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.

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



  • 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.


Director of Research and Conservation- Senior Scientist 

Employment Application 

Position Description:

Florida Oceanographic Society’s Education Department seeks two energetic, passionate, and dedicated individuals to serve as Summer Camp Counselors during the summer of 2019.  These temporary, full-time, paid positions will be based at the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center in Stuart, FL.  The ideal candidate will have a strong science, nature, or environmental background, and a passion for working with children.  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 65,000 guests per year.  Our mission is to inspire environmental stewardship of Florida’s coastal ecosystems though education, research, and advocacy.


Position Responsibilities:

The primary responsibility of this position will be to assist in the implementation of Florida Oceanographic’s Summer Camp Programs, including Coastal Discovery Camps for ages five to eleven and Teen Immersion Experiences for ages twelve to sixteen.  Camp counselors will assist the Summer Camp Director with camp activities, set-up and break-down, cleaning, lesson implementation, science experiments, animal encounters, crafts, seining, basics of snorkeling, basics of fishing, and field trips.  Counselors will work with campers onsite and during offsite field trips. Camp Counselors will aid in making summer camp a safe environment for children, where they can learn about local animals and ecosystem while developing creativity and scientific curiosity.  Working closely with Education Department staff, the Camp Counselors will gain valuable hands-on teaching experience including practical applications of curriculum design, group facilitation, and scientific field explorations, while learning how to deal with the unexpected variables that are a part of youth programming.


Position Requirements:

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Preference will go to educators or degree seeking students (undergraduate or graduate) with a major in education, environmental education, marine sciences, biology, environmental sciences, or a similar field.
  • The ideal candidate would have previous teaching experience (classroom or field) with children ages 5-16.
  • Applicants must possess a valid Florida driver’s license and a good driving record.
  • Applicants must be a competent swimmer and comfortable in the water. Snorkeling and fishing experience preferred.
  • Certification in First Aid and CPR required and water safety preferred.
  • Candidates must pass a criminal background check.
  • Candidates must be comfortable working outdoors in typical Florida weather, including high humidity, heat, sun, wind, rain, and insects.  Must be able to stand for up to 3 hours, walk, run short distances, and carry up to 40 pounds.


To Apply:

Please submit a resume and a completed Florida Oceanographic Society employment application by fax, mail, or email addressed to Shannon Dack (contact information below).  Please include names and contact information for 3 professional references.  This is a rolling application process that will continue until the positions are filled, but priority will be given to applications received before May 1, 2019.



Shannon Dack

Education Specialist

Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center

890 NE Ocean Blvd, Stuart, FL34996

Phone: 772.225.0505 ext. 118

Fax: 772.225.4725



Summer Camp Counselor Job Description 


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


    Operations Technician 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.