Facilities Maintenance Apprentice & Manatee Rescue Team (Full-time, Permanent)

Dolphin Research Center

Grassy Key, Florida

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details DOE
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

Dolphin Research Center (DRC) currently has a full-time opening for an Facilities Maintenance Apprentice.  DRC is a not-for-profit education and research facility dedicated to teaching, learning and caring about marine mammals and the environment we share.

Position Responsibilities:

Major duties of this position in our Animal Care and Habitat Department may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Maintenance of buildings, equipment, vehicles, and boats.
  • Attend to plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and automotive needs.
  • Assist with land and water construction projects.
  • Cleaning, maintenance, and repair of floating docks and in water fencing.
  • Maintain and repair filtration systems.
  • Maintain records and systems.
  • Maintenance and repair of netting and dive equipment.
  • Assist with stocking fish within freezer.
  • Participate on Manatee Rescue Team.
  • Perform safe removal of sea life from lagoons.
  • Support Medical and Animal Care and Training staff with care of dolphins, sea lion, exotic birds and other DRC animals, including but not limited to weighing animals, transferring to different lagoons/habitats, in-water medical check-ups, etc.


  • Successful candidate will be a flexible, responsible, organized, and motivated individual who demonstrates excellent “team player” skills.
  • Must be physically fit, able to lift 75 pounds, and have a high comfort level in the water. Must be dedicated to the animals’ care, safety and well-being at all times.
  • Will either be diver certified or be willing to become diver certified.
  • Must possess general “handy-man” skills, knowledge of dive equipment maintenance is a plus.
  • Must have a clean driving record.
  • Must be able to work outdoors in the Florida heat and other extreme weather conditions.


DRC currently offers medical benefits, life and disability insurance plan, a 401(k) retirement plan, flexible spending accounts, employee assistance program, paid holidays, vacation, sick, and overtime, as well as personal growth and training opportunities. Pay is based on experience.  DRC seeks to provide for the well-being of its employees and our wage combined with our generous benefits creates a competitive total package that is right for our environment. DRC is a 501(c)(3) qualifying employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. To see if you qualify for student loan forgiveness, please visit https://studentloans.gov/mydirectloan/pslfflow.action.


If interested, please submit a resume and a DRC application to drc-hr@dolphins.org  or mail to Human Resources, Dolphin Research Center, 58901 Overseas Highway, Grassy Key, FL  33050.

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Category General / Stewardship , Marine Biology
Tags Marine Mammal