Job Opportunities


The Discovery Center is always in search of enthusiastic, hard-working employees. If you have a passion for science, animals, or children, we have some great opportunities for you! 


The City of Ocala requires all employees to undergo fingerprinting and a background check.


Discovery Center Leader



This is professional work conducting programming for the Discovery Center. This position is responsible for the implementation and assistance in the development of programs. Reports to the Discovery Center Supervisor.

Examples of Duties

Program Development/Implementation: Plans, develops, leads, instructs and participates in programs and activities for the Discovery Center in compliance with established programming standards. Programs must meet the needs of a variety of demographics and are provided in a variety of climates, indoors and outdoors. Networks and partners with community groups. Develops, implements, promotes and evaluates programs.

Facility Management: Adheres to all City of Ocala and Discovery Center policies and procedures. Maintains effective maintenance procedures and reporting inside and outside the building to ensure the safety of the structure, the grounds, participants and equipment. Sets up equipment, including tables, chairs, audio-visual equipment and instructional tools in preparation for activities and scheduled rentals.

Personnel Responsibilities: Assists with training fellow employees and volunteers. Individual must maintain a flexible schedule for program request availability.

Record Keeping: Maintains accurate participant counts, registrations, daily reports, and accident/incident reports.

Customer Service


Typical Qualifications

High school diploma or GED required. Minimum of one year experience in educational or recreation programming or related activities. Must be computer proficient. Must be able to work in a variety of climatic environments, both indoors and outside. Ability and willingness to work flexible hours as assigned. An equivalent combination of training, education and experience may be considered.

Preferred Experience:

  • Active Net
  • SMART board
  • Science laboratory equipment
  • Docent
  • Volunteer management
  • Programming for children and students ages 2 to 17.

Required for All Divisions:

  • Must possess and maintain a valid Florida Operator Driver’s License with an acceptable driving record.
  • Current certification in adult, child and infant CPR (or obtained within six months of hire).
  • Current First Aid certification (or obtained within six months of hire).


  • Florida CDL Class “B” Driver’s License with Airbrake Certification & Passenger Endorsement.

Supplemental Information

 Ability to project a positive, energetic and helpful attitude. Ability to use independent judgment that parallels the City’s Core Values of customer focus, integrity, responsibility, knowledge, innovation, efficiency, and leadership. Ability to remain calm in stressful situations, including the ability to remain positive even in negative situations. Must be self-motivated and resourceful in meeting the needs of patrons. Individual must have strong organizational and time management skills. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Knowledge of physical and social, active and passive activities used in the provision of educational services in a non-traditional learning environment. Must be able to train part-time staff and volunteers regarding various types of activities and programs. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, as well as City employees.

Ability to establish and maintain effective operating records and reports. Knowledge of occupational hazards and accident prevention methods in assigned area of responsibility. Must be able to teach, demonstrate and lead activities to youth and adults as assigned. Must possess basic math skills. Must be able to read and write. Computer proficiency is required including proficiency with Microsoft Office Products. Must possess the aptitude to master new technology and the ability to apply technology solutions in the work place.