Ask your instructor about college credit! We will fill out whatever form your school provides us with to document your participation in this internship.

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The Development Department at Heal the Bay is responsible for developing and maintaining financial support of the organization and its programs via direct mail, special fundraising events, grant-writing, major gifts and corporate philanthropy activities. Read More »

The Development Department at Heal the Bay is responsible for developing and maintaining financial support of the organization and its programs via direct mail, special fundraising events, grant-writing, major gifts and corporate philanthropy activities.

The Development intern will currently focus on supporting the annual fundraising event, with emphasis on Salesforce entry. Additional projects will include:

  • Researching corporate giving programs
  • Researching public and private foundations
  • Contacting potential supporters regarding donor opportunities
  • Assisting with contracts and document creation
  • Assisting with mailings
  • Filing, organizing, labeling

This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is interested in fundraising and relationship-building via donor and corporate communications and special event planning.

Qualifications:

  • Experience with Salesforce highly desirable
  • Attention to detail and good multi-tasking skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Excellent speaking and writing skills
  • Ability to work independently and with a team
  • Computer literacy, including MS Word and Excel
  • Interest in Heal the Bay mission

Compensation: Un-paid

This is at a non-profit organization.
School credit available at participating schools/colleges

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Heal the Bay’s Science and Policy Department is looking for an organized and highly self- motivated individual to work closely with the Senior Coastal Policy Manager and Internship Manager on our MPA Watch program. Candidates would ideally be interested in marine protected areas (MPAs), coastal conservation, fieldwork, have a science background, and be willing to commit to at least 20 hours/week for the summer, and 10 hours/week during the school year. Responsibilities would include but not limited to: performing beach surveys for our MPA Watch program, organizing MPA Watch program data, and assisting with development of program materials. Read More »

Heal the Bay’s Science and Policy Department is looking for an organized and highly self- motivated individual to work closely with the Senior Coastal Policy Manager and Internship Manager on our MPA Watch program. Candidates would ideally be interested in marine protected areas (MPAs), coastal conservation, fieldwork, have a science background, and be willing to commit to at least 20 hours/week for the summer, and 10 hours/week during the school year. Responsibilities would include but not limited to: performing beach surveys for our MPA Watch program, organizing MPA Watch program data, and assisting with development of program materials.

Heal the Bay’s citizen science program, MPA Watch, involves conducting beach surveys of ocean uses. This program is a great way to combine your love of the beach and ocean while collecting valuable scientific data. Interns and volunteers are trained to observe and collect unbiased data on coastal and marine resource use, which will provide important information to understand how people are using the newly established marine protected areas (MPAs), and to help inform MPA management.

This internship is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable science and work experience in the non-profit environmental field.

Responsibilities include:

  • Collection and organization of MPA Watch field data
  • Organizing and managing informational databases
  • Assisting with Development of program materials

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate or graduate student, with major in Environmental Studies, Marine Science, Geography, Biology or related field
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Professional and enthusiastic
  • Be able to spend 4-5 hours daily outdoors with some moderate hiking in occasional adverse

weather conditions (wind, rain, heat, cold)

  • Detail-oriented; ability to complete projects promptly and completely
  • Ability to work independently as well as with a team
  • Ability to commit to an internship for at least 10 weeks
  • Access to reliable transportation to get to field sites in Malibu and Palos Verdes
  • Passion for the ocean

This is an unpaid internship that requires a time commitment of at least 10-20 daytime hours a week, flexible scheduling. Ask your instructors about course credit!

 

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Heal the Bay is looking for an organized, responsible, bilingual individual capable of working in a fast-paced environment to assist Heal the Bay’s Spanish Communications Coordinator with our Spanish language outreach strategies. In addition, the Spanish Communications Intern will be working closely with our Programs Department staff to coordinate successful Spanish language volunteer events. This part-time, non-commissioned (unpaid, but ask your school about credit!) intern position (minimum of 9 hr/week; flexible hours) is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in Spanish communications and its applications to the environmental field. This internship would begin as soon as possible and would last for a minimum amount of 2 months time. Attendance at some weekend and evening events may be necessary. Read More »

Heal the Bay is looking for an organized, responsible, bilingual individual capable of working in a fast-paced environment to assist Heal the Bay’s Spanish Communications Coordinator with our Spanish language outreach strategies. In addition, the Spanish Communications Intern will be working closely with our Programs Department staff to coordinate successful Spanish language volunteer events. This part-time, non-commissioned (unpaid, but ask your school about credit!) intern position (minimum of 9 hr/week; flexible hours) is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in Spanish communications and its applications to the environmental field. This internship would begin as soon as possible and would last for a minimum amount of 2 months time. Attendance at some weekend and evening events may be necessary.

