Local recruitment: Science and Research Director

Miami Waterkeeper

Miami, FL, USA 🇺🇸

Miami Waterkeeper (MWK) is an award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to protecting Biscayne Bay and the surrounding watershed. Launched in 2010, MWK has become a leading advocate for clean water, inspiring a movement of empowered citizens dedicated to achieving swimmable, drinkable, fishable water. Addressing issues on multiple fronts, we use community outreach, scientific research, and civic and legal action to advance our mission. Miami Waterkeeper is a fast-paced and dynamic work environment. We are a small and hard-working team that is mission-driven and passionate about our clean water future. 

Miami Waterkeeper is seeking an individual with extensive science and research experience, leading teams, and translating science into fact-based policy.  An ideal candidate for this role will have a deep passion for our mission and will be highly-skilled, detail-oriented, independent, exceptionally organized, and self-motivated. This person will be able to lead a team and project manage multiple, complex, multi-year scientific projects from design to publication. This candidate should have a solid to advanced background in statistical analyses and should be able to translate scientific data for a general audience and track budgets and grant deliverables. 


  • Lead the science and research team and provide mentorship, training, and support to the team
  • Assist in the translation of science into policy goals
  • Implement and ensure that scientific and protocols standards are met and followed across the organization
  • Ensure that grant and contract deliverables are met and reported 
  • Design and lead complex scientific research projects from proposal to publication
  • Leads statistical analyses and ensure quality control of scientific reports
  • Prepares scientific grant and funding proposals
  • Collaborates with policy and education teams on clean water goals by conducting research and designing experiments to cover knowledge gaps
  • Tracks budgets, databases, and project expenditures


  • Oversees maintenance of boat and boat program and safety standards
  • Oversees water quality crisis and pollution response protocols
  • Participates in multi-stakeholder groups on behalf of Miami Waterkeeper
  • Public speaking as needed


  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree
  • Advanced statistical capabilities
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience leading teams
  • Experience managing labs and protocols
  • Experience managing complex grants and grant budgets




  • Medical, dental, paid family leave, and vision plan
  • Retirement Account
  • Generous time off policies

Job Type: Full-time

Location: Miami, FL

Reports to: Senior Program Director

Contact: Please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@miamiwaterkeeper.org with “Science and Research Director” written in the subject line.

Miami Waterkeeper is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We strongly value diversity, equity, and inclusion both in our organization and in our community.





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