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:

Chief Operating Officer - Full Time

Working under the direction of the Executive Director, the COO is responsible for achieving organizational goals by organizing, coordinating and directing the administration of all Florida Oceanographic Society (FOS) operational functions including but not limited to Education, Animal Care, Development/Marketing, Finance and Accounting, Scientific Research, Admissions and Operations.

Please submit applications for this position to Paul Hederman at

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Research Associate - Full Time

The Research Associate provides technical assistance and support to Research Department projects and programs. The position will work with FOS staff, volunteers, and external partners to coordinate and conduct research and restoration in Florida’s coastal ecosystems, with an emphasis on seagrass habitats, with the opportunity to co-develop new projects. The research associate is supervised by the Director of Research and Conservation.

Please submit applications for this position to Dr. Loraé Simpson at

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Animal Care Technician - Full Time

The primary responsibility is team coverage for feeding and husbandry of all aquariums and exhibit animals, as well as maintaining a 750,000 gallon gamefish lagoon, aquarium life support systems, stingray tank, touch tanks, and individual aquariums. Secondary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting with on-going research, public outreach, and aiding education programs. The technician is expected to be familiar with necessary equipment, pumps, scuba gear, collecting nets, fishing gear, and water quality equipment. Work direction and priorities are given by the Director of Animal Care and Life Support.

Please submit applications for this position to Brittany Hascup at

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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.