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Career Opportunities at Dolphin Research Center

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

Accounting Manager (Full Time - Permanent)

Accounting Manager (Full-Time- Permanent)

Functions/Expectations:

This position is responsible for accuracy, integrity and timeliness of organization’s financial and accounting records, reporting and disclosures.

Major duties of this position in our Accounting department may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Preparation of monthly and year-end financial statements and analysis.
  • Oversee accounting department for processing daily receipts and accounts payable with emphasis on accountability and internal controls.
  • Oversee online reservations system credit card processing.
  • Reconcile bank statements and balance sheet g/l accounts on a monthly basis.
  • Maintain intimate working knowledge of accounting software for training and problem solving purposes.
  • Review preparation and filing of Florida state sales tax reports.
  • Assist with process of weekly payroll and related g/l entries, reconciliations and reports including quarterly tax filings.
  • Assist in the development of policies and procedures.
  • Management of Fixed Assets System.
  • Ensure that all incoming assets are properly tagged and recorded in accordance with established procedures.
  • Assist with periodic physical inventories.
  • Prepare invoices for submission in accordance with provisions of granting agency.
  • Coordinate year-end close and assist with audit preparation.
  • Supervises a staff directly responsible for A/P and A/R.

 

Qualifications:

  • Be a hands-on self-starter, able to work effectively in a team oriented environment.
  • Be familiar with all aspects of general accounting financial reporting and analysis
  • Knowledge of MAS200 preferred.
  • CPA and/or non-profit experience is a plus.
  • Should have experience in management with good people skills.

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.

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

 

Education Program Host (Full-Time/Permanent)

Education Program Host (Full-Time, Permanent)

We are looking for an engaging, entertaining person who would love an exciting environmental career.  Programs Hosts narrate live-action, ever-changing presentations of DRC’s dolphins and sea lions.  Program Host is a full-time position and week-end hours are required.  

Responsibilities

Include, but are not limited to:

  • Greeting and entertaining guests
  • Giving presentations, teaching workshops and/or seminars
  • Narrating public dolphin and sea lion sessions
  • Conducting guest and kids’ activities
  • Checking in and coordinating participant/student activities
  • Monitoring dolphin observation and activities with participants/students
  • Transporting DolphinLab students in a 15 passenger van
  • Assisting in program preparation and development
  • Assisting in preparation of pre-class and post-class activities and paperwork
  • Assisting with the processing of information requests
  • Assisting with resource and equipment maintenance
  • Conducting Distance Learning presentations

Qualifications:

  • Successful candidate will be outgoing, have excellent presentation/public speaking skills and be excited about DRC and our family of dolphins and sea lions.  
  • Must be passionate about sharing their excitement and knowledge with our guests.  
  • Be flexible with their availability, as work schedules can change weekly (evening and week-end hours are required).  
  • Must have physical agility and good balance, be able to take steep steps while climbing on and off our floating docks, and be able to assist guests onto and off of our floating docks.  
  • Must also be able to squat and/or crouch to take photographs.  
  • Must be able to work long days in the Florida Keys heat.  
  • Must have the ability and desire to work with a variety of people, especially youth, on a regular basis. 
  • Successful applicant will be a responsible, organized, motivated, self-directed individual who demonstrates excellent “team player” skills.  
  • Must have a clean driving record (helpful to have a Florida driver’s license) and computer experience.  
  • A Bachelor’s degree is required for this position, however candidates actively pursuing this degree will also be considered.

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.  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. 

To Apply:

Forward a cover letter, resume and a DRC application to; Human Resources, Dolphin Research Center, 58901 Overseas Highway, Grassy Key, FL  33050.  Email:  drc-hr@dolphins.org.

 

Dolphin Research Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

Visual Communications Staff (Full-Time, Permanent)

Visual Communications Staff (Full-Time, Permanent)

Dolphin Research Center currently has a full-time opening for a Visual Communications Staff Member.  DRC is a not-for-profit education and research facility dedicated to teaching, learning and caring for marine mammals and the environment we share. We are home to a colony of Common Bottlenose Dolphins and California Sea Lions.

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 montage.
  • Photographing and video recording DRC dolphins, 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.

Salary and Benefits

The salary for this position starts at $10.00 per hour.  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.

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

Medical Technician (Full-Time/Part-Time, Permanent)

Medical Technician (Full-Time/Part-Time, Permanent)

DRC is a not-for-profit education and research facility dedicated to teaching, learning and caring for marine mammals and the environment we share.  We are home to a colony of Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins and California Sea Lions.

Functions/Expectations

  • Assist in medical procedures, treatments, and monitoring animal health. 
  • Assist in coordination and administration of treatment plans.  
  • Collect diagnostic samples and perform routine laboratory procedures (cytology, microbiology, hematology) 
  • Clean and maintain medical equipment. 
  • Organize and maintain inventory of supplements, medicines, and medical supplies.
  • Maintain accurate medical records,procedures manual, and government documentation.
  • Collect and analyze data from medical and husbandry records. 
  • Research sources and specifications of drugs, supplies, and equipment.
  • Participate in assessment and rescue of manatees.
  • Assist in necropsies. 
  • Assist in administrative duties including budget preparations, note taking, and correspondence.

