Florida Oceanographic Society, Inc.
JOB TITLE: Assistant Educator – Part Time
EMPLOYER: Florida Oceanographic Society, Inc.
REPORTS TO: Education Manager
COMPENSATION: $15 per hour
TIMELINE: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with a preferred employee starting date no later than October 19th, 2022
The Assistant Educator works as part of Florida Oceanographic Society’s Education team to carry out daily educational programming for visitors to the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center. This
position involves considerable public speaking and guest interaction in an outdoor nature center setting.
Work direction and priorities are given by the Education Manager as direct supervisor.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Lead informal educational programs around the Coastal Center
• Supervise guest-animal interactions at the ray and invertebrate touch tanks
• Lead scripted on-microphone educational presentations for mixed-age audiences of 50+ guests
• Maintain a professional relationship with guests, staff, and volunteers
• Assist with supervision of volunteers and interns within the Education Department
• Assist with exhibit cleaning and upkeep
• Occasionally assist with Education Department special events and activities
• Occasionally assist with the delivery of field trip and virtual field trip lessons
• Occasionally assist with summer camp programing under supervision of Camp Director (summer)
• Occasionally assist with educational nighttime sea turtle nesting walks (summer)
• Occasionally assist with educational outreach programs throughout the community
• Perform other related duties as assigned by management
• Progress towards bachelor’s degree in biology, marine biology, ecology, conservation,
environmental science, or science education (degree at least 50% completed)
• Ability to work outdoors in Florida’s unpredictable weather, stand for up to 3 hours, kneel, lift 50
pounds, tolerate heat, cold, rain, humidity, and biting/stinging insects throughout the workday
• Ability to work both weekend days and occasional evenings
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Bachelor’s degree in biology, marine biology, ecology, conservation, environmental science, or
• Minimum of 2 months of previous science teaching experience in a formal (classroom) or informal
(zoo, aquarium, nature center) setting
• Previous experience working with children
• Oral Communication—Exceptionally strong and dynamic public speaker; speaks clearly and
comfortably on and off microphone in front of large and small audiences of all ages; interprets
educational content in a fun and memorable manner.
• Teaching—Comfortable teaching adults and children of all ages; comfortable interacting with the
public on a daily basis; strong ability to share knowledge in formal and informal formats.
• Personality—Charismatic, enthusiastic, energetic, upbeat, and pleasant personality.
• Customer Service—Manages difficult or emotional customer situations with confidence;
responds promptly to customer needs; solicits customer feedback to improve service; maintains
professional attitude; treats others with respect regardless of their status or position.
• Composure—Reacts well to pressure; does not become defensive or irritated when times are
tough; is considered mature; can be counted on to hold things together during though times; can
handle stress; is not knocked off balance or frustrated by the unexpected.
• Dependability—Hard working; dedicated; prompt and timely; follows instructions; responds to
management direction; takes responsibility for own actions.
• Learning on the Fly—Learns quickly when facing new problems; open to change; enjoys the
challenge of unfamiliar tasks; works diligently to quickly master new responsibilities.
• Adaptability—Adapts to changes in the work environment; manages competing demands;
changes approach or method to best fit the situation; able to deal with frequent change, delays,
or unexpected events; comfortable working independently or as part of a team.
• Initiative – Self-motivated; asks for help when needed; strong desire for personal growth and
increased knowledge; takes advantage of self-development opportunities; looks for ways to
improve quality; interest in building a career in the natural sciences or science education.
ABOUT FLORIDA OCEANOGRAPHIC SOCIETY:
Florida Oceanographic Society is an environmentally focused nonprofit organization founded in 1964. Our mission is to inspire environmental stewardship of Florida’s coastal ecosystems through education,
research, and advocacy. We operate the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center, a 57-acre educational
nature center located on South Hutchinson Island in Stuart, Florida. The Coastal Center, which provides
an interactive educational experience for guests of all ages, features the 26,000-square-foot Ocean
EcoCenter, a 10,000-gallon stingray touch tank, an invertebrate touch tank, a mile-long nature trail, and
a 750,000-gallon outdoor gamefish aquarium that is home to hundreds of native fishes and four
permanently disabled non-releasable sea turtles. Our Education Department offers hands-on
environmental learning experiences for children and adults at the Coastal Center. We also run a wide
variety of outreach programs, including nighttime sea turtle nesting walks, morning beach walks, youth
fishing clinics, summer camps, in-school programming, and a community lecture series. Visit
www.floridaocean.org for more information.
Send completed Florida Oceanographic Society employment application (link below), detailed cover letter explaining your interest in this position and your relevant experience, resume or CV, and contact
information for three professional or academic references by email to Dr. Zack Jud, Director of Education and Exhibits, at email@example.com, or by mail to: Dr. Zack Jud, Director of Education and Exhibits, Florida Oceanographic Society, 890 NE Ocean Blvd., Stuart, FL 34996. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with a preferred employee starting date no later than October 19th, 2022
To apply for this job please visit www.floridaocean.org.