Harbor Branch

I just had the pleasure of touring our conference locations for this year in St. Augustine and I think you’ll be very excited when you see them too. Besides having a great conference agenda lined up at some gorgeous sites there is also so much to do in the U.S.’s oldest city that you’ll want to make sure to stay an extra day or too to enjoy everything. If you want any recommendations let me know as I’m rather familiar with the historic district. There is some amazing food & drink offered in this city so make sure to check it out. I invite any members to join me in some libations during the conference and I’ll show you a few of my favorite haunts. As for the conference here are a few things that you need to know:

Call for presenters is open till March 15. Submit a proposal by filling out the online form at https://goo.gl/forms/mf0OkEmhC2ZJ4DBF2

Call for exhibitors is now open. Sign up here to claim one of the limited booth spaces.

The hotel, Hampton Inn & Suites, Vilano Beach is great being right on the beach and walking distance from Publix. They are also offering an amazing rate of $164 per night so reserve your space now.

We are accepting donations for the silent auction which helps raise money for scholarships. If you have anything you’d like to donate you can fill out the form found at https://goo.gl/forms/KSiyt4prgcDks9bf2 or if you have contacts for other groups that might donate you can just email me with who to get in touch with and I can take care of the rest.

There will be more to come on the conference so stay tuned. But now on to the other offerings in our region.

Seaglass and More at the BIC

The don’t miss event of the Sea Glass Symposium as well as many other great events are coming up at the Barrier Island Center. See their flyer for more details.

Research money available

The call for proposals for Sea Grant is now open. Check out here for more information.

Learn to “frog” by ear

Brevard Zoo has Frogwatch training coming up next month. Read the flyer for more information on this great citizen science project.

Job Opportunity available

Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute

Position: Coordinator, Academic Support Services position #980318

Job Summary: The Coordinator, Academic Support Services will coordinate various marine education programs, including developing curriculum, scheduling visiting groups, managing teaching labs, and training other instructors.

Job Duties: Will provide instruction in marine education programs at the high school level. Aid in maintaining a safe and clean work place in compliance with FAU and HBOI safety and dive safety programs. Perform other duties as assigned.


A Master’s degree in marine science, environmental science, science education, or related field; or a Bachelor’s degree in marine science, environmental science, science education, or related field and two years of experience required. Experience in operating small boats is required. Experience in science education at the K-12 level is also required. Lifeguarding experience is preferred. Must be able to meet training and skill requirements set by FAU’s Dive Safety for snorkeling supervision. Requirements may include but are not limited to obtaining certifications in lifesaving, CPR, AED, O2, and first aid. Must complete the necessary training as provided by FAU and HBOI. Excellent organizational skills, strong communication skills, and the ability to work well as part of a team are also a must. Must be able to work outside of regular work hours when necessary. Valid driver’s license required.

Salary range: $35,000 – $40,000 per annum

Term:   Grant funded, current end date 7/31/17, eligible but not guaranteed for additional funding

Special Instructions to Applicant:

This position is location at FAU’s Harbor Branch in Fort Pierce Florida.  Final candidate will be required to have official, sealed transcripts and original NACES evaluation, if applicable, sent from their educational institution to Human Resources prior to the start of employment. Successful completion of a background and motor vehicle check is required for the selected candidate prior to the start date.  Applicants must apply electronically on the website https://jobs.fau.edu by completing Faculty, Administrative, Managerial and Professional (AMP) Positions Application, position number 980318.

Florida Atlantic University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/equal access institution and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veterans status or any other characteristic protected by law. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation, please call 561-297-3057. 711.

FAU is committed to the principles of engaged teaching, research and service, and reflects this commitment as a key Platform in its 2015-2025 Strategic Plan.  All persons aspiring to achieve excellence in the practice of these principles are encouraged to apply.



Monday, April 1, is the last day to get the early bird rate for the FMSEA conference. So if you were considering going sign up TODAY!  http://fmsea.org/events/conferences/2013-changing-environments/

Exhibitor Space

I hope everyone is staying safe and dry. As Isaac was approaching the state, I was in Fort Pierce getting a preview of what is to come with next spring’s FMSEA Conference on May 2-5. I’m excited about what is in store for next year. First of all, we have an amazing site for the conference at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. The facilities should accommodate all of our needs for both classrooms and labs. We also have a solid base of scientists there and at the nearby Smithsonian Marine Station to make for an amazing research track during the conference.

The conference hotel, The Sandhurst, is just a short drive from Harbor Branch and is right along the water. They are also offering us a great rate at only $65 per night. Even their deluxe continental breakfast was decent; I particularly liked how cheesy their eggs were.

There are also many great facilities nearby for conference field trips. We are currently putting out requests from various vendors to get you the best rates on our field excursions. Everyone present was excited about what is to come.

We’ve also been reviewing feedback from last years conference. We are doing our best to address suggestions made by our members to make next year even better. One suggestion that we are working on will be to expand the number of exhibitors. If you have suggestions for exhibitors (types or specific ones) you’d like to see please let me know.Since this conference is relatively close to the majority of members in our region I hope we can make a strong presence this next year. If you are so excited about the conference that you’d also like to help with the planning, we’d love to have you on board! Please feel free to contact me if you’d like to serve on a conference committee. The listing of the various committees can be found on the conference website.

Brandon Smith