First and foremost we are looking forward to the FMSEA Annual Conference. If you haven’t yet registered there is still time, register now! If you can’t attend but would still like to be involved, think about donating to the silent auction. The proceeds go toward educator scholarships to assist with professional development opportunities. If you don’t have items to donate directly but  think an institution you are near might be willing to donate please send me their contact information or I can send you a donation request letter that you can hand deliver. For any donations please fill out the form found here.

Marine Biology Camp Counselor Needed

Riverwalk Nature Center in Rockledge, FL is currently seeking a Marine Biology Camp Counselor for our 2014 camp season. The applicant may also assist with the Nature Camp at Rotary Park in Merritt Island, FL. The position is temporary with training starting in May and camps in June and July. Staffing needs would be a minimum of 40-42 hours a week during camp weeks. The pay rate is $8.18 per hour. See below for more information on the position.  To apply please fill out the application found at and send the completed form to

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS:  Under routine supervision, performs temporary, entry level para-professional, seasonal work in the Parks & Recreation Department at Riverwalk: A Family Park.  Work includes conducting environmental activities, games, special events, and other group activities.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:  (Note:  The listed duties are illustrative only and are not intended to describe each and every function which may be performed in the job class.  The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the position.)

  • Performs entry-level para-professional work conducting environmental programs and group activities in a day camp or special events program, insuring group adherence to proper disciplinary procedures.
  • Ensures the safety of participants.
  • Oversees the use of equipment and materials and assists in the care and maintenance of equipment.
  • Completes daily paperwork and reports.
  • Assists in light maintenance and the general cleanliness of facilities and recreational areas.
  • Performs related work as required.


EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  Training or experience working with children is required.  See knowledge, skills and abilities section for requirements of the class.

Additional qualifying education and/or experience which provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities may be substituted one for the other on a year for year basis.

NOTE:  The Fair Labor Standards Act [Section 213 (a)(2)] exempts seasonal recreation employees from overtime pay at the rate of one and one half times the regular hourly rate.  Hours in excess of a 40 hour workweek will be compensated at the regular hourly rate.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  (Note: The knowledge, skills and abilities identified in this class specification represent those needed to perform the duties of this class.  Additional knowledge, skills and abilities may be applicable for individual positions.)

  • Some knowledge of environmental education activities and nature based recreational activities.
  • Some knowledge of flora and fauna of Florida.
  • Some knowledge of aquarium care and maintenance.
  • Some knowledge of safety precautions required in varied recreation activities.
  • Ability to meet and deal courteously with the public.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Training in CPR & First Aid (training opportunities will be available to those lacking certification)

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Light physical work is required.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Work includes outdoor activities with exposure to water, dust, noise and the weather.

 Film Contest

If you aren’t part of the state wide FMSEA listserv then you may have missed the announcement for the Beneath the Waves Youth Making Ripples film festival and competition for K-12 students. They are accepting short film contributions currently with prizes of cash and snorkel equipment from Scuba Pro. Find out more information here Youth-Making-Ripples-2015-Call-for-Submission.

Upcoming Extension Program

Florida Seafood at Your Fingertips, April 19, Cape Canaveral. Find out about Florida’s fabulous seafood and even sample some. Find more information here.

Viera Wetlands Nature Festival

This free event is happening on April 26 in Melbourne. More information can be found here.

Earth Day Every Day at the Barrier Island Center

Here is the complete list of programs happening at the Barrier Island Center in Melbourne Beach for the month of April. BIC April 2014 Flyer

Upcoming NOAA Workshops

On April 16 & 17, 2014 from 8:30-4:30 the Volusia County EOC, 3825 Tiger Bay Rd, Daytona Beach, Fl 32124 will be hosting a free two day NOAA Coastal Inundation Mapping Course, developed and delivered by NOAA Coastal Services Center staff. This course offers a combination of lectures and hands-on exercises designed to give students a better understanding of coastal inundation issues and mapping methods using GIS.  Topics include the different types of coastal inundation, elevation datasets and datum, spatial methodologies used to map flood areas in a coastal environment, the applications and limitations of various types of inundation products, and exercises for assessing coastal risk.

This two-day instructor-led course, targeted at certified floodplain managers, National Weather Service personnel, and county, state, and municipal officials (including planners, emergency managers, and coastal resource managers), teaches participants about coastal inundation issues and spatial techniques for mapping inundation.

What You Will Learn
After completing this course, participants will be able to:
●       Understand the different types of coastal inundation
●       Learn about mapping products and terminology
●       Access topographic and bathymetric data
●       Perform datum conversions
●       Understand interpolation methods and create digital elevation models
●       Understand coastal and ocean observation data and their applications
●       Map coastal inundation using GIS
●       Map sea level rise using a modeled tidal surface

Prerequisites  - Basic Esri GIS skills (minimum six months to one year use)

16 hours of maintenance credits are available for  AICP Certification Maintenance (CM) and Certified Floodplain Managers (CFM).

