Careers & Employment

current Careers & Employment Opportunities

Having a career with Florida Oceanographic Society is more than just a job. It is about having a passion for the environment and our mission to, "inspire environmental stewardship of Florida's coastal ecosystems."

If you feel strongly about our mission and wish to have a rewarding career with Florida Oceanographic Society, please view our current job openings below.

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Current job openings:

Florida Oceanographic Society’s Visitor’s Center is seeking a friendly, energetic, reliable, and dedicated individual to join the gift shop and admissions team. The Visitor Center Associate is a part-time position and may include working weekends. The ideal candidate will have strong attention to detail, some retail experience, ability to multi-task, and a happy and friendly demeanor. Florida Oceanographic Society is a non-profit organization based in Stuart, Florida. We operate the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center, a 57-acre public nature center and aquarium with a visitation of ~60,000 guests per year. Our mission is to inspire environmental stewardship of Florida’s coastal ecosystems though education, research, and advocacy.

Please submit applications for this position to Susana McHale at smchale@floridaocean.org.

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The Director of Business & Operations performs business and the administrative duties of the organization. Responsibilities include financial processing, accounts payable, maintaining financial records, insurance coverage, annual tax filings, payroll, profit sharing plans, annual budgeting, human resources, and managing personnel. Supervise and manage the Visitor’s Center Manager, the Operations Manager, and Administrative Assistants as directed. Work with fellow leadership team in coordinating organization projects and programs including grant activities. Work direction and priorities are given by the Executive Director as direct supervisor.

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Do you have a background in biology, marine biology, or marine science and are interested in a career in one of these fields? We are looking for degree-seeking students interested in gaining experience through an internship with the Research Department at Florida Oceanographic Society. This is a paid internship which requires a commitment of 40 hours per week for at least 12 weeks in the summer. The goal of the internship is to gain experience in collaboration, experimental design, data collection, and dissemination of results while working as part of productive research and restoration laboratory. Interns will be given the opportunity to conduct an independent research project under the guidance of department scientists. Interns will also assist with ongoing monitoring (oysters, seagrass, and mangroves) and various research projects, including laboratory and field work. Interns will gain valuable field and laboratory experience as they are fully integrated into the research department. We are happy to work with the successful applicant to structure an internship program that will satisfy specific university requirements for credit, if necessary. Must be able to lift 50 pounds, work outdoors in Florida climate for extended periods of time, and be at least 18 years old.

Please note: Florida Oceanographic is unable to offer housing as part of our internship.

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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.