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Career Opportunities at Dolphin Research Center

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

Human Resources Director (Full Time/Permanent)

Human Resources Director (Full Time/Permanent)

Position Responsibilities Include, but are not limited to:

Recruitment & Staffing

  • Oversee and manage HR Assistant functions
  • Assist in development and maintenance of job descriptions
  • Provide interview assistance as needed or when requested
  • Provide managers with resources relating to screening and interviewing techniques

Orientation & Basic Training

  • Oversee and manage HR Assistant functions
  • Assist in design and implementation of orientation and training procedures
  • Ensure completion of entrance checklist


  • Ensure legality of all payroll procedures and processes
  • Perform weekly payroll and employee maintenance for payroll functions (wage and salary administration, insurance deductions,  new employee set-up, vacation benefits administration, employee loans, etc.)
  • Process weekly payroll
  • Assist in annual payroll budgeting
  • Monthly benefits accrual reporting
  • Fund HSA accounts weekly
  • Fund 401(k) deposits weekly

Benefits Administration

  • Administer group health insurance program
  • Administer group life/short term disability program
  • Assist employees with questions on insurance coverage, benefit statements, and individual  claims.
  • Assist in administering retirement and pension plan (401k)
  • Coordinate employee assistance (loans, referrals to professionals or support groups, etc.)
  • Assist Vice President of Finance and Administration in payroll budgeting and planning.
  • Prepare and distribute annual Benefit Statements

Organizational Communication

  • Assist in updating employee handbook and policy manual as necessary
  • Communicate policies and procedures
  • Ensure staffing changes are properly communicated within the organization

Employee Development & Relations

  • Document employee complaints and advise on grievance procedures
  • Provide coaching and counseling support to managers on employee relations skills and employment law issues
  • Assist Vice President of Finance and Administration in monitoring performance appraisal process
  • Maintain professional development library and resources (books, videos, tapes, etc.)
  • Conflict management, dispute resolution
  • Ensure completion of exit checklist
  • Perform exit interviews

Policies & Procedures: Safety, Health, and Regulatory Compliance

  • Administer workers compensation claims
  • Administer unemployment compensation claims
  • Administer payroll liens and levies such as child support, etc.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures (including safety)
  • Perform presentations regarding policies, procedures, or other matters at Department Head meetings when needed.
  • Track compliance with policies and procedures and maintain associated files (including safety)
  • Ensure legality of HR activities and operations
  • Ensure compliance with all local, state, and federal labor and employment laws (or see below)
  • Liaison with HR consultants and outside sources to ensure compliance with all safety, health, and regulatory issues

General and Administrative

  • Provide miscellaneous administrative support as necessary to Vice President of Finance and Administration.
  • Maintain employee personnel files
  • Development and maintenance of HR related forms
  • General correspondence, record keeping, and files maintenance
  • Participate as a team member or as a back-up support as needed to achieve organizational mission and goals

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. Prior HR experience is preferred and a degree in HR, business, or related discipline is a plus.

Dolphin Research Center is an equal opportunity employer

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 still maturing as a 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 $21,000. 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.

How To Apply


If you are interested, please send your resume and completed application by email to 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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