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.

 

Download our Employment Application 

Position Description:

Provide leadership for the Research department including developing and maintaining high quality programs; direct, supervise and evaluate research and conservation staff and volunteers; develop & coordinate research, conservation and ecosystem restoration programs in accordance with Florida Oceanographic’s mission; and develop overall vision and direction for Florida Oceanographic research initiatives and strategies. Work with lead staff management team; Education, Animal Care, Operations and Development, to achieve the organization’s mission. Work direction and priorities are given by the Executive Director as direct supervisor of this position.

 

Position Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a lead spokesperson for research, conservation and advocacy efforts.
  • Serve as a member of Florida Oceanographic’s lead staff management team.
  • Develop and administer the research department annual budget including grant programs.
  • Manage and train research department staff and volunteers for community engagement in all research, conservation and restoration programs.
  • Develop, create and continue core research and restoration programs including water quality monitoring, FLOOR (oyster habitat restoration), FOSTER (seagrass habitat restoration) and Living Shoreline and Citizen Science programs.
  • Expand and secure funding related to research and conservation initiatives through grants writing and special events in coordination with Education and Development departments.
  • Coordinate with Education Department to develop & implement programs and materials based on research and education initiatives assisting with instruction and organizing volunteer efforts.
  • Maintain science-based credibility through membership in nationally recognized environmental, research and scientific organizations, publishing and presenting scientific research studies and participating on relative public agency working groups, advisory committees and restoration teams.
  • Take on other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

 

Salary and Benefits:

  • Salary is commensurate with experience
  • Benefits after completion of 60 day introductory period
  • Paid vacation, sick leave, personal leave and holidays
  • 401(k) retirement plan

 

Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. degree preferred, Masters degree required, in environmental or marine science related field.
  • At least five years of experience in environmental or marine science related field.
  • Strong natural history background.  Marine and terrestrial experience preferably in South Florida. 
  • Experience with the development and implementation of scientific research and conservation initiatives.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational abilities including managerial, administrative skills and financial planning.
  • Experience with grant writing and fundraising.
  • Proficient computer skills including Microsoft Office suite of programs.
  • Strong commitment to science, conservation, environment and community.

 

To Apply:

This position is open until filled and reports to the Executive Director.  Send application, resume and cover letter to: Executive Director, Florida Oceanographic Society, 890 NE Ocean Blvd., Stuart, Florida  34996. mperry@floridaocean.org

 

Director of Research and Conservation- Senior Scientist 

Employment Application 

Position Description:

Responsible for working as part of the Operations and Maintenance department to provide general operations and maintenance of all facilities including buildings, exhibits, signs, displays, nature trails, plant nurseries and grounds. Responsible for minor repairs to facilities and equipment. The Operations Technician is supervised by the Operations Manager. Work directions and priorities are given by the Operations Manager as direct supervisor.

 

Position Requirements:

  • Perform routine preventive maintenance on equipment, facilities and buildings including changing filters, periodic running of generators and painting exposed exterior and interior surfaces. Perform routine waste disposal including trash and recycle waste.
  • Perform minor repairs to broken or damaged equipment, buildings, facilities including exhibits and nature trails. Perform daily surveys of nature trails and repair and maintain all trails for safe visitor passage.
  • Maintain clean and safe areas including storage of all materials, equipment and supplies.
  • Maintain adequate supplies for routine maintenance and repair.
  • Assist with keeping a good appearance to all landscape and grounds including mowing grass, weeding and cultivating landscape around buildings and facilities.
  • Supervises and works alongside volunteers engaged in maintenance, repair and operations work.
  • Ability to expedite daily work without error
  • Ability to be flexible on priority work tasks
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the Operations Manager or the Director of Administration and Operations.

 

To Apply:

Please send application, resume and cover letter to jbruno@floridaocean.org

 

Operations Technician Job Description

Employment Application 

Position Description:

Develop and manage communications that promote, enhance and protect the Society’s brand and brand reputation. Responsible for creating multi-channel, integrated communication products and services including; online communications such as facebook and other social media, e-newsletters and public relations activity including media releases and communications. Advance the organization’s position with constituents and drive broader awareness and donor support for the organization.  Responsible for development, integration and implementation of public relations activity including media releases and communications. Work direction and priorities are given by the Director of Development & Marketing as direct supervisor.

 

Position Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate, develop and implement social media strategies for increased engagement with the community
  • Stay up to date on the status of issues that affect the Society, particularly related to the waterways, in order to promote and share the Society’s position on relevant issues
  • Compose and distribute e-newsletters on a regular schedule
  • Allocate all media buys & advertising to fit the Society’s budget
  • Compose articles & press releases for distribution across all regional media outlets and manage media relations with press & local media personnel
  • Compose monthly marketing reports for the Executive Director and Board including overview of marketing efforts, lead generation, website traffic, social media interaction, etc.
  • Submit, share and post event information to community, social and organizational calendars
  • Maintain the Society’s website, blog and social media in conjunction with the Graphic Design and Marketing Coordinator
  • Work together with the Development Team and Departments to implement fundraising events, programs, communications, etc. as necessary for the organization. 

 

Salary and Benefits:

  • Salary is commensurate with experience
  • Benefits after completion of 60 day introductory period
  • Paid vacation, sick leave, personal leave and holidays
  • 401(k) retirement plan

 

Qualifications:

1.  Strong computer skills, expert written and verbal communication skills including strong knowledge of Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook.  A working knowledge of Adobe Suite, including InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Premiere is a plus.

