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Jobs at Marine Conservation Institute

Marine Conservation Institute is a non-profit conservation advocacy organization that has been working since 1996 to protect and restore marine biodiversity.  From our offices in Seattle, WA and Glen Ellen, CA, we advocate for strong marine protection, measure progress toward international conservation goals, conduct policy research to frame the marine conservation agenda, lead educational outreach efforts, and build partnerships with scientists and organizations to solve problems affecting marine life and coastal communities. We value a positive, productive work environment and offer a competitive benefits package for full-time employees that includes health insurance and paid time off.

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Current Openings:


Our internship program provides motivated students and recent graduates with an opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills while gaining hands-on experience in a real‐world setting. Interns work closely with science and policy staff on cutting-edge issues in marine conservation and ocean policy. Many of the internship opportunities are geared toward graduate students or individuals who have recently completed graduate degrees, though opportunities are occasionally available for undergraduates.

For internship positions, we seek individuals with excellent communication skills, substantive knowledge or experience in marine science or policy, and a shared commitment to protecting our oceans. We also prefer candidates who have a demonstrated ability to work independently, with minimal direct supervision. Training is provided, as needed.

Types of Internships:

Science Internship

Based in our two west coast offices or working remotely, science interns have an opportunity to train closely with our science staff to research a specific marine conservation topic. Previous science interns have assisted projects such as: Blue Parks, our High Seas Gems project, habitat conservation assessments for National Marine Sanctuaries, and assisting with the Marine Protection Atlas. These internships are available as project development dictates.

Communications Internship

Based in our two west coast offices or working remotely, communications interns have the opportunity to train with the Communications Coordinator to gain important skills in conservation communications. Communication interns help coordinate institute-wide communications including but not limited to: social media (X, Facebook, Instagram), blogs, press releases, action alerts, daily news clips, monthly newsletters, and infographics. Interns also have the opportunity to contribute pieces to the institute’s blog, On The Tide.