Job Opening

Marine Science Education Fellow (1 position)

Thank you for your interest. We are no longer accepting applications for this position.

Greater Farallones Association (GFA) is excited to continue the Marine Science Education Fellowship program with one open position that supports candidates regardless of ability or background interested in pursuing a career in educating others about the ocean, but have little or no experience.

Selected candidates will be given the opportunity to build teaching skills and comfort working with students, learn marine science curriculum, and have access to marine sanctuary resources. GFA is committed to providing opportunities to the next generation of marine scientists and educators from all backgrounds, and is dedicated to raising awareness and stewardship of the vital ocean resources right off the coast of San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, and Sonoma Counties.

Marine Science Education Fellow positions available with the following program:
LiMPETS Program (Long Term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students)

The Marine Science Education Fellow will provide instructional and administrative program support for either the LiMPETS program as well as staff the Greater Farallones Visitor Center desk once a week. The  Fellow will be part-time staff with the Greater Farallones Association and will require a commitment of 20 hours per week, Monday-Friday, with occasional weekend work. Both positions are for August 2023 through March 2024, with potential extension through June.

Marine Science Education Fellow Responsibilities

This is a range of possibilities tailored to your skills and program needs. Responsibilities could include the following and will be worked out collaboratively at the beginning of the fellowship:

  • Assist with the delivery of coastal science education programs, both in the classroom (in-person or distance learning) and in the field.
  • Maintain a safe and inclusive environment for all students during lessons and in the workplace where all staff feel they can bring their authentic selves.
  • Assist Program Coordinator in administration of programs, including outreach to teachers and registration of students.
  • Manage program equipment and supplies.
  • Staff the Greater Farallones Visitor Center on a weekend day, greeting and engaging guests in the exhibits.
  • Assist in the implementation of a teacher professional development workshop.
  • Assist in the development of online educational resources, as needed. 
  • May experience other program specific tasks.

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least 18 years of age. 
  • Looking to gain entry level experience in marine science and education.
  • Willingness to learn teaching skills to effectively instruct K-12 students, ages 6 through 17, from diverse cultural, economic, and social backgrounds.
  • General knowledge of or willingness to learn about concepts such as key ocean organisms, coastal ecosystems, and coastal stewardship.
  • Ability to work as a team member and be an effective communicator.
  • Strong computer skills.
  • Ability to adjust quickly to changing priorities and manage tasks in a sometimes stressful environment.
  • Ability  to lift and carry 35 lbs as this position requires transporting education materials.
  • Ability to move over uneven surfaces along the coast.
  • Pass mandatory background check and defensive driving course.
  • Have access to reliable transportation, a valid driver license, and a clean driving record.
  • Be fully vaccinated against COVID as defined by the Centers for Disease Control, and provide proof prior to beginning work.
  • Negative TB test. 

Greater Farallones Association (GFA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to conserve the ecosystems of Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary. LiMPETS is a joint project of GFA and NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. 

The Fellow’s work is managed and mentored by Jaclyn Schneider, LiMPETS Program Coordinator 

Employee Status and Benefits 

This is an eight month hourly employment position with GFA that is not exempt from overtime rules and is paid at $24/hour for regular time worked. A commitment of 20 hours per week makes the position eligible for paid holidays recognized by GFA, vacation and sick-time accruals on a prorated basis. 

Application Instructions 

We encourage those interested in marine science to apply, regardless of previous science experience. To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, and three references – all in a single PDF – to Your cover letter should address your commitment to being an effective educator and demonstrate your enthusiasm for marine science, and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Applications will be reviewed starting on August 1st, but we will continue accepting applications until the position is filled.

Greater Farallones Association (GFA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to conserve the ecosystems of Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary.