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 Intern (January-June 2020)
The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Sea Otter Program is seeking enthusiastic and motivated individuals to assist staff with field observations and data collection of wild sea otters along the Monterey Peninsula and other parts of coastal, central 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.  Occasional overnight travel with staff to monitor rehabilitated and released sea otters in other parts of central California may also be required, as needed.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 ageMust be a current student at an accredited college or university, or graduated during the term immediately preceding the internshipMust submit a resume of courses and/or experience related to position applying forMust provide a minimum of 2 letters of recommendation3.0 minimum cumulative GPASix month commitment of 24 hours each weekValid 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 collectionA project-based report will be required at the end of the internshipAble to lift up to 50 pounds and walk short distance over hilly terrainWillingness to stand out in the elements for up to 8 hours at a timeDesired SkillsStrong Interest in and awareness of animal behavior, natural history and marine science/ecologyExperience in education and outreach for general publicAttention to detailAbility 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, PowerPoint 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.Reference # 24790Posted on 19 Aug 2019Closes on30 Sep 2019 23:55Location(s) Monterey BayExpertise Sea Otter Research & ConservationWork type(s) Fall/Winter/SpringJob 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 Intern (January-June 2020)
The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Sea Otter Program is seeking enthusiastic and motivated individuals to assist staff with field observations and data collection of wild sea otters along the Monterey Peninsula and other parts of coastal, central 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.  Occasional overnight travel with staff to monitor rehabilitated and released sea otters in other parts of central California may also be required, as needed.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 ageMust be a current student at an accredited college or university, or graduated during the term immediately preceding the internshipMust submit a resume of courses and/or experience related to position applying forMust provide a minimum of 2 letters of recommendation3.0 minimum cumulative GPASix month commitment of 24 hours each weekValid 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 collectionA project-based report will be required at the end of the internshipAble to lift up to 50 pounds and walk short distance over hilly terrainWillingness to stand out in the elements for up to 8 hours at a timeDesired SkillsStrong Interest in and awareness of animal behavior, natural history and marine science/ecologyExperience in education and outreach for general publicAttention to detailAbility 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, PowerPoint 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.Reference # 24790Posted on 19 Aug 2019Closes on30 Sep 2019 23:55Location(s) Monterey BayExpertise Sea Otter Research & ConservationWork type(s) Fall/Winter/SpringJob 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 Care Intern (January-June 2020)
The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Sea Otter Program is seeking enthusiastic and motivated individuals to assist staff with the care and release of live-stranded sea otters.Project responsibilities include, but are not limited to, daily care and feeding of ill, injured and orphaned sea otters, maintenance and cleaning of animal tanks and enclosures, computer data entry.  Interns may also assist with rescues of live-stranded otters, tracking of released otters, administration of medication to sick otters, and managing otters in research projects.  Qualified applicants must be able to work in a team environment as well as independently without direct supervision, and must have good communication skills.RequiredAnimal handling experience in a professional environment (must include experience with mammals)At least 18 years of ageMust be a current student at an accredited college or university, or graduated during the term immediately preceding the internshipMust submit a resume of courses and/or experience related to position applying forMust provide a minimum of 2 letters of recommendation3.0 minimum cumulative GPASix month commitment of 24 hours each weekProof of current tetanus vaccinationValid driver's licenseProject task assignments may include weekends and holidays as assignedA project-based report will be required at the end of the internshipDesired SkillsStrong Interest in and awareness of animal husbandry and marine science/ecologyExperience handling non-domesticated and/or potentially aggressive animalsWillingness to get wet and dirtyAttention to detailAble to lift up to 50 pounds.Ability to multi-taskResearch, writing, academic literature and organizational skillsInterpersonal skills and proven ability to work effectively with colleagues  Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPointProficiency with SharePoint a plus 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 divisionEarly submission of applications is encouraged.Reference # 24791Posted on 19 Aug 2019Closes on30 Sep 2019 23:55Location(s) Monterey BayExpertise Sea Otter Research & ConservationWork type(s) Fall/Winter/SpringJob 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 Care Intern (January-June 2020)
The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Sea Otter Program is seeking enthusiastic and motivated individuals to assist staff with the care and release of live-stranded sea otters.Project responsibilities include, but are not limited to, daily care and feeding of ill, injured and orphaned sea otters, maintenance and cleaning of animal tanks and enclosures, computer data entry.  Interns may also assist with rescues of live-stranded otters, tracking of released otters, administration of medication to sick otters, and managing otters in research projects.  Qualified applicants must be able to work in a team environment as well as independently without direct supervision, and must have good communication skills.RequiredAnimal handling experience in a professional environment (must include experience with mammals)At least 18 years of ageMust be a current student at an accredited college or university, or graduated during the term immediately preceding the internshipMust submit a resume of courses and/or experience related to position applying forMust provide a minimum of 2 letters of recommendation3.0 minimum cumulative GPASix month commitment of 24 hours each weekProof of current tetanus vaccinationValid driver's licenseProject task assignments may include weekends and holidays as assignedA project-based report will be required at the end of the internshipDesired SkillsStrong Interest in and awareness of animal husbandry and marine science/ecologyExperience handling non-domesticated and/or potentially aggressive animalsWillingness to get wet and dirtyAttention to detailAble to lift up to 50 pounds.Ability to multi-taskResearch, writing, academic literature and organizational skillsInterpersonal skills and proven ability to work effectively with colleagues  Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPointProficiency with SharePoint a plus 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 divisionEarly submission of applications is encouraged.Reference # 24791Posted on 19 Aug 2019Closes on30 Sep 2019 23:55Location(s) Monterey BayExpertise Sea Otter Research & ConservationWork type(s) Fall/Winter/SpringJob 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
