Job Openings

December 1, 2015

Outreach Specialist, Seabird Protection Network

Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association is seeking a part-time (minimum 24 up to 28 hours per week) Outreach Specialist for the Seabird Protection Network. Exact times and days can be flexible, but a pre-determined schedule, with occasional adjustments for evening and weekend presentations and events is desired. This position requires travel within the Bay Area, and occasionally the State. Duty station is near Crissy Field in San Francisco, CA.


National Marine Sanctuaries are administered by the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The goal of the National Marine Sanctuary System is to protect and manage these marine resources through research, education, conservation and stewardship. Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (Farallones Sanctuary) works in coordination with the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association to implement several of its programs, including the Seabird Protection Network (Network). The Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association provides personnel to the Network, which is currently seeking a new Outreach Specialist.

The primary goal of the Seabird Protection Network is to minimize levels of human disturbance (i.e., airplanes, boats, coastal visitors) at breeding and roosting seabird colonies throughout the California coast. A secondary goal of the Network is to raise overall awareness and appreciation of seabirds. The Network uses outreach, monitoring, enforcement and coordinated management to achieve this goal. The education and outreach component is directed toward adult audiences of pilots, boaters, kayakers and general ocean users. Outreach efforts focus on reducing disturbance to seabirds and other marine wildlife, and on raising awareness of seabirds.


Successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to change behaviors through effective outreach, education, messaging and marketing by utilizing a variety of products and tools.

  • Prepare, schedule and present information on seabird conservation, wildlife disturbance, regulations, and the Seabird Protection Network to pilots, boaters, kayakers and other general adult audiences.
  • Engage target audiences and their associations, organizations, and clubs through the development and distribution of E-newsletters.
  • Research and attend targeted events (i.e. air shows, boat shows).
  • Implement Community-based Social Marketing strategies.
  • Disseminate outreach materials, including tide books, posters and brochures. Respond and fulfil requests for

    outreach materials.

  • Prepare and send annual mailings to boaters and pilots prior to the start of seabird breeding season.
  • Update and maintain program website (, as well as other online resources

    (may include social media).

  • Coordinate the development of annual outreach materials with partner agencies.
  • In coordination with a graphic designer, manage the development and review process of permanent way-side

    interpretive signage.

  • Utilize and maintain the Social Media Policy and Plan and the Style Guide, as necessary.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of outreach strategies by developing creative techniques to measure outreach and program


  • Track product distribution and presentations using the Seabird Protection Network online portal
  • Maintain Seabird Protection Network’s event calendar.
  • Prepare and submit Situation Reports and other summaries of activities as requested.
  • Design, develop and manage online literature center that serves as a resource for seabird biologists, natural resource managers and enforcement personnel.
  • Work collaboratively with team members to develop new messaging strategies and outreach materials aimed at minimizing human disturbance to marine wildlife.


  • Undergraduate degree in environmental science, social science, communications, education or a closely related field is required. Master’s degree in an aforementioned field is desirable.
  • At least four years of experience in community organizing, stakeholder engagement or public outreach.
  • Experience with coordinating between and working with local, state and federal government agencies.
  • Interpersonal skills including conflict resolution, consensus building and intuitive listening.
  • Demonstrated ability of engaging public audiences while effectively communicating in a professional setting

    (resume must exhibit record of speaking engagements).

  • Excellent written communication skills (must be prepared to share examples if selected for interview).
  • Must have excellent attention to detail especially when designing outreach products and updating websites.
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Products (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and


  • Must be willing to fly in a government aircraft (C-130 and Twin Otter) and complete all necessary training to do so,

    including underwater egress “dunker” training.

  • Must have a valid driver’s license and access to a motor vehicle. A government vehicle may be available at times,

    but the employee must complete a defensive driving course, and provide a copy of a valid driver’s license in order

    to use the government vehicle.

  • Must clear National Agency Check with Inquiries background check.


    • Experience working with boaters and/or pilots.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of seabird conservation efforts in California.
    • Experience working with people of various backgrounds, education levels and adult ages.

    Submit your resume and references by December 28, 2015 to No calls please. All Interviews are planned for early January. A January start date is preferred.


    This position is equivalent to a GS-9-10, depending on experience, as defined by the U.S. Government Office of Personnel Management for the locality pay area San Francisco, CA. Benefits are not included.