Education Specialist

Tampa Bay Watch Inc.

Tierra Verde, Florida

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details F/T Hourly , DOE
Deadline Jul 05, 2024
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

Position Summary: The Education Specialist I facilitate and supports Estuary EDventures (EE) education programs (field-trips, summer camps, citizen science projects, traveling education, outreach, and teacher trainings). He/she is responsible for assisting in the maintenance and care of the Auer Marine Education Center, aquarium displays, and water front programming materials.


  • Serve as a facilitator for “EE” programs.
  • Maintains Auer Marine Education Center/Classroom. Participate in opening/closing procedures.
  • Develop, enhance, and updates program curricula and education publications.
  • Create full lesson plans with goals and objectives with state environmental and science standards aligned.
  • Maintains the care of department supplies and program materials. Identify resources needed and communicates facility/property repair needs.
  • Create and prepare materials for programs and events.
  • Assists with animal husbandry for the education animal collection. Perform and monitor aquarium daily, weekly, and monthly tasks, tank changes, and water quality.
  • Assists with coordination of junior counselor program for summer camp and help ensure quality.
  • Assist in training, guiding, and evaluating interns. Encourage open line of communication for intern satisfaction, understanding of intern duties, and fulfillment of internship requirements.
  • Assist in coordination, development, and administration of all camp programs.
  • Assist with departmental planning.
  • Serve as mate on USCG-certified beach catamaran. Participate in USCG Consortium random drug testing program.
  • Maintain knowledge of emergency protocol with the ability to make immediate necessary medical decisions and actions. Maintain valid adult and pediatric first aid and CPR/AED certifications.
  • Assist with trainings and workshops for Estuary EDventures.
  • Assist with program tracking, including student demographics survey, program evaluation, specialty permits, and program tracking.
  • Assist in citizen science projects, tracking and reporting data.
  • Participate in regularly scheduled departmental meetings and trainings.
  • Facilitate and support community outreach and public education programs.
  • Participate in professional development. Attend and present at relevant classes, trainings, and conferences.
  • Support other Tampa Bay Watch departments as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned that support “EE” strategic growth plan

Education, Knowledge, and Skills Required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with one or more years of relevant work experience
  • Experience with informal and/or formal education, and environmental and marine sciences
  • Public speaking and audience management skills
  • Ability to create lesson plans
  • Experience with boating and waterfront programs
  • Experience with saltwater aquarium husbandry
  • Proficient with PC and Microsoft software, scientific tools and methods, social media platforms, virtual meetings software, graphic design software (Canva)
  • The ability to work year-round in Florida’s environment, lift up to 50 lbs., and interact and engage on a high-energy level daily

Required Certifications/Courses or other Tampa Bay Watch Requirements:

American Red Cross (First Aid, AED, CPR) - can be provided by employer

Waterfront Lifeguarding Certification or equivalent- can be provided by employer

USCG Boater Safety Course- can be provided by employer

ACA Level 1 Kayaking Skills Certification or Kayaking Trip Leader Certification- can be provided by employer

USCG Consortium drug testing program for boating

Level II Background Screening


Please send cover letter , resume, and salary expectations to educationresumes@tampabaywatch.org 

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Category Environmental Education, Outdoor Recreation
Tags Nature Center