This is an excellent leadership opportunity that will be useful for gaining communications/marketing experience, building up your resume, and obtaining references.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist in providing content for Heal the Bay’s Spanish blog and continue to develop content for Heal the Bay’s current Spanish website and upcoming redesign.
  • Work with the Programs Department staff to implement a Spanish language component to plan, promote, and implement at a variety of events that go on throughout the year. i.e. beach and/or creek cleanups, trainings, “tablings”, Coastal Cleanup Day, and more.
  • Assist in generating Spanish language print, radio, and television mass media coverage of our events/activities.
  • Assist in recruiting individuals, schools, businesses, and community groups to participate in Heal the Bay Spanish language activities.
  • Help coordinate Spanish language volunteers for special events to ensure that the event runs safely and smoothly. • Make Spanish language presentations to community groups about particular events that promote topics on ocean pollution and Heal the Bay’s mission.
  • Manage a variety of databases and e-mail serve lists to continuously grow Heal the Bay’s Spanish language constituency.

Qualifications:

  • Fluency in Spanish (educación secundaria level) both written and spoken.
  • Strong familiarity with Latin American culture; having lived or attended school in a Latin American country preferred.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office applications.
  • Strong communication and writing skills.
  • Must be available to work partial days on occasional weekends (Saturdays especially).
  • All applicants must be at least 18 years of age; college students of Marketing, Communications, Journalism, or related fields preferred.
  • A car for driving to meetings is a plus.
  • Passion for environmental justice issues is a plus.

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Aquarist Department Interns will assist with exhibit maintenance, animal feeding and care, occasional collecting, and perform other duties related to the Aquarist Department. Read More »

The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium offers school groups, families and visitors a unique view into the ocean world right outside our doors. It is home to more than one hundred organisms native to the Santa Monica Bay. Interactive displays, touch tanks filled with tide pool animals, a shark tank exhibit, and a microscope lab are some of the main features of the Aquarium. As Heal the Bay’s marine education facility, the Aquarium also strives to teach visitors about the importance of environmental stewardship and marine conservation.

Aquarist Department Interns will assist with exhibit maintenance, animal feeding and care, occasional collecting, and perform other duties related to the Aquarist Department.

The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is looking for responsible, dedicated, assertive interns to work with our Senior Aquarist, other staff and volunteers. Interns are required to attend the six-evening volunteer/intern training course.

This internship is an excellent opportunity to learn more about marine science, marine life support systems, and aquatic animal care and to gain experience working for an environmental group.

Responsibilities include:

  • General care & maintenance of aquarium exhibits and life support systems
  • Food preparation and feeding of organisms
  • Water quality analysis
  • Aid in the development of marine biology & environmental education signage
  • Special project(s)

Qualifications:

  • ♦ Understanding of environmental, marine science, and education issues
  • ♦ Strong interpersonal skills, ability to work with many people in diverse settings
  • ♦ Ability to work independently as well as with a team
  • ♦ Ability to operate hand and power tool
  • ♦ Ability to commit to an internship for at least 6 months
  • ♦ Excellent written and verbal communication skills

This is an unpaid internship that requires a time commitment of at least 8 hours per week for a period of at least 6 months. Ask your instructors about course credit!

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Education Department Interns will have exposure to the process of organizing, planning, and teaching the Aquarium education programs. They will assist staff with classroom and beach activities and instruction. In so doing, they will be helping children from all over the greater Los Angeles area to gain a greater awareness of the importance of keeping the ocean clean, safe, and healthy for animals and people. Read More »

Education Department Interns will have exposure to the process of organizing, planning, and teaching the Aquarium education programs. They will assist staff with classroom and beach activities and instruction.  In so doing, they will be helping children from all over the greater Los Angeles area to gain a greater awareness of the importance of keeping the ocean clean, safe, and healthy for animals and people.

The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is looking for motivated, dedicated, and responsible interns who love to work with children.  If you love to spend time on the beach, work with animals, and interact with children, this is the internship for you!  Interns are needed to assist in the multifaceted processes of organizing and facilitating our education school field trip programs.  Interns will also pursue projects that are mutually beneficial to both the Aquarium and the interns.

This is an unpaid internship that requires a time commitment of at least six hours per week for a period of at least 10 weeks.

