Visitor Center Coordinator

Job Title
Visitor Center Coordinator
Job ID
Santa Cruz,  CA 95060
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Visitor Center Coordinator
Santa Cruz, CA
@Orchard LLC is actively seeking to engage an experienced Visitor Center Coordinator in support of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s (MBNMS) Exploration Center (SEC). The SEC is the premier visitor center for MBNMS and for the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) on the west coast.

The selected individual will be responsible for the overall coordination, control, and execution of the operations, education, and interpretive programs of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s Exploration Center in Santa Cruz, CA.

As the Visitor Center Coordinator, you will:
  • Oversees the day-to-day operations of a public visitor center including staffing, building use, and building maintenance.
  • Provide oversight of the volunteer and docent programs.
  • Analyzes and evaluates the effectiveness of programs to meet established goals and objectives.
  • Consults/coordinates with activities, subject matter experts, or representatives of other Federal Government agencies.
  • Ensures individual program objectives and milestones are accomplished within the overall program objectives.
  • Ensures program compliance.
  • Collects, reviews, and analyzes program information data and provides a comprehensive assessment of the program.
  • Oversees, school visits, guided tours, interpretive programs, special events, and community engagement at the facility.
  • Organizes and participates in community outreach programs representing the organization at various meetings.
  • Oversees the programs and exhibits of the Sanctuary Exploration Center in Santa Cruz, CA.
  • Supports implementation of the sanctuary's overall interpretive plan through the development of outreach programs and exhibit design to promote key sanctuary messages related to sanctuary resources, research, policies, and issues.
  • Supports the development and implementation of the annual operating plan and budget for programs at the Exploration Center.
  • Serves as technical point of contact for implementation of programs at the Discovery Center.
  • Represents MBNMS to local recreational and tourism businesses.

Your background will include the following.
  • Bachelor's degree and more than 5 years of experience from an accredited college or university in biology or marine science and experience in marine education or interpretive programs.
  • Preferred to have Certified Interpretive training.
  • Must have demonstrated experience in the development of strategic plans, budgets, and project management.
  • Experience coordinating both staff and volunteers.
  • Demonstrated experience overseeing a federal facility.
  • Experience with the development, coordination, and evaluation of education programming. Knowledge of MBNMS Citizen Science programs.
  • Ability to work with community members and businesses to promote sanctuary messages.
Established in 2010, @Orchard LLC, also known as, Talent Orchard has an exceptional reputation, providing staffing solutions to time-sensitive, talent scarcity issues to deliver better talent management ROI. Our specialty lies in the critical area of program talent acquisition and resource management, not in one narrow skillset, but across many areas of technical and functional delivery. To learn more about our other exciting opportunities, visit our Jobs Page at

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