Seating is limited. This is the first time this training is being offered in Florida. We are asking that initially there be no more than two students from each jurisdiction/agency, at least initially. We will also keep a “waiting list” if additional seating can be made available or if students drop. If you are interested contact Larry LaHue,, providing him name, title, contact info (phone & email) to grab a seat.

Not in our region but also worthwhile and comes with a stipend is:

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Ocean Exploration and Research announces:

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: America’s Ship for Ocean Exploration

Volume 2: How Do We Explore?

Professional Development for Educators of Grades 5-12


Saturday, April 12, 2014 

University of South Florida, College of Marine Science

Clam Bayou Marine Education Center

St. Petersburg, Florida


Please see the flyer here for registration information.


Each year FMSEA awards 2 students with a monetary award at the State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida. These awards are intended to encourage continuing education and study of the marine environment. A $300 Cash Award will be given to both a Junior and Senior Section student whose research demonstrates outstanding environmental science research with a marine and/or aquatic science connection.

Members, I need your help! If you are available on Wednesday, April 9th from 7:30-2:00 to judge science fair projects please contact Heather at as soon as possible. Lunch is included!

State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida
The Lakeland Center, Lakeland
Wednesday, April 9th, 2014


Where will you be in 42 days? Hopefully joining all of us in sunny Panama City Beach for our annual FMSEA conference! Don’t worry, registration is still open! Early-bird Registration ends on March 24, 2014. So don’t wait any longer! Just imagine the fun you are going to have with us in Panama City Beach! You don’t want to miss this!

PCSI: Panama City Beach, Science and Investigation
April 24-27, 2014
Panama City Beach, FL

  • Early-bird Registration is $155 and due by March 24, 2014.
  • On-site Registration is $190 and we cannot guarantee tickets for Saturday evening events.

FMSEA 2014 is on the Horizon!

by Kasey 2014/03/12 Crow's Nest

The FMSEA 2014 Conference is almost upon us! I hope you will be joining us in Panama City Beach, FL on April 25 – 27, 2014. The Conference Committee has been working hard and has some great things lined up for the weekend including field trips, a SciCafe at Gulf World Marine Park, concurrent sessions […]

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Collection Workshop–Big Pine Key–3/8/2014

by Kathy 2014/02/16 The Dip Net (Aquatic Species Collections Workshop)

WHAT Aquatic Species Collecting Workshop WHEN Date: 3/8/2014 Start time: 11:00 am End time 1:00 pm WHERE Facility name: Seacamp Association, Inc Address: 1300 Big Pine Avenue, Big Pine Key, FL 33043 DESCRIPTION Contact: Judy Gregoire Phone Number: 305-872-2331 x 238 Email: info @ Registration and info: The workshop cost is $25.00. Make […]

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February 2014 Update

by Brandon 2014/02/14 East Central

Welcome to another update of all things FMSEA. There are some great classes and job opportunities in this update. A quick reminder that if you plan on attending the FMSEA Annual Conference in April and want to apply for a scholarship from FMSEA you will need to do so before the end of the month. Also, […]

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Northeast Happenings

by Jennie Fagan 2014/02/06 Northeast

The East Central group is having an outing on February 15 from 8-4.  Check their blog for registration info, it looks like it will be a lot of fun and it isn’t too far of a drive.  Other things going on in the Northeast include a couple of lectures — one is the Brotman lecture […]

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by Kasey 2014/02/05 Crow's Nest

Each year, FMSEA  recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions towards moving the field of marine science forward, who provide outstanding marine science education and who want to share their successes with other practitioners. Award recipients are recognized and will receive their awards at the FMSEA 2014 Conference in Panama City Beach, FL. Nominate someone […]

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Collection Workshop–Englewood–3/5/2014

by Kathy 2014/02/03 The Dip Net (Aquatic Species Collections Workshop)

WHAT Aquatic Species Collecting Workshop WHEN Date: March 5, 2014 Start time: 4:15pm End time: 6:30 pm WHERE Facility name: Cedar Point Environmental Park Address: 2300 Placida Road, Englewood, FL DESCRIPTION Contact: Carol Leonard Phone Number: 941-473-3292 Email: Registration and info: The workshop cost is $25.00. Make checks out to FMSEA. Preregister with […]

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Collection Workshop–Naples–3/8/2014

by Kathy 2014/01/29 The Dip Net (Aquatic Species Collections Workshop)

WHAT Aquatic Species Collecting Workshop WHEN Date: 3/8/2014 Start time 9:00 am End time 11:00 am WHERE Facility name: Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Address: 300 Tower Road, Naples, FL 34113 DESCRIPTION Contact: Dave Graff Phone Number: 239-530-5970 Email: Registration and info: The workshop cost is $25.00. Make checks out to FMSEA. […]

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