 

Qualifications:

  • Position requires a highly motivated, energetic, versatile, and flexible team player, with a BS or BA, certification as a veterinary technician, or equivalent experience.
  • Excellent technical, organizational, interpersonal, and communications skills a must.
  • Computer skills a must (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Requires attention to detail and a strong desire to learn.
  • Must be able to manage own time, work independently, and have the ability to identify and solve problems of varying scope and complexity.
  • As with any position in the medical field, hours must be flexible and based on the needs of the animals.
  • Must be able to work weekends and more than eight hours per day.
  • Experience in radiology and ultrasonography a plus.
  • Interest or experience in complementary/alternative therapies also a plus.

 

Physical Demands:

  • Must be physically fit and comfortable working in the water.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds. 

To be considered for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume and a completed DRC application. 

Guest Services Staff (Full-Time/Part-Time, Permanent/Temporary))

Guest Services Staff (Full-Time/Part-Time, Permanent/Temporary)

Guest Services positions involve direct contact with our visitors and is their first impression of Dolphin Research Center.  Candidates will be reliable, neat in appearance, exhibit a warm, friendly attitude, be flexible, take direction well, be computer literate and must love dolphins!

Position Responsibilities:

  • Know basic content of each narrative session (CS staff will attend and observe these).
  • Understanding each interactive program from cost to content, length, restrictions and daily availability for reservations and walk-in (staff members in CS experience each program)
  • Be able to give basic information on published  research projects  (surface understanding – we have greater detailed handouts for guests who are more intensely interested in these projects).
  • Direct questions to appropriate Education staff member regarding the various education opportunities (i.e. DRC Training Institute (DRCTI), Dolphin Labs/Dolphin Camps, Distance Learning) and provide appropriate literature and contact information.
  • Understand Special Needs Department protocol and use it for interactive programs and walk-in guest.
  • Assist the Visual Communication Department with the editing and sales of photos.
  • Process membership purchases application.
  • Follow procedures regarding members arriving at DRC.
  • Process admissions in addition to walk-in interactive programs.
  • Maintain communication with Animal Care and Training Staff for availability of programs.
  • Know protocol for guests visiting our facility during a wild cetacean stranding and why it is extremely crucial to follow the protocol.
  • Perform opening/closing and balancing of end-of-day reports.
  • At end of day, restock public restrooms and take out rubbish/recyclables daily.

Abilities and Skills:

  • Must foster a love for, and protection of, our animals and marine environment.
  • Possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills for assisting visitors of all countries and languages and anticipate their needs often based on limited knowledge of English.
  • Maintains a calm demeanor under stress or stressful situations.
  • Can deal with difficult people and situations.
  • Possess problem solving skills.
  • Maintains confidentiality regarding our research, animals, and staff.
  • Neat in appearance, confident speaking voice, and works well both with others, or independently without instruction.
  • Comfortable using computers and multiple software applications.
  • Use of cash registers or cash drawers, both computerized and manual; be able to count change back without using a register if necessary.
  • Must be extremely flexible in day-to-day operations of facility.
  • Reliable and on time daily.
  • Weekend work is required.

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

Human Resources Assistant (Part-Time, Permanet)

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

  • Respond to all requests for employment information (via online, mail, & telephone)
  • Write position announcements and employment advertisements and place in various media
  • Maintain updated DRC career opportunities information
  • Maintain resume/employment applications record-keeping and filing systems.
  • Notify interviewees that are not selected
  • Arrange and/or conduct pre-employment testing
  • Perform employment verification and reference checks

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)

General & Administrative

  • Maintain employee bulletin board
  • Assist in maintaining updated staff biography book
  • 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 in organizing employee and company activities (parties, beach cleanups, community participation activities)

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

 

 

 

IT Technical Specialist (Part Time, Permanent)

 

IT Technical Specialist (Part Time, Permanent)

 

Dolphin Research Center currently has a part time opening for an entry level IT Technical Specialist.

 

Position duties include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Maintain health of all hardware and software
  • Assist users with computer and network issues
  • Provide first response for computer, phone, and alarm problems
  • Train users as needed
  • Move and set up computers (must be able to lift 30 pounds)
  • The successful candidate will have;
    • good problem solving skills
    • a working knowledge of G-Suite Enterprise, Windows OS and Adobe products
    • a pleasant attitude
    • and the ability to work well with others

 

Benefits

 

DRC currently offers medical benefits, life & disability insurance plan, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k) retirement plan, employee assistance plan, 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 our salary combined with our generous benefits creates a competitive total package that is right for our environment.

 

To Apply

 

If interested, submit a cover letter, resume and DRC application to Dolphin Research Center, Human Resources, 58901 Overseas Highway, Grassy Key, FL  33001, or email to drc-hr@dolphins.org.

 

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 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

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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