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Current Job Openings

Facilities Director

The Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory (FSUCML) invites applications for the position of Facilities Director of the FSUCML. We seek a highly motivated individual with notable organizational and management skills who will be responsible for assisting in facilities management, administrative direction, and coordination of staff and activities of the FSUCML. Further, we seek someone with the vision necessary to participate in planning for the laboratory’s future.

The person in this position is responsible for the day to day management of research facilities and physical plant and is expected to use a “hands-on” approach to directing the management of facilities and research services. Facilities on site include administrative offices, research laboratories, research holding facilities, research vessels, a seawater system and dormitories. The successful candidate serves as a member of the FSUCML's senior management team, participating in strategic planning and staffing decisions; assisting in the development and maintenance of partnerships throughout the University to attain FSUCML goals and objectives; and supporting the collection, analysis, and reporting of data as appropriate for proposed and ongoing projects or initiatives related to all facilities.

The Coastal and Marine Laboratory is committed to research focused on coastal and marine issues of ecological importance that provides the scientific basis for policy decisions. It is embedded in an area of rich terrestrial and marine biodiversity with an abundance of complex and interconnected estuarine and marine habitats including tidal salt marshes and flats, seagrass meadows, oyster reefs, and hard-bottom reefs dominated by soft coral and sponge communities. It is expected that successful candidates would have a basic understanding of ecological processes related to these local habitats and environments.

Salary Range

Commensurate with experience and credentials

Education Experience

Bachelor's degree and four years’ experience in a related science or research services field or a combination of post high school education and experience equal to eight years.

How to Apply

Applicants are asked to provide a single document in PDF format containing a letter of application that describes their interest in the position and a resume. Applications must be uploaded online at http://www.hr.fsu.edu/PDF/Publications/diversity/EEO_Statement.pdf. Job opening Id # 40801. Applicants should also provide the names and contact information for three references to lhedwards@fsu.edu.

The closing date for applications is September 26th 2016.

Alternate Boat Captain (OPS)


The Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory (FSUCML) seeks a highly motivated and organized individual for a part time or full-time alternate boat captain/first mate position onboard the RV APALACHEE, a 65-ft (80 ton), twin engine research vessel. The position will require abilities for precise vessel maneuvering and extensive nighttime work, and deployment of a variety of oceanographic equipment and fishing gears. Other duties include assisting the first captain in vessel maintenance and accommodating research equipment loading, hookup and deployment. Knowledge of hydraulic systems strongly desired. Most of the boat operations will take place in coastal and offshore waters from Florida to Louisiana, from shallow water depths to 3000 m. Cruises typically range from one to seven days in length, though longer cruises (with port-days) are possible. The position reports to the Marine Operations Manager.


We seek an individual who can work well in a dynamic environment with scientists as well as college students from many different disciplines, including marine biology, fisheries ecology and oceanography.

  • Must have at least a 100-ton captain's license and meet all US Coast Guard standards for time at sea and drug testing
  • High school diploma/equivalent and at least four years of relevant experience
  • Knowledge of field equipment use and maintenance
  • Proficient in computer applications, including Excel and Word or equivalent software
  • Attention to detail and ability to multi-task
  • Ability to work independently, be a self-starter, and have strong critical thinking and communication skills.

To apply, visit http://hr.fsu.edu/index.cfm?page=ers/ers_home

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