Skip to main content
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary National Marine Sanctuaries Home Page National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Home Page

Sanctuary News, Announcements, and Programs

News

 

MBNMS Offices and Visitor Centers Have Reopened!

Our top priority is the health of our guests who come to learn about Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and the National Marine Sanctuary System, as well as the staff and volunteers who support our visitor centers. Please check in with the office or centers before planning your visit, as we're following local and departmental guidance. If you have further questions, please contact Dawn Hayes by email. (5/12/2022)
 
 

Netflix’s Series Features an Episode on Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

The online streaming service Netflix premiered "Our Great National Parks", a five-part documentary series about the world's most breathtaking national parks and the wildlife that live there. Episode 3 features a 52 minute episode on NOAA’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, narrated by President Barack Obama. The episode features some conservation issues facing national marine sanctuaries and the entire world’s ocean, while highlighting the importance of protecting our treasured natural resources. Some of the marine species featured include orcas, southern sea otters, northern elephant seals, gray whales, and many more. See the trailer and stream on Netflix with subscription. (4/26/22)
 
 

BAUE Volunteer Divers Remove Underwater Discarded Tires

Divers remove debris from the deep! Recently, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and California State Parks partnered with Bay Area Underwater Explorers (BAUE) and Lee Oceans Foundation to recover 26 discarded tires from Point Lobos State Marine Reserve. The tires were of unknown origin and are harmful to underwater habitats by displacing substrate and leaching heavy metals and chemicals into the surrounding water. BAUE divers conducted numerous survey dives at 100-170 foot depths to locate the tires in the marine protected area. Removal of each 40 lbs. tire from the seafloor required lift bags and support from the vessel Escapade to return the debris to land for proper disposal. For more information, visit the Lee Oceans Foundation. (4/26/22)
 
 

NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Releases Final Management Plan and Final Environmental Assessment for MBNMS

Over the last decade, the sanctuary's natural and cultural resources and environmental conditions have changed, creating new challenges for protecting resources and facilitating compatible use. At the same time, new tools for effective management have emerged, driven by scientific advances, technological innovation, and new partnerships. An evaluation of requirements and approaches, both current and future, ensure we, and our partners, are making the most effective use of programmatic resources. (11/12/21)
 
 

MBNMS Advisory Council Fall 2021 Recruitment

MBNMS is recruiting for multiple members for the Sanctuary Advisory Council. All applications must be in no later than Friday, December 10th by close of business. For more information, please contact Dawn Hayes at (831) 647-4256, or by email. (11/03/21)
 
 

Superintendent Statement: Large Vessels Close to the Coast in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Large vessels such as container ships and oil tankers have been sited close to the Monterey Bay coast over the past few weeks. NOAA’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is working closely with the U.S. Coast Guard to remind the vessels about advisable routes recommended by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Shipping companies are cooperating with the sanctuary’s request that large vessels move west of the recommended routes and well offshore while waiting for entry into San Francisco. For more information, please email Karen Grimmer. (4/13/21)
 
 

2020 Ed Ricketts Memorial Award and Lecture

Join the MBNMS Research Activity Panel at the virtual 2020 Ed Ricketts Memorial Award and Lecture, presented to Dr. Terrie M. Williams, Director of the Center for Marine Mammal Research and Conservation, University of California, Santa Cruz. Register for the January 21, 2021 webinar here. (12/16/20)
 
 

Attention Teachers!

Explore MBNMS through our new Distance Learning Programs for your students! Access our pre-recorded marine science programs and lesson plans for free, or schedule a 45 minute LIVE Virtual Interaction Program for a fee. For more information, please email Chelsea Prindle. (11/2/20)
 
 

MBNMS Virtual Dives and Feature Film “One Breath” are now available!

