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Career Opportunities at Dolphin Research Center

Join the Dolphin Research Team! Discover the exciting career opportunities available here at DRC.

Volunteer Resources Assistant (Full-Time, Permanent)

Volunteer Resources Assistant  (Full-time, Permanent)

Volunteers at Dolphin Research Center play a crucial role in daily operations. Our programs appeal to a diverse group that includes retirees, high school students, and college students. Some are here for no more than a few days, many for several months, and some long-term. Our dynamic department welcomes about one hundred volunteers per year. The Volunteer Resources Assistant supports the Director.

Responsibilities 

May include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • General correspondence, record keeping, and file maintenance.
  • Prompt handling and processing of incoming/outgoing departmental mail.
  • Maintain all essential supplies, materials, and equipment necessary for volunteers to perform their duties.
  • Process volunteer applications - date, review, and acknowledge within three days of receipt.
  • Assist in providing orientation to new volunteers.
  • Assist with volunteer training, including operation of necessary equipment.
  • Update and print Volunteer Weekly Sign-In Sheet and calculate hours.
  • Record, distribute, and post weekly department meeting minutes within two days.
  • Assist with tasks specific to the Internship program: Intern Selection Lists distribution; prompt notification of status - confirmation packets including Intern Guidelines and not-selected letters; maintain current postings at college career center websites.

Abilities and Skills:

  • Serious applicants should be responsible, organized, self-directed, and comfortable with multi-tasking; they should also demonstrate good team player skills. 
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability and desire to work with a variety of people on a regular basis are a must. 
  • Good communication skills (both oral and written).
  • We are the primary caregivers for our family of exotic birds, so familiarity with avian care is helpful. 
  • Applicants should have good basic computer skills and experience with PC-based applications, including Windows and Microsoft Office Suite (or equivalent), and should have good communication skills (both oral and written).

Benefits

DRC currently offers medical benefits, a 401(k) retirement plan, paid vacation, sick, and overtime, as well as personal growth and training opportunities.  DRC seeks to provide for the well-being of its employees, and our salaries, combined with our generous benefits, create 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.

To Apply

If you are interested, please send your resume and completed application by email to drc-hr@dolphins.org. You may also mail them to Dolphin Research Center, Human Resources Director, 58901 Overseas Highway, Grassy Key, FL 33050.

Dolphin Research Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

Secondary Responsibilities

mittee participation depending on special interests and workload

 

 

 

Staff Photographer (Full-Time/Part-Time, Seasonal)

Staff Photographer (Full-Time, Part-Time, Seasonal)

Dolphin Research Center currently has a full-time opening for a Visual Communications Staff Member.  DRC is a nonprofit education and research facility dedicated to teaching, learning and caring for marine mammals and the environment we share. We are home to a family of dolphins, sea lions, tortoises, and birds.

Join our Visual Communications Department if you enjoy working outdoors around the water, interacting with people, and watching dolphins at play. Photograph program participants to provide lasting memories of their experiences. This is a team department, and most projects involve working closely with other V-C staff members and with co-workers from other departments.  Note: All photographs and videos are the sole property of Dolphin Research Center. Any photos taken with your own camera and your equipment during personal time are for your personal use and not to be sold or published.  This is NOT the position for someone hoping to transition to a marine mammal trainer.

Abilities and Skills

  •  Ideal candidate must be a team player, self-motivated, dependable, flexible and have a positive attitude   
  •  Must have physical agility, good balance, and be able to take steep steps while climbing on and off floating docks. 
  •  Must also be able to squat and/or kneel to take photographs and/or shoot video.
  •  Must be able to work long days in the Florida Keys heat.
  •  Windows-based computer skills are required.
  •  Familiarity with digital photography is required.
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud software is a plus.

Position Responsibilities

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Taking candid digital still photos of guests and dolphins during public programs.
  • All phases of video recording and editing.  Types of projects include promotional, educational, documentary, narrative, and visual music montages.
  • Photograph and video record DRC animals, programs, and events to support corporate-wide needs.
  • Creating corporate publications, including advertisements and marketing pieces.
  • Creating on-site informational and directional signage.
  • Tracking and maintaining production schedules.
  • Working directly with guests to select and process print and/or digital photos.
  • Willing to train the right candidate.

Benefits

 DRC currently offers medical benefits, life and disability insurance plan, a 401(k)- retirement plan, health savings accounts, flexible spending accounts, employee assistance program, paid holidays, vacation, sick, and overtime, as well as personal growth and training opportunities.  DRC seeks to provide for the well-being of its employees and with our high benefits offers a competitive total package 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.

To Apply:

If interested, please submit a cover letter, resume, DRC application, and samples of work (including portraiture or photographs with people as well as any other type of work such as video) to Dolphin Research Center, Attention: Human Resources Department, e-mail at drc-hr@dolphins.org, 58901 Overseas Hwy, Grassy Key, FL 33050.


Dolphin Research Center is an equal opportunity employer

 

 

 

 

Facilities Maintenance Apprentice (Full-Time, Permanent)

Facilities Maintenance Apprentice (Full-time, Permanent)

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.

 

Qualifications:

  • 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.

Benefits:

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.

To Apply:

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.

