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

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
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  No Physical Limitations


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.


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


  • 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

REPORTS TO: Chief Development Officer
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Should have no physical restrictions


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


  • 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


  • 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


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