Conservation Development Internship

Reports to:  Development Director 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Period: Ongoing

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. We work with scientists, politicians, government officials and other organizations to identify key threats to areas in the sea and then build workable solutions. Our unique effectiveness comes from our vision, expertise and our willingness to partner with others. Working out of our Seattle office, volunteers have the opportunity to work with our staff to gain important skills and insights into conservation advocacy.

The Conservation Development Intern will support the Development Director and occasionally the President with fundraising, donor communications, event planning, internet research and office work. Strong computer and writing skills are required. For this position, we are seeking an individual with excellent communication skills, substantive knowledge or professional experience in marine or environmental science or policy, and who shares our commitment to the preservation of marine life and biological diversity.  We also prefer candidates who have a demonstrated ability to work independently, with minimal direct supervision. Training is provided.


Internships are on a volunteer basis; no benefits or relocation costs are provided. We are willing to work with interns and their universities to obtain academic credit for internship work. Opportunities for independent research in marine conservation should be discussed at the time of interview.

Application Process

To apply to the internship, please send the following via email to Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Please reference the internship title and your name in the subject line.

  • A cover letter detailing your interests, relevant experience, goals and availability;
  • A résumé;
  • A writing sample (2 page maximum);
  • A course list detailing applicable coursework experience;
  • A list of 3 references.

Please no calls

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