Volunteers make each day brighter

Volunteers can get involved with MSI in several ways, including helping kids discover science or facilitating arts and crafts activities at marine camp, maintaining the aquarium tanks at MSI’s facility, or even just by helping with tasks in the MSI office. Corporate groups and individuals are welcome to help give back to the community while learning more about the marine environment.

Volunteer/internship positions are unpaid.

Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

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Volunteer opportunities

Many volunteer opportunities have been put on hold due to the Pandemic. They are currently not listed. What is listed is what is available.

 

If you have questions please email volunteer@sfbaymsi.org

Aquarium Assistant

Emphasis in Animal Husbandry, Local Marine Animals, and Daily Operations of a Nonprofit 

Program Description

The Marine Science Institute (MSI) has aquarist volunteer opportunities for experienced fish enthusiasts. Volunteers will be trained to provide daily husbandry for a diverse collection of local marine fishes and invertebrates. Gain animal husbandry experience, become familiarized with local marine animals, learn how to monitor brackish and salt water quality, and acquire valuable experience at a local non-profit.

Primary Responsibilities

Daily food prep and feeding

Exhibit cleaning

Record keeping

Animal health observation

Water quality monitoring

Collection expeditions

Animal inventories

Filter maintenance procedures

Commitment

3 hours per day, one day per week, minimum of 12 weeks

Requirements

Minimum age requirement is 18

Experience keeping aquariums, or identifying local marine species, is preferred but not required

Able to work independently and in a team, follow directions carefully and communicate effectively

Capable of lifting 40 pounds

Available to volunteer on Holidays. Aquarium Assistants help maintain the institute's marine life systems
Volunteers should possess a high level of maturity and accountability

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

Fill out application and email it back

Afternoon Ecology Assistant

Emphasis in Educational Development, Child Development and Leadership

Program Description

Afternoon Ecology is a program designed for learners ages 6-11, who are curious about the habitats in the San Francisco Bay. We offer three different sessions; one in fall, winter and spring, each with a unique curriculum that brings out the natural curiosity of young minds.

Primary Responsibilities

Assist instructor in the many facets of running a successful program

Setting up and breaking down stations 

Monitor and maintain animal touching and safety during program

Participating in arts and crafts

Read stories

Play games

Supplies clean-up

General classroom management

Commitment

5 Weeks, Thursday's from 3pm-5:30pm

Requirements

Minimum age requirement is 14

Able to work independently and in a team, follow directions carefully and communicate effectively
Volunteers should possess a high level of maturity and accountability

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

Reliable transportation

It is essential that volunteers coordinate their internship (with guidance from guardians)

Position filled for Season

Social Media and Marketing Intern

Emphasis in Social Media Platforms, Campaigns, and Logistics

Program Description

Marine Science Institute utilizes social media and other e-marketing tools for its promotional campaigns and efforts. To keep MSI’s use of social media in motion interns play a vital role in the creation and scheduling of promotional efforts. MSI uses a variety of creative tools as well to compliment the visual ascetics of ads such as Canva and Photoshop. This program is constantly changing and evolving due to the nature of e-technology and interns need to be able to adapt to rotating responsibilities.

Primary Responsibilities

Creating campaigns to help promote MSI's programs

Content creation for multiple platforms (Imagery, videos, text)

Constant Contact for email campaigns

Creation and scheduling of promotional efforts

Commitment

3-6 hours a week, 12 weeks, ability to work remotely once a schedule is prearranged

 

Requirements

Minimum age is 18

This role includes independent work and requires maturity, focus and initiative

Able to work independently and in a team, follow directions carefully and communicate effectively
Volunteers should possess a high level of maturity and accountability

Good communication skills and problem solving skills are essential

Experience in Canva, Photoshop, or similar editing/creative software

Experience with basic social media platforms and Word or Google Docs programs (Excel/Sheets)

Knowledge of marine life, environmental education, and science recommended

Knowledge of MSI programs, and awareness of current website and social media

Reliable transportation, laptop, and mobile phone

This is a limited internship, only 1-2 applicants are chosen at a time

Hammerhead Building Team

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.

Primary Responsibilities

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