Monterey Bay Aquarium
The mission of the nonprofit Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the ocean.
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What Sets Us Apart

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1. We're an inclusive, committed, diverse group of people who collaborate.

 

2. We're passionate about learning more and doing more to better our world.

 

3. We're all dedicated to conservation of the ocean.

Making a Difference

Our Culture

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Working at the Monterey Bay Aquarium is more than just going to the office every day. In addition to our purpose-driven work in one of the most beautiful spots in the world, we offer a competitive compensation and benefits package (medical, dental and life insurance; floating holidays, vacation and sick time) including a couple of things we feel distinguish us: a unique and generous retirement plan and a wellness program staff can't wait to join. We do our best to walk the talk so we offer our team members discounts at our Cafe, which serves local, sustainable and organic foods, plus subsidized gym memberships and alternative transportation discounts, too. Our goal of working toward a healthy ocean can only be achieved with a healthy organization, which is something we strive for here at the Aquarium.

Opportunities at Monterey Bay

Aquarist (Open to All Levels)
Job summaryThe Aquarist is responsible for performing general aquarium husbandry duties without direct supervision. This responsibility includes the set-up, maintenance and care of aquarium exhibits, preparing and dispensing specimen food, treating organisms for diseases and assisting with the collecting effort. The Aquarist also has the knowledge and ability to act as a resource to Assistant Aquarists and Volunteers. Based on experience, a detailed job description will be provided after the Aquarist level has been determined. Core ResponsibilitiesMaintain live exhibits and specimen holding facilities at a very high level of quality as defined in the Husbandry Exhibit ProtocolsPerforms general husbandry functions (detailed in Assistant Aquarist description) without direct supervisionResponsible for initial set-up, maintenance and care of aquarium exhibit tanks and inhabitantsDetection/diagnosis and treatment of diseases of marine organisms.Diet preparation and animal feedingAbility to perform the collection of marine animals and plants, which may involve the use of SCUBAAssist in the design, development and construction of exhibit and holding aquariums and life support systemsPerforms the duties of an Assistant Aquarist, as necessaryAbsolutely Required Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or EducationBachelor degree in Biology or equivalent experienceAbility to maintain exhibit maintenance and collection recordsUnderstanding of the basic taxonomy of marine fish, invertebrates and plantsDemonstrated understanding of basic, aquarium related water quality perimeters and water chemistry (e.g. temperature, pH, salinity, D.O., nitrogenous compounds, etc.)Demonstrated ability to assess basic invertebrate and fish healthWorking knowledge of all fundamental aquarium life support systems (LSS) and components, with a thorough understanding of the LSS of those areas to which the Aquarist is assignedDemonstrated ability to work with basic elements of plumbing required by the building, repair and maintenance of aquarium systemsProficiency with the mathematics necessary for metric conversions, water volume calculations and therapeutic calculationsDemonstrated understanding of basic food preparation, nutrition and feeding techniquesAn understanding of biological, mechanical and chemical filtrationDemonstrated ability to perform numerous types of field collectionsDemonstrated ability to properly transport and acclimate collection specimensAbility to function professionally with a positive attitude in a team environmentSCUBA certificationAbility to pass an occupational/scientific dive physical examination (if applicable)Small boat handling experience highly desirableFollows recognized Monterey Bay Aquarium safety practicesAbility to work within, and maintain Monterey Bay Aquarium's Core ValuesValid California driver's license with an insurable driving record highly desirable or mandatory depending upon current institutional needsDesired Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or EducationExperience working in a public aquarium preferredKnowledge of the marine flora and fauna of the Central California CoastReference # 23990Posted on 10 Apr 2019Location(s) Monterey BayExpertise HusbandryWork type(s) Regular, Full TimeJob level(s) ExperiencedMore details (document)The Monterey Bay Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to fostering an environment free from any form of unlawful discrimination. Discriminatory actions are strictly prohibited and we are committed to engaging in affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination.It is the policy of the Monterey Bay Aquarium to promote a positive program of specific practices designed to ensure equal opportunity without regard to race, sex (including breastfeeding and conditions related to breastfeeding), color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partnership status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, special disabled veteran status, veteran status, medical condition, genetic characteristics and information, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), family care leave status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws.VEVRAA Federal ContractorWe Request Priority Protected Veteran and Disabled Referrals for all of our locations
