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.


Development Officer

Position Description:

Reporting to and partnering with the President, the Development Officer manages Marine Conservation Institute’s fundraising efforts.  Working with the Board of Directors and President, the Development Officer will create and implement a comprehensive development program to grow the organization’s base of donors while implementing new strategies to diversify support through major gifts and corporate sponsorship.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Demonstrable development success and experience with foundation and corporate grants, individual giving, corporate sponsorship, and board development
  • Experience with developing a variety of written and online development materials
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Proven ability to manage multiple initiatives simultaneously
  • Experience managing and using donor databases
  • Ability to build strong relationships across long distances (funders, donors and staff are spread across the country)
  • Familiarity with marine conservation funding community is desired

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement strategic development plan to secure grants, major gifts and sponsorships
  • Oversee grants program (approx. 50% of time), including grant writing, reporting and tracking as well as supporting President and staff with grant activities
  • Engage and cultivate prospective major donors and partners
  • Maintain and grow base of annual individual donors
  • Provide guidance and development support to the Board of Directors
  • Manage donor-related communications
  • Maintain GiftWorks database and oversee all data entry and gift processing


Marine Conservation Institute has offices in Seattle, WA, Glen Ellen, CA and Washington DC.  The office location is flexible, though WA or CA are preferred.

To Apply:

Send cover letter and resume to with Development Officer in the subject line (no phone calls).  Position open till filled.

About Marine Conservation Institute:

Marine Conservation Institute is a 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.  Marine Conservation Institute is an equal opportunity employer and offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental and vision and 401k matching program.


Policy Internship

Reports to:  Director of Policy and Legislation 
Location: Washington, DC
Period: January - April 2015

Internship Overview

Marine Conservation Institute’s internship program provides motivated and academically-promising students an opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in a real‐world arena.  During their internship, students work closely with science and policy staff on cutting edge issues in marine conservation biology and ocean policy.   Most of the internship opportunities are geared towards graduate students or students who have recently completed graduate degrees, although we have on occasion developed opportunities for undergraduates to work on pressing marine conservation issues.

For internship positions, we seek individuals with excellent communication skills, substantive knowledge or professional experience in marine or environmental science or policy, and who share 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.

Working out of our DC office, policy interns have the opportunity to work closely with our policy staff to gain important skills in conservation advocacy. Previous policy interns have had the opportunity to assist with establishing National Monuments and our National Marine Sanctuaries Reauthorization efforts, our work to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, development of our MPAtlas project, and on GLORES, among other projects.  Policy interns have described their internship experience as being important for learning about lobbying and the legislative process and for understanding more about packaging science for Federal decision makers.  These internships coincide with the academic calendar.

Responsibilities and Duties:  

Internship activities include:

  • Conducting research on US marine policy
  • Setting lobbying appointments with congressional staffers
  • Accompanying Marine Conservation Institute staff on visits to the Hill/agencies and keeping records of visits
  • Staying abreast of and briefing staff on marine conservation news
  • Preparing educational materials and fact sheets
  • Providing administrative support (answer phones, file, purchase office supplies, open & distribute mail, computer troubleshoot, etc.).  This constitutes approximately 20% of the intern’s time.


We would prefer to hire a full-time intern (40 hours/week), but will consider bringing on a part-time intern (20 hours/week). Internships are on a volunteer basis.  No benefits or relocation costs are provided, except standard holidays falling during the internship term.  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 material via e-mail to Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis starting October 1st, 2014. 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.

Marine Conservation Institute is an equal opportunity employer.