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.
 
 

Communications & Public Relations Coordinator

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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Public Relations or Business Management preferred.
  • Three to five years related experience or training.
  • Ability to work evenings, nights and weekends as needed.
  • 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 & Marketing. Please send application, resume and cover letter to: aflood@floridaocean.org

 
 

Director of Research and Conservation- Senior Scientist

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.  Refer to our website at https://www.floridaocean.org/p/34/careers-employment-opportunities#.W3L22DPrvIU for details on completing application.  Send application, resume and cover letter to: Executive Director, Florida Oceanographic Society, 890 NE Ocean Blvd., Stuart, Florida  34996. mperry@floridaocean.org

 

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.

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