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

SFW Fisheries Scientist
Job summary:The Seafood Watch program resides within the division of Conservation and Science at Monterey Bay Aquarium.  The position of Seafood Watch Fisheries Scientist will generate or update Seafood Watch Reports to support the program's sustainable seafood recommendations and internal expertise on top priority seafood species.  The position must help the program managers maintain scientifically robust criteria and a repeatable, consistent methodology used to assess worldwide fisheries operations resulting in public facing seafood purchasing recommendations.  He/she is also responsible for providing expert advice to the Aquarium, media and external stakeholders including the seafood industry, environmental standard-holders and non-governmental organizations.  In doing so, the Fisheries Scientist must stay informed as to the latest science, opinions and advancements with respect to sustainability issues.  He/she may be required to contribute to special projects as they arise. Core ResponsibilitiesIn collaboration with the Fisheries Program Manager, refine and implement our institutional vision of sustainable fisheriesCompile, synthesize and analyze scientific information on various fisheries operations including peer-reviewed journal articles, industry and government reports, and other reviews of sustainabilityEngage in personal contacts with fishery and fisheries experts, government agencies, members of industry and non-governmental organizationsUse this information to write or update Seafood Watch Reports in accordance with the Seafood Watch Report format and standards and generate seafood recommendations using the program's sustainability criteriaParticipate in the Seafood Watch reviewer training program with a goal of independently reviewing Seafood Watch draft reports to ensure that they are consistent with the program's standards and are scientifically accurate and complete --this process includes:Attending training webinarsAuthoring reports, including engaging in personal contact with representatives of government, industry, academia, and non-profit organizations to gather information and peer reviewCo-reviewing reports with a trained reviewerRetain a good working knowledge of the Seafood Watch fisheries assessment criteria and associated documentsAssist the Fisheries Program Manager in developing, updating, and maintaining the Seafood Watch Criteria/assessment methodologyMaintain ongoing expertise on key Seafood Watch priority speciesMaintain up to date, ongoing knowledge of emerging issues and innovations in fisheriesCommunicate seafood expertise with major seafood buyers, media and outreach partnersWork in a team environment with Seafood Watch staff, our Technical Experts and other Monterey Bay Aquarium partner organizations to reach consensus on the seafood recommendations, gather new information and strengthen the scientific rigor of the programTravel both internationally and nationally with the aim to make improvements in fisheries sustainabilityOther duties as required Absolutely Required Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or EducationMaster's degree in marine ecology, fisheries, or equivalent experience is requiredStrong understanding of the history and current dynamics of the sustainable seafood movementStrong understanding of fisheries practices, ecological risks of fisheries and emerging issues in marine conservation is criticalDemonstrated excellence in research using primarily literature, databases, and the internet is necessaryOutstanding research, writing, and analysis skillsStrong time management skills and multi-tasking skillsAbility to work within, and maintain Monterey Bay Aquarium's Core Values Desired Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or EducationPrior experience of assessing the ecological sustainability of fisheries or aquaculture systemsOutstanding written and oral communication skills, including a high comfort level with contacting fisheries experts on a regular basis, are essentialKnowledge, comfort and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other relevant software are necessary Ancillary ResponsibilitiesAssist Seafood Watch staff with special projects such as coordinating Technical Advisory Committees and workshopsAct as a spokesperson for the Seafood Watch program on fisheries sustainability by giving talks at meetings, and participating in relevant workshops and other outreach and special eventsReference # 24110Posted on 19 Apr 2019Location(s) Monterey BayExpertise Seafood WatchWork 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
SFW Fisheries Scientist
