Monterey Bay Aquarium
The mission of the nonprofit Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the ocean.
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What Sets Us Apart

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1. We're an inclusive, committed, diverse group of people who collaborate.

 

2. We're passionate about learning more and doing more to better our world.

 

3. We're all dedicated to conservation of the ocean.

Making a Difference

Our Culture

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Working at the Monterey Bay Aquarium is more than just going to the office every day. In addition to our purpose-driven work in one of the most beautiful spots in the world, we offer a competitive compensation and benefits package (medical, dental and life insurance; floating holidays, vacation and sick time) including a couple of things we feel distinguish us: a unique and generous retirement plan and a wellness program staff can't wait to join. We do our best to walk the talk so we offer our team members discounts at our Cafe, which serves local, sustainable and organic foods, plus subsidized gym memberships and alternative transportation discounts, too. Our goal of working toward a healthy ocean can only be achieved with a healthy organization, which is something we strive for here at the Aquarium.

Opportunities at Monterey Bay

Sea Otter Research and Conservation - Research Intern Summer-Fall 2018
The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Sea Otter Research and Conservation program is seeking enthusiastic and motivated individuals to assist staff with field observations and data collection of wild sea otters along the Monterey Peninsula of coastal California.Project responsibilities include, but are not limited to, data collection in the field from shore and occasionally on a small boat using radio telemetry equipment and making visual observations with spotting scopes. Interns will record daily re-sights, movement patterns and forage observations, and activity budget data on marked individual wild sea otters.Qualified applicants must be able to work in a team environment, as well as independently without direct supervision, and must have good communication skills.RequiredAt least 18 years of ageCurrent undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited college or universityMust be a student during the term immediately preceding the internshipMust submit a resume of courses and/or experience related to position applyingMust provide a minimum of 2 letters of recommendation from college/university professors or faculty staff3.0 Minimum cumulative GPA6 -month commitment of 24 hours each week. Valid driver's licensePersonal vehicle to use while in the fieldCell phoneWillingness to perform project task assignments on a flexible schedule, including weekends and late  eveningsPrevious experience in a field work setting or behavioral data collectionDesired SkillsStrong Interest in and awareness of animal behavior, natural history and marine science / ecologyWillingness to stand out in the elements for up to 6 hours at a timeAttention to detailAble to lift up to 50 pounds and walk short distance over hilly terrainAbility to multi-taskGood organizational skillsInterpersonal skills and proven ability to work effectively with colleagues  Proficiency with SharePoint a plus but not necessaryBoat handling skills appreciated but not necessaryExperience in behavioral observations a plusProficiency with Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point and  Access software All internship opportunities are Unpaid or STEM Internships (STEM may include funding provided through your educational institution).College credit may be available. Please refer to your College/University's student services division.Early submission of applications is encouraged.College/University's student services division.Reference # 20972Posted on 12 Dec 2017Closes on01 Mar 2018 23:55Location(s) Monterey BayExpertise Sea Otter Research & ConservationWork type(s) SummerJob level(s) Undergrad, GraduateMore details (document)The Monterey Bay Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to fostering an environment free from any form of unlawful discrimination. Discriminatory actions are strictly prohibited and we are committed to engaging in affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination.It is the policy of the Monterey Bay Aquarium to promote a positive program of specific practices designed to ensure equal opportunity without regard to race, sex (including breastfeeding and conditions related to breastfeeding), color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partnership status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, special disabled veteran status, veteran status, medical condition, genetic characteristics and information, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), family care leave status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws.VEVRAA Federal ContractorWe Request Priority Protected Veteran and Disabled Referrals for all of our locations
Sea Otter Research and Conservation - Research Intern Summer-Fall 2018
The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Sea Otter Research and Conservation program is seeking enthusiastic and motivated individuals to assist staff with field observations and data collection of wild sea otters along the Monterey Peninsula of coastal California.Project responsibilities include, but are not limited to, data collection in the field from shore and occasionally on a small boat using radio telemetry equipment and making visual observations with spotting scopes. Interns will record daily re-sights, movement patterns and forage observations, and activity budget data on marked individual wild sea otters.Qualified applicants must be able to work in a team environment, as well as independently without direct supervision, and must have good communication skills.RequiredAt least 18 years of ageCurrent undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited college or universityMust be a student during the term immediately preceding the internshipMust submit a resume of courses and/or experience related to position applyingMust provide a minimum of 2 letters of recommendation from college/university professors or faculty staff3.0 Minimum cumulative