Ocean Vision AI Engagement Coordinator

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) along with our collaborative partners* is seeking an Engagement Coordinator for a multi-institutional, NSF-funded effort called Ocean Vision AI (OVAI). The OVAI program seeks to address the extraordinary challenge of scaling up our capacity to analyze underwater visual data through a globally integrated network that enables effective collaboration between human operators and artificial intelligence. OVAI’s platforms, which include a Portal,FathomNet, and Video Game, will achieve this through application of principles in data science, human-computer interaction, and community engagement. OVAI will accelerate ocean discovery, inform all sectors of the Blue Economy, and lead to effective and sustainable marine stewardship. This individual will report to MBARI Principal Engineer Kakani Katija (Bioinspiration Lab) who is the lead Principal Investigator (PI) for OVAI.

Major responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Implement OVAI’s engagement activities across the Portal, FathomNet, and Video Gaming platforms;
  • Manage and execute community coordination across OVAI participants, comprised of ocean enthusiasts, programmers, educators, taxonomists, and ecologists;
  • Build and manage OVAI’s international community of contributors and users;
  • Oversee processes to gather feedback, define metrics, and share input with OVAI partners to inform and integrate within our platforms;
  • Monitor progress in meeting OVAI’s engagement and diversity goals;
  • Identify opportunities and provide input on OVAI’s vision and engagement strategies.

Qualifications of a successful candidate include but are not limited to:

  • A degree in multimedia journalism, media studies, communications, science writing, interactive design, computational media, or related field is required.
  • Science communication experience and/or familiarity with ocean science and conservation is preferred, but not required.
  • Demonstrable experience building and managing online communities.
  • A skilled multimedia content creator who cares deeply about telling science, technology, and conservation stories, and has tremendous intellectual curiosity, a creative and team-oriented spirit, and a passion for finding ways to engage new and diverse audiences.
  • Proficiency in MS Office or OS products (e.g., Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Keynote), Google (e.g., Docs, Sheets, Forms, Slides), and other collaborative products (e.g., Slack) are required. Proficiency in Adobe products (e.g., Illustrator, Photoshop) is helpful.
  • Experience collaborating with teammates to ensure delivery of desired products or results.
  • Excellent communication skills and demonstrable experience with presenting, speaking, and writing that connects the scientific community with the general public.
  • Travel to attend meetings, conferences, and workshops is required.

Applications must be sent by email to engineeringcareers@mbari.org (with Job Code: OVAI-EngagementCoordinator in the subject line), and include:

  • A cover letter, including reference to relevant training and/or experience;
  • A resume or curriculum vitae;
  • Contact information for 3 referees.

MBARI was founded by David Packard to develop and apply new methods, instruments, and analytical systems to address fundamental problems in ocean science, and to identify new directions where innovative technologies will accelerate progress. Achieving this requires a peer relationship among scientists and engineers, ready access to the sea, and effective communication with the broader oceanographic community. MBARI has an active data science, research, outreach, and communications program working on many aspects of ocean engagement that the successful candidate will be able to be a part of.

MBARI is an equal opportunity employer. MBARI considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, age, disability, covered veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.


MBARI Welcomes Diversity