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Position Overview:

As a leader in the global movement to protect and recover the integrity of vast ocean areas, Marine Conservation Institute uses the latest science to identify important marine ecosystems around the world and then advocates for their protection. Our unique effectiveness comes from our vision, expertise and our willingness to partner with others. Training out of our Glen Ellen, CA office, interns have the opportunity to gain important conservation science, communication and advocacy skills.

To safeguard marine ecosystems on a global scale, Marine Conservation Institute launched Blue Parks. Blue Park Awards incentivize governments to protect marine life by recognizing effective marine protected areas that meet science-based standards. We aim to catalyze strong protection for at least 30% of the global ocean by 2030, enough to avert the extinction of most marine life.

Blue Park Science Interns train closely with the program director to help evaluate marine protected areas (MPAs) for Blue Park Awards. The Science Intern will conduct research on nominated MPAs and write evaluation reports. The intern will also have the opportunity to contribute pieces to the Institute’s blog, On the Tide.

Position Details:

Reports to: Blue Parks Director 

Location: Glen Ellen, CA

Period: 3-4 months (currently reviewing applications for winter)

Hours: Negotiable. We will consider part-time applicants (20+ hours/week) or full-time applicants (35+ hours/week).  Start and ending dates are flexible.

Qualifications and Skills


Excellent internet research skills
Proficient in Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Ability/willingness to learn new computer programs

Marine Science:

Understanding of ocean conservation issues
Familiarity with marine protected areas
Experience searching and reading scientific literature


Interpersonal skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Additional language skills a plus

Responsibilities may include:

Research activities:

Research and compile information on MPAs from around the world
Research advances in MPA monitoring and enforcement approaches

Conservation program assistance:

Assist with communications – writing blog pieces, etc.
Proofreading a variety of external documents, emails, website pages
Brainstorming a variety of activities and programs


Internships are on a volunteer basis; no benefits or relocation costs are provided. We are happy to work with interns and their universities to obtain academic credit for internship work. It is the intern’s responsibility to negotiate this relationship with their institution and verify that the internship training and experience meets academic credit requirements.

Application Processes

Application Process:

Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis, and listings will be posted until filled. To apply to a position, please send the following materials via email to

Cover letter detailing your interests, relevant experience, goals and dates of availability

  • Résumé
  • Short formal writing sample
  • Course list detailing applicable coursework experience
  • List of 3 references

Please reference the position title and your name in the subject line. Please do not call our office regarding this opportunity.