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.
 
 

Education Specialist

Position Description:

The Education Department at Florida Oceanographic Society (FOS) is currently accepting applications for a full-time Education Specialist.  The Education Specialist will work as part of FOS’s Education team to carry out daily educational programming for visitors to the FOS Coastal Center.  This position involves considerable public speaking.  The Education Specialist will conduct formal educational presentations in front of large audiences, as well as informal educational lessons at our invertebrate touch tank, sea turtle pavilion, gamefish lagoon aquarium, butterfly garden, and inside of our nature center.  The Education Specialist will oversee Florida Oceanographic Society’s field trip and birthday party programs, including trip development, scheduling, and bookkeeping.  Additionally, the Education Specialist will help lead field trips, group visits, outreach education programming, summer camp sessions, and sea turtle walks.  Work direction and priorities are given by the Director of Education and Exhibits as direct supervisor.

Position Responsibilities:

  1. Lead daily public educational programs in front of audiences of up to 100+ guests
  2. Lead informal educational programs around the Coastal Center
  3. Supervise guest-animal interactions at the ray and invertebrate touch tanks
  4. Run field trip program – including planning, coordinating, and scheduling all in-person and virtual field trips
  5. Teach educational lessons during school field trips
  6. Lead guided group visits for children and adults
  7. Lead seining activities in the Indian River Lagoon and other local bodies of water
  8. Lead multiple, week-long marine science summer camp sessions under supervision of Camp Director
  9. Create, plan, promote, implement, update, and evaluate education programming, signage, and exhibits
  10. Help train and supervise volunteers and interns
  11. Assist with educational nighttime sea turtle nesting walks
  12. Conduct educational outreach programs throughout the community
  13. Assist with all Education Department special events and activities
  14. Maintain a professional relationship with guests, staff, and volunteers

 

Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree in biology, marine biology, ecology, conservation, environmental science, or science education
  2. Minimum of 4 months of science teaching experience in a formal (classroom) or informal (zoo, aquarium, nature center) setting
  3. Exceptionally strong and dynamic public speaker
  4. Comfortable teaching adults and children of all ages
  5. Comfortable interacting with the public on a daily basis
  6. Comfortable working in the water (e.g., seining or snorkeling)
  7. Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  8. Previous experience working with children
  9. Meticulous attention to detail with recordkeeping, scheduling, emails, and phone calls
  10. Able to work outdoors in Florida’s unpredictable weather, stand for up to 3 hours, and lift 50 pounds
  11. Strong customer service skills and a professional attitude
  12. Ability to work weekends and occasional evenings 
  13. Self motivated, able to work independently or as part of a team
  14. Charismatic, enthusiastic, energetic, upbeat, and pleasant personality
  15. Hard working, dedicated, prompt and timely
  16. Passion for marine conservation  
  17. Ability to coordinate and organize multiple projects, make decisions, and react effectively under pressure
  18. Strong desire for personal growth and increased knowledge
  19. Strong computer skills, including an advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  20. Artistic or graphic design background and a working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Publisher desirable 

To Apply:

Send completed application, detailed letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three professional or academic references to zjud@floridaocean.org or by mail to: Dr. Zack Jud, Director of Education and Exhibits, Florida Oceanographic Society, 890 NE Ocean Blvd., Stuart, FL 34996

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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