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Environmental Operations Associate

POSITION TITLE: Environmental Operations Associate

REPORTS TO: Environmental Operations Team Lead

SURPERVISES: N/A

EXEMPT OR NON-EXEMPT: Non-Exempt

PERCENTAGE OF FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT: part-time temporary

POSITION SUMMARY:

An Environmental Operations (E/O) Associate is responsible for the daily cleaning, both interior and exterior, of the aquarium. To provide both guest and staff a safe and sanitized atmosphere by keeping the facility neat, orderly and clean. This (1st/2nd/3rd) shift position requires open availability for weekends and weekdays.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Possess the following attributes and abilities to:

  • Lift up to 50lbs to waist level – Frequently.
  • Lift up to 20lbs to shoulders and above head – Moderate Frequency
  • Walk/stand for long periods of time – Frequently.
  • Maneuver safely on uneven terrain or in tight spaces – Frequently.
  • Safely climb ladders when needed – Moderate Frequency.
  • Squat, bend, kneel, twist and reach – Frequently.
  • Reach above the shoulders – Frequently.
  • Push and pull larger equipment – Moderate Frequency.
  • Work outdoors in all weather conditions and adapt to changing weather – Frequently.
  • Work indoors, under cover without air conditioning or heat – Frequently.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Perform general custodial responsibilities such as vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, dusting, scrubbing, trash removal, restroom care, sanitization, etc. with efficiency and attention to detail.
  • Be able to follow safety protocols during cleaning tasks.
  • Be able to efficiently follow a cleaning schedule and a Standard Operating Procedure at all times.
  • Utilize equipment (floor scrubbers, vacuum cleaners, ladders, floor burnisher, etc.) to accomplish tasks.
  • Perform special cleaning tasks as directed from Supervisor.
  • Assist with Facilities Projects as directed by the department Supervisor.
  • Provide excellent customer service for guests and staff with regards to information, directions or assistance as requested.
  • Replace light bulbs.
  • Replace ceiling tiles.
  • Safely operate hand tools to perform light maintenance tasks as assigned by Supervisor.
  • Safely operate cleaning equipment to perform daily assigned duties.
  • Properly maintain cleaning equipment.
  • Safely handle cleaning chemicals to perform daily assigned duties.
  • Carry the company provided radio and efficiently respond to environmental operation’s needs.

COMPETENCIES:

  • Great time management skills and be able to multitask.
  • Efficient in daily activities.
  • Great communication skills with both staff, other departments and guests.
  • High work performance standards to all work related activities.
  • Attention to detail on every task. Be a team player by positively supporting team members in our goals.
  • Possess the ability to use Microsoft Office and other internet based apps/websites.
  • Follow the company dress code at all times.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent.
  • 2 years janitorial/maintenance duties preferred.

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

Sea Turtle Conservation Program Biologist

POSITION TITLE: Sea Turtle Conservation Program Biologist

DEPARTMENT: Sea Turtle Conservation Program

REPORTS TO: Sea Turtle Conservation Program Supervisor

EXEMPT OR NON-EXEMPT: Non-Exempt

PERCENTAGE OF FULL TIME EMPLOYMENT: 100%

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

In good physical condition, with an ability to work long hours in extreme weather conditions, including, but not limited to, heat, high humidity, direct sunlight, rain, wind and outdoor conditions (insects, sand, etc.). Able to routinely perform physically demanding work. Able to ride on an ATV and drive vehicles in unexpected terrain for extended periods of time. Additional requirements include an ability to:

• Lift up to 50lbs to waist level – Frequently
• Lift up to 20lbs to shoulders and above head – Moderate Frequency
• Walk/stand for long periods of time – Frequently
• Maneuver safely on uneven terrain or in tight spaces – Frequently
• Safely climb ladders when needed – Low Frequency
• Squat, bend, kneel, twist and reach – Frequently
• Reach above the shoulders – Frequently
• Push and pull larger equipment – Frequently
• Work outdoors in all weather conditions and adapt to changing weather – Frequently
• Work indoors, under cover without air conditioning or heat – Frequently
• Pass a swim test – Annually