Job summary:The Seafood Watch program resides within the division of Conservation and Science at Monterey Bay Aquarium.  The position of Seafood Watch Fisheries Scientist will generate or update Seafood Watch Reports to support the program's sustainable seafood recommendations and internal expertise on top priority seafood species.  The position must help the program managers maintain scientifically robust criteria and a repeatable, consistent methodology used to assess worldwide fisheries operations resulting in public facing seafood purchasing recommendations.  He/she is also responsible for providing expert advice to the Aquarium, media and external stakeholders including the seafood industry, environmental standard-holders and non-governmental organizations.  In doing so, the Fisheries Scientist must stay informed as to the latest science, opinions and advancements with respect to sustainability issues.  He/she may be required to contribute to special projects as they arise. Core ResponsibilitiesIn collaboration with the Fisheries Program Manager, refine and implement our institutional vision of sustainable fisheriesCompile, synthesize and analyze scientific information on various fisheries operations including peer-reviewed journal articles, industry and government reports, and other reviews of sustainabilityEngage in personal contacts with fishery and fisheries experts, government agencies, members of industry and non-governmental organizationsUse this information to write or update Seafood Watch Reports in accordance with the Seafood Watch Report format and standards and generate seafood recommendations using the program's sustainability criteriaParticipate in the Seafood Watch reviewer training program with a goal of independently reviewing Seafood Watch draft reports to ensure that they are consistent with the program's standards and are scientifically accurate and complete --this process includes:Attending training webinarsAuthoring reports, including engaging in personal contact with representatives of government, industry, academia, and non-profit organizations to gather information and peer reviewCo-reviewing reports with a trained reviewerRetain a good working knowledge of the Seafood Watch fisheries assessment criteria and associated documentsAssist the Fisheries Program Manager in developing, updating, and maintaining the Seafood Watch Criteria/assessment methodologyMaintain ongoing expertise on key Seafood Watch priority speciesMaintain up to date, ongoing knowledge of emerging issues and innovations in fisheriesCommunicate seafood expertise with major seafood buyers, media and outreach partnersWork in a team environment with Seafood Watch staff, our Technical Experts and other Monterey Bay Aquarium partner organizations to reach consensus on the seafood recommendations, gather new information and strengthen the scientific rigor of the programTravel both internationally and nationally with the aim to make improvements in fisheries sustainabilityOther duties as required Absolutely Required Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or EducationMaster's degree in marine ecology, fisheries, or equivalent experience is requiredStrong understanding of the history and current dynamics of the sustainable seafood movementStrong understanding of fisheries practices, ecological risks of fisheries and emerging issues in marine conservation is criticalDemonstrated excellence in research using primarily literature, databases, and the internet is necessaryOutstanding research, writing, and analysis skillsStrong time management skills and multi-tasking skillsAbility to work within, and maintain Monterey Bay Aquarium's Core Values Desired Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or EducationPrior experience of assessing the ecological sustainability of fisheries or aquaculture systemsOutstanding written and oral communication skills, including a high comfort level with contacting fisheries experts on a regular basis, are essentialKnowledge, comfort and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other relevant software are necessary Ancillary ResponsibilitiesAssist Seafood Watch staff with special projects such as coordinating Technical Advisory Committees and workshopsAct as a spokesperson for the Seafood Watch program on fisheries sustainability by giving talks at meetings, and participating in relevant workshops and other outreach and special eventsReference # 24110Posted on 19 Apr 2019Location(s) Monterey BayExpertise Seafood WatchWork 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
Assistant Research Scientist
Job summary The Assistant Research Scientist creates various analytical tools to support research programs within the Conservation Research department. This may include, conducting but not be limited to, developing fisheries and ecosystem research, preparing and publishing scientific analyses, and supporting field programs in biotelemetry. This is a 2 Year Assignment. Core ResponsibilitiesResponsible for conducting research in elasmobranchs, historical ecology, climate change, fisheries, protected species, spatial ecology, and ecosystem science projectsResponsible for obtaining, processing, organizing, and analyzing empirical dataResponsible for developing mechanistic and stochastic models using observational and environmental data, and generating data visualizations from these modelsResponsible for preparing journal manuscripts and presenting conference