The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect and care for southwest Florida ecosystems. The SCCF Marine Laboratory is a member of the Southern Association of Marine Laboratories (SAML) and Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) with 6 resident staff. SCCF is offering a formative, entry-level position for a committed early career science professional. We are also committed to a diverse workplace and strongly encourage applications from underrepresented groups in marine and environmental sciences.


  • A Bachelor of Science degree is required in marine, estuarine, environmental science, or closely related field.
  • The position requires SCUBA certification (open water) and enough diving to complete scientific tasks.
  • Relevant coursework in marine biology, water quality, or environmental science should be highlighted in the application.
  • Field and laboratory work are required, with basic chemistry knowledge preferred and the applicant should show evidence of lab safety experience as well as other skills that demonstrate proficiency working in the field under hot and humid conditions.
  • Candidates must be able to legally work in the United States as a US permanent resident. 
  • A valid driver’s license is required.

Job Functions:

  • The Research Assistant will work with continuous in situ water quality sensors, including wet chemistry nutrient sensors.
  • This includes cleaning the sensors to remove marine fouling and preparing them for deployment by applying anti-fouling paint among other treatments for long-term deployment in the estuary in addition to preforming routine field and lab calibrations.
  • The position is largely to support ongoing research, monitoring, and restoration of water quality and marine and estuarine habitats.
  • Data entry, data analysis, graphing, and presenting results at local conferences will be expected. The position requires keeping detailed lab and field notebooks on sample collection, sorting, measuring and typical day-to day tasks.
  • Ability to lift dive gear, sampling gear, competent swimming and snorkeling skills are required.
  • SCCF is a drug-free workplace and the successful applicant will take a drug screening test within 2 weeks of starting the position.

Salary & Benefits:  $38,000 plus health insurance, 401k match, and generous paid vacation/sick leave/holidays.

Starting Date: August 15, 2024.

Please include: 

1: A cover letter

2: Resume/CV

3: Contact information for two references whom we may contact