Careers at Clearwater Marine Aquarium

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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

Major Gift Officer

POSITION TITLE: Major Gift Officer
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 RESPONSIBILITIES:
In collaboration with the Chief Development Officer the Major Gifts Officer will:

  • Develop and implement a Major Gifts Program designed to increase gifts of $25,000+
  • Carry out all aspects of the gift cycle:
    • initiate contacts with potential major donors
    • develop and coordinate appropriate cultivation strategies
    • advance potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure
    • conduct solicitations
    • maintain stewardship and contact with donor.
  • Initiate “moves management” or similar program to systematically analyze and track donor data to create relationship-based strategies and increase success rates with major and planned gifts
  • Raising funds for upcoming capital campaign in addition to the annual campaign
  • May include raising funds for special projects

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Develop and manage a portfolio of 75 to 150 prospective donors, with strategies developed to meet their specific interests and needs
  • Conduct personal meetings each week, including on-site tours and off-site donor visits
  • Identify donors through coordination with Chief Development Officer, as well as through other research avenues

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

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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 RESPONSIBILITY:

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, s/he will oversee a comprehensive effort to progressively increase local, national and global guest traffic to CMA, leveraging the awareness built by the movies and future similar expected media projects.  S/he 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 Bureau’s, etc.)
  5. Oversight of all local tourism magazine advertising
  • Advertising design and messaging oversight
  • Submitting 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.
  • Management of the Director of Tourism Programs and the Marketing Coordinator
  • 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.
  • This position will require 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.

Senior Animal Care Specialist

POSITION TITLE: Senior Trainer

REPORTS TO: Supervisor

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, proficient swimmer, and have good physical stamina.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY: To support the goals and objectives of the Marine Mammal Department by providing daily healthcare to the CMA animal population. Maintain animal training, environmental enrichment devices and husbandry equipment. Perform educational and entertaining presentations. Conduct fun and educational animal interaction programs. Responsible for training Trainers and Associate Trainers in the proper husbandry procedures, conditioning techniques, use of EED’s and showmanship skills. Prepare daily animal diets. Maintain sanitary areas for food preparation and storage. Collect and record accurate animal data, assess animal behavior and health daily, and report any anomalies to the department manager. All duties are to be performed in accordance with departmental and CMA policies and procedures.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Provide the best care possible to the animal collection
  • 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
  • Great time-management skills with ability to plan, organize, and multi-task
  • Diligent in a fast-paced environment with a full schedule
  • Self-motivated, confident and disciplined with excellent work ethics
  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of training techniques, ability to train complex behaviors, and the use of pro-active behavior management and aggression prevention
  • Exhibit development and use of EED’s, conditioning techniques and showmanship skills
  • Demonstrate advanced husbandry procedures, including collection and processing all samples
  • Demonstrate ability to organize and conduct all aspects of an animal procedure
  • Administer medications to all animals as prescribed by the veterinarian
  • Proficient in proper netting, gating and separation techniques
  • Facilitate the overall development of the trainers and associate trainers
  • Supervise and provide feedback to trainers and associate trainers after training sessions
  • Responsible for trainer and associate trainer, volunteer and intern training of all the policies and protocols for the marine mammal department tasks
  • Responsible for delegating workloads to trainers and associate trainers, volunteers and interns
  • Organize USDA checks for assigned areas to ensure compliance with all regulations pertaining to the marine mammal department
  • Understand, enforce and update department and assigned facility SOP manuals including MSDS documents
  • Assist Marine Mammal Supervisor in writing annual employee evaluations
  • Assist Marine Mammal Manager and Supervisor manage staff and volunteer conflict as needed
  • Demonstrate skills in public speaking to provide guests with educational and entertaining presentations and interactions
  • Proficient opening and closing procedures for the entire facility
  • Assist with tours, education programs and public relations or marketing events as assigned
  • Complete training in safety programs including but not limited to: Water extrication, dive safety and current CPR/First Aid certification
  • Pass annual swim test
  • Must have a minimum of “Exceeds Expectations” overall rating on last evaluation to be considered for promotion
  • Perform other duties as workload necessitates.

EDUCATIONAL/CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Required

  • High School diploma
  • Minimum of 24 months experience at Trainer level
  • SCUBA certified

Preferred

  • College degree in behavioral sciences preferred
  • Current CPR/First Aid Certification
Associate Animal Care Specialist

POSITION TITLE: Associate Trainer

REPORTS TO: Supervisor

EXEMPT OR NON-EXEMPT: Non-exempt

PERCENTAGE OF FULL TIME EMPLOYMENT: 100%

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Able to work in adverse environmental conditions, lift and carry 50 lbs, proficient swimmer, and have good physical stamina.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY: To support the goals and objectives of the Marine Mammal Department by providing daily healthcare to the CMA animal population. Maintain animal training, environmental enrichment devices and husbandry equipment. Perform educational and entertaining presentations. Prepare daily animal diets. Maintain sanitary areas for food preparation and storage. Collect and record accurate animal data, assess animal behavior and health daily, and report any anomalies to the department manager. Ensure a high standard of guest service is carried out. All duties are to be performed in accordance with departmental and CMA policies and procedures.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Provide the best care possible to the animal collection
  • 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
  • Great time-management skills with ability to plan, organize, and multi-task
  • Develop ability to adapt in a fast-paced environment
  • Self-motivated, confident and disciplined with excellent work ethics
  • Develop knowledge of training terminology, behavior modification, and conditioning techniques
  • Acquire basic knowledge of animal health and anatomy, natural history, and environmental enrichment through provided reading material, observation, and department training
  • Build personal behavioral repertoire working with mentor and/or animal point person
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct safe, educational and fun animal interaction programs
  • Develop basic understanding of veterinary medical terminology and procedures
  • Develop the ability to recognize precursors to animal aggression
  • Build knowledge of vitamins and prescribed medications for administration
  • Assist with animal husbandry procedures including those involving restraint or the use of a net
  • Assist in compliance with all USDA regulations pertaining to marine mammals
  • Gain an understanding of department and assigned facility SOP manuals and MSDS documents
  • Develop skills in public speaking to provide guests with educational and entertaining presentations and interactions
  • Unsupervised execution of opening and closing procedures
  • Assist with tours, education programs & public relations or marketing events as assigned
  • Complete training in safety programs including but not limited to: CPR certification, First Aid and dive safety
  • Pass annual swim test
  • Must have a minimum of “Exceeds Expectations” overall rating on last evaluation to be considered for promotion
  • Perform other duties as workload necessitates

EDUCATIONAL/CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Required

  • High School diploma
  • SCUBA Certification

Preferred

  • CPR/First Aid Certified
  • College degree in behavioral sciences
  • Volunteer or intern experience in marine mammal care

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