Reports to:  Global Ocean Refuge System Fellow
Location: Glen Ellen, CA
Period: May – Aug 2017

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 Glen Ellen (San Francisco North Bay) office, volunteers have the opportunity to work with our staff to gain important skills and insights into conservation advocacy.

To safeguard marine ecosystems on a global scale, Marine Conservation Institute is leading an urgent initiative called the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES). GLORES will incentivize governments to protect marine life by giving prestigious awards for effective marine protected areas that meet science-based standards. GLORES aims to catalyze strong protection for at least 30% of the global ocean by 2030, enough to avert extinction of marine life. This is an exciting year for GLORES – we will announce the inaugural GLORES awards in early September 2017.

The Marine Conservation Intern will work closely with the GLORES Fellow to help review sites for possible Global Ocean Refuge System award.  The intern will research and compile information on candidate sites to the Global Ocean Refuge System. The Marine Conservation Intern will also have the opportunity to contribute pieces to the institute’s blog On The Tide. We will consider part-time (15-20 hours/week) or full-time applicants (35+ hours/week).

Desired skills:


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

Marine Science:

  • Solid marine science background (through course work or field experience)
  • Understanding of ocean conservations issues
  • Familiarity with marine protected areas


  • Interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Intern tasks may include:

  • Research activities:
    • Research and compile information on MPAs from around the world
    • Assist with GLORES social media (Twitter)
    • Proofreading a variety of external documents, emails, website pages
    • Researching and data-entry for media lists
    • Writing basic blogs
    • Brainstorming for a variety of activities/ programs
  • Conservation program assistance:


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 this position, please send the following materials via e-mail to Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis starting April 15, 2017. Please reference the position 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; and
  • A list of 3 references.

Please no calls.

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