About Advertised Positions

All positions listed here are for the Florida State University Coastal & Marine Laboratory (FSUCML) in St. Teresa, FL, located about 45 miles southwest of the main FSU campus in Tallahassee.  Unless otherwise stated in the position, employees are expected to work Monday - Friday from 8 AM until 5 PM.  All positions are listed on jobs.fsu.edu and can be found by searching for location (St. Teresa) or by the Job ID (position) number.

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Administrative Assistant at the FSUCML

To Apply, visit jobs.fsu.edu  - Job ID (position) 45461.  Deadline for applying is midnight June 14, 2019

Primary responsibilities:

This full-time position provides administrative support to the Director, the Business Manager (supervisor for this position), and the Faculty.  

  • Administrative support for the Director includes: assistance with daily calendar and travel schedule, organizing internal and external meetings, taking meeting minutes, organizing special events, and handling confidential assignments.
  • Administrative support for the Business Manager includes: Financial - Creating Purchase Orders, ordering office and field supplies, distributing mail and preparing shipments for FEDEX packages, conducting weekly Pcard coding and monthly reconciliation, purchasing, disbursements and deposits for the Foundation Accounts, serves as back-up for travel and facility reservations; HR - Prepares job postings and ensures compliance with FSU HR rules and guidelines while facilitating the screening, interviewing, and hiring processes. Enters appointments for faculty, staff, grad students, visiting scientists, and OPS staff.
  • Administrative support for Faculty includes: Facilitating Assignment of Responsibilities and Effort Certifications for exempt (3 times per year) and non-exempt employees (monthly).


  • A High School diploma or equivalency and two years experience, or a combination of post high school education and experience equal to two years.
  • Must be highly detail-oriented with the ability to prioritize and organize assignments effectively and independently to meet project deadlines.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, especially Word and Excel.
  • Experience working in an office environment.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, math skills, and knowledge of collection and/or cash handling procedures.
  • Ability to perform assignments with minimal supervision.

*Resume must be attached at time of application. 

Preferred:  Experience with University OMNI system.

Anticipated Salary Range:  Minimum of $25,000 - negotiable commensurate with education and experience. 

Education & Outreach Assistant for the Apalachicola Bay System Initiative (OPS)

To Apply, visit jobs.fsu.edu  - Job ID (position) 45371 Deadline for applying is midnight July 8, 2019

Salary for this full-time temporary (from now through June 2024) position is based on an hourly wage commensurate with the candidate's experience, plus health benefits.

Primary responsibilities

The successful candidate will work closely with the Apalachicola Bay System Initiative (ABSI -- Click here for ABSI website) team and partners to broaden the reach of ABSI to local, regional, and national communities.  Primary responsibilities include:

(1) Website maintenance -- updates website, posts news items and articles, creates new pages as needed;

(2) Science communication --  works with ABSI leadership and researchers to generate news items, articles, and blogs, coordinates with FSU Communications and the FSUCML to promote the ABSI initiative, communicates science to the public through web-based and in-person fora;

(3) Social media-- maintains ABSI facebook, twitter, WordPress, and other social media outlets;

(4) Community outreach -- organizes venues, notices, signage, printed media etc., for meetings and public workshops. Helps organize annual Open House events.  

(5) Education -- organizes education events for K-12 students in Franklin County.

(6) Other duties as assigned  


  • Must be willing and physically capable of going in the field, occasionally under rigorous conditions, to obtain interviews and other information.
  • Experience with website design/maintenance platforms such as WordPress, Squarespace.
  • Must have strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, particularly related to the dissemination of complex information to the public.
  • Experience with event organization and management.
  • Experience with K-12 educational outreach


  • Bachelor degree in communications or a related field.
  • Experience in a university setting or with academic research.
  • Two years of experience disseminating scientific information to the public
  • Familiarity with the Florida Panhandle region
  • One year of experience with school groups and K-12 outreach/education

Submit the following application materials (1) a cover letter, (2) resume with names of three references, and (3) examples of writing and web-based projects. 

Alternate Boat Captain (OPS)

To Apply, visit jobs.fsu.edu  - Job ID (position) 45081 This is an open call for an alternate boat captain with no deadline for applying


The FSUCML seeks boat captains interested in part time (as needed) work as a captain/first mate onboard the RV APALACHEE, a 65-ft (80 ton), twin engine research vessel. The position requires abilities for precise vessel maneuvering, extensive nighttime work, and deployment of various kinds of oceanographic equipment and fishing gear. 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 boat operations will take place in coastal and offshore waters from Florida to Louisiana, from shallow water to depths of 3000 m. Cruises typically range from one to seven days, although longer cruises (with port-days) are possible. The position reports to the Marine Operations Manager.


  • 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.
  • Must be able to work well in a dynamic environment with scientists and students from many different disciplines, including marine biology, fisheries ecology and oceanography.

Last Updated: Friday, June 7, 2019 at 9:37 AM