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.

Openings

 

Grant Officer

Mote Marine Laboratory (Mote) is an independent marine research institution dedicated to the advancement of marine science through research, education and public outreach leading to new discoveries and the revitalization and sustainability of our oceans.

 

The Grant Officer is responsible for content development and grants management for Mote’s foundation fundraising.  A skilled writer and editor with strong attention to detail, the Grant Officer will craft compelling solicitation and stewardship materials, manage proposal and report submissions, and help to build a pipeline of grant-based support for Mote. The position reports directly to the Director of Foundation Relations and is an integral part of the Mote Development Team. The Grant Officer joins Mote at a time of ambitious growth and will be expected to work diligently and systematically in support of Mote’s bold philanthropic goals.

 

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and at least three years of grant writing or content development experience required. Interested applicants should submit by 5pm on November 29, 2019 the following: 1) cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) three professional references including contact information. Applications should be emailed as a single electronic file to HumanResources@mote.org. Mailed applications may be sent to Mote Marine Laboratory, Attn: Human Resources, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236. Candidates will be asked to generate writing samples as part of the interview process.

 

 

Administrative Assistant – Office of Sponsored Programs

 

Position Purpose & Objectives:  The Administrative Assistant position will assist the grant, contract, and administrative responsibilities of the Mote Marine Laboratory Office of Sponsored Programs Team.

Essential Job Functions: This Administrative Assistant position has the following duties:

Generate, distribute, track, reconcile, and process reports, invoices, purchase orders, grants, and contracts.
Acquire approval/signatures and provide briefings on topics to colleagues.
Create and maintain grant/contract files and filing systems.
Scanning, organizing files, archiving historical data, and properly disposing of files.
Create and edit narratives and informational materials – and add charts, pictures, and tables.
Facilitate room rentals for meetings, transportation, meals, hotel and flights for participants for internal meetings.
Assist the Associate Vice President of Sponsored Research and Coastal Policy Programs, or other Mote colleagues as assigned, with scheduling, organizing information, travel, and special projects.
Driving a Mote vehicle (maintaining a Florida Driver’s License).
Provide general administrative support as needed.

 

Education/Experience  Requirements: Degree in business or similar field and/or at least one year experience in professional administrative work.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Experience is required exemplifying the below:

 

Professionalism, good written and verbal communication, and team-minded.
Strong organizational skills and detail oriented.
Ability to prioritize.
Work independently on assigned responsibilities.
Able to work in a busy work environment.
Administrative skills and high proficiency with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and Calendar software.
Working knowledge of grant, contract, and/or funding proposals processing.

 

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 November 22, 2019 to HumanResources@mote.org.  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. 

 

Senior Biologist, Stranding Investigations Program

Mote Marine Laboratory’s Stranding Investigations Program is hiring a Senior Biologist to be directly involved in the 24-hr response, recovery, and transport of stranded marine mammals and sea turtles.  The duties include assisting with 24-hour stranding hotline coverage and coordinating the appropriate response (recovery, examination, data collection, tissue sampling processing and distribution of samples, and disposal of carcasses).  Duties also include maintaining stranding databases, photo archives, supervision of interns and volunteers.  A major role for the position is the assistance in developing and/or leading research projects, including presenting scientific research at peer reviewed meetings and/or publish scientific research in peer reviewed publications. This position is highly variable and consists of unpredictable hours.  The senior biologist must be able to work both independently and as part of a larger team.  Specific qualifications include a Masters’s degree or a bachelor’s degree with5 years of experience responding to stranded marine mammal or sea turtles,  knowledge of marine mammal and/or sea turtle conservation issues, especially relating human interactions, valid Florida Driver’s License or equivalent and dependable transportation for rapid response,  ability to lift up to 75 lbs and drag 100 lbs,  ability to swim,  ability to walk long distances in the sand and/or marsh, ability to tolerate strong odors, ability to drive a large vehicle in congested areas (often towing trailers), ability to work evening, weekend and holidays,  capacity to tolerate extreme temperatures, sandy, buggy, and/or wet field conditions,  ability to kayak, trailer and operate small boats, personal watercraft and ATV’s-including launching and retrieval.  

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 December 6, 2019 to HumanResources@mote.org.  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. 