 

Dolphin Research Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Human Resources Assistant (Part-Time, Permanent)

Human Resources Assistant (Part Time/Permanent)

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 Include but are not limited to:

Recruitment & Staffing

  • Write position announcements and employment advertisements and place in various media
  • Keep open positions up to date on DRC website
  • Maintain updated DRC career opportunities information
  • Arrange and/or conduct pre-employment testing

Orientation & Basic Training

  • Conduct new employee orientation
  • Ensure employees receive basic company training (voice mail, email, Ed training, computer, etc.)
  • Track equipment (keys/locks, badges)
  • Provide ID badge to new staff

General & Administrative

  • Maintain employee bulletin board and HR Legal Posters
  • Provide support to staff when assistance is needed with the payroll system
  • Assist in maintaining updated staff biography in the intranet
  • Document and maintain safety records and incident reports
  • Maintain employee emergency evacuation list and contact lists and maintain key set for on-site emergency crew.
  • Maintain key safe, copy and issue keys as needed, and maintain property caretaker's key set.
  • Assist is organizing blood drives
  • Update Staff and Department Head Phone Lists
  • Keep "Today" section of intranet updated with Anniversaries and Birthdays
  • Shred Staff Files after 7 years
  • Receive and notify individuals when mail arrives
  • Keep I-9 forms organized and up to date
  • Complete OSHA annual report
  • Assist accounting when needed
  • Update DMV insurance as needed
  • Coordinate with DRCTI
  • Add students to Phone List
  • Coordinate fingerprinting and background checks, if needed

Abilities & Skills

The successful candidate will be a responsible, organized, motivated, self-directed individual who demonstrates excellent “team player” skills and the ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality.

Excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal and computer skills are a must.

Dolphin Research Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

Secondary Responsibilities

mittee participation depending on special interests and workload

 

 

 

Membership & Development Coordinator (Full-Time, Permanent)

Membership & Development Coordinator  (Full-Time, Permanent)

Dolphin Research Center currently has a full-time opening for a Membership & Development Coordinator. This newly created position’s primary focus will be to assist the Director of Membership and Development in helping the department (and position) grow in multiple ways. 

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Assist with the creation and implementation of a Development Plan that incorporates a range of strategies, including annual appeals, major donors, grants, corporate and individual appeals, and social media.
  • Assist with the production and implementation of appeal campaigns and other fundraising communications and strategies.
  • Assist in managing DRC’s website.
  • Assist in grant research and tracking.
  • Record donations on an ongoing basis in the donor database. Generate acknowledgments and thank you letters. Design and run reports and assist with database maintenance.
  • Attend networking events to increase professional network, refine relationship management skills, and enhance DRC’s outreach and capacity.
  • Maintain standard operating procedures manual.
  • Other duties upon request.
  • Assist other departments as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Applicants must have excellent computer skills and experience using databases, spreadsheets, or financial software.
  • Ability to multitask, good math skills, organizational ability, and effective written and oral communication skills are required.
  • The position requires the applicant to be friendly and outgoing, a self-starter, able to work with a minimum of supervision, and a “team player.” 
  • The ideal candidate will be someone who wants a career in fundraising for non-profit organizations with ample opportunity for growth.  

Benefits:

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. DRC is a dog-friendly workplace!

Apply:

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.

Dolphin Research Center is an equal opportunity employer

Salary & Benefits

SALARY & BENEFITS

The cost of living in the Keys tends to be high and salaries, for the most part, are not competitive with the national average. This is particularly true at DRC, which is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. Starting salaries vary according to an applicant's educational background, experience, and particular job responsibilities. The starting annual salary for an entry-level employee at DRC averages $26,000. Many staff members find it necessary to supplement their income through other means.

DRC seeks to provide for the well being of its employees and our salary combined with our generous benefits creates a competitive total package that is right for our environment.

DRC offers an excellent benefits package including health insurance, a 401(k) plan, paid holidays, paid vacation, paid sick leave, gift shop discounts, work clothing, and complimentary Dolphin Encounters. However, the most important benefits are the extraordinary rewards employees encounter on a daily basis: feeling the elation when a dolphin demonstrates a new behavior for the first time, watching a child grin in excitement when she sees a dolphin burst out of the water into a flip, sitting quietly on a dock observing the fluid grace of dolphins, experiencing the sense of satisfaction when a student grasps a new concept, witnessing the magical moment when a learning-disabled child utters his first word. Moments such as these are the true rewards, the unique benefits of working at Dolphin Research Center.

Transparency in Coverage Rule Compliance

Under the Transparency in Coverage Rule, issued in 2020 by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Department of Labor, and Department of the Treasury and enforced beginning 7/1/22, health insurance issuers must publish two separate machine readable files (MRFs) as follows:

  • In Network: Negotiated rates for all covered items and services between the plan or issuer and in-network providers
  • Out of Network: Allowed amount paid to, and billed charges from, out-of-network providers for all covered services within a 90-day period

These MRFs are available for you to read here.

How To Apply

HOW TO APPLY

If you are interested, please send your resume and completed application by email to drc-hr@dolphins.org or fax them to the Human Resources Director at (305) 289-8902. You may also mail them to Dolphin Research Center, Human Resources Director, 58901 Overseas Highway, Grassy Key, FL 33050 or stop by the center and complete an application in person.

Dolphin Research Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Our Mission - Through education, research and rescue, Dolphin Research Center promotes peaceful coexistence, cooperation and communication between marine mammals, humans and the environment we share with the well being of DRC's animals taking precedence.
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