Teacher Engagement Specialist
Sausalito, CA Learning & Community
Job Type


We’re Hiring!Teacher Engagement Specialist, California/Ocean Ambassadors

Location of Position: Marin Headlands, Sausalito, California 

Reports to: Middle School Programs Manager (California)

Position Classification: This is a full-time salaried position.

Hours: 40 hours per week, Monday - Friday

Benefits: Full benefits.

  • Holidays 
  • Sick Time 
  • Vacation 
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision 
  • Life Insurance 
  • 401k Retirement Plan
  • The Marine Mammal Center offers benefits to support the emotional wellbeing of you and your loved ones (Employee Assistance Program) 

Position Overview

The Teacher Engagement Specialist is a member of the Learning and Community team, and reports to the Middle School Programs Manager. This role leads in the planning, implementing and developing Ocean Ambassadors, including ongoing teacher support as well as coordinating resources used in program delivery. This role will conceptualize and initiate program improvements based on formal program evaluation, audience needs and participant and instructor feedback. The Teacher Engagement Specialist will develop and implement robust evaluation protocols to support schools, while also assisting in building and maintaining working relationships with key partners. 

In addition, this role serves as the primary staff contact for Ocean Ambassadors. The Teacher Engagement Specialist ensures teachers and schools participating in Ocean Ambassadors are provided with access to high-quality curriculum, resources and communication. This role ensures that Ocean Ambassadors teachers receive professional development, consistent communication on program content and best practices in instruction. The Teacher Engagement Specialist will lead the recruitment, retention and growth of Ocean Ambassadors participants with support from the Middle School Programs Manager as we work to update our middle school growth strategy. 

The Teacher Engagement Specialist assists in the development of the Center’s resources and programs for school-based audiences (i.e. students and teachers) including onsite and virtual implementation; delivers these programs and helps direct and supervise instructional staff, volunteers and interns in their supporting roles for the program. 

This role is capable of teaching all programs offered at the Center, and occasionally facilitates onsite and offsite programs. The Teacher Engagement Specialist is responsible for coordinating with other program managers/coordinators to utilize current instructional staff to support Ocean Ambassadors. 

Although this role primarily serves the school audience, they will also support other Youth and Public Programs, as needed.

Key Responsibilities

  • Serves as primary point of contact and leads the Ocean Ambassadors program for participating teachers all around the Bay Area.
  • Facilitates marine science professional development and coaching opportunities for teachers.
  • Identifies, conceptualizes, and initiates program improvements that respond to current. environmental/wildlife issues, audience demands and the Center’s needs.
  • Develops curriculum and lesson plans using innovative teaching strategies and integrating technology, especially adapting, and evolving the Ocean Ambassadors curriculum and supporting resources in response to teacher needs as we expand to new communities. 
  • Maintains and shares program content through a Learning Management System (LMS).
  • Creates and maintains relationships with a variety of stakeholders and community members, including but not limited to teachers and partner organizations.
  • Directs and communicates with staff internally around program support needs, working closely with program managers.
  • Supports fundraising through preparation and provision of reports and anecdotes for funders.
  • Assists in preparation, administration, and monitoring of annual operating budget.
  • Supports ongoing evaluation of all facets of Ocean Ambassadors.
  • Participates in the general maintenance of storage areas and program supply inventory.
  • Willingness to support and participate in the Center’s diversity, equity, and inclusion programs, initiatives, and trainings.


  • Bachelor’s degree required in education, natural sciences, or related field. 
  • At least 2 years of experience in designing and delivering lessons, programs and/or trainings in a school environment.
  • A background in environmental education and natural sciences. Bilingual proficiency, program development, and school environment experience is all highly desirable.
  • Passion, experience and willingness to learn in the context of diversity, equity and inclusion, environmental justice and serving communities of need required.
  • Experience working with a learning management system is desirable.
  • Must obtain TB test and any other medical examinations or vaccinations as required by state or federal, as well as submit to and pass a background check. 
  • This role typically works a Monday-Friday schedule and will be required to work evenings, weekends and/or occasionally holidays, depending on program schedules. 

Physical Requirements 

  • Ability to move around the facility for extended periods of time. 
  • Ability to operate a computer and other office equipment for longer stretches on some days.
  • Ability to frequently move equipment weighing up to 50 pounds across site and locations. 
  • Ability to drive/operate a vehicle.

Work Environment 

  • Potential exposure to zoonotic diseases. 
  • Working in outdoor weather conditions and elements 70% on some days. 
  • May involve strong smells associated with animals and the care of animals.


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


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


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


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

To Apply: 

Please submit a cover letter and resume through our applicant tracking system and provide a brief description about how your leadership experience makes you a good fit to work with us.

Note that applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

In your cover letter, please feel free to note which pronouns you use (For example – she/her/hers, he/him/his, they/them/theirs, etc.).

We strongly encourage people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and non-binary people, veterans, parents, and individuals with disabilities to apply. The Center is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone to our team. If you need reasonable accommodation at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know.

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