Marine Science Educator
Kailua-Kona, HI Learning & Community
Job Type
We’re Hiring!Marine Science Educator

Location of Position: Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i

Reports to: School & Youth Programs Manager (Hawai’i) 

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 Marine Science Educator is a member of the Learning and Community team, and reports to the School and Youth Programs Manager of Hawai'i. This role serves as a key expert in delivery marine science curriculum, school and youth tours, and public programs. The Marine Science Educator is also instrumental in the development and preparation curriculum and programs as well as engaging the Hawai’i Island community. This role works alongside the Hawai'i Conservation Programs Team, as well receives support and direction from the Director of Teaching and Learning and Director of Impact and Innovation.

Key Responsibilities

  • Delivers marine science and ocean conservation curriculum to ages 4th grade to adult while providing excellent customer service.
  • Stays current on marine mammal science, ocean conservation, and climate change science through community experiences, educational trainings, speaker events, and professional development opportunities.
  • Develops and supports program improvements such as new content, media, and/or technology, as well as new program creation and implementation.
  • Creates and maintains relationships with a variety of stakeholders and community members, including but not limited to teachers and non-profit and/or partner organizations.
  • Understands and able to facilitate The Marine Mammal Center education programs offered to schools, youth and the public.
  • 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 1-2 years of experience in working with school groups and adult groups and leading tours or programs in Hawai’i.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster positive relationships with a variety of stakeholders and community members.
  • Familiarity with Native Hawaiian communities, culture, customs, and language.
  • A background in environmental education and natural sciences. Bilingual proficiency, program development, and school environment experience is all highly 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 Monday-Friday schedule and will be required to work evenings, weekends and/or occasionally holidays, depending on program schedules.

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to remain in a stationary position and move in an office, laboratory, and outdoor field environments for extended periods of time.
  • 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 walk/cover up to 5 miles during a shift on a frequent basis.
  • 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

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.