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Job & Internship Opportunities

AVAILABLE OPPORTUNITIES:

President and Executive Director
Marine Animal Rehabilitation & Education Intern (unpaid)
Marketing Intern (unpaid)

JOB OPENINGS:

President and Executive Director

The National Marine Life Center seeks a mission-driven and experienced nonprofit business leader skilled in successfully executing strategic plans and empowering a high performing team. Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the President and Executive Director will be based at its facility in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, and have overall management responsibility for growing an impactful organization.

Position Overview:
This full-time position is for immediate hire and reports to the Board of Trustees. This impactful leadership position is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, fundraising, and strategic plan of the organization. This position requires a dynamic, mission-driven leader who is passionate about leading hands-on operations, fostering growth, as well as developing and managing programs.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide thoughtful and visionary executive leadership that is inclusive, transparent and empowering in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Trustees.
  • Develop strategic options and plans gaining board approval as needed to carry out the mission of the organization.
  • Oversee the day-to-day operations and ensure its overall successful long-term operations.
  • Manage and motivate staff, overseeing processes such as hiring, separation, ongoing staff development, performance management and compensation, including benefits.
  • In conjunction with the Board of Trustees, develop and implement a business development/fundraising plan to seek funds through major gifts, corporate, foundation, local, state, federal and individual sources; demonstrate creativity, initiative and leadership in driving the plan forward.
  • Prepare and administer the annual operating and capital budgets for the approval of the Board of Trustees, ensuring that appropriate systems, procedures, and financial controls are in effect. Ensure breakeven or better operations are achieved.
  • Serve as an ex officio voting member of all Board Committees. Work with all Board Committee Chairs in their areas of responsibility to identify short- and longer-term needs, opportunities,
    sources of new revenues, and expansion possibilities.
  • Foster community and media relations. The Executive Director is the organization’s face to its communities, including but not limited to the Town of Bourne; Cape Cod regional/regulatory
    organizations; rescue/other wildlife care providers; scientific organizations and media. This requires a high degree of comfort engaging with these constituencies and collaborating with
    Trustee/Advisory Board members to support the mission.
  • In conjunction with the Board of Trustees and staff, develop long term plans that support the mission and drive profitable growth.
  • Develop, update and implement personnel policies and programs and manage staff in accordance therewith.
  • Oversee Rehabilitation Program in conjunction with staff. Ensure compliance with federal/state permits, licenses, and Environmental, Health and Safety protocols.
  • Oversee Science Program in collaboration with staff to ensure continued funding of the Marine Mammal Parasitology Laboratory and expand scientific partnerships.
  • Oversee Education Program with staff and expand educational partnerships along with programs.
  • Develop and inspire our volunteers, who provide essential operational support.
  • Ensure repairs, maintenance and good housekeeping of facilities.
  • Prepare monthly reports for the Board of Trustees to be presented at regularly scheduled and special meetings; identify issues and recommend solutions.
  • Timely execution of other responsibilities as may be requested by the Board of Trustees from time to time.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 7-10 years in leadership roles at moderately sized not-for-profit organization
  • B.A./B.Sc., Masters/MBA a plus
  • Marine wildlife rehabilitation experience desirable
  • Proven track record of growing organizational capacity and programmatic impact
  • Demonstrated success in fiscal management and achieving results
  • A strong passion for the mission and programs
  • Outstanding communications skills and ability to work well with media, staff, board and community
  • Experience in development/fundraising for not-for-profits is highly desirable.

Send cover letter, resume, and the names of three professional references to Beth Jones, Interim Executive Director, NMLC-Search-Committee@nmlc.org.

Position open until filled. 

The National Marine Life Center is an equal opportunity employer.

 

INTERNSHIP OPENINGS:

Deadlines:

  • Fall Semester: July 1st
  • Spring Semester: November 1st
  • Summer Semester: March 1st
 
MARINE ANIMAL REHABILITATION & ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION INTERN

Animal Care Responsibilities: Depending on need and case load, interns will assist with the care of the NMLC rehabilitation patients including seals, sea turtles, and a variety of native turtle species. Animal Care duties will include animal restraint; cleaning; disinfecting tanks, equipment, and environmental enrichment devices; diet preparation; administering feeds (including tube feeding); record keeping; facility maintenance; and water quality testing. Interns will also assist animal care staff with medical procedures, admission exams, animal necropsies, and release events.