Aquarist (Open to All Levels)
Job summaryThe Aquarist is responsible for performing general aquarium husbandry duties without direct supervision. This responsibility includes the set-up, maintenance and care of aquarium exhibits, preparing and dispensing specimen food, treating organisms for diseases and assisting with the collecting effort. The Aquarist also has the knowledge and ability to act as a resource to Assistant Aquarists and Volunteers. Based on experience, a detailed job description will be provided after the Aquarist level has been determined. Core ResponsibilitiesMaintain live exhibits and specimen holding facilities at a very high level of quality as defined in the Husbandry Exhibit ProtocolsPerforms general husbandry functions (detailed in Assistant Aquarist description) without direct supervisionResponsible for initial set-up, maintenance and care of aquarium exhibit tanks and inhabitantsDetection/diagnosis and treatment of diseases of marine organisms.Diet preparation and animal feedingAbility to perform the collection of marine animals and plants, which may involve the use of SCUBAAssist in the design, development and construction of exhibit and holding aquariums and life support systemsPerforms the duties of an Assistant Aquarist, as necessaryAbsolutely Required Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or EducationBachelor degree in Biology or equivalent experienceAbility to maintain exhibit maintenance and collection recordsUnderstanding of the basic taxonomy of marine fish, invertebrates and plantsDemonstrated understanding of basic, aquarium related water quality perimeters and water chemistry (e.g. temperature, pH, salinity, D.O., nitrogenous compounds, etc.)Demonstrated ability to assess basic invertebrate and fish healthWorking knowledge of all fundamental aquarium life support systems (LSS) and components, with a thorough understanding of the LSS of those areas to which the Aquarist is assignedDemonstrated ability to work with basic elements of plumbing required by the building, repair and maintenance of aquarium systemsProficiency with the mathematics necessary for metric conversions, water volume calculations and therapeutic calculationsDemonstrated understanding of basic food preparation, nutrition and feeding techniquesAn understanding of biological, mechanical and chemical filtrationDemonstrated ability to perform numerous types of field collectionsDemonstrated ability to properly transport and acclimate collection specimensAbility to function professionally with a positive attitude in a team environmentSCUBA certificationAbility to pass an occupational/scientific dive physical examination (if applicable)Small boat handling experience highly desirableFollows recognized Monterey Bay Aquarium safety practicesAbility to work within, and maintain Monterey Bay Aquarium's Core ValuesValid California driver's license with an insurable driving record highly desirable or mandatory depending upon current institutional needsDesired Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or EducationExperience working in a public aquarium preferredKnowledge of the marine flora and fauna of the Central California CoastReference # 23990Posted on 10 Apr 2019Location(s) Monterey BayExpertise HusbandryWork type(s) Regular, Full TimeJob level(s) ExperiencedMore details (document)The Monterey Bay Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to fostering an environment free from any form of unlawful discrimination. Discriminatory actions are strictly prohibited and we are committed to engaging in affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination.It is the policy of the Monterey Bay Aquarium to promote a positive program of specific practices designed to ensure equal opportunity without regard to race, sex (including breastfeeding and conditions related to breastfeeding), color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partnership status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, special disabled veteran status, veteran status, medical condition, genetic characteristics and information, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), family care leave status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws.VEVRAA Federal ContractorWe Request Priority Protected Veteran and Disabled Referrals for all of our locations
Education WATCH Program Teacher - On Call
Job summary:The Education Programs Instructor works with Education Programs staff to plan, develop, deliver and evaluate on-site and off-site workshops, institutes, and instructional activities for program participants. To interact with program participants, providing instruction, mentoring and coaching. To develop, write, test and review instructional materials and educational resources for various education programs. To represent Education Programs and the aquarium at off-site workshops and conferences Core ResponsibilitiesPlan and deliver multi-day programs to teens at the aquarium and field sitesDesign and develop new instructional materials in support of teen programs and projectsSupervise students both on and off-site during program sessionsAssist in administrative tasks and program planningAssist in program recruitmentTransport to students to offsite field locations Absolutely Required Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or EducationCalifornia teaching credential or equivalent (science or multiple subjects)Currently on staff at WATCH based High School (Watsonville High, Aptos and Pajaro Valley High)Be sincerely interested in diverse people of all ages, in nature, and in environmental conservationBe self-confident, socially outgoing, cooperative, courteous, honest, and interpersonally effectiveDemonstrate