GPA6 -month commitment of 24 hours each week. Valid driver's licensePersonal vehicle to use while in the fieldCell phoneWillingness to perform project task assignments on a flexible schedule, including weekends and late  eveningsPrevious experience in a field work setting or behavioral data collectionDesired SkillsStrong Interest in and awareness of animal behavior, natural history and marine science / ecologyWillingness to stand out in the elements for up to 6 hours at a timeAttention to detailAble to lift up to 50 pounds and walk short distance over hilly terrainAbility to multi-taskGood organizational skillsInterpersonal skills and proven ability to work effectively with colleagues  Proficiency with SharePoint a plus but not necessaryBoat handling skills appreciated but not necessaryExperience in behavioral observations a plusProficiency with Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point and  Access software All internship opportunities are Unpaid or STEM Internships (STEM may include funding provided through your educational institution).College credit may be available. Please refer to your College/University's student services division.Early submission of applications is encouraged.College/University's student services division.Reference # 20972Posted on 12 Dec 2017Closes on01 Mar 2018 23:55Location(s) Monterey BayExpertise Sea Otter Research & ConservationWork type(s) SummerJob level(s) Undergrad, GraduateMore details (document)The Monterey Bay Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to fostering an environment free from any form of unlawful discrimination. Discriminatory actions are strictly prohibited and we are committed to engaging in affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination.It is the policy of the Monterey Bay Aquarium to promote a positive program of specific practices designed to ensure equal opportunity without regard to race, sex (including breastfeeding and conditions related to breastfeeding), color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partnership status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, special disabled veteran status, veteran status, medical condition, genetic characteristics and information, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), family care leave status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws.VEVRAA Federal ContractorWe Request Priority Protected Veteran and Disabled Referrals for all of our locations
Senior Sea Otter Aquarist
The Senior Sea Otter Aquarist  plays an integral role in supporting the institution's mission of inspiring conservation of the oceans by helping with the care of our mammal collection as well as engaging our visitors. He/She will be part of the mammal team that is responsible for the care of all elements of the mammal programs within the Husbandry Operations department.  Duties include all aspects of mammal husbandry, including holding areas and exhibits, animal moves and transports, diet preparation, medical treatments, record keeping and public presentations.  The Senior Sea Otter Aquarist is also eligible to serve as the Exhibit Sea Otter Team Leader, and as such would also be responsible for: staff scheduling, supervision, and evaluation. Core ResponsibilitiesResponsible for a high level of marine mammal care including: diet preparation, feeding, physical restraint, medical procedures, operant conditioning and enrichment of all exhibit sea otters. Performs these functions without direct supervision.Acts as a resource to Sea Otter Aquarists II, Sea Otter Aquarists, interns and volunteers.Under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian, administer veterinary care and maintain all associated husbandry and medical record keeping.Assume responsibility for the daily operation of the Exhibit Sea Otter Team in the absence of the Team Leader.Eligible to serve as the Exhibit Sea Otter Team Leader, responsible for the formation, maintenance, and daily operation of an effective, creative, and productive aquarist team.If also serving as a Team Leader, responsible for scheduling, daily supervision and performance evaluation of team members.Responsible for the maintenance of all exhibit and holding areas.Works closely with the SORAC (Sea Otter Research and Conservation Program) in both animal management and facility resources.When needed, work with Husbandry aquarists/aviculturists to develop or maintain behavioral conditioning with non-mammal species.Interface with Interpretive and Visitor programs staff as well as the public in order to provide an outstanding visitor experience. Public speaking is required for both larger and smaller audiences.Work with Facilities and Control departments for optimal exhibit maintenance.Interface with Public Relations or any other MBA department to disseminate accurate sea otter exhibit program information.Responsible for the cleaning and maintenance of the sea otter exhibit including in-tank siphoning/cleaning using SCUBA or other appropriate modalities.Absolutely Required Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or EducationBachelor degree in a Biological Science or Animal Behavior preferred - or equivalent experience.Minimum three years of experience as a "Sea Otter Aquarist II" level in a public aquarium, zoo, or animal care field.Strong knowledge and use of operant conditioning techniques.Good verbal and written communication skills.Valid California driver's license with an insurable driving record; may be mandatory depending upon current departmental needs.Desired Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or EducationSCUBA certification highly desired.Ability to pass an occupational/scientific dive physical examination (if applicable).Previous experience with marine or terrestrial animals in an aquarium or zoological facility.PC experience: MS Word, Excel, Microsoft Outlook, PowerPointFamiliarity with electronic animal record keeping software systems (i.e. TRACKS, ZIMS, etc.)Knowledge of flora and fauna of the California central coastAncillary ResponsibilitiesParticipate in other aquarium special projects, work groups and committees as requiredOWCN first responder (Oiled Wildlife Care Network)Reference # 20950Posted on 11 Dec 2017Location(s) Monterey BayExpertise Husbandry, Marine MammalWork type(s) Regular, Full TimeJob level(s) ExperiencedMore details (document)The Monterey Bay Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to fostering an environment free from any form of unlawful discrimination. Discriminatory actions are strictly prohibited and we are committed to engaging in affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination.It is the policy of the Monterey Bay Aquarium to promote a positive program of specific practices designed to ensure equal opportunity without regard to race, sex (including breastfeeding and conditions related to breastfeeding), color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partnership status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, special disabled veteran status, veteran status, medical condition, genetic characteristics and information, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), family care leave status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws.VEVRAA Federal ContractorWe Request Priority Protected Veteran and Disabled Referrals for all of our locations
Senior Sea Otter Aquarist
The Senior Sea Otter Aquarist  plays an integral role in supporting the institution's mission of inspiring conservation of the oceans by helping with the care of our mammal collection as well as engaging our visitors. He/She will be part of the mammal team that is responsible for the care of all elements of the mammal programs within the Husbandry Operations department.  Duties include all aspects of mammal husbandry, including holding areas and exhibits, animal moves and transports, diet preparation, medical treatments, record keeping and public presentations.  The Senior Sea Otter Aquarist is also eligible to serve as the Exhibit Sea Otter Team Leader, and as such would also be responsible for: staff scheduling, supervision, and evaluation. Core ResponsibilitiesResponsible for a high level of marine mammal care including: diet preparation, feeding, physical restraint, medical procedures, operant conditioning and enrichment of all exhibit sea otters. Performs these functions without direct supervision.Acts as a resource to Sea Otter Aquarists II, Sea Otter Aquarists, interns and volunteers.Under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian, administer veterinary care and maintain all associated husbandry and medical record keeping.Assume responsibility for the daily operation of the Exhibit Sea Otter Team in the absence of the Team Leader.Eligible to serve as the Exhibit Sea Otter Team Leader, responsible for the formation, maintenance, and daily operation of an effective, creative, and productive aquarist team.If also serving as a Team Leader, responsible for scheduling, daily supervision and performance evaluation of team members.Responsible for the maintenance of all exhibit and holding areas.Works closely with the SORAC (Sea Otter Research and Conservation Program) in both animal management and facility resources.When needed, work with Husbandry aquarists/aviculturists to develop or maintain behavioral conditioning with non-mammal species.Interface with Interpretive and Visitor programs staff as well as the public in order to provide an outstanding visitor experience. Public speaking is required for both larger and smaller audiences.Work with Facilities and Control departments for optimal exhibit maintenance.Interface with Public Relations or any other MBA department to disseminate accurate sea otter exhibit program information.Responsible for the cleaning and maintenance of the sea otter exhibit including in-tank siphoning/cleaning using SCUBA or other appropriate modalities.Absolutely Required Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or EducationBachelor degree in a Biological Science or Animal Behavior preferred - or equivalent experience.Minimum three years of experience as a "Sea Otter Aquarist II" level in a public aquarium, zoo, or animal care field.Strong knowledge and use of operant conditioning techniques.Good verbal and written communication skills.Valid California driver's license with an insurable driving record; may be mandatory depending upon current departmental needs.Desired Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or EducationSCUBA certification highly desired.Ability to pass an occupational/scientific dive physical examination (if applicable).Previous experience with marine or terrestrial animals in an aquarium or zoological facility.PC experience: MS Word, Excel, Microsoft Outlook, PowerPointFamiliarity with electronic animal record keeping software systems (i.e. TRACKS, ZIMS, etc.)Knowledge of flora and fauna of the California central coastAncillary ResponsibilitiesParticipate in other aquarium special projects, work groups and committees as requiredOWCN first responder (Oiled Wildlife Care Network)Reference # 20950Posted on 11 Dec 2017Location(s) Monterey BayExpertise Husbandry, Marine MammalWork type(s) Regular, Full TimeJob level(s) ExperiencedMore details (document)The Monterey Bay Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to fostering an environment free from any form of unlawful discrimination. Discriminatory actions are strictly prohibited and we are committed to engaging in affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination.It is the policy of the Monterey Bay Aquarium to promote a positive program of specific practices designed to ensure equal opportunity without regard to race, sex (including breastfeeding and conditions related to breastfeeding), color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partnership status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, special disabled veteran status, veteran status, medical condition, genetic characteristics and information, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), family care leave status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws.VEVRAA Federal ContractorWe Request Priority Protected Veteran and Disabled Referrals for all of our locations
Public Programs On-Call Sleepover Staff
The Public Programs On-Call Sleepover position plays an essential role in the Aquarium's goal of providing superior Sleepover events and tours that create powerful emotional connections with our guests. This position is responsible for offering operational support, delivering programs and facilitating activities during Sleepovers. This individual also works as part of the Guest Experience team delivering tours, during evening programs as needed.Core ResponsibilitiesProvide programmatic and logistical support at Sleepovers including program delivery, activity facilitation and superlative customer serviceOffer assistance to Guest Experience operations by providing guests with programmatic and interpretive information as well as floor support during SleepoversWork with Sleepover Supervisor and Security to monitor and address safety / security regulations at SleepoversAbsolutely Required Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or EducationExcellent communication and customer service skillsExcellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact with staff and guests of all agesAbility to organize presentations, speak effectively, and engage family audiences  Ability to lift 20 pounds, and handle full 8-hour shift on feetPunctual and able to attend more than half (12-15) of Sleepover eventsAbility to take initiative and provide guidance and support to teen and volunteersMust be able to work at least half (12-15) of all Sleepover events including weekday charter sleepoversMust have availability for a variety of time slots including evening and overnightDesired Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or EducationStrong enthusiasm and knowledge of local marine species and habitatsPrevious experience with sleepovers or camps, or demonstrated professional experienceProvide informal education by greeting guests, increasing awareness of upcoming programs, and providing guest service when not delivering programsAncillary ResponsibilitiesKnowledge of the Aquarium and its operationsKnowledge of emergency procedures at the AquariumAssist with all aspects of Sleepover eventAssist with staff and volunteer trainingReference # 20930Posted on 11 Dec 2017Location(s) Monterey BayExpertise Guest & Guide ProgramsWork type(s) Regular, On-callJob level(s) Entry/graduate, ExperiencedMore details (document)The Monterey Bay Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to fostering an environment free from any form of unlawful discrimination. Discriminatory actions are strictly prohibited and we are committed to engaging in affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination.It is the policy of the Monterey Bay Aquarium to promote a positive program of specific practices designed to ensure equal opportunity without regard to race, sex (including breastfeeding and conditions related to breastfeeding), color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partnership status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, special disabled veteran status, veteran status, medical condition, genetic characteristics and information, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), family care leave status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws.VEVRAA Federal ContractorWe Request Priority Protected Veteran and Disabled Referrals for all of our locations
Public Programs On-Call Sleepover Staff
The Public Programs On-Call Sleepover position plays an essential role in the Aquarium's goal of providing superior Sleepover events and tours that create powerful emotional connections with our guests. This position is responsible for offering operational support, delivering programs and facilitating activities during Sleepovers. This individual also works as part of the Guest Experience team delivering tours, during evening programs as needed.Core ResponsibilitiesProvide programmatic and logistical support at Sleepovers including program delivery, activity facilitation and superlative customer serviceOffer assistance to Guest Experience operations by providing guests with programmatic and interpretive information as well as floor support during SleepoversWork with Sleepover Supervisor and Security to monitor and address safety / security regulations at SleepoversAbsolutely Required Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or EducationExcellent communication and customer service skillsExcellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact with staff and guests of all agesAbility to organize presentations, speak effectively, and engage family audiences  Ability to lift 20 pounds, and handle full 8-hour shift on feetPunctual and able to attend more than half (12-15) of Sleepover eventsAbility to take initiative and provide guidance and support to teen and volunteersMust be able to work at least half (12-15) of all Sleepover events including weekday charter sleepoversMust have availability for a variety of time slots including evening and overnightDesired Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or EducationStrong enthusiasm and knowledge of local marine species and habitatsPrevious experience with sleepovers or camps, or demonstrated professional experienceProvide informal education by greeting guests, increasing awareness of upcoming programs, and providing guest service when not delivering programsAncillary ResponsibilitiesKnowledge of the Aquarium and its operationsKnowledge of emergency procedures at the AquariumAssist with all aspects of Sleepover eventAssist with staff and volunteer trainingReference # 20930Posted on 11 Dec 2017Location(s) Monterey BayExpertise Guest & Guide ProgramsWork type(s) Regular, On-callJob level(s) Entry/graduate, ExperiencedMore details (document)The Monterey Bay Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to fostering an environment free from any form of unlawful discrimination. Discriminatory actions are strictly prohibited and we are committed to engaging in affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination.It is the policy of the Monterey Bay Aquarium to promote a positive program of specific practices designed to ensure equal opportunity without regard to race, sex (including breastfeeding and conditions related to breastfeeding), color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partnership status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, special disabled veteran status, veteran status, medical condition, genetic characteristics and information, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), family care leave status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws.VEVRAA Federal ContractorWe Request Priority Protected Veteran and Disabled Referrals for all of our locations
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