The Marine Mammal Center advances global conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education.
WHAT MOTIVATES OUR WORK
The ocean is in trouble. From the depletion of fish stocks to increasing ocean temperatures, human activity threatens marine ecosystems that are vital to the health of our ocean and all life on earth. As a critical first responder to these threats, The Marine Mammal Center is leading the field in ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue, veterinary medicine, science, and education. Marine mammals are ecosystem indicators, and these animals provide insights into human and ocean health threats. Together, we are taking action today to support a network of scientists and stewards to protect our shared ocean environment for future generations.
To advance our mission, we focus our work in three key program areas:
- Animal Care: With a volunteer force numbering more than 1,200 and the support of a concerned public, the Center is able to respond to marine mammals in distress. Sick and injured animals are treated and rehabilitated at our state-of-the-art veterinary facilities where we care for our patients until they can be released back to their ocean home. Covering a rescue range that spans 600 miles of California coastline and the Big Island of Hawai‘i, the Center responds to more stranded marine mammals than any other organization in the world. Our sought-after experts are deployed locally and internationally to provide technical veterinary expertise and training on best practices ranging from anesthesia to disentanglement.
- Scientific Research: The Center is a major contributor to the global body of research and knowledge about marine mammal medicine and health. Our veterinary experts develop new clinical techniques to improve marine mammal rehabilitation and care, and investigate the reasons why marine mammals strand and how these factors are connected to ecosystem and human health. Our scientists also investigate how marine mammals use and interact with their ocean environment to better understand and protect them from many threats. Learning from every animal we respond to and studying animals in the wild, our researchers identify novel diseases and pathogens, support endangered and threatened species conservation, identify and help mitigate human-caused threats and partner with scientists around the world on collaborative research that utilizes samples and data collected by the Center. Marine mammal health, ocean health and human health are inextricably linked, and our work advances knowledge of all three to benefit us all.
- Education: As a teaching hospital, the Center serves as a vital training ground for veterinary professionals from across the globe, expanding the collective understanding and application of marine veterinary science and conservation. Our innovative school and public education programs build a sense of responsibility through a connection to marine mammals and the marine environment, inspiring future ocean stewards and promoting action to protect the ocean. Each year, these education programs and hands-on trainings reach more than 100,000 children and adults, supporting the next generation of informed scientists and engaged citizens who will care for and ensure the health of our ocean and environment.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
The Marine Mammal Center was founded in 1975 by three local citizens: Lloyd Smalley, Pat Arrigoni and Paul Maxwell. Since then, and thanks to their vision, the Center is now a global leader in marine mammal health, science and conservation and is the largest marine mammal hospital in the world. The Center operates physical locations in Sausalito, Morro Bay and Moss Landing, CA, as well as in Kona, Hawai‘i, and has an annual operating budget of $11.5M. A team of 80 staff and 1,200 actively engaged volunteers make the Center’s impact possible and keep the Center operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
SOCIAL MEDIA INTERNSHIP
The Marine Mammal Center’s communications team strives to build and nurture an iconic and inspiring brand in the ocean conservation space. In order to do so, we aim to attract, engage, and inspire a global network of supporters to amplify our brand voice and take action to advance ocean conservation. We build awareness, long-term affinity, and engagement with The Marine Mammal Center among a diverse network of supporters to inspire individuals to take action to positively impact marine mammal and ocean health.
The Center has a vibrant social media presence and is looking for a social media intern who can create high-quality content for its primary profiles. This is a great opportunity to use your communications skills and gain experience at a fast-paced, world-renowned nonprofit. Intern in a comfortable, friendly environment; enhance your communications, office and social media skills; boost your resume; meet like-minded people and know that you’re helping to raise awareness for marine mammal health and ocean conservation.
The Social Media Internship is an unpaid volunteer role available at our headquarters in Sausalito, CA and reports to the Communications Coordinator. Course credit is available if the student submits the appropriate paperwork in advance of the internship start date.
- Help create and implement social media campaigns
- Craft new posts based on weekly content calendar as well as create evergreen posts
- Monitor relevant social media channels/influencers for potential engagement and storytelling opportunities to increase the organization’s online presence
- Perform research to find news relevant to ocean conservation and marine mammals and craft content that invites engagement
- Provide support to the communications team
- Develop and pitch intern project to showcase skills
- Strong ability to craft messaging with wit and charm in short-form writing and quickly summarize news articles and stories in a few words
- Ability to take on brand tone and style when creating new content
- Eagle-eye for editing
- Familiarity with mainstream social media platforms
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Creative self-starter who is comfortable with both taking initiative and working in collaboration
- A portfolio showcasing your own work or work you admire is not required but is a strong plus. Website form most appreciated.
- Experience with basic photo editing and video editing is a plus, but not required
- Must have a car to travel to The Marine Mammal Center in the Marin Headlands as there is no public transportation
- All applicants must be at least 18 years of age and pass a background check
This is a school-year internship starting in the fall and extending through the spring. Start/end dates are flexible and extensions available for excellent candidates. 10+ hours per week minimum. Courtesy notice of 2 weeks prior to leaving the organization. Hours can be completed Monday through Friday during administrative office hours. Limited weekend hours may be required for events or training.
To apply click the link below. The deadline to apply is Monday, August 17. If you have questions about the position, please reach out to email@example.com.
Location: 2000 Bunker Road, Sausalito, CA 94965
Job Type: Part Time, unpaid internship