Education Responsibilities: Interns will assist with environmental education programs, including on-site programs, off-site programs, fairs, and festivals. Programs will focus on marine animals, rehabilitation practices, conservation, and STEM activities. Interns will learn how to effectively interpret and educate guests of NMLC on marine animals and conservation. Interns may be asked to work in the gift shop and assist with various office projects such as fundraising and data entry. Opportunities may be available to create displays for the Discovery Center and help create lesson plans and activities that are aligned with the Massachusetts State Frameworks and Ocean Literacy Principles.

Other Responsibilities:  Each intern is assigned to multiple projects in different areas of the organization, e.g. research, fundraising, rehabilitation, marketing, social media or education. A weekly chore will be delegated to each intern to assist with the upkeep of the facility and equipment. Each intern is required to attend regularly scheduled meetings throughout their time at NMLC. At the end of the internship, the intern will deliver a presentation about their experience and projects to staff, volunteers, and members of the public.

Qualifications

  • Must be currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from an accredited college or university; preference will be given to students or recent graduates working towards biology, environmental studies, marine science, education, or other related fields.
  • Must demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be adaptable, responsible, hard working, willing to learn, and have attention to detail.
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Must be willing to engage in a positive and informative manner with members of the public on a regular basis.
  • Must be willing to participate in and receive constructive feedback.
  • Must expect to work 40 hours per week, which can include early morning and/or late night seal feedings depending on the season.
  • If an intern plans to receive school credit for an internship they must notify staff prior to the internship start date, and it will be the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all required paperwork is completed and submitted.

Intern positions are unpaid. Interns must have their own transportation. Housing is not provided, but NMLC will offer suggestions

To Apply: Send your resume, cover letter, and one letter of reference to internship@nmlc.org or P.O. Box 269, Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts 02532. Applications must be received by July 1st for the fall semester, November 1st for the spring semester, or March 1st for the summer semester. Due to the high number of applications, only qualified candidates will be contacted.

EXTENDED INTERNSHIPS

Animal Care & Education Interns have the opportunity to stay on for a second semester to continue advancing their skills. Those interested should write a letter of interest to their NMLC supervisor at least one month prior to the end of their internship. In the letter, please state your goals and learning objectives for continuing the internship. Second semester interns will be considered based on performance during their first semester as well as available space and organizational need. Second semester interns will have the opportunity to grow into more advanced roles, while also improving their overall skillsets and acquiring new skills in this field.

 
MARKETING & DEVELOPMENT INTERN

Responsibilities:

  • Promoting NMLC’s mission through appropriate publications and venues.
  • Assisting with donor outreach and communications, including donor tracking, follow-up, and upkeep of the donor database.
  • Updating community and website calendars with upcoming events and educational programs.
  • Assist in the planning and execution of fundraising events including our annual Mermaid Ball, Feet Fins & Flippers 5K, Deals for Seals Yard Sale, and The Spectacle of the Trees. Specific activities include: Creating event marketing materials, Writing press releases, Managing the 5K t-shirt design competition, Recruiting event sponsors, Recruiting donations for auction and raffle prizes, Helping with event registration and day of preparations
  • Maintaining social media outlets: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and Instagram.
  • Maintaining our WordPress website.
  • Research potential funding sources and apply for funding through grants and sponsorship programs.
  • Update and edit current marketing materials such as brochures, flyers, direct mailings, and educational materials.
  • Update NMLC’s marketing plan, social media policy, media policy, & other communications policies

Qualifications:

  • The internship is open to students who are currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from an accredited college or university.
  • Preference will be given to students or recent graduates in marketing, communications, or other related fields.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Must be outgoing and personable with good social and conversational skills.
  • Have knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite and social media outlets, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, and blogging
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Summer interns should be available to work from mid-May through mid-August.
  • Intern should expect to work 20-24 hours per week, including weekends, evenings, and holidays.
  • If an intern plans to receive school credit for an internship they must notify staff prior to the internship start date, and it will be the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all required paperwork is completed and submitted.

Intern positions are unpaid. Interns must have their own transportation. Housing is not provided, but NMLC will offer suggestions.

To Apply: Send your resume, cover letter, and one letter of reference to internship@nmlc.org or P.O. Box 269, Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, 02532. Applications must be received by July 1st for the fall semester, November 1st for the spring semester, or March 1st for the summer semester.

EXTENDED INTERNSHIPS

Marketing & Development Interns have the opportunity to stay on for a second semester to continue advancing their skills. Those interested should write a letter to their NMLC supervisor at least one month prior to the end of their internship. In the letter, please state your goals and learning objectives for continuing the internship. Second semester interns will be considered based on performance during their first semester as well as available space and organizational need.