2.  Ability to function in a work environment which includes moderate noise level, outdoor activities and have the ability to be on feet for up to 3 hours at a time and lift 50 pounds.

3.  Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Public Relations or Business Management preferred.

4.  Three to five years related experience or training.

5.  Ability to work evenings, nights and weekends as needed.

6.  Ability to work well with Volunteers, Staff, Members and public constituents and take direction from supervisor. Nonprofit experience preferred.

 

To Apply:

This position is open until filled and reports to the Director of Development and Marketing.  Send application, resume and cover letter to: Abigail Flood at aflood@floridaocean.org.

 

Communications and Public Relations Job Description

Employment Application 

Position Description:

We are seeking a part-time Shell Recycling Coordinator to perform shell recycling collections three times a week and assist with research and restoration projects as needed. The Florida Oceanographic Oyster Restoration (FLOOR) program uses oyster shells collected from partner restaurants to support oyster research and restoration. The position will work with Florida Oceanographic Society staff and volunteers to coordinate and perform shell collections from these partner restaurants as its primary. Additional duties may include assisting with living shoreline restoration, when needed. This position is grant funded and contingent on funding availability. This position is part of the Research and Conservation Department. Work directions and priorities are given by the lead staff member of the FLOOR program as direct supervisor of this position.

This position may be combined with the Microplastic Research Assistant position to be a temporary full-time position, contingent on funding availability.

 

Position Responsibilities:

The primary responsibility will be to coordinate FOS’s Shell Recycling Program and assist research staff with living shoreline restoration and research projects. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Perform three times weekly shell recycling collection from local partner restaurants.
  • Coordinate with restaurants to organize collections as needed.
  • Work with the Community Outreach Coordinator to further relations with partner restaurants.
  • Maintain and organize shell recycling facilities (storage and cleaning areas), equipment, and records.
  • Assist research staff with living shoreline restoration and research projects, as needed.
  •  Supervise and directs work of volunteers and/or interns assisting with shell recycling duties. Train and supervise volunteers in other tasks, as needed.
  • Ability to work evenings, nights, and weekends as needed.
  • Consult with supervisor in event of any unusual circumstance, problem or question that falls outside of specific instructions given.
  • Take on other duties as assigned by the Director of Research and Conservation or Executive Director

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or currently degree-seeking) in scientific field, preferred.
  • Experience with leading, training, and working with volunteers.
  • Ability to complete tasks independently and within assigned time frames.
  • Possess strong communication, organizational and notetaking skills.
  • Current Florida drivers license with good driving record. Must be eligible for company automobile insurance.
  • Ability to work outside, in the water and in adverse conditions such as rain and heat (all weather conditions). Ability to lift, push, or carry a minimum of 50 lbs.

 

To Apply:

This position is open until filled and reports to the Director of Research and Conservation or Executive Director.  Send application, resume and cover letter to: Executive Director, Florida Oceanographic Society, 890 NE Ocean Blvd., Stuart, Florida  34996. mperry@floridaocean.org. 

 

Shell Recycling Coordinator (Part-Time) Job Description 

Employment Application 

Position Description:

We are seeking a part-time Microplastics Research Assistant to assist with the performance of a grant funded survey of microplastics in the Indian River Lagoon, Florida. The position will work with Florida Oceanographic Society staff, volunteers and external partners to coordinate and conduct monthly water sample collection, filtering and identification for microplastics. The research assistant will be trained by FOS staff and external partners in microplastics identification. This position is grant funded and contingent on funding availability. This position is part of the Research and Conservation Department. Work directions and priorities are given by the Principle Investigator of the grant as direct supervisor of this position.

This position may be combined with the Shell Recycling Coordinator position to be a temporary full-time position, contingent on funding availability.

 

Position Responsibilities:

The primary responsibility will be to assist with execution of a survey of microplastics in the Indian River Lagoon, Florida. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Perform monthly water sample collections and filtering and identification of microplastics.
  •  Supervise, oversee and direct work of volunteers and/or interns. This includes coordinating and training volunteers to collect and filter monthly water samples and identify microplastics in samples as part of outreach component for the grant.
  •  Train and supervise volunteers in other tasks, as needed.
  • Ability to work evenings, and weekends as needed.
  • Maintains project records.
  • Consult with supervisor in event of any unusual circumstance, problem or question that falls outside of specific instructions given.
  • Take on other duties as assigned by the Director of Research and Conservation or Executive Director.

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or currently degree-seeking) in scientific field, preferred.
  • Experience with leading, training, and working with volunteers.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills including an ability to prioritize and consistently meet deadlines. Ability to complete tasks independently and within assigned time frames.
  • Have basic computer skills, including Microsoft office programs (Word and Excel).
  • Lab experience (i.e. microscope use, filtration) preferred.
  • Current Florida drivers license with good driving record. Must be eligible for company automobile insurance.
  • Ability to work outside, in the water and in adverse conditions such as rain and heat (all weather conditions). Ability to lift, push, or carry a minimum of 50 lbs.

 

To Apply:

This position is open until filled and reports to the Director of Research and Conservation or Executive Director.  Send application, resume and cover letter to: Executive Director, Florida Oceanographic Society, 890 NE Ocean Blvd., Stuart, Florida  34996. mperry@floridaocean.org. 

 

Microplastic Research Assistant (Part-Time) Job Description 

Employment Application 

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.