Mote Marine Laboratory is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively seeks to diversify its work force. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or other protected category.




Education Specialist II – Community Engagement

The Education Specialist II will assist with coordination, instruction and evaluation of educational programs at Mote Marine Laboratory & within the community. The Education Specialist II works closely with staff, volunteers, and interns in the Education Department and throughout the Lab and Aquarium to ensure that our mission and the needs of the audiences are being met. This position will primarily focus on Mote’s Strategic Partnerships, working with underserved and underrepresented audiences in the community.   



Implement high energy, developmentally appropriate and non-discriminatory experiences, aligned with Mote’s mission (and standards as applicable).
Develop current/relevant education programs based on Mote’s expanding research programs.
Provide an enhanced participant experience through positive interactions and engaging activities.
Create a safe, inclusive and rewarding program for every participant
Implement an effective educational experience that is based on Mote’s research and local marine environments, enhances ocean literacy and incorporates consistent conservation messages.
Understand and adhere to Mote’s policies, safety procedures and animal safety protocols  
Demonstrate a working knowledge of Mote’s research, local marine habitats, and best practices in informal science education.
Prioritizes customer service and demonstrate a positive and welcoming demeanor in interactions with guests, participants, staff, interns and volunteers.
Possess knowledge and ability to work within Mote’s registration system and technology databases.


General Duties

Assist with program logistic arrangements, scheduling, materials procurement, curriculum development and updates, and any other duties to ensure successful programs
Implement engaging hands-on educational activities.
Prepare and teach on-site classroom/lab/field programs, outreach programs, programs based at Mote field stations around Florida, evening events, and other education programs.
Provide high quality group management to groups of participants of varying ages & abilities.
Provide direction to Education Specialist Is, staff, interns and volunteers.
Prepare, organize and maintain educational resources.
Provide outstanding customer service to our guests.
Other duties as assigned by a Program Manager or the Assistant Vice President of Education.



Working Hours

Full time Education Specialist IIs will work 40 hours per week with a schedule determined by their supervisor. Schedules will vary and may include evening, weekend, and holiday hours.   Part time MSE IIs will work no more than 30 hours per week, as determined by their supervisor. Schedules will vary and may include evening, weekend, and holiday hours.


Minimum Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in education, science, or related field or equivalent experience
At least two years teaching experience in either a formal or informal education facility preferred
Reliable transportation and the ability to arrive at (off-site) locations at designated times, and current driver’s license
U.S. citizenship or foreign citizen’s U.S. work permit appropriate for the work
Certifications required: CPR/First Aid, Lifeguarding, Insect Sting Emergency Treatment Certification
Certifications preferred: SCUBA open water/beginner level

Excellent verbal/written communication skills
Stamina for working occasional long hours at outdoor locations in hot/cold weather, high humidity, intense sunlight, and wet weather while responsible for youth and adult participants
Not excessively prone to motion/sea sickness
Abiity to carry/move heavy objects up to 40 lbs.


Supervisory Responsibilities

The Education Specialist II is responsible for supervising high school/college student interns and volunteers when they are teaching. 


Hiring Conditions

The hiring of a successful candidate for this position is conditional on a background check.


To Apply

Interested applicants should submit as a single electronic file, 1) a cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) the names and contact information for three references, before 5pm August 9, 2019 to  Alternatively, a single package of all requested elements may be submitted to Mote Marine Laboratory, Attn: Human Resources, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236.