Hammerhead Building Team

Emphasis in Project Management, Construction, and Daily Operations of a Nonprofit



For more information or to apply for this position
please fill out this VOLUNTEER APPLICATION 
and email it to volunteer@sfbaymsi.org

Program Description: 

The Marine Science Institute (MSI) is looking for handy volunteers with experience in carpentry, plumbing, electrical, framing, landscaping, roofing, general contracting, or any other field of construction to help with our daily operations, and list of projects. Our facility is located right on the San Francisco Bay, includes a 4,000-gallon aquarium system and a 110ft dock for our 90ft research vessel, so there’s no shortage of projects. MSI relies heavily on the generosity of volunteers to carry out our mission, and we want to invite anyone with relevant experience and interest in joining our team of “Hammerheads” to apply today.


Internship Description: Volunteers will work directly with our Facilities Engineer to select, plan, and carry out any necessary projects.  Some projects may be conducted entirely by volunteers after the initial planning phase with our Engineer. Most projects are carried out Monday through Thursday, and occasionally weekends. Projects may include but are not limited to: building wood lockers, storage boxes, display cases, rough window installation, re-plumbing of aquarium life support systems, wood deck and fence repair, construction of wooden shade structures, construction of barn doors or gates, installation of artificial lawn, concrete pouring, etc.  


Commitment: The minimum required work window is 4 hours per day. However, most work is project based and time needs will vary greatly depending on the time of year.


Requirements: Minimum age of 18. Experience in one of the fields of construction mentioned above is preferred.

Able to work independently and in a team. 

Follows directions.

Capable of lifting 40 pounds.
Volunteers should possess a high level of maturity and accountability. 

Good communication skills, problem solving and willingness to get dirty are essential.