 

 

Staff Scientist/Program Manager Ocean Technology Research Program

The Ocean Technology Research Program of Mote Marine Laboratory has an opening for a full-time, Staff Scientist/Program Manager. The successful candidate should have a PhD, DSc, or equivalent in oceanography, marine science or engineering with experience in sensor and instrumentation development and deployment for the marine environment. Experience in interdisciplinary research, biogeochemical measurements and instrumentation, optics, autonomous instrument platforms, robotics, and/or ocean observing systems with strong engineering background will be advantageous. The successful candidate must have demonstrated capability to conceive, design and implement instrumentation or devices intended for application in their field of study. Hands-on experience with mechanical, electrical, optical or computer technology will be a rated metric in the selection process.

The successful candidate will manage an existing small engineering and ocean technology team and will be responsible for identifying additional personnel needs. The new program manager will interact with optical instrument developers, apply existing instrumentation on autonomous platforms (Webb gliders) and fixed stations, to research questions involving Harmful Algal Blooms under existing projects, lead the migration of existing instruments to additional generations and novel platforms, participate in regional and national ocean observing system activities such as SECOORA, GCOOS and IOOS, manage and enhance Mote’s existing Sarasota Operations – Coastal Ocean Observing System (SO-COOL) develop new instrumentation, and procure grants in support of his/her specific areas of interest.

Mote is an independent, not-for-profit, 501 C(3) research and education institution. The position will be at the Staff Scientist level with the opportunity to advance to Senior Scientist. As a Staff Scientist, the successful candidate is expected to publish findings in peer reviewed professional publications and participate in professional organizations and meetings. The position also affords the opportunity for interactions with national and international visiting scientists, along with over 35 PhD-level fulltime Mote researchers from multiple disciplines, oversight of graduate students, Mote college student interns and volunteers, and to serve as Courtesy Faculty for research and research and teaching at various colleges and universities.

Interested applicants should submit a single electronic file in pdf format including, 1) a cover letter, 2) full resume or CV with complete publications list (accepted, in press, and in review), 3) a statement of research interests, and 4) the names and contact information for three references to HumanResources@mote.org. 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. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled or December 31, 2019. Expected starting salary will be approximately $75,000 per year, with a generous fringe benefits package. US citizen status is required for this position.

Aquarium Services Associate

The Aquarium Services Associate serves as a cashier for Mote’s admissions and retail operations.  This position will be responsible for performing cashier and guest services duties at multiple admission areas, Fossil Creek, the Virtual Reality experience, and any other experience/area incorporated into the Guest Services department. This position may also help to coordinate/direct/assist volunteer cashiers.  

 

Tasks:

Receive payment by cash, check, credit cards, complementary tickets and discount coupons.
Issue receipts, refunds, credits, or change due to customers.
Assist customers by providing information and resolving their complaints.
Establish or identify prices of goods, services or admission, and tabulate bills using calculators, cash registers, or optical price scanners.
Greet customers entering establishments.
Answer customers' questions and provide information on procedures or policies.
Sell tickets, memberships, and other items to customers.
Assist customers at the Virtual Reality area, including ingress and egress from the seating area.
Maintain clean and orderly checkout.
Responsible for opening and closing accounting procedures at admissions and assisting volunteer cashiers with related procedures.
Work with additional cashiers for coverage issues.
Stocking and restocking of merchandise.
Preparing and stocking of Fossil Creek bags.
Perform any other assigned opening and closing duties.

 

Working Hours:

Working hours typically occur between 8:30am-5:15pm with an unpaid lunch break.  Weekend and Holiday shifts are required as Mote Aquarium is open 365 days a year.

 

Work Setting:

Job tasks are performed in close physical proximity to other people.
Must be able to lift 25 lbs and move 56 lb guide map boxes with the help of a dolly.
Willing to work a flexible schedule including weekends and holidays.
May require stooping or crouching.
Requires sitting or standing for long periods of time.
Requires First Aid and CPR training provided at Mote.
Work environment will be both indoor and outdoor at various times

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 November 22, 2019 to HumanResources@mote.org.  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. 

Postdoctoral Researcher in HAB Mitigation and Ecology

The HAB Mitigation and Ecology Research Program at Mote investigates marine and freshwater phytoplankton ecophysiology, with an emphasis on species involved in HABs in a changing 21st century ocean, HAB mitigation, and coastal water quality and eutrophication.  A particular focus of the program are the causes, impacts and management of blooms of the Florida red tide dinoflagellate Karenia brevis.  The successful candidate will join a diverse team of marine scientists on a large, multi-investigator project investigating the physical, chemical and biological factors underlying the expansion and termination of Karenia brevis blooms on the west Florida shelf. 