Watch the stunning 18 minute film highlighting the sanctuary from filmmaker Bob Talbot, and take yourself on a virtual dive tour to explore 360° images taken from 11 different sanctuary locations. Use virtual googles for the ultimate immersive experience!. For more information, please email Amity Wood. (10/29/20)
 
 

Support Students for Zero Waste Week 2020

Students in California are inviting their local communities to “Go Green. Think Blue.”, and join them in the 8th annual Students for Zero Waste Week. During this week-long campaign, students are focusing on reducing land-based waste and in turn, helping to protect the health of local marine environments. Their goal is to raise awareness of how single-use plastic and other types of litter affect the health of the local watersheds and our national marine sanctuaries. This year we are encouraging universities, businesses and organizations to participate in the 2020 Zero Waste Week campaign. For more information, please visit Students for Zero Waste Week web page. For more information, please contact Jezella Peraza by email. (12/17/19)
 
 

NOAA Expands Seafloor Protection off West Coast Starting January 1st 2020

More than 140,000 square miles of seafloor along the West Coast will be protected from bottom trawling under a plan implemented by NOAA on January 1st, 2020. Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) participated in the decade-long review of Pacific Coast groundfish Amendment 28, Essential Fish Habitat Conservation Areas (EFHCA) within Sanctuary waters, providing critical seafloor, coral, sponge and fish assemblage data, vital to the decision to protect sensitive habitats from bottom trawling. More information on the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) federal register notice can be found here. (12/3/19)
 
 

What’s in Your Watershed? Snapshot Day Celebrates 20 Years of Water Quality Monitoring

Snapshot Day exemplifies a successful 20-year collaboration between dedicated volunteers and a network of water quality professionals on the central California coast. Diverse public agencies, local companies, non-profit organizations, and citizens are all committed to healthy coastal watersheds and a thriving Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary ecosystem. Read the Web Story, or contact Lisa Emanuelson by email for more information. (4/9/19)
 

Job Announcements

 

Position Announcement: MBNMS Advisory Council Coordinator & Program Support Specialist

Perform as an administrative support person, to assist implementation of Sanctuary initiatives. The individual would work closely with the sanctuary superintendent and deputy superintendent with administrative functions supporting the local offices.

  • Relevant Duties:
    • Assist staff in producing written materials to address public questions
    • Work with the superintendent to respond to inquiries internal to NOAA and ONMS and correspond with other agencies' partners and internal to ONMS
    • Assist the Superintendent with day-to-day operational demands of the sanctuary such as meeting scheduling, administration support, special projects, and general public outreach, preparing for public speaking engagements, preparing written documents, assisting in planning special events, ceremonies, tours and press conferences
    • Track and process informational requests and prepare material and packets
    • Work at Sanctuary booths or otherwise represent the Sanctuary during special events
    • Assist the deputy superintendent with the administrative functions of the Sanctuary’s Advisory Council (SAC), work closely with the deputy superintendent’s coordination of and participation in virtual or in-person SAC meeting requirements and those of its working groups (the SAC meets 6 times each year; the three standing working groups meet either monthly or bimonthly. The SAC has 28 members representing a wide variety of agencies and user groups within MBNMS
    • Schedule, and attend all MBNMS SAC meetings; Produce and distribute SAC related information (web, email) and take minutes from the SAC meetings by means of written notes and a digital sound recording system; work with the deputy to develop and implement organizational strategies for the SAC
    • Assist the deputy to track MBNMS’s management plan accomplishments
    • Assist superintendent to track MBNMS projects and policy initiatives
    • Serve as the point of contact for MBNMS office travel
  • Requirements:
    • High School diploma
    • Post-secondary coursework or experience in marine science and/or professional administrative experience with excellent written and communication skills
    • Knowledge of national marine sanctuaries and ocean conservation issues
    • Professionalism and experience in dealing with a variety of audiences
    • The ability to compile, organize and articulate ideas and recommendations to the superintendent
    • Administrative skills necessary to assist sanctuary management with special projects, presentations and operational functions
    • Experience in planning, coordinating and facilitating virtual and in-person meetings
    • Ability to effectively produce and distribute meeting information for the advisory and decision-making body
    • Ability to take notes at meetings and to synthesize them into official minutes
    • Ability and willingness to prioritize work, meet deadlines as assigned and to work as a team player with sanctuary working group representatives and staff
    • Ability and flexibility to travel locally
    • Experience with word processing; web design, document scanning, and digital recording systems
    • Bilingual (Spanish) is preferred

For more information and to apply, please visit the Lynker advertisment.