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Sea Turtle Conservation Program Biologist will support the completion of all activities as listed in the Marine Turtle Permit held by Clearwater Marine Aquarium. The incumbent will adhere to all policies outlined in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Marine Turtle Conservation Handbook, Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) Employee Handbook, CMA Sea Turtle Conservation Program Manual, and all city, state and federal regulations in a collaborative effort to complete FWC-authorized activities each sea turtle nesting season. The primary responsibility of this position is to contribute to the completion and documentation of sea turtle nesting surveys, including, but not limited to, locating evidence of all nocturnal and daytime nesting activity, nest marking, monitoring and evaluations within the survey area, and for regulatory projects, as they may apply, during the seasonal nesting season (April-October). The incumbent will also contribute to regular data entry and maintenance. They will serve as a coordinator for the intern or volunteer program within the Sea Turtle Conservation Program. The Biologist will assist the Supervisor and Senior Biologist in the review and completion of all FWC reporting. Regular tasks may also include educating internal and external customers, public speaking, participating in PR promotions, and maintenance and storage of equipment. These job responsibilities will require the Biologist to maintain flexible working hours, be amenable to shifting priorities and other changes, and be able to adjust accordingly.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

• Assist with the daily completion of sea turtle nesting surveys within the survey area in compliance with FWC Marine Turtle Conservation Handbook, city, state and federal laws, and CMA policies (April-October)
• Work with authorized personnel to complete all aspects of nesting surveys, including, but not limited to:
o Identify and document all sea turtle nesting activities within the survey area
o Mark all nest sites
o Document all evidence of predation, human disturbance and nest hatching
o Enter all data into Excel database
• Once surveys are complete, communicate with municipal entities in a professional manner to allow mechanical beach cleaning to occur
• Conduct nest evaluations
• Assess and document all obstructed nesting attempts, and submit appropriate forms to FWC
• Assess and document all disorientation events, and submit appropriate forms to FWC
• Ensure the safe release of, or transport of hatchlings found within the survey area, as instructed by Supervisor, Senior Biologist and FWC
• Assist with proper night monitoring of nests outfitted with restraining cages, silt screens, or any additional protection measures, as approved by FWC
• Coordinate with the CMA Rescue Team to respond to and document sea turtle stranding events within the survey area
• Assist with accurate data collection and database management
• Assist with the completion of lighting and escarpment surveys
• Assist with the completion of all required reports by deadlines identified in the FWC Marine Turtle Permit, FWC Marine Turtle Conservation Handbook, and any contracts with Pinellas County or for regulatory projects
• Assist with the training of the Associate Biologist, volunteers and interns to locate, identify and document all sea turtle nesting activity within the survey area, to include pre-season and during-season training
• Be responsible for all aspects of the intern or volunteer program within the Sea Turtle Conservation Program
• Attend professional conferences and presentations to maintain best practice techniques, advance team knowledge, and network with other facilities and organizations
• Assist with the preparation of, and participate in, various educational outreach opportunities
• Assist with the inventory and storage of all equipment and supplies needed for the Sea Turtle Conservation Program
• Responsible for the safe operation of CMA vehicles while on the beach, and traveling to and from CMA
• Assist with vehicle cleaning, maintenance, service transport and completion of vehicle inspections
• Understand, enforce, and assist with the improvement of all standard operating procedures (SOPs) in the Sea Turtle Conservation Program
• Complete ongoing safety training, including, but not limited to, CPR and First Aid
• Assist with research projects as needed
• Assist with the implementation of money generating programs involving the Sea Turtle Conservation Program
• Assist various CMA departments by providing information for various media outlets, both in-house (CMA Facebook, blog posts, etc.) and for external outlets (TV, print, radio, etc.)
• Perform other duties as needed
• Must have a minimum of “Exceeds Expectations” overall rating on the last evaluation to be considered for a promotion

ADDITIONAL PREFERRED SKILLS:

• Strong communication skills, both oral and written, and an ability to comfortably interact with the public on a regular basis
• Be able to maintain positive working relationships with all internal and external entities, including, but not limited to, staff, volunteers, interns, and municipal, county, state and federal employees at all times
• Capable of working in a high-stress work environment
• Proficiency with data entry and maintenance
• Knowledge of MS Office, including Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook
• Ability to work flexible schedule, including nights, weekends and holidays
• Experience with the safe operation of four-wheel drive vehicles and all-terrain vehicles
• Preference may be given to candidates that have experience trailering ATVs
• Strong time management skills, with an ability to plan, organize, and prioritize multiple tasks at once
• Be adaptable in a fast-paced environment
• Self-motivated, confident and disciplined with excellent work ethic
• Be able to work independently, as well as in a group setting
• Ability to lead others in a team situation

EDUCATION/PROFESSIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

• Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Marine Biology, Environmental Science, Zoology, or related field
• Must have a minimum one season of paid experience performing sea turtle nesting surveys in Florida
• Preference may be given to candidates with multiple seasons of paid experience performing nesting surveys in Florida
• Preference may be given to candidates who have documented multiple species of sea turtles
• Must know and understand the FWC Marine Turtle Conservation Handbook
• Must possess a valid driver’s license

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

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