This internship is an excellent opportunity to learn more about marine science & environmental education and to gain experience working for an environmental group.

 Responsibilities include:

  • Assist the Education Specialists and other staff members with daily operations of the school programs
  • Help organize materials for the school programs
  • Help with the supervision of students in the classroom and on the beach
  • Research curriculum activities, and aid in the development of marine biology & environmental education curriculum
  • Lead field trip program lessons
  • Special project(s)

Qualifications:

  • College age or above
  • Experience working with children
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Good computer skills – including MS Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Ability to commit to an internship for at least 10 weeks @ min of 6hrs a week
  • Education and/or Marine Biology background preferred
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check

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The Aquarium Programs Intern will assist with the development and operations of the Aquarium’s public visiting hours and programs. Interns will also pursue projects including: creating and conducting presentations for visitors, mentoring volunteers, developing activities and interactive displays, creating new arts and graphics, and other projects. Read More »

The Aquarium Programs Intern will assist with the development and operations of the Aquarium’s public visiting hours and programs. Interns will also pursue projects including: creating and conducting presentations for visitors, mentoring volunteers, developing activities and interactive displays, creating new arts and graphics, and other projects.

We are looking for responsible, dedicated, and outgoing interns to work with the public programs department. This internship is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in marine science, environmental education, program development and management, operating and working at an Aquarium, and working for an environmental non-profit group.

Responsibilities include:

  • Preparing Aquarium for public hours; welcoming guests to the Aquarium
  • Handling entrance fee transactions (cash and credit)
  • Interacting with and educating aquarium visitors
  • Conducting public presentations and/or leading public activities
  • Assisting with the daily operations of the public programs department
  • Developing and designing presentations and program activities
  • Learning to develop and mentor volunteers

Qualifications:

  • College age or above preferred.
  • Friendly and professional manner for working with the public
  • Passion for education, science, and/or communications
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Basic math and computer skills – including MS Word, Excel, and Power Point
  • Ability to work independently as well as with a team
  • Enthusiasm for teaching public visitors about marine life and conservation
  • Spanish-English bilingual is a plus

This is an unpaid internship that requires a time commitment of at least 8 hours per week for a period of 6 months or more (continuing to intern or volunteer after internship is encouraged). Interns must be available to work at least one afternoon, Tuesday – Sunday.

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The Citizen Science Intern will be part of the Public Programs Department and will assist with the development and operations of the Aquarium’s public visiting hours and programs. The Citizen Science Intern will primarily be responsible for running our weekly sand crab monitoring program. This program is scheduled for 3:00 P.M. every Wednesday. This includes setting up data collection, working with the public to sample at the beach, entering data, updating graphs, and communicating results. Interns can also pursue projects including: creating and conducting presentations for visitors, mentoring volunteers, developing activities and interactive displays, creating new arts and graphics, and other projects. Read More »

The Citizen Science Intern will be part of the Public Programs Department and will assist with the development and operations of the Aquarium’s public visiting hours and programs. The Citizen Science Intern will primarily be responsible for running our weekly sand crab monitoring program. This program is scheduled for 3:00 P.M. every Wednesday. This includes setting up data collection, working with the public to sample at the beach, entering data, updating graphs, and communicating results. Interns can also pursue projects including: creating and conducting presentations for visitors, mentoring volunteers, developing activities and interactive displays, creating new arts and graphics, and other projects.

We are looking for responsible, dedicated, and outgoing interns to work with the public programs department. This internship is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in marine science, environmental education, citizen science, data collection, and working for an environmental non-profit group.

Responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing data collection with public guests
  • Entering data into Excel and finding additional data from online references
  • Assisting with the daily operations of the public programs department
  • Preparing Aquarium for public hours; welcoming guests to the Aquarium including handling entrance fee transactions
  • Interacting with and educating aquarium visitors
  • Developing and designing presentations and program activities
  • Learning to develop and mentor volunteers

Qualifications:

  • College age or above preferred
  • Friendly and professional manner for working with the public
  • Passion for education, science, and/or communications
  • Experience working in outdoor education is a plus
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Organized with a high attention to detail
  • Advanced math and computer skills – including MS Word, Excel, and Power Point
  • Data analysis skills and experience is a plus
  • Ability to work independently as well as with a team
  • Enthusiasm for teaching public visitors including children about marine life and conservation

This is an unpaid internship that requires a time commitment of at least 8 hours per week for a period of 6 months or more (continuing to intern or volunteer after internship is encouraged). Interns must be available to work Wednesday afternoons.

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