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

Manager, Marine Vessel Programs

POSITION TITLE:   Manager, Marine Vessel Programs
REPORTS TO:   VP of Operations & Zoological Care
SUPERVISES:   CMA Full time/Part time Captains


Must be able to endure long periods outside in the heat, have the ability to lift up to 50 lbs, have the dexterity and physical ability to be able to check engine fluids, conduct vessel inspections, as well as man overboard drills, and perform periodic maintenance on vessels.


United States Coast Guard (USCG) licensed mariner who has the responsibility for oversight of CMA service vessels, their readiness, maintenance, and supervision of the captains and crew who operate them. This position is also responsible for the Boat & Vehicle Donation Program to ensure all third party vendors and boat & vehicle inventory is maintained, donation and sales budgets achieved and all program requirements are executed appropriately.


  • Ensuring maintenance and safe operation of all CMA vessels
  • General readiness of CMA vessels including:
    • Fuel, water, waste
    • Safety equipment
    • Vessel cleanliness
    • Scheduling of periodic maintenance
    • Scheduling of annual USCG inspections
    • Ensuring all proper Documentation and Placards, Manuals, Charts, Lightlists, Radio Station License, etc. are on board
    • Any other documentation that is required of a Small Passenger Vessel
  • The incumbent will ensure each Captain and mate are qualified to perform their respective duties according to USCG requirements including but not limited to:
    • Current USCG license with appropriate designations
    • Marine radio telephone operator’s license
    • Enrollment in an approved random drug testing program
    • Emergency procedures and Man overboard drills
  • The Manager will schedule all captains and crew members for each vessel
  • Develop appropriate periodic training for captains and crew members to ensure safe operation of vessels and oversight of passengers.
  • Develop appropriate periodic training for stranding team members in safe boat handling skills.
  • Participate in stranding calls to support boat operations and stranding operations as needed.
  • Develop working relationships with third party consultants in managing the Boat & Vehicle donation program.
  • Maintain current inventory of all boats, trailers and vehicles.
  • Work with the Marketing Department to develop and implement advertising means and methods to re-sell boats, trailers and vehicles in a timely fashion.
  • Perform other duties as necessary.
  • Accurately manage a detailed departmental budget.
  • Have the ability to manage and oversee multiple projects.


  • Current USCG Master of Steam near coastal 25 ton license (minimum, 100 ton License preferred).
  • Current Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC).
  • Current Marine radio telephone operator’s license.
  • Current First Aid & CPR card.
  • Hold a valid Florida drivers license.
  • Experience in the operation and maintenance of USCG certified small passenger vessels.
  • Previous management of captains and crews.
  • Demonstrated ability in the operation of small passenger vessels.
  • College degree preferred.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite of products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

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