Wayne Nowocien

Wayne Nowocien

Maintenance Operations Specialist



Wayne joined the sanctuary staff after 23 years in the U.S. Coast Guard as a Machinery Technician. Wayne coordinates vessel operations, serves as a working diver and Divemaster and is a “Jack of most marine trades” including welding, electrical, mechanical, fiberglass, refrigerant handling, and forklift qualified. He holds an Associate in Science in Marine Engineering, Seamanship and Management from Florida Keys Community College.

Wayne recalls that, while in the USCG, an Admiral, talking to his crew after an inspection, declared that the Coast Guard would be a “greener” organization, a foreshadowing of Wayne’s role with the sanctuary. Today, Wayne embraces the green initiative and the mission of sustainable seas.