Jobs at Marine Conservation Institute

Marine Conservation Institute is a non-profit scientific and conservation advocacy organization that has been working since 1996 to protect marine ecosystems. Marine Conservation Institute is a great place to work and be part of a team of scientists and strategists working to preserve marine life for us and for future generations. We offer a competitive benefits package for full-time employees including health insurance, 3 weeks of vacation and the option to participate in a matching 401k retirement plan. Marine Conservation Institute is an equal opportunity employer - women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Current Openings:


Communications & Conservation Projects Coordinator

Position Description:

Marine Conservation Institute is a pioneering science and advocacy organization dedicated to securing permanent, strong protection for the oceans’ most important places.  Founded in 1996 by marine ecologist Dr. Elliott Norse, Marine Conservation Institute is working towards a global network of marine protected areas by identifying ecologically significant places deserving protection, advocating for their designation and ensuring effective conservation and management.

The Communications & Conservation Projects Coordinator reports to the President and works with Marine Conservation Institute’s staff to coordinate communications and programmatic efforts. This position is primarily a support role within the organization with a chance to grow into a more senior position. The ideal individual has a passion for ocean conservation, is detail oriented and exceptionally well organized.

Primary Responsibilities:

Communications Coordinator: 50% of time

The Communications Coordinator oversees the institute’s diverse communication platforms and maintains followership and keeps supporters up-to-date on conservation priorities and progress. This position requires in-depth understanding of Marine Conservation Institute’s mission statement, initiative objectives and program progress. Specifically, the Communications Coordinator’s responsibilities and duties include:

  • Creating, managing and supporting organizational communication platforms:
    • Monthly e-newsletters and quarterly GLORES e-newsletters (MailChimp);
    • Social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and LinkedIn;
    • Website(s), update program content on a quarterly basis;
    • Global Ocean Refuge System Partner Spotlight and On the Tide blogs and guest platforms;
    • Daily Newsclips using paperli; and
    • Online petitions/ action alerts.
  • Authoring and editing external reports;
  • Ensuring message consistency across major initiatives and with conservation partners;
  • Supporting fundraising communications as needed by the Development Director;
  • Supporting media releases in collaboration with the Director of Policy and Legislation; and
  • Recruiting, training and directing communications interns.
Conservation Projects Coordinator: 25% of time

The Conservation Projects Coordinator supports the progress of institute’s major conservation initiatives. This position requires in-depth understanding of our initiatives and program objectives. Specific responsibilities and duties include:

  • Working closely with the President and program staff to ensure that short-term and long-term milestones are clearly outlined and calendared;
  • Ensuring that program progress is timely and communicated both internally and to relevant external stakeholders;
  • Contributing to research and reporting (e.g., writing report content, internet research, etc.);
  • Representing the institute within coalitions and reporting back internally to update staff to see how the institute can support coalition efforts;
  • Researching marine conservation issues as needed or requested by the president and program staff; and
  • Manage the Seattle Headquarters Intern program: postings, interviews, training, mentorship, etc.
Administrative Responsibilities: 25% of time

This position provides administrative support to the President and Board of Directors and as such should demonstrate excellent judgment and discretion. Sensitivity to confidential matters is required.

Assisting the President:
  • Create a working environment in which the President can work effectively by helping to organize his schedule, calendar and program priorities; and
  • Assist with the President’s correspondence; and ensuring that computer, internet and phone systems are in good working order, including ability to work while traveling.
Assisting the Board of Directors:
  • Organize logistical and travel support for Board members and participants for Board meetings;
  • Maintain correspondence and support for Board members; and
  • Attend and record Board meeting notes and minutes.
Organizational Support:
  • Maintain organizational calendars, prepare agendas, keep meeting notes and action items;
  • Participate in the cash receivables internal control process;
  • Responsible for printed materials, reports, business cards, etc.; and
  • Organize staff events, retreats and Board of Director’s meetings.


Marine Conservation Institute has offices in Seattle, WA, Glen Ellen, CA and Washington DC.  This position is stationed in Seattle, WA.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Outstanding written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent editing skills
  • Demonstrable communications experience with social media, Op-Eds, blogs, press releases, etc.
  • Experience with brand development
  • Experience with website writing and editing
  • Proven ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships across long distances
  • Excellent computer skills and working knowledge of Microsoft Office products
  • Familiarity with marine conservation science

Occasional overnight travel is required.


Salary commensurate with experience, this is a full-time exempted salary position. Marine Conservation Institute is an equal opportunity employer and offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental and vision and 401k matching program as well as paid vacation and sick leave.

Application Process:

To apply to this position, please send the following materials via e-mail to Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis starting May 15, 2017. Preference given to those able to start no later than June 26. Please reference the position title and your name in the subject line.  Position is open until filled.

  • A cover letter
  • A résumé or curriculum vitae;
  • A writing sample (2-page maximum);
  • A list of 3 references.

Please no calls.


Please visit our internship page for updates. We usually post internship openings seasonally. Thank you for your interest.


Marine Conservation Institute is an equal opportunity employer.