excellent English communication skills through oral conversation and presentations; in written correspondence and instructional materialsHave at least a Bachelor's degree and a minimum of three years full-time teaching experience in the K-12 grade range with strong recent recommendations from peers and supervisors verifying professional competence, strong organizational skills and high productivityKnow central California marine and coastal natural history and have strong ability to engage children and adults in effective environmental education activities in classroom and field settingsBe self-motivated, organized, flexible and able to work well independently and with a teamBe proficient in the use of common instructional, audio-visual, and office and computer equipmentAbility to work within, and maintain Monterey Bay Aquarium's Core Values Desired Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or EducationIf not fluent in Spanish, be able to use basic Spanish as needed for brief social and instructional settingsCPR certification, First Aid certificationReference # 24030Posted on 12 Apr 2019Location(s) Monterey BayExpertise EducationWork type(s) Regular, On-callJob level(s) ExperiencedMore details (document)The Monterey Bay Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to fostering an environment free from any form of unlawful discrimination. Discriminatory actions are strictly prohibited and we are committed to engaging in affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination.It is the policy of the Monterey Bay Aquarium to promote a positive program of specific practices designed to ensure equal opportunity without regard to race, sex (including breastfeeding and conditions related to breastfeeding), color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partnership status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, special disabled veteran status, veteran status, medical condition, genetic characteristics and information, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), family care leave status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws.VEVRAA Federal ContractorWe Request Priority Protected Veteran and Disabled Referrals for all of our locations
Education WATCH Program Teacher - On Call
Job summary:The Education Programs Instructor works with Education Programs staff to plan, develop, deliver and evaluate on-site and off-site workshops, institutes, and instructional activities for program participants. To interact with program participants, providing instruction, mentoring and coaching. To develop, write, test and review instructional materials and educational resources for various education programs. To represent Education Programs and the aquarium at off-site workshops and conferences Core ResponsibilitiesPlan and deliver multi-day programs to teens at the aquarium and field sitesDesign and develop new instructional materials in support of teen programs and projectsSupervise students both on and off-site during program sessionsAssist in administrative tasks and program planningAssist in program recruitmentTransport to students to offsite field locations Absolutely Required Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or EducationCalifornia teaching credential or equivalent (science or multiple subjects)Currently on staff at WATCH based High School (Watsonville High, Aptos and Pajaro Valley High)Be sincerely interested in diverse people of all ages, in nature, and in environmental conservationBe self-confident, socially outgoing, cooperative, courteous, honest, and interpersonally effectiveDemonstrate excellent English communication skills through oral conversation and presentations; in written correspondence and instructional materialsHave at least a Bachelor's degree and a minimum of three years full-time teaching experience in the K-12 grade range with strong recent recommendations from peers and supervisors verifying professional competence, strong organizational skills and high productivityKnow central California marine and coastal natural history and have strong ability to engage children and adults in effective environmental education activities in classroom and field settingsBe self-motivated, organized, flexible and able to work well independently and with a teamBe proficient in the use of common instructional, audio-visual, and office and computer equipmentAbility to work within, and maintain Monterey Bay Aquarium's Core Values Desired Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or EducationIf not fluent in Spanish, be able to use basic Spanish as needed for brief social and instructional settingsCPR certification, First Aid certificationReference # 24030Posted on 12 Apr 2019Location(s) Monterey BayExpertise EducationWork type(s) Regular, On-callJob level(s) ExperiencedMore details (document)The Monterey Bay Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to fostering an environment free from any form of unlawful discrimination. Discriminatory actions are strictly prohibited and we are committed to engaging in affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination.It is the policy of the Monterey Bay Aquarium to promote a positive program of specific practices designed to ensure equal opportunity without regard to race, sex (including breastfeeding and conditions related to breastfeeding), color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partnership status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, special disabled veteran status, veteran status, medical condition, genetic characteristics and information, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), family care leave status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws.VEVRAA Federal ContractorWe Request Priority Protected Veteran and Disabled Referrals for all of our locations
