Job Openings

Current opportunities are listed below.

Florida Oceanographic is an equal opportunity employer*, complies with the American Disabilities Act**, and is a drug-free work place.  

*Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.  

**Title I and Title V of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), which prohibit employment discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities in the private sector, and in state and local governments.

Education Intern

Summary of Position
The Education Intern will help train and oversee exhibit and program volunteers, and conduct daily programs to a diverse audience.  Interns will gain valuable field and behind the scenes experience as they are fully integrated into the education department.  These experiences may not only enhance hands-on field time with a focus on education in informal settings, but also encourage the pursuit of a career in that profession.  
  • Engage visitors and groups 
  • Assist with exhibits and daily programs  
  • Lead seining groups in the IRL
  • Mentor and oversee TEAM Ocean volunteers 
  • Public speaking to small and large audiences
  • Participate in service learning project alongside TEAM Ocean volunteers
  • Assist with volunteer coordination as needed for the Department
Intern Requirements
  • Junior or senior level college student with an interest in marine biology, environmental education, or recreation/outdoor education. 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Computer Proficiency 
  • Friendly, outgoing disposition
  • Interest and ability to work with people of all ages
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly
  • Help to maintain the cleanliness of the facility
  • Background Check
Time Commitments 
Summer commitment: June 2nd – August 8th 
May include occasional weekends
Monday - Friday. Shifts are 9:30am-3:00pm 
Training Consists of
  • Volunteer orientation
  • On-the-job training with education staff 
  • Attending TEAM Ocean training session on June 1st
  • Learning exhibits along with program format and content for the public Ray Program, GFL Program, and Sea Turtle Program
  • There is no housing or monetary compensation with this position
  • May be eligible to receive college credit – please check with your internship advisor
For Consideration
Please submit a resume or CV with a cover letter expressing your intent to:
     Ellie Van Os, Director of Education and Exhibits

Development Director

Full-time position available immediately
Summary of Position
The Director of Development leads Florida Oceanographic Society’s development department to raise annual operating, capital and endowment campaign funds. The Director creates and implements strategic and annual development and marketing plans and maintains ongoing productive relationships with donors, board members, volunteers and staff. The Director of Development is responsible for marketing and advertising Florida Oceanographic Society’s programs and projects and directs communication including media relations and publications. The Director of Development is a member of Florida Oceanographic Society’s management team and supervises department staff and volunteers. This position reports to the Executive Director and works closely with the Executive Director, Board members, staff and volunteers to achieve goals.
1. Generates and implements development plan for annual giving, endowment and capital campaigns, special projects, and other solicitations.
2. Establishes major donor contacts, conducts prospect research; cultivates, solicits and maintains donor relations.
3. Works closely with the development committee and reports on development activities at committee and board meetings.
4. Trains board members, volunteers and staff on successful fund raising strategies.
5. Develops solicitation letters, case statements, proposals and fund raising materials.
6. Directs and supervises development department staff and volunteers for marketing, advertising, public relations, publications, membership and special events.
7. Develops and monitors annual department budget.
8. Maintains donor database, tracking gifts, pledges, acknowledgements, membership and renewals.
9. Oversees design and production of publications and web site.
10. Develops and implements strategies to promote Florida Oceanographic Society’s mission to internal constituencies of the organization and the community at large.
11. Develops and maintains a comprehensive planned-giving program.
1. Strong nonprofit organization experience with minimum 5 years fund raising leadership experience and demonstrated major donor success.
2. Bachelor’s degree; CFRE preferred or able to attain.
3. Demonstrated team leadership style with proven ability to build and maintain effective relationships with all internal and external constituencies.
4. Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
5. Advanced knowledge of MS Office Suite and donor database management. Sage preferred.
6. Organized, efficient, detail-oriented, flexible, enthusiastic and committed to the Society’s mission.
Salary and Benefits
Full-time employment with competitive salary commensurate with experience.
Medical insurance, 401K plan and Annual Leave benefits available.
To Apply
Employment application at Send completed application, letter of interest and resume to or by mail to Executive Director, Florida Oceanographic Society, 890 NE Ocean Blvd., Stuart, FL 34496