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Friends of the Smithsonian Marine Station

Everyone needs friends, and the Smithsonian Marine Station is no exception. Although we are funded by trust funds administered by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, there are always more needs than can be addressed by the funds available. In 2006, some local citizens and others who believe in our mission, took steps to supplement our funding by becoming members of the Friends of the Smithsonian Marine Station.

Our Friends have provided monies for things great and small over the past few years, including support for postdoctoral fellows, supplemental funding toward the puchase of a new confocal microscope, and providing important items for use in educating the public at our Ecosystems Exhibit.

If you are able to support us financially, please click on one of the links below to download a Membership Form or Membership Renewal Form and join the Friends of the Smithsonian Marine Station. Your support and friendship is important to us whether you join at a level that includes benefits such as tours, luncheons or boat rides, or at another level that better fits your situation.

Friends of SMS Membership Levels

Friends of SMS Membership Form

Friends of SMS Membership Renewal Form

The Smithsonian Marine Station
is a non-profit organization
under IRS Section 501(c)(3) guidelines

and qualifies for tax-deductible contributions
under Section 170(c).


Volunteering Your Time and Talents!

We have ongoing volunteer opportunities at the Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit as well as one-time opportunities to assist with special seasonal events. Click here for available volunteer positions or to apply to volunteer.

Job Opportunities at SMS

Postdoctoral Research Opportunity at the Smithsonian Marine Station

The Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce anticipates a postdoctoral researcher position starting summer 2014. Postdoctoral researcher will be advised by Dr. Seabird McKeon (marine ecology) and Dr. Valerie Paul (chemical ecology) and collaborate with Dr. Rick Osman, (marine ecology) to develop a research project to investigate aspects of the role of benthic and epibenthic invertebrate diversity in the mitigation of algal blooms in the northern Indian River Lagoon, Florida. The Indian River Lagoon, the focus of this position, is one of the most diverse estuaries in North America, blending subtropical and temperate faunas.

Highly motivated candidates with a Ph.D. degree in relevant science such as invertebrate zoology/marine ecology/or environmental science will be considered. Successful applicants must possess excellent oral and written English communication skills, a positive attitude, and utilize applicable skills with analysis of large ecological datasets, GIS, ecological modeling, and invertebrate identification as needed to address the research question. Field skills including scientific diving, boat handling, and tolerance for spending time in wet/muddy/hot/cold environments are highly desirable. Qualified applicant will be funded with competitive stipend and health benefits. The duration of this position is anticipated to be one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year, contingent upon performance. Review of applications will begin April 30, 2014. Please send cover letter, list of three references, and CV to

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