presentationsAssists with providing technical support for the TRCC, including specimen preparation, data processing, data analyses, and database supportAssists with experimental research in respirometry and physiology at the TRCCAssists with the development of innovative ecological indices, metrics, and indicators to address CR strategic objectives and activitiesAssists with research on life history, assessment, climatic forcing, and population dynamicsWork closely with the Director of Science, principal investigators, staff, and students in CRAs needed, develops specific tools to support existing CR and Conservation & Science staff projectsAs needed, assists with oversight of undergraduate research assistants and volunteersAbsolutely Required Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or EducationAdvanced degree (M.Sc., Ph.D.) in the marine science, fisheries, statistics, ecology, computer science, mathematics, or advanced knowledge in these disciplines akin to such a degreeGeospatial ecology; expertise in processing and interpretation of environmental and biotelemetry dataData science; expertise in applying empirical data to models to address applied environmental problemsProgramming; expertise in R, Python, Matlab, C++, ADMB, ARCGIS, Excel, or other analytical softwareData visualization and information graphics; familiarity with leveraging large datasets into compelling figures and graphics for scientific and lay audiencesBoating skills and ability to work at seaExcellent communication and interpersonal skills in diverse working groupsExcellent writing and presenting skillsAbility to work within and maintain Monterey Bay Aquarium's Core ValuesAbility to obtain valid California driver's license and maintain clearance in the DMV Pull ProgramReference # 24090Posted on 18 Apr 2019Location(s) Monterey BayExpertise Conservation & Science, Research & DevelopmentWork type(s) Term, Full Time, Salaried (exempt)Job 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
Assistant Research Scientist
Job summary The Assistant Research Scientist creates various analytical tools to support research programs within the Conservation Research department. This may include, conducting but not be limited to, developing fisheries and ecosystem research, preparing and publishing scientific analyses, and supporting field programs in biotelemetry. This is a 2 Year Assignment. Core ResponsibilitiesResponsible for conducting research in elasmobranchs, historical ecology, climate change, fisheries, protected species, spatial ecology, and ecosystem science projectsResponsible for obtaining, processing, organizing, and analyzing empirical dataResponsible for developing mechanistic and stochastic models using observational and environmental data, and generating data visualizations from these modelsResponsible for preparing journal manuscripts and presenting conference presentationsAssists with providing technical support for the TRCC, including specimen preparation, data processing, data analyses, and database supportAssists with experimental research in respirometry and physiology at the TRCCAssists with the development of innovative ecological indices, metrics, and indicators to address CR strategic objectives and activitiesAssists with research on life history, assessment, climatic forcing, and population dynamicsWork closely with the Director of Science, principal investigators, staff, and students in CRAs needed, develops specific tools to support existing CR and Conservation & Science staff projectsAs needed, assists with oversight of undergraduate research assistants and volunteersAbsolutely Required Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or EducationAdvanced degree (M.Sc., Ph.D.) in the marine science, fisheries, statistics, ecology, computer science, mathematics, or advanced knowledge in these disciplines akin to such a degreeGeospatial ecology; expertise in processing and interpretation of environmental and biotelemetry dataData science; expertise in applying empirical data to models to address applied environmental problemsProgramming; expertise in R, Python, Matlab, C++, ADMB, ARCGIS, Excel, or other analytical softwareData visualization and information graphics; familiarity with leveraging large datasets into compelling figures and graphics for scientific and lay audiencesBoating skills and ability to work at seaExcellent communication and interpersonal skills in diverse working groupsExcellent writing and presenting skillsAbility to work within and maintain Monterey Bay Aquarium's Core ValuesAbility to obtain valid California driver's license and maintain clearance in the DMV Pull ProgramReference # 24090Posted on 18 Apr 2019Location(s) Monterey BayExpertise Conservation & Science, Research & DevelopmentWork type(s) Term, Full Time, Salaried (exempt)Job 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
Education WATCH Program Teacher - On Call
