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Research Associate, Marine Laboratory

The SCCF Marine Laboratory is a member of NAML/SAML and the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) and has 6 resident staff, two of whom are Ph.D. Research Scientists. The Marine Laboratory recently completed a new facility and new research vessel. SCCF is a drug-free workplace and the successful applicant will be drug tested within 2 weeks of starting the position. 

Qualifications (Skills, Abilities, Education, Licenses, Certificates): A minimum of a M.S. required in chemistry, marine, estuarine or environmental science with 2-3 years of experience analyzing water samples in a laboratory setting (any work performed towards a successful thesis where surface water or sea water analyses were used can be substituted for this requirement). Experience with a segmented flow analyzer (such as Seal AA3) or comparable nutrient analyzer is highly favored as the position requires the analysis of seawater, surface water and groundwater for dissolved inorganic nutrients (N&P). The position requires knowledge of basic chemistry for mixing reagents, preparing standards, and proper disposal of waste. Prefer experience with ELISA and other immuno-assays for brevetoxin and microcystins.

Job Functions: Successful candidate will be the lead analyst in the laboratory. In addition, the candidate will join the team of researchers at the Marine Laboratory working to understand the status and trends in the estuarine and marine environments of Southwest Florida. Expertise in researching Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and associated water quality will be developed using a new Seal AA3 segmented flow analyzer and Flowcam flow cytometer. The position will be responsible for inorganic nutrient analysis, QA/QC of the data, and assisting in writing reports to various granting agencies and the Director. Maintain an inventory of supplies, maintain procedures and update as needed, respond to staff and interns, optimize the most effective operation of the lab. The individual is expected to work independently day-to-day but contribute in a team setting to write proposals for future research at the Marine Laboratory. The successful candidate will be encouraged to write and submit manuscripts for peer-review, as well as aide in other lab and field research, monitoring, and associated restoration efforts. Enter data; assist with the generation of graphs, reports, summaries, and related documentation as required plus any other task deemed necessary by the Director. 

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. 

Additional Requirements/Training/Experience

Must be available to work extended hours when needed, including occasional evenings and weekends. Must be well-organized and able to swim, snorkel, and lift 50 lbs; and work in the hot and humid Florida climate. Must have a valid driver’s license. Experience with boats and trailering is preferred. 

Salary:  $40,000 plus health insurance and 401K

Please send: 1) a cover letter; 2) resume/CV 3) contact information for two references whom we may contact to:; or to: Dr. Eric Milbrandt, Director, SCCF Marine Lab, 900A Tarpon Bay Rd., Sanibel, FL 33957. 


Native Landscapes & Garden Center Internship

The SCCF  Native Landscapes & Garden Center seeks an energetic and hardworking intern to assist in day-to-day nursery operations and work with our landscape installation and maintenance services.  The Native Landscapes & Garden Center offers a unique working environment, as it is a non-profit retail nursery dedicated to landscaping for the improvement of native habitat and wildlife on and around Sanibel and Captiva Islands.

Internship responsibilities will include all aspects of retail nursery operation and plant care, including watering, potting, pruning, weeding, plant propagation, landscape installation/maintenance, and customer service.  The internship offers the opportunity to obtain in-depth knowledge about South Florida native plants and gain firsthand experience in all aspects of an environmentally friendly nursery and landscaping business.

Applicants should have a strong interest in plants and conservation, preferably possessing a Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, biology, environmental science, ecology, or a related field.  The intern should also be able to lift 50 pounds and be prepared to work outdoors in subtropical conditions, including hot temperatures, humidity, and insects.  Please send a cover letter indicating your interest, resume, and references by email to:; by mail to:  Jenny Evans, SCCF, P.O. Box 839, Sanibel, FL 33957; or by fax to: (239) 472-4747.

Date: January 2019 – April/May 2019

Duration:  4-5 months

Deadline:  Open until filled

Stipend: ($275/week) and on-island housing provided