Employment Opportunities

Working at the Oregon Coast Aquarium

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Set on the edge of the picturesque Yaquina Bay, the Oregon Coast Aquarium provides a variety of employment opportunities for people of all backgrounds and skill sets. From customer service to educational outreach to animal husbandry, the field of marine conservation is both exciting and essential. We exist to impart the public with knowledge and experiences to value healthy oceans and act responsibly and respectfully toward this end. And we have an unwavering commitment to the best care of the animals we are entrusted to. Every position is important at the Aquarium. Key values for our staff to embrace and be successful are teamwork, open and clear communication with each other, and outstanding customer service for the public that visits us. We encourage creativity and innovation. We welcome you to contact us about employment opportunities!

Employment Benefits

The Aquarium offers competitive pay, an excellent benefits package and the chance to work in a beautiful natural setting surrounded by dedicated and caring coworkers. The Aquarium offers equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age (where the individual is 18 years or older), marital status, family relationship, disability, veteran, or any other protected status.

How to Apply for a Position

Job positions that are currently open will be listed below. Each position may have slightly different requirements for the applicant, so we encourage you to review the job description carefully before submitting any materials.

Current Open Positions

Director of Development

Director of Development

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is embarking on a capital campaign and the Director of Development will be responsible for meeting capital, planned and annual gift goals, as well as stewardship activities, by the coordination and implementation of strategies to develop donors and contributions that will support the Oregon Coast Aquarium, through development and maintenance of systems,  the Board Development Committee, volunteers and staff.  This is a blended role of internal Capital Campaign Manager (60%) and Development Program Director (40%).

 

Requirements

  • Ensures philanthropy and fund development are carried out in keeping with the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s values, mission and goals.
  • Acts as staff liaison with the Board Development Committee.
  • Acts as staff liaison with the Capital Campaign Committee.
  • Oversees grants. Is responsible for grant strategy and review of all submissions in coordination with departments.
  • Develops, plans and directs strategies for annual, planned and capital fundraising.
  • Identifies, cultivates and solicits major gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations.
  • Works strategically with Senior Management.
  • Provides knowledgeable and inspiring presentations to potential donors.
  • Assures development, design and implementation for cultivation, acknowledgement and recognition programs for all donors.
  • Prepares and delivers monthly development reports for the President/CEO and Board of Directors.
  • Identifies and implements strategies to increase the number of bequests that will grow the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s endowment.

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in business or related field.
  • Must have a minimum of five (5) years direct fundraising experience – specifically with a six and seven figure gifts.
  • Must have experience with working on capital campaigns.
  • Knowledge of accessing and managing data base systems, in addition to a working knowledge of computers, Word, Excel and other spreadsheet programs.
  • Extensive knowledge of fundraising techniques and sources of funding for non-profit agencies.
  • Possess excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills.
  • Must be able to travel.
  • Goal oriented and close attention to detail.

 

Salary commensurate with experience.

 

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume to:

Bernadette Ray

Human Resource Administrator

2820 SE Ferry Slip Road

Newport, Oregon  97365

bernadette.ray@aquarium.org

No phone calls please.

 

Applications are due no later than December 9, 2016 at 5:00pm.  Please provide a current email address, as applicants will be notified via email.

Current Internships Available

Aviculture Department UNPAID Intern

Position: Aviculture Department UNPAID Intern
Reports to: Departmental Internship Coordinator
Position Summary: This internship is an educational opportunity designed to introduce basic animal care, training and husbandry skills for those with interest in pursuing a future career in aviculture or zoo keeping. The candidate is responsible for assisting in the daily care and maintenance of sea birds, turkey vultures, rehab birds, pelicans, and their environments.
Internship Dates: January 24th, 2017 to May 13th, 2017
Cover letter and Resume due by November 5th, 2016
Position may be filled before deadline.

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Fish and Invertebrate Department UNPAID Intern

Position: Fish and Invertebrate Department UNPAID Intern
Reports to: Departmental Internship Coordinator
Position Summary: This position is an educational opportunity designed to introduce basic animal care, training and husbandry skills for those with interest in pursuing a future career in aquatic species husbandry utilizing current industry methods. The candidate is responsible for assisting in the daily care and maintenance of tropical, temperate, marine and freshwater fishes and invertebrates.
Internship Dates: January 24th, 2017 to May 12th, 2017 (16 week program)
Cover letter and Resume due by November 5th, 2016
Position may be filled before deadline.

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Marine Mammal Department UNPAID Intern

Position: Marine Mammal Department UNPAID Intern
Reports to: Departmental Internship Coordinator
Job Summary: This position is an educational opportunity designed to introduce basic animal care, training and husbandry skills for those with interest in pursuing a future career in marine mammal training or zoo keeping utilizing operant conditioning. The candidate is responsible for assisting in the daily care and maintenance of sea lions, seals, and sea otters and their environments.
Internship Dates: January 24th to May 13th, 2017
Cover letter and Resume due by November 5th, 2016
Position may be filled before deadline.

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