Job summary:The Education Programs Instructor works with Education Programs staff to plan, develop, deliver and evaluate on-site and off-site workshops, institutes, and instructional activities for program participants. To interact with program participants, providing instruction, mentoring and coaching. To develop, write, test and review instructional materials and educational resources for various education programs. To represent Education Programs and the aquarium at off-site workshops and conferences Core ResponsibilitiesPlan and deliver multi-day programs to teens at the aquarium and field sitesDesign and develop new instructional materials in support of teen programs and projectsSupervise students both on and off-site during program sessionsAssist in administrative tasks and program planningAssist in program recruitmentTransport to students to offsite field locations Absolutely Required Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or EducationCalifornia teaching credential or equivalent (science or multiple subjects)Currently on staff at WATCH based High School (Watsonville High, Aptos and Pajaro Valley High)Be sincerely interested in diverse people of all ages, in nature, and in environmental conservationBe self-confident, socially outgoing, cooperative, courteous, honest, and interpersonally effectiveDemonstrate excellent English communication skills through oral conversation and presentations; in written correspondence and instructional materialsHave at least a Bachelor's degree and a minimum of three years full-time teaching experience in the K-12 grade range with strong recent recommendations from peers and supervisors verifying professional competence, strong organizational skills and high productivityKnow central California marine and coastal natural history and have strong ability to engage children and adults in effective environmental education activities in classroom and field settingsBe self-motivated, organized, flexible and able to work well independently and with a teamBe proficient in the use of common instructional, audio-visual, and office and computer equipmentAbility to work within, and maintain Monterey Bay Aquarium's Core Values Desired Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or EducationIf not fluent in Spanish, be able to use basic Spanish as needed for brief social and instructional settingsCPR certification, First Aid certificationReference # 24030Posted on 12 Apr 2019Location(s) Monterey BayExpertise EducationWork type(s) Regular, On-callJob 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
Education WATCH Program Teacher - On Call
Job summary:The Education Programs Instructor works with Education Programs staff to plan, develop, deliver and evaluate on-site and off-site workshops, institutes, and instructional activities for program participants. To interact with program participants, providing instruction, mentoring and coaching. To develop, write, test and review instructional materials and educational resources for various education programs. To represent Education Programs and the aquarium at off-site workshops and conferences Core ResponsibilitiesPlan and deliver multi-day programs to teens at the aquarium and field sitesDesign and develop new instructional materials in support of teen programs and projectsSupervise students both on and off-site during program sessionsAssist in administrative tasks and program planningAssist in program recruitmentTransport to students to offsite field locations Absolutely Required Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or EducationCalifornia teaching credential or equivalent (science or multiple subjects)Currently on staff at WATCH based High School (Watsonville High, Aptos and Pajaro Valley High)Be sincerely interested in diverse people of all ages, in nature, and in environmental conservationBe self-confident, socially outgoing, cooperative, courteous, honest, and interpersonally effectiveDemonstrate excellent English communication skills through oral conversation and presentations; in written correspondence and instructional materialsHave at least a Bachelor's degree and a minimum of three years full-time teaching experience in the K-12 grade range with strong recent recommendations from peers and supervisors verifying professional competence, strong organizational skills and high productivityKnow central California marine and coastal natural history and have strong ability to engage children and adults in effective environmental education activities in classroom and field settingsBe self-motivated, organized, flexible and able to work well independently and with a teamBe proficient in the use of common instructional, audio-visual, and office and computer equipmentAbility to work within, and maintain Monterey Bay Aquarium's Core Values Desired Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or EducationIf not fluent in Spanish, be able to use basic Spanish as needed for brief social and instructional settingsCPR certification, First Aid certificationReference # 24030Posted on 12 Apr 2019Location(s) Monterey BayExpertise EducationWork type(s) Regular, On-callJob 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
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