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 403(b) retirement plan. Marine Conservation Institute is an equal opportunity employer - women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Development Officer - Currently closed, reviewing applicants
The Marine Conservation Institute’s mission is to secure permanent, strong protection for the oceans’ most important places. Founded in 1996 by marine ecologist Dr. Elliott Norse, the 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.
Reporting to and partnering with the President, the Development Officer (DO) will support development efforts as the Marine Conservation Institute grows and expands. The DO will support the President, Founder and senior staff in grant writing, reporting and tracking, as well as helping to secure corporate sponsors and patron donors.
With the President and Board of Directors develop an annual fundraising plan to:
• Secure financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations
• Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors and create a strategy for a large sustained base of annual individual donors
• Track proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising, manage Giftworks and oversee data entry and gift processing
The right individual can work from either the Glen Ellen CA or Seattle WA office.
• BA (required), MA (a plus); previous experience required in non-profit development
• Demonstrated excellence in writing, organization project management and communication
To apply email cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with Development Officer in the subject line (no phone calls). Position open till filled.
The Marine Conservation Institute is an equal opportunity employer and offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental and vision and employer 403b match.
Reports to: Conservation Projects Manager
Location: Washington, DC
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. 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.
Period of Internship
End of May - August
To apply to the internships, please send the following material via e-mail to email@example.com. Applications due April 30th. 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 (1-2 pages);
- A course list detailing applicable coursework experience;
- And a list of 3 references.
Please no calls.
Marine Conservation Institute is an equal opportunity employer.