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.

Operations Technician (Full-Time Position)

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. Coordinates with aquarium staff for aquarium operations, maintenance and repairs.  The Operations Technician is supervised by the Operations Manager and works with other Florida Oceanographic staff and volunteers.

Position Responsibilities:
  1. 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.

  2. Perform minor repairs to broken or damaged equipment, buildings, facilities including exhibits and nature trails.  Perform routine surveys of nature trails and repair and maintain all trails for safe visitor passage.

  3. Maintain clean and safe areas including storage of all materials, equipment and supplies.  Maintain adequate supplies for routine maintenance and repair.

  4. Assist with keeping a good appearance to all landscape and grounds including mowing grass, weeding and cultivating landscape around buildings and facilities.

  5. Supervises volunteers engaged in maintenance, repair and operations work.

  6. Occasional weekend work required during special events.

  7. Able to push, pull, lift or carry a minimum or 50 lbs.

  8. Perform other tasks as assigned by the Operations Manager or Executive Director



Minimum high school degree and 2 years experience in operations and maintenance. Basic plumbing and carpentry knowledge required.  Able to lift 50 pounds and operate vehicles, equipment and machinery. Able to work effectively outdoors in hot and humid weather conditions.  Valid Florida driver’s license required.


Please send Resume and Employment Application to

Development Assistant (Part-Time)

Position Description:

Part-time position to assist the development department in data entry and administrative duties.  Job duties would include securing and accounting for all donations and memberships for general operating, capital campaign and endowment programs for annual campaigns and special events. Additional duties include managing the Society’s membership programs, updating donor and membership information and compiling weekly and monthly reports. Work direction and priorities are given by the Development Administrator and Executive Director.   

Position Responsibilities:
  1. Organize and maintain all files and data on potential prospects and funding sources for the Society.  Research on all current constituents and potential prospects.
  2. Maintain all files and records for contributions and donations including all related correspondence. Maintain major donor files for $500+ contributors.
  3. Assist Development Administrator in working to coordinate general and capital campaigns and fundraising activities. 
  4. Generate gift thank-you correspondence from the Executive Director, Board Chairman or Committee Chairmen as appropriate.
  5. Process and deposit all membership and general donations.  Forward deposit receipts to accounting.
  6. Perform other tasks as assigned by the Development Administrator and Executive Director.


  1. Strong computer skills, written and verbal communication skills including strong knowledge of Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and Outlook, including mail merges, filters, and conditional formatting.
  2. Database knowledge and experience with SAGE/Abila fundraising software a plus.
  3. Ability to function in a work environment which includes moderate noise level, work well with volunteers, staff, members and public constituents and take direction from supervisor. 


Please send Resume and Employment Application to

Director of Business Administration & Operations

Position Description:

The Director of Business Administration & 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 and annual budgeting.  Supervise and manage coastal center admissions and gift shop as well as human resources and managing personnel. 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.  


Position Responsibilities:

  1. Manage and direct financial accounting including accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, profit sharing plans, insurance policies and annual tax filings. 
  2. Direct and manage human resources administration including personnel job descriptions, records and files, profit sharing plans, policies compliance and related responsibilities.
  3. Manage financial processes including budgeting, check processing, accounting reports, working with CPA firms on bookkeeping, annual tax documents and corporate reports.
  4. Maintain document records for financial, personnel, insurance programs and budgets.
  5. Manage files and maintain relationships with vendors, contractors, operations agreements and staff projects including grant administration and programs. 
  6. Perform other tasks as assigned by the Executive Director


  1. Experienced in handling a wide range of administrative and executive business related tasks, able to work with all staff, exceedingly well organized, flexible and able to meet administrative challenges.
  2. Strong computer skills, written and verbal communication skills, including strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, Outlook and Quick Books accounting software system.
  3. Strong knowledge of Human Resources and operations support functions. Ability to work with volunteers, staff, members, public constituents and vendors.
  4. Master’s degree in Business Administration Management preferred or Bachelor’s degree with additional equivalent experience, specifically Nonprofit experience.
  5. Experience with financial planning and oversight and administration of grant funding and programs.


To Apply
Send completed application, and resume to or by mail to Executive Director, Florida Oceanographic Society, 890 NE Ocean Blvd., Stuart, FL 34996.

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.