Science Serving Florida’s Coast

Florida Sea Grant is a university-based program that supports research, education and extension to conserve coastal resources and enhance economic opportunities for the people of Florida.

We are a partnership between the Florida Board of Education, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Florida’s citizens and governments. Our extension, education and outreach programs are done in partnership with UF/IFAS Extension and coastal counties of Florida.

We tap into the research expertise of more than 800 coastal and ocean scientists at the state’s 16 major universities and research laboratories, and we are an integral part of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida, one of the nation’s leading Land Grant universities. Our 20 extension agents live and work in coastal communities. They have a breadth of experiences and tremendous trust from their local residents as reliable sources of science-based information. Our seven statewide extension specialists lead highly relevant programs including seafood safety, boating and waterway management, coastal conservation law, aquaculture and fisheries management.

Our vision and mission

Florida Sea Grant envisions a future where people use our coastal and marine resources in ways that capture the economic and social benefits they offer, while preserving their quality and abundance for future generations.

Florida Sea Grant’s mission is to support integrated research, education and extension to conserve coastal resources and enhance economic opportunities for the people of Florida.

Invest in Florida’s Future

Your gift to Florida Sea Grant could strengthen our mission and directly support activities to preserve and sustain the precious ocean and coastal resources of Florida.

Florida Sea Grant has a demonstrated record of success in designing the best possible solutions for ocean and coastal issues in Florida – combining research, outreach and education to address issues ranging from development of hurricane storm surge models that save human lives to tools that increase survival of catch-and-release fish.

Florida Sea Grant strongly supports ocean education, from K-12 to the graduate school level. Leading experts in ocean science and coastal resource managers have received support from our program in their career development. Our faculty and staff work closely with coastal residents in a variety of non-traditional education and outreach programs that address their particular needs.

The Director can work closely with you to identify exactly what you would like to accomplish with your donation, and the University of Florida Foundation can provide details on various options for providing gifts.

If you’re interested in investing in Florida’s future, visit this link.

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Florida Sea Grant
In March, join us for Bite-sized Science webinars to learn more about coastal and marine science!

March Schedule:

Tuesday, March 2: Lionfish ("Pez León") with Armando Ubeda of UF IFAS Extension Sarasota County

Thursday, March 4: "What causes fish kills in coastal waters?"
with Holly Abeels of UF IFAS Brevard County Extension Service

Webinars start at 4 p.m. EST, and will be held in Spanish on the first Tuesday and in English on the first Thursday of each month. Additional webinars will be hosted in April for #EarthMonth.

Check out the list of talks and register here: http://bit.ly/bite-sizedscience
Find the March schedule in Spanish here: https://bit.ly/3krI7Jh

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Florida Sea Grant
Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!

Happy Wednesday! Time for our Weekly Job Round-Up!

Internships:
1. The Agroecology program at Archbold Biological Station (ABS) is seeking an intern (6-12 months) to assist with grassland ecology, wetland ecology, and range management research on our 10,400-acre cattle ranch in south-central Florida (Buck Island Ranch). The intern will be supervised by Dr. Elizabeth Boughton in a dynamic lab with 2 post-doctoral research associates, 3 research assistants, 1 environmental technician, and 1 ecohydrologist.

Additional information can be found here: https://bit.ly/3pRbNRl

2. Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) is seeking one intern to assist and manage ongoing wildlife projects in the Wildlife & Habitat Management Program.

Additional information can be found here: https://bit.ly/2ZK56Wj

3. Marine Discovery Center is seeking Summer Camp Interns to assist in the delivery of the Marine Science Summer Camp Program to children ages 4-16. The Summer Camp Assistant will utilize the classroom, kayaks, a boat and the outdoor environment to teach a hands-on, feet-wet summer camp curriculum.

Additional information can be found here: https://bit.ly/3pORp35

Jobs:

1. The Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast is currently accepting applications for the position of Land Steward. A successful candidate will be responsible for implementing land management best practices on land owned by Conservation Foundation and for monitoring and enforcing conservation easements.

Additional information can be found here: https://bit.ly/2NXCczk

2. AIS Observers is seeking to hire a Fisheries Observer to work at sea collecting and recording data and biological samples for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFCS) aboard commercial fishing vessels.

Additional information can be found here: https://bit.ly/3soHlzz

3. MyFWC Florida Fish and Wildlife is seeking to hire a Biological Scientist to conduct directed research and monitoring of recreational fisheries in southwest Florida by assisting with new and ongoing marine recreational fishing surveys.

Additional information can be found here: https://bit.ly/3dHHjyB

4. The Marine Discovery Center is seeking to hire a Lead Camp instructor to deliver the Marine Discovery Summer Camp Program to children ages 4-9. The Lead Camp Instructor will utilize the classroom, kayaks, a boat and the outdoor environment to teach a hands on, feet-wet summer camp curriculum. The Lead Camp Instructor must demonstrate the ability to interact professionally and exercise careful oversight of all campers, volunteers, parents, MDC staff, MDC Board and the general public.

Additional information can be found here: https://bit.ly/3pORp35

5. FWC is seeking to hire a Biological Scientist to serve as a GIS and database analyst within the North Atlantic Right Whale Program in the Marine Mammal Section of the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI).

Additional information can be found here: https://bit.ly/3utmbCd

6. FWC is seeking to hire a Fisheries and Wildlife Scientist to serve as one of the co-Lead Area Biologists responsible for planning, development and implementation of management programs for the Big Bend Wildlife Management Area, in close cooperation with the other co-Lead Area Biologist and District Biologist.

Additional information can be found here: https://bit.ly/2N66BvB

7. FWC is seeking to hire a Fish and Wildlife Biologist to work within the Aquatic Habitat Conservation and Restoration Section (AHCR) Marine/Estuarine Subsection (MESS). The position will work within the East Central Region of the Atlantic Coast of Florida AHCR multidisciplinary team to develop marine and estuarine wetland and aquatic habitat restoration and enhancement projects to benefit fish and wildlife resources along the Atlantic coast of Florida.

Additional information can be found here: https://bit.ly/3pORpA7

8. FWC’s Wildlife Diversity Conservation Section (WDC) is seeking a statewide biological administrator with strong leadership, team building, administrative, and managerial skills. The position supervises staff in the Species Conservation Implementation Subsection of the Wildlife Diversity Section in the Division of Habitat and Species Conservation. The individual in the position, along with their team, will be responsible for overseeing the wildlife permitting, incentive-based conservation, and regional operations functions of the section.

Additional information can be found here: https://bit.ly/3dENK5D

9. FWC is seeking to hire a Fish and Wildlife Biologist to work closely with the Regional Shorebird Biologist and Regional Species Conservation Biologist to conduct shorebird predation management which addresses predator issues at multiple sites within the eastern Florida panhandle (Gulf and Franklin Counties).

Additional information can be found here: https://bit.ly/37I6Cgj
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Florida Sea Grant
The removal of Bay County derelict and Hurricane Michael-damaged vessels is set for this spring, thanks to a grant awarded to the UF IFAS Extension Bay County office from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and NOAA Office of Response and Restoration.

Photo by L. Scott Jackson, UF IFAS Bay County Extension Florida Sea Grant Agent