Careers at Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Join Our Team

Careers at Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Join Our Team

Clearwater Marine Aquarium team photo at turtle release

Careers at Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Join Our Team

It’s Not Just a Great Place to Visit — It’s a Wonderful Place to Work!

Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s mission is to restore and preserve our marine environment. We accomplish our mission through leadership in education, research, and the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of marine life. Everyone here plays an integral role in working toward the accomplishment of our mission. If you are interested in employment with us, please submit your resume. We are currently only accepting resumes for posted positions.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Clearwater Marine Aquarium is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation. Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a drug-free workplace.


To Apply:

Email cover letter and resume to:

Dawn De Santis, Vice President of Human Resources
volunteerdepartment@cmaquarium.org

No calls or walk-ins please. Potential candidates will be contacted with interview details.

Employment Opportunities

Senior Director of Tourism Marketing

POSITION TITLE:  Senior Director of Tourism Marketing
REPORTS TO:  Chief Marketing Officer
SUPERVISES:  Director of Tourism Programs
EXEMPT OR NON-EXEMPT:  Exempt
PERCENTAGE OF FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT:  100%
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  No Physical Limitations

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Senior Director of Tourism Marketing is responsible for providing vision, direction, strategic leadership, and creation and implementation for all aspects of tourism-related marketing and advertising at Clearwater Marine Aquarium.  As a senior staff member, the Senior Director will oversee a comprehensive effort to progressively increase local, national and global guest traffic to CMA, leveraging the awareness built by the movies and forthcoming projects. The Senior Director will be an active member of the organization’s senior management team.

CMA has entered into a global arena, and has guests traveling from around the world. Accordingly, this role will oversee global tourism marketing campaigns.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

Develop, propose, and fully implement all tourism marketing and advertising initiatives for CMA, including, but not limited to, the following areas:

  1. Local and national marketing and advertising campaigns
  2. Orlando marketing initiatives
  3. Hotel partner marketing initiatives (local and regional)
  4. Collaborating with tourism-based organizations (Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Bureaus, etc.)
  5. Oversight of all local tourism magazine advertising
    • Oversee advertising design and messaging
    • Submit overall annual marketing and advertising plans, goals and budgets with the CMO
    • Develop and execute market research programs, which will assist in all marketing initiatives. This includes guest and non-guest research
    • Supervise all initiatives, from conception of strategies through implementation.
    • Develop and track metrics and success criteria for all marketing and advertising programs and activities
    • Manage the Director of Tourism Programs and the Marketing Coordinator
    • Perform additional duties to be assigned, as needed

EDUCATION/PROFESSIONAL REQUIREMENTS: 

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Marketing or related field(s)
  • 7 years marketing and advertising experience in the tourism industry, with 3 years in a senior management position
  • Ability to plan and manage at both strategic and operational levels
  • Exceptional track record of developing and implementing marketing strategies that have consistently met or exceeded planned objectives, providing personal leadership through example
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and staff to create a results driven, team-oriented environment
  • Proven, strong leadership and management skills
  • A demonstrated capacity to lead, manage and motivate professional and support staff members, senior staff, Board members and volunteers
  • Exceptional strength in writing and editing, with the ability to supervise others in this capacity
  • Ability to work up to 50+ hours per week, including evenings and weekends for hotel and other meetings
  • Appreciation of the mission of CMA and an ability to effectively communicate that mission.

Must be a self-starting individual with a clear set of priorities but with the ability to be flexible and adapt to changing circumstances.

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium reserves the right to revise job descriptions or work hours as required.

Grant Writer

POSITION TITLE: Grant Writer
REPORTS TO: Chief Development Officer
SUPERVISES: None
EXEMPT OR NON-EXEMPT: Exempt
PERCENTAGE OF FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT: 100%
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Should have no physical restrictions

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY:

In collaboration with the Chief Development Officer, the Grant Writer will:

  • Research and identify foundations, local, state, federal and corporation funding sources.
  • Carry out all aspects of grant writing cycle
  • Initiate contact and create relationships with potential funders
  • Create letters of inquiry
  • Prepare proposals, including budgets, staff requirements and grant needs
  • Create grant reports
  • Maintain relationship with funders
  • Create presentations
  • Set and achieve fundraising goals for Clearwater Marine Aquarium annually
  • Manage and maintain grant revenue status with finance team
  • Work with development and program staff to clearly articulate our mission and program objectives

