Overview

At the Monterey Bay Aquarium, we are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that celebrates and values diversity. We firmly believe that having a team of diverse backgrounds and voices, working together, increases our capacity to serve our visitors and fulfill our mission.  We welcome people from all walks of life into our team and strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, veterans, and people with disabilities to apply.

The Sr. Science Manager will be a key member of the Aquarium’s U.S. & California Ocean Conservation team, which works to advance the Aquarium’s ocean conservation mission at the federal and state levels. The Sr. Science Manager will bring science expertise and information to the development of strategies to protect wildlife and ecosystems, combat climate change, address plastic pollution, and improve fisheries and aquaculture management, among other Aquarium conservation goals. The Sr. Science Manager will guide and coordinate multi-partner, science-based conservation initiatives, provide science input on policy positions and actions, serve as a science spokesperson with Aquarium audiences, build strong science communities within and external to the Aquarium, and perform other duties as required.

The successful candidate for the Sr. Science Manager position will have a strong background in marine science, enthusiasm for working across disciplines to achieve conservation outcomes, and excellent project management, relationship building, and communication skills.

Core Activities

Participate in strategic planning and work with U.S. & California Ocean Conservation team members to regularly update strategies.
Manage science-based conservation initiatives, with a focus on the Aquarium’s southern sea otter reintroduction strategy.
Co-create and manage new conservation science initiatives in collaboration with the VP of U.S. & California Ocean Conservation and other internal and external partners, especially the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.
Provide scientific input on and review of policy positions and documents (e.g., advocacy positions, background memos, comment letters, testimony, government assessments).
Develop and deliver science-based products (e.g., white papers, reports, presentations, etc.) to external audiences, including decision-makers; Aquarium leadership, including the Board of Trustees; and donors and members.
Serve as a science spokesperson with the media on U.S. & California ocean conservation issues.
Provide scientific review of materials as requested from Guest Experience, Education, Marketing, and other Aquarium departments.
Serve as an advisor to sea otter conservation research staff.
Oversee and guide the work of fellows and interns.
Develop and manage a program to bring visiting scientists to the Aquarium.
Manage contractors to perform research, writing, and other relevant services.
Participate in forums, including the Research Oversight Committee, with other science staff across the aquarium to coordinate activities, generate and share ideas, develop research standards, and evaluate research proposals.
Participate in the development of annual work plans and budgets.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Master’s of Science or equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Ph.D. in ocean science or related field desired.
At least 5 years’ experience in working at the science-policy interface and communicating science to inform policy and management decision-making.
At least 5 years’ experience in managing multi-partner science and research initiatives and teams.
At least 5 years’ experience participating in strategic planning and annual work planning and budgeting.
Technical expertise in ocean and coastal ecology and wildlife biology.
High-level understanding of conservation issues, including climate change, ecosystem protection and restoration, pollution, and industrial uses (energy development, fishing, shipping, etc.).Ability to align core work with institutional strategic goals, with a focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Understanding of laws and policies related to ocean science and research, particularly related to wildlife.
Outstanding communication skills and comfort serving as a public spokesperson
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Ability to work within and maintain Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Core Values.
Application requirements:

Please submit a resume and cover letter.
Please include in the cover letter appendices or links to up to 3 writing samples and/or audio or visual communications.
Annual Compensation Range Minimum:

$86,400 – $110,000 USD Anually