Aquarist (Open to All Levels)
Job summary The Aquarist is responsible for performing general aquarium husbandry duties without direct supervision. This responsibility includes the set-up, maintenance and care of aquarium exhibits, preparing and dispensing specimen food, treating organisms for diseases and assisting with the collecting effort. The Aquarist also has the knowledge and ability to act as a resource to Assistant Aquarists and Volunteers. Core ResponsibilitiesMaintain live exhibits and specimen holding facilities at a very high level of quality as defined in the Husbandry Exhibit ProtocolsPerforms general husbandry functions (detailed in Assistant Aquarist description) without direct supervisionResponsible for initial set-up, maintenance and care of aquarium exhibit tanks and inhabitantsDetection/diagnosis and treatment of diseases of marine organisms.Diet preparation and animal feedingAbility to perform the collection of marine animals and plants, which may involve the use of SCUBAAssist in the design, development and construction of exhibit and holding aquariums and life support systemsPerforms the duties of an Assistant Aquarist, as necessary Absolutely Required Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or EducationBachelor degree in Biology or equivalent experienceAbility to maintain exhibit maintenance and collection recordsUnderstanding of the basic taxonomy of marine fish, invertebrates and plantsDemonstrated understanding of basic, aquarium related water quality perimeters and water chemistry (e.g. temperature, Ph, salinity, D.O., nitrogenous compounds, etc.Demonstrated ability to assess basic invertebrate and fish healthWorking knowledge of all fundamental aquarium life support systems (LSS) and components, with a thorough understanding of the LSS of those areas to which the Aquarist is assignedDemonstrated ability to work with basic elements of plumbing required by the building, repair and maintenance of aquarium systemsProficiency with the mathematics necessary for metric conversions, water volume calculations and therapeutic calculationsDemonstrated understanding of basic food preparation, nutrition and feeding techniquesAn understanding of biological, mechanical and chemical filtrationDemonstrated ability to perform numerous types of field collectionsDemonstrated ability to properly transport and acclimate collection specimensAbility to function professionally with a positive attitude in a team environmentAbility to pass an occupational/scientific dive physical examination (if applicable)Follows recognized Monterey Bay Aquarium safety practicesAbility to work within, and maintain Monterey Bay Aquarium's Core Values Desired Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or Education SCUBA certification highly desiredSmall boat handling experience highly desirableExperience working in a public aquarium preferredMust possess the ability to obtain a valid California driver's license and maintain clearance in the DMV Pull ProgramKnowledge of the marine flora and fauna of the Central California CoastReference # 24770Posted on 16 Aug 2019Closes on30 Aug 2019 23:55Location(s) Monterey BayExpertise Animal Care, Aviculture, Collecting, Dive Operations, Fish & Invertebrates, 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
Aquarist (Open to All Levels)
Job summary The Aquarist is responsible for performing general aquarium husbandry duties without direct supervision. This responsibility includes the set-up, maintenance and care of aquarium exhibits, preparing and dispensing specimen food, treating organisms for diseases and assisting with the collecting effort. The Aquarist also has the knowledge and ability to act as a resource to Assistant Aquarists and Volunteers. Core ResponsibilitiesMaintain live exhibits and specimen holding facilities at a very high level of quality as defined in the Husbandry Exhibit ProtocolsPerforms general husbandry functions (detailed in Assistant Aquarist description) without direct supervisionResponsible for initial set-up, maintenance and care of aquarium exhibit tanks and inhabitantsDetection/diagnosis and treatment of diseases of marine organisms.Diet preparation and animal feedingAbility to perform the collection of marine animals and plants, which may involve the use of SCUBAAssist in the design, development and construction of exhibit and holding aquariums and life support systemsPerforms the duties of an Assistant Aquarist, as necessary Absolutely Required Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or EducationBachelor degree in Biology or equivalent experienceAbility to maintain exhibit maintenance and collection recordsUnderstanding of the basic taxonomy of marine fish, invertebrates and plantsDemonstrated understanding of basic, aquarium related water quality perimeters and water chemistry (e.g. temperature, Ph, salinity, D.O., nitrogenous compounds, etc.Demonstrated ability to assess basic invertebrate and fish healthWorking knowledge of all fundamental aquarium life support systems (LSS) and components, with a thorough understanding of the LSS of those areas to which the Aquarist is assignedDemonstrated ability to work with basic elements of plumbing required by the building, repair and maintenance of aquarium systemsProficiency with the mathematics necessary for metric conversions, water volume calculations and therapeutic calculationsDemonstrated understanding of basic food preparation, nutrition and feeding techniquesAn understanding of biological, mechanical and chemical filtrationDemonstrated ability to perform numerous types of field collectionsDemonstrated ability to properly transport and acclimate collection specimensAbility to function professionally with a positive attitude in a team environmentAbility to pass an occupational/scientific dive physical examination (if applicable)Follows recognized Monterey Bay Aquarium safety practicesAbility to work within, and maintain Monterey Bay Aquarium's Core Values Desired Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or Education SCUBA certification highly desiredSmall boat handling experience highly desirableExperience working in a public aquarium preferredMust possess the ability to obtain a valid California driver's license and maintain clearance in the DMV Pull ProgramKnowledge of the marine flora and fauna of the Central California CoastReference # 24770Posted on 16 Aug 2019Closes on30 Aug 2019 23:55Location(s) Monterey BayExpertise Animal Care, Aviculture, Collecting, Dive Operations, Fish & Invertebrates, 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
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