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Work with Chief Development Officer to establish a fundraising strategy
  • Coordinate and work closely with program staff to develop and follow through with any required information needed for specific grant needs
  • Draft original copies, as well as perform copyediting, proofreading, and formatting
  • Contribute to annual reporting including presentations and written materials
  • Maintain accurate donor records and notes in fundraising system
  • Prepare monthly reports tracking activities and outcomes

EDUCATION/SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s degree; 5+ years of grant writing experience required
  • Demonstrated ability to write and articulate effectively (provide CMA with writing samples)
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office suite of products, including Outlook, Excel, Access, Word, Publisher, and PowerPoint
  • Well-organized, professional and able to multi-task
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Endearing personality that makes guests feel welcomed and important under highly stressed conditions
Dive Safety Officer

POSITION TITLE: Dive Safety Officer
REPORTS TO: VP Operations & Zoological Care
SUPERVISES: Staff and Volunteer Divers
EXEMPT OR NON-EXEMPT: Exempt
PERCENTAGE OF FULL TIME EMPLOYMENT: 100%
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Able to work in adverse environmental conditions, lift and carry 50 lbs; be a proficient swimmer, and have good physical stamina. Maintain ability to pass a dive physical.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

The DSO will work with all staff, including department heads, within the organization and a diverse team of volunteer divers, in the implementation of overall CMA dive safety procedures to establish and enforce guidelines to ensure safety throughout the facility for all diving activities including diving outside of the facility. The DSO will possess a broad knowledge base in all aspects of OSHA requirements for safe diving protocols at CMA as well as AAUS for scientific diving outside of CMA.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Interface effectively with other departments to maintain the highest quality dive safety standards
  • Responsible for conducting and training diver extraction drills
  • Responsible for all life safety equipment and ensuring the proper inspections and labeling is maintained on O2 kits, first aid kits, AED, back boards etc. In conjunction with the Safety Coordinator.
  • Responsible for conducting quarterly volunteer diver meetings
  • Develop and maintain OSHA and AAUS compliant diving standards for all CMA divers
  • Institute and maintain the preventative maintenance program for all diving related equipment
  • Responsible for all diver training, record keeping and dive physical requirements for all divers
  • Develop and maintain all dive program logs, safety records and Diving Policies and Procedures
  • Foster working relationships with other institutes and organizations
  • Manage the department annual budget and capital expenditures
  • Develop and manage staff and volunteer work schedules
  • Perform other duties as workload necessitates

JOB  REQUIREMENTS: 

  • Be certified as a First Aid, AED, CPR and Oxygen Administration Instructor
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products
  • Have a knowledge base of OSHA and AAUS diving requirements and their implementation within an organization
  • Preferred minimum of four years experience in diving industry.
  • Be proficient in the use of proper equipment, hand tool and shop equipment
  • Be certified as a SCUBA Instructor from an internationally recognized agency with endorsements in rescue and first aid/CPR/AED/O2
Camp Teacher

POSITION TITLE: Camp Teacher
REPORTS TO: Supervisor of Education Programs
SUPERVISES: Volunteers and Interns involved with summer camp
EXEMPT OR NON-EXEMPT: Non-exempt temporary (seasonal)
PERCENTAGE OF FULL TIME EMPLOYMENT: Up to 40 hours per week
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The ability to climb stairs, lift 50 lbs., swim, snorkel, pull nets and drive CMA vehicles.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY:

Conduct Camp programs.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Create lesson plans and prepare daily activities which provide a fun and educational experience.
  • Instruct morning and afternoon camp curriculum including classroom, snorkeling, kayaking, and animal interaction programs.
  • Maintain a clean, organized, and properly prepared classroom.
  • Assist with daily camp check in and camp dismissal process.
  • Supervise campers during lunch break.
  • Supervise volunteers and interns within the camp program.
  • Monitoring and mentoring junior volunteer and college level interns.
  • Attend staff meetings and trainings.
  • Maintain a safe learning environment for campers.
  • Adhere to aquarium and camp dress code policy.
  • Adhere to aquarium and camp policies and procedures.

JOB  REQUIREMENTS: 

  • College degree in science, education or equivalent.
  • CPR/First Aid Certification
  • Knowledge of Florida ecosystems and wildlife.
  • Must be comfortable working outside in Florida environment for long periods of time.
  • Experience with public presentations and excellent public interactions skills.
  • Formal or non-formal teaching experience, boating and snorkeling experience preferred

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