Human Resources Generalist
Job summaryThe Human Resource Generalist is responsible for performing HR-related duties on a professional level and works closely with HR management. This position also has primary responsibility for compensation program administration.  In addition, carries out responsibilities in the following functional areas: benefits, employee relations, diversity and inclusion, training, performance management, onboarding, policy implementation, recruitment/employment, affirmative action and employment law.  Primary responsibilities include development and oversight of organization-wide compensation program. Plans, develops and implements new and revised compensation programs, policies and procedures to be responsive to the Aquarium's goals and competitive practices. This position is also responsible for ensuring through audits, legal reports and personal interactions, that MBA compensation programs are consistently administered in compliance with organizational policies, Federal and State regulations.  Core Responsibilities Administers various human resource plans and procedures for all staff; assists in the development and implementation of personnel policies and procedures.Administers compensation program; responsible for maintaining annual wage budget, including ongoing tracking and reporting of organizational wage savings throughout the yearPerforms benefits administration, including claims resolution, change reporting, approving invoices for payment and communicating benefits information to employees.Conducts recruitment effort for all exempt and nonexempt personnel, and temporary employees;Handles employee relations counseling, stay and exit interviewing.Maintains compliance with federal, state and local employment and benefits laws and regulations.Responsible for development and oversight of organization-wide compensation programConduct ongoing compensation review of positions to ensure salaries are in line with marketMonitors the effectiveness of existing compensation policies, guidelines and procedures recommending plan revision as well as new plans that are cost-effective and consistent with compensation trends and organizational objectives; coordinates implementation and provides guidance to managers and staff.Ongoing evaluation and review of job descriptions to ensure consistency, diversity, equity and inclusion requirements are met.Provides advice to managers on compensation decisions, policy and guideline interpretation, and job evaluation, including the design of creative solutions to specific compensation-related programs.Administers direct compensation (executive, exempt and nonexempt cash compensation programs) for all staff, including the processing, recording and reporting of compensation-related actions.Develops and presents compensation educational sessions for managers.Participates in, conducts and/or purchases exempt and nonexempt salary surveys to ensure organizational compensation objectives are achieved.Partners with recruitment function to market positions and analyze candidate dataResponsible for annual merit increase implementation process, including required audit documentsConduct annual salary band reviewKeeps apprised of federal, state and local compensation laws and regulations to ensure compliance.General support of all HR functionsAbsolutely Required Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or Education Minimum 5 years HR Generalist experience, with compensation focus, in an exempt level positionPrior experience leading and developing compensation programsStrong HRIS backgroundExperience with salary market analytics and compensation survey databasesExperience with and understanding of compensation and benefit programs related to total compensation analysisExperience with employee population 500+Strong MS Office skills with emphasis on advanced Excel knowledge or equivalentExceptional communication and interpersonal skills requiredTeam orientation and exceptional customer service skills requiredAbility to work within, and maintain Monterey Bay Aquarium's Core ValuesDemonstrated commitment to Monterey Bay Aquarium's Leadership CompetenciesDesired Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or EducationBA or equivalent experience in relevant HR areaCCP (Certified Compensation Professional) designation desirableSHRM Certified Professional PHR or SPHR designation highly desirableExperience with ADP highly desirableReference # 23970Posted on 04 Apr 2019Location(s) Monterey BayExpertise Human ResourcesWork type(s) Regular, Full Time, Salaried (exempt)Job level(s) Experienced, ManagementMore details (document)The Monterey Bay Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to fostering an environment free from any form of unlawful discrimination. Discriminatory actions are strictly prohibited and we are committed to engaging in affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination.It is the policy of the Monterey Bay Aquarium to promote a positive program of specific practices designed to ensure equal opportunity without regard to race, sex (including breastfeeding and conditions related to breastfeeding), color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partnership status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, special disabled veteran status, veteran status, medical condition, genetic characteristics and information, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), family care leave status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws.VEVRAA Federal ContractorWe Request Priority Protected Veteran and Disabled Referrals for all of our locations