 
 

Position Announcement: Sanctuary Exploration Center Volunteer Coordinator/Education Specialist

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) is one of the nation’s largest marine protected areas encompassing more than 6,000 square miles of central California coastal waters containing a rich array of habitats and marine life. The Sanctuary program provides protection of these natural resources through research and education to foster public understanding and stewardship of this nationally significant marine area.

MBNMS opened a state-of-the-art Exploration Center in 2012 to educate and outreach to the local community and visitors to the Santa Cruz area. The goals of the Sanctuary Exploration Center are to educate visitors about the sanctuary’s unique and fascinating coastal marine environment and to encourage stewardship of the sanctuary and a better understanding of how to responsibly enjoy and protect the ocean.

  • Relevant Duties:
    As a volunteer coordinator/education specialist, your primary responsibilities are to work as a team player with Exploration Center staff, prioritize work, meet deadlines as assigned and provide all aspects of volunteer coordination and program coordination to support MBNMS. Duties include:
    • Train and educate visitor center volunteers and interpretive docents to prepare them for duty at the Sanctuary Exploration Center in accordance with NOAA volunteer protocols and guidelines
    • Market to the local communities to encourage docent sign ups and implement a successful docent training and retention program
    • Coordinate docent enrichment, appreciation events, and organize special event days
    • Coordinate weekly or monthly public programs designed for a variety of audiences including: weekly preschool program, public art/science evenings, family science programs, and guided tours for various audience members
    • Assist with K-12th grade school programs when necessary
    • Oversee the day to day public operation of the Sanctuary Exploration Center on assigned days
  • Minimum Requirements:
    • Degree from an accredited college or university in biology or field of study relating to the specific task order and one (1) year experience in marine education or interpretive programs
    • Knowledge of marine biological sciences, sanctuary regulations and educational approaches related to environmental management and policy
    • Strong interpersonal skills, excellent verbal and communication skills, ability to motivate individuals, and a team focused attitude
    • Able to attend to details, effectively prioritize a variety of competing tasks under strict timelines and meet multiple deadlines and approval processes
    • Demonstrated proficiency with Mac platforms, experience with google platform
    • Graphic design for video editing skills would be preferred
    • Ability to assess problems and recommend actions and flexibility to travel locally

For more information and to apply, please visit the Lynker advertisment.

 
 

Position Announcement: Sanctuary Exploration Center Gift Store Manager

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) is one of the nation’s largest marine protected areas encompassing more than 6,000 square miles of central California coastal waters containing a rich array of habitats and marine life. The Sanctuary program provides protection of these natural resources through research and education to foster public understanding and stewardship of this nationally significant marine area. MBNMS opened a state-of-the-art Exploration Center (SEC) in 2012 to educate and outreach to the local community and visitors to the Santa Cruz area. The goals of the Sanctuary Exploration Center are to educate visitors about the sanctuary’s unique and fascinating coastal marine environment and to encourage stewardship of the sanctuary and a better understanding of how to responsibly enjoy and protect the ocean.

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is seeking a part–time Gift Store Manager to manage the Sanctuary Exploration Center Gift & Bookstore. This is a 20 hour per week position with hours falling on Wednesday-Friday and Saturday or Sunday. Additionally, this position may have the opportunity to add 4–8 hours per week to coordinate facility rentals at Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s Exploration Center.

The Gift Store Manager will work with the Sanctuary Exploration Center Manager to administer and maintain the retail operations of the Gift and Bookstore.

