Friends of the Elephant Seal Office

250 San Simeon Ave, Suite 3B

San Simeon, CA

Position Description:

Friendly, detail-oriented and organized team member sought for part-time staff assistant role in the Friends of the Elephant Seal office.  Duties include providing donor and membership support, assisting with program and organizational needs, internal and external communications and general office operations.

Successful candidate must bring administrative experience, computer proficiency, excellent time management, verbal and written communication skills.  PTO and holiday benefits.

Hours and Schedule:

This part-time position involves 4 days a week from 9:30 AM-4:00 PM including regularly scheduled shifts on weekends and holidays. Daily shift times may be adjusted with staffing needs. Pay rate $19.00 an hour +D.O.E.

Health and Safety Requirements:

As a cooperating association with California State Parks, our organization follows all recommended health and safety guidelines,

Minimum Position Qualifications:

  • Minimum 1 year administrative experience in an office.
  • Availability to work both regular weekday and weekend shifts on a fair rotation.
  • Experienced using MS Office software – Outlook, Excel and Word.
  • Experienced in use of office equipment, phone systems, computer, scanner/ printer.
  • Effective spoken and written English language communication skills by phone and in person with customers, volunteers and internal associates.
  • Demonstrates effective time management and organizational skills, with accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrates ability to write routine reports and email correspondence.
  • Commitment to providing excellent customer service.
  • Ability to preserve confidentiality of information.
  • Ability to prioritize a variety of tasks and/or projects.
  • Ability to learn and adapt to internal databases and various computer programs.
  • Minimum 18 years of age.
  • Minimum High School diploma or general education degree.
  • Own transportation and valid CA Driver’s license required.
  • LiveScan background check required.

Physical and Environmental Conditions:

Work requires moderate physical effort in the handling of light materials up to 30 pounds in non-strenuous work environment. For example, pushing/pulling, lifting, stretching, and stooping, sorting and shelving merchandise, and loading and unloading packaging. 

Work also involves standing or walking up to 50% of the time.

Training: FES will provide training on:

  1. Cash handling and financial management systems.
  2. Donor management systems.
  3. Extensive training on the northern elephant seal, other marine mammals and local marine life and the natural and cultural resources of the area.

To apply:  Submit cover letter summarizing background and interest, resume with education and work history, and contact information for 3 professional references attached to email, sent to [email protected] with Subject line: OFFICE ASSISTANT

Applications accepted now – open until filled.


About us:

Friends of the Elephant Seal is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, dedicated to educating people about elephant seals and other marine life and to teaching stewardship for the ocean off the central coast of California. As a local organization with a global reach in providing educational, scientific, historic and scenic opportunities, we foster safe and respectful viewing of elephant seals and marine life along the Central Coast of California. The Friends of the Elephant Seal is a Cooperating Association with California State Parks.

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