Human Resources Generalist
Job summaryThe Human Resource Generalist is responsible for performing HR-related duties on a professional level and works closely with HR management. This position also has primary responsibility for compensation program administration.  In addition, carries out responsibilities in the following functional areas: benefits, employee relations, diversity and inclusion, training, performance management, onboarding, policy implementation, recruitment/employment, affirmative action and employment law.  Primary responsibilities include development and oversight of organization-wide compensation program. Plans, develops and implements new and revised compensation programs, policies and procedures to be responsive to the Aquarium's goals and competitive practices. This position is also responsible for ensuring through audits, legal reports and personal interactions, that MBA compensation programs are consistently administered in compliance with organizational policies, Federal and State regulations.  Core Responsibilities Administers various human resource plans and procedures for all staff; assists in the development and implementation of personnel policies and procedures.Administers compensation program; responsible for maintaining annual wage budget, including ongoing tracking and reporting of organizational wage savings throughout the yearPerforms benefits administration, including claims resolution, change reporting, approving invoices for payment and communicating benefits information to employees.Conducts recruitment effort for all exempt and nonexempt personnel, and temporary employees;Handles employee relations counseling, stay and exit interviewing.Maintains compliance with federal, state and local employment and benefits laws and regulations.Responsible for development and oversight of organization-wide compensation programConduct ongoing compensation review of positions to ensure salaries are in line with marketMonitors the effectiveness of existing compensation policies, guidelines and procedures recommending plan revision as well as new plans that are cost-effective and consistent with compensation trends and organizational objectives; coordinates implementation and provides guidance to managers and staff.Ongoing evaluation and review of job descriptions to ensure consistency, diversity, equity and inclusion requirements are met.Provides advice to managers on compensation decisions, policy and guideline interpretation, and job evaluation, including the design of creative solutions to specific compensation-related programs.Administers direct compensation (executive, exempt and nonexempt cash compensation programs) for all staff, including the processing, recording and reporting of compensation-related actions.Develops and presents compensation educational sessions for managers.Participates in, conducts and/or purchases exempt and nonexempt salary surveys to ensure organizational compensation objectives are achieved.Partners with recruitment function to market positions and analyze candidate dataResponsible for annual merit increase implementation process, including required audit documentsConduct annual salary band reviewKeeps apprised of federal, state and local compensation laws and regulations to ensure compliance.General support of all HR functionsAbsolutely Required Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or Education Minimum 5 years HR Generalist experience, with compensation focus, in an exempt level positionPrior experience leading and developing compensation programsStrong HRIS backgroundExperience with salary market analytics and compensation survey databasesExperience with and understanding of compensation and benefit programs related to total compensation analysisExperience with employee population 500+Strong MS Office skills with emphasis on advanced Excel knowledge or equivalentExceptional communication and interpersonal skills requiredTeam orientation and exceptional customer service skills requiredAbility to work within, and maintain Monterey Bay Aquarium's Core ValuesDemonstrated commitment to Monterey Bay Aquarium's Leadership CompetenciesDesired Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or EducationBA or equivalent experience in relevant HR areaCCP (Certified Compensation Professional) designation desirableSHRM Certified Professional PHR or SPHR designation highly desirableExperience with ADP highly desirableReference # 23970Posted on 04 Apr 2019Location(s) Monterey BayExpertise Human ResourcesWork type(s) Regular, Full Time, Salaried (exempt)Job level(s) Experienced, ManagementMore details (document)The Monterey Bay Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to fostering an environment free from any form of unlawful discrimination. Discriminatory actions are strictly prohibited and we are committed to engaging in affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination.It is the policy of the Monterey Bay Aquarium to promote a positive program of specific practices designed to ensure equal opportunity without regard to race, sex (including breastfeeding and conditions related to breastfeeding), color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partnership status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, special disabled veteran status, veteran status, medical condition, genetic characteristics and information, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), family care leave status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws.VEVRAA Federal ContractorWe Request Priority Protected Veteran and Disabled Referrals for all of our locations
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