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
[email protected]

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

Employment Opportunities

Supervisor of Marine Mammals

POSITION TITLE: Supervisor of Marine Mammals

REPORTS TO: Manager of Marine Mammals

SUPERVISES: Supervises all staff and volunteers with in the Marine Mammal Department




Able to work in adverse environmental conditions, lift and carry 50 lbs; be a proficient swimmer, and have good physical stamina.

The Supervisor will support and oversee the goals and objectives of the Marine Mammal Department by active participation of the CMA animal population. Animal training, environmental enrichment devices and husbandry equipment will be maintained while the Supervisor develops plans and projects with the Manager to enhance the staff knowledge and advance training techniques. Lead the team by example to achieve the mission of CMA by performing educational and entertaining presentations, guest interactions, and animal sessions. Responsible for orienting and training employees, job safety, guest safety, discipline and promotion recommendations to management. The Supervisor will work with the Manger on departmental projects, ensuring staff and volunteers have the proper equipment and materials to perform jobs safely and effectively, keeping costs within budget and maintaining established quality standards. Coordinates and aids in veterinary procedures with rehab and resident mammals under the guidance of the veterinarian. Assist the manager with scheduling during stranding events.

  • Provide the animal collection proper care utilizing all tools available
  • Follow safe policies and provide a safe working environment for animals, team members and guests
  • Strong communication skills with clear, friendly, and effective verbal and nonverbal communication
  • Teach animal care specialists proper husbandry procedures, training methods and safety guidelines through coaching and active participation.
  • Teach awareness of stage presence and performance through coaching and active participation
  • Provide staff & volunteers with materials necessary to complete tasks at hand (i.e. reading material, training videos and safety equipment).
  • Assist Manager with maintaining all animal medical records in compliance with USDA
  • Assist in the coordination through modified scheduling of animal care specialists during stranding events
  • Supervise public activities related to marine mammals including presentations, encounters, and enrichment
  • Responsible for proper staffing through effective scheduling
  • Maintain food preparation and dietary needs related to marine mammals and insuring all USDA guidelines are being followed
  • Maintain all animal exhibits ensuring all USDA guidelines are adhered by
  • Assist the Manager in developing animal encounter programs
  • Maintain and conduct animal encounters
  • Ensure guest safety in all guest/animal interactions
  • Assist with employee and volunteer evaluations established by HR
  • Responsible for promoting employee and volunteer morale and motivation throughout the department
  • Provide open communication between management and all team members of the department, making them aware of all the daily priorities and changes
  • Oversee the marine mammal volunteer and internship programs
  • Office work and other organizational tasks as required
  • To perform other duties as workload necessitates


  • High school diploma (college degree preferred)
  • Must have a minimum of 5 years experience in marine mammal training with a minimum of 2 years as a Senior Animal Care Specialist or equivalent
  • CPR/First Aid Certification
  • SCUBA Certification

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

Camp Teacher


REPORTS TO: Supervisor of Education Programs

SUPERVISES: Volunteers and Interns involved with summer camp

EXEMPT OR NON-EXEMPT: Non-exempt temporary (seasonal)


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The ability to climb stairs, lift 50 lbs., swim, snorkel, pull nets and drive CMA vehicles.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY: Conduct Camp programs.


  • 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 training.
  • Maintain a safe learning environment for campers.
  • Adhere to aquarium and camp dress code policy.
  • Adhere to aquarium and camp policies and procedures.


  • 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
  • Submit to a background check and obtain approval from the Department of Children and Families.

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

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