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FALL 2017

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Page 34 of 83 | 35 Left: Steven Niblick, a filtration mechanic on Iulia's team, tests water in a rehab pool for rescued manatees. Right: Joe Grinnan investigating the 77-ft. iron mast of the Adelaide Baker, wrecked in 1889 off Duck Key in the Florida Keys. Photo: Nicole Grinnan. Joe Grinnan Maritime Archaeologist Degree in Anthropology, M.A. Historical Archaeology Joe grew up along the Northeast Florida coast and spent his summers at the beach and in the many nearby freshwater springs. "I was always wet," he recants. It was the water that drew him to the Florida Keys, where he became a divemaster, teaching lessons and taking visitors on dive excursions. He noticed that a lot of his peers were treasure hunting, and although he was fascinated by history and discovery, he wanted to preserve treasures and artifacts, not hunt and remove them. He finished his degree in anthropology and then headed north to the University of West Florida, for his masters in historical archaeology (UWF is renowned for its world-class archaeology program). Today, as a maritime archaeologist for a consulting firm, he spends a lot of time getting wet and discovering archaeological sites. The scope of Joe's work ranges from sunken wrecks, to beach re-nourishment projects, to artificial reefs, to federal surveys, to pretty much you-name-it. "I go wherever the projects are," he said. And that could be in salt water, rivers, lakes or underwater caves. On one exploration, they discovered the oldest wooden spoon in the New World, and a Spanish breastplate from the Don Tristan de Luna expedition from 1559. Not all the work involves finding glamorous artifacts, but it is all about discovery and adventure and that is why he chose this field. What he loves about his job: Being near, on and in the water. Having close encounters with marine life, like turtles and bait balls, and rays and dolphins. The thrill of unearthing a part of history and preserving it. What he recommends: Volunteer with a marine non-profit organization. Get scuba certified. Attend a field school that offers a glimpse into marine archaeology like Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP), and get your degree. Passion: Not a single person we spoke with failed to mention passion as the number one reason for personal job satisfaction. Follow your passion! Persistence: Interestingly, only one of our featured subjects went straight from college into their "preconceived" career path. Never give up! Education: While a formal education in your desired field is important, what's more important is getting an education. Period. An ongoing education is just as important, too. Never stop learning! Fun: I don't know if you noticed, but all of our subjects seem to be having a lot of fun...a job where you have fun leads to greater creativity, job satisfaction, productivity and motivation. Have Fun! Love for the Marine Environment: Obviously, this goes without saying. I'm going to say it anyway. If you want to have a career in marine science/conservation/ biology, you'll need to have a deep desire to make this (marine) world better, a willingness to put in the hard work, an eagerness, a fascination and an insatiable hunger. If you've got that, then, well...the world truly can be your oyster! Or shark! Or dolphin! While attaining a degree in marine biology might be the right path for you and the one you decide to take, there are a lot of other options out there. We've only begun to dip our toes in the water here; we hope that these examples will show that when it comes to a career in marine science/conservation, there's more than one course to chart. So, what do you need to pursue a career in this exciting field? Here's what we found. ..................................................................................................................

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