  • Store inventory
    • Product Research – identify appropriate merchandise to meet the mission of the MBNMS/Exploration Center – educational and environmentally sustainable products.
    • Order/Purchase all inventory – maintain appropriate amounts of inventory depending on sales volume and season
    • Merchandise all display areas – pricing and labeling products and product presentation
    • Receive and track all incoming inventory and returns
  • Administration
    • Maintain a vendor database and manage new vendor accounts
    • Track and record all vendor invoices
    • Submit vendor invoices to CMSF for payment
    • Maintain and work with Square Point of Sales computer system
    • Receive and respond to phone calls and emails
  • Accounting and Reporting
    • Provide sales reports generated from Square-up (Squareup.com)
    • Fill in reporting templates based on end of day sales and deposits
    • Maintain and account for daily sales record
    • Generate weekly and biweekly sales records for the CMSF using Microsoft Excel
    • Record and make cash deposits
  • Gift Store Volunteer Coordination
    • Assist with training gift store volunteers
    • Educate gift store volunteers on new products and pricing
    • Oversee volunteers who work in the gift shop
  • Facility and Event Rentals
    • Schedule, facilitate and be the point of contact for center rentals and events
    • Work with SEC manager to ensure there is adequate staffing of events
    • Update facility rental and event forms as needed
    • Maintain partnerships with hotels and other businesses referring rentals to the Center

  •  
  • Minimum Requirements:
    • High school diploma or equivalent required. Bachelor’s degree or Associates degree preferred
    • Minimum of one (1) year retail management/supervisory experience and/or two-four (2–4) years retail store experience preferred, preferably from boutique store/outlet
    • Good knowledge of retail and merchandising trends with a focus on quality, marketing and presentation
    • Experience with cash retail operations
    • Ordering and inventory experience necessary
    • Supervisory, leadership, management and coaching skills
    • Good communication skills both written and verbal
    • Ability to communicate on various levels including management, customer and associate levels
    • Knowledge of financial, budgetary, accounting and computational practices
    • Proficient computer skills to include; various computer programs, Microsoft Office programs, database entry, e-mail, and the internet
    • Ability to work days, evenings, weekends, and holidays

For more information and to apply, please visit the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation advertisment.

 
 

Position Announcement: Sanctuary Exploration Center Program Assistant

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) is one of the nation’s largest marine protected areas encompassing more than 6,000 square miles of central California coastal waters containing a rich array of habitats and marine life. The Sanctuary program provides protection of these natural resources through research and education to foster public understanding and stewardship of this nationally significant marine area. MBNMS opened a state-of-the-art Exploration Center (SEC) in 2012 to educate and outreach to the local community and visitors to the Santa Cruz area. The goals of the Sanctuary Exploration Center are to educate visitors about the sanctuary’s unique and fascinating coastal marine environment and to encourage stewardship of the sanctuary and a better understanding of how to responsibly enjoy and protect the ocean.

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is seeking a part-time Program Assistant to work for an average of 16 hours per week (including Saturday or Sunday) to assist in the day-to-day operations and education programs at the Sanctuary Exploration Center at the Monterey Bay National Sanctuary.

The Program Assistant will work with the Sanctuary Exploration Center team and the NMSF to do the following:

  • Assist in the daily operations at the Center:
    • Open and close the center
    • Operate and troubleshoot computer equipment associated with exhibits
    • Greet and receive visitors during open hours
    • Answer questions about Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and the Santa Cruz area
  • Act as a point of contact for volunteers at the center during open hours:
    • Deliver briefing to volunteers at the beginning of a shift
    • Assist Volunteer Coordinator in day-to-day activities at the center
    • Work with volunteers on the exhibit floor
    • Write original content for volunteer weekly updates
    • Assist in docent enrichments and other events as they occur at the Center
  • Assist with Education Programs:
    • Assist with school field trip programs at the Exploration Center
    • Lead Guided Tours of the Visitor Center to groups of all ages
  • Complete other duties as assigned

For more information and to apply, please visit the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation advertisment.

 

About PDF and HTML Files

Please note these files are available in several different formats. Please click on the format you would like to view. HTML and TEXT formats are best for quick viewing on the screen within your web browser. PDF files are crossplatform files that can be viewed and printed on any computer that has the ability to read PDF's. This can be built in to the computers operating system, or through a third party application (like Adobe Reader). For more instructions on utilizing PDF files, check Adobe's web site.

*Some browsers have trouble rendering PDF files. If you are having troubles, please Right-Click (Windows/Mac) or Control-Click (Mac) to download and save the file to your desktop and open from there*