Opportunity: Visual Communications, Dolphin Research Center

Location: Grassy Key, Florida

If you enjoy working outdoors around the water, interacting with people and watching dolphins at play, this open position at the Dolphin Research is the job for you.

Photograph program participants to provide lasting memories of their experiences. This is a team department and most projects involve working closely with other VisComm staff members and co-workers from other departments. Note: all photographs and videos are the sole property of Dolphin Research Center. Any photos taken with your own camera and your equipment are for your personal use and are not to be sold or published.

Position responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Taking candid digital still photos of guests and dolphins during public programs.
• Working directly with guests to select and process print and/or digital photos.
• All phases of video recording, capturing, and editing.
• Types of projects include promotional, educational, documentary, narrative and visual music montage.
• Photographing and video recording DRC dolphins, programs and events to support corporate-wide needs.
• Creating corporate publications including advertisements and marketing pieces.
• Creating on-site informational and directional signage.
• Tracking and maintaining production schedules.
Abilities and Skills:
• Graphic Arts skills are required to create, edit and produce publications and signage.
Mac and Windows-based computer skills are required.
• Familiarity with digital photography and videography is required.
• Knowledge of Final Cut Pro/X and Adobe Creative Suite software is required.
• Must have physical agility and good balance, be able to take steep steps while climbing on and off our floating docks.
• Must also be able to squat and/or kneel to take photographs and/or shoot video.
• Must be able to work long days in the Florida Keys heat.

If interested, please submit a cover letter, resume, DRC application and samples of work (including portraiture or photographs with people as well as any other type of work such as video).

Salary & Benefits
The cost of living in the Keys tends to be high and salaries, for the most part, are not competitive with the national average. This is particularly true at DRC, which is still maturing as a not-for-profit corporation. Starting salaries vary according to an applicant's educational background, experience, and particular job responsibilities. The starting annual salary for an entry-level employee at DRC averages $21,000. Many staff members find it necessary to supplement their income through other means.

DRC seeks to provide for the well being of its employees and our salary combined with our generous benefits creates a competitive total package that is right for our environment. DRC offers an excellent benefits package including health insurance, a 401(k) plan, paid holidays, paid vacation, paid sick leave, gift shop discounts, work clothing, and complimentary Dolphin Encounters. However, the most important benefits are the extraordinary rewards employees encounter on a daily basis: feeling the elation when a dolphin demonstrates a new behavior for the first time, watching a child grin in excitement when she sees a dolphin burst out of the water into a flip, sitting quietly on a dock observing the fluid grace of dolphins, experiencing the sense of satisfaction when a student grasps a new concept, witnessing the magical moment when a learning-disabled child utters his first word. Moments such as these are the true rewards, the unique benefits of working at Dolphin Research Center.

If you are interested, please send your resume and completed application by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax them to the Human Resources Director at (305) 289-8902. You may also mail them to Dolphin Research Center, Human Resources Director, 58901 Overseas Highway, Grassy Key, FL 33050 or stop by the center and complete an application in person. Dolphin Research Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For the application form and more information, click here.

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