Education Specialist


Tampa Bay Watch, Inc.

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Tierra Verde, FL
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If you love teaching people about the ocean and it's importance in their daily lives, this is the job for you. Come join Tampa Bay Watch's education team and help facilitate hands on programs to help create our next generation of environmental stewards.


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 organization

Waterfront Lifeguarding Certification or equivalent - can be provided by organization

USCG Boater Safety Course- can be provided by organization

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

USCG Consortium drug testing program for boating

Level II Background Screening

Compensation Information

This is a F/T Hourly position , pay rate is based on experience