This postdoctoral position requires experience in marine phytoplankton ecology, physiology and analytical chemistry, specifically with nutrient and toxin analyses.  Experience with culturing HAB species, design and implementation of environmental sample collection and processing protocols, as well as a command of statistical analysis is highly desirable. The position requires the ability to conduct field work for extended periods of up to 2 weeks on both large and small research vessels in the Gulf of Mexico as well as conduct innovative, independent laboratory research. A record of peer reviewed manuscripts is a plus. The position also affords the opportunity for interactions with scientists from multiple disciplines at Mote and project collaborators at other research institutes, as well as oversight of field sampling, student interns and volunteers.

The position is expected to begin between November and December 2019, continuing for three years, with appropriate progress. The full-time position includes an annual salary of $50,000 with annual COL raises.  Partially-subsidized health insurance is also provided, with family options available. Benefits include an opt-in retirement plan with employer matching, leaves for holidays, illness, and vacation, and other benefits. The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will also have an established Mote scientist assigned to serve as a dedicated mentor and will receive office/laboratory space.

Interested applicants should submit as a single electronic file, 1) a cover letter, 2) c.v. or resume and 3) the names and contact information for three references,

before 5pm November 25, 2019 to HumanResources@mote.org.  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. 

Grant Project Coordinator (MarSci-LACE)

Mote is hiring a part time Project Coordinator for the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation: Marine Science Laboratory Alliance Center for Excellence (LSAMP MarSci-LACE). MarSci-LACE is a 3-year National Science Foundation funded project with the goal to help increase underrepresented minority participation in Marine STEM fields through research at the undergraduate level. 

Under the supervision of the Project Director, the Coordinator will manage day-to-day operations to successfully meet MARSCI-LACE’s stated objectives and outcomes.  The Project Coordinator will also assist with research and data collection, grant tracking, purchasing, meeting planning, travel logistics, and ensure adherence to MML procedures and grant requirements.

 

Responsibilities include:

Establish and maintain communication between grant partners and stakeholders

Oversee the administration of assessment tools for data collection related to research

Qualitative and quantitative data collection activities related to the FL-C LSRCE research under the direction of Project Director

Assist with data analysis and reporting

Ethical handling of participant information and records

Assist with website content and updates

Develop promotional and reporting materials such as newsletters, brochures, and reports

Coordinate planning and logistics of annual conference and meetings

Arrange professional development opportunities, including virtual training events, for science mentors, faculty and students

Provide administrative support to the MarSci-LACE Project Director including the maintenance of calendars, preparation of correspondence, and other administrative functions

Tracking of project progress and maintaining timeline

Respond to inquiries received from collaborators, stakeholders, NSF and LSAMP networks and social media in a timely and courteous manner.

Other general administrative duties as assigned

 

Working Hours:

MarSci-LACE Project Coordinator is a federal grant funded, full time position at 40 hours per week and is scheduled typically Mon-Fri with occasional evenings and weekends.

 

Minimum Requirements

High School Diploma; Bachelors degree preferred

At least 3 years in an administrative, research or coordination role

Experience working with diverse audiences

Extensive experience with MS Office, internet

U.S. citizenship or foreign citizen’s U.S. work permit appropriate for the work

Excellent verbal/written communication skills

Outstanding interpersonal skills

Able to problem solve quickly

Able to work independently and as part of a team

Able to occasionally work flexible hours

 

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

The MarSci-LACE Project Coordinator requires strong organizational skills; the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment and a proactive, solutions-based approach. Our ideal candidate is honest, caring, and professional with a tireless work ethic and a contagious, positive energy. S/he is a giving team member, a creative problem solver, and an enthusiastic collaborator who believes deeply in Mote and its mission. This candidate will possess outstanding communication skills, poise, and confidence, skilled in written and oral communication with the ability to represent Mote Marine Laboratory and this project to a variety of audiences. We expect the highest ethical standards, personal integrity, intelligence, good humor, resilience, energy, and spirit.

 

Hiring Conditions  

The hiring of a successful candidate for this position is conditional on a background check within 2 weeks of start date.

 

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 December 1, 2019 to HumanResources@mote.org.  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. 

Grant Project Data and Information Manager (MarSci-LACE) – Part time

 

Mote is hiring a Data and Information Manager (DIM) for the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation: Marine Science Laboratory Alliance Center for Excellence (LSAMP MarSci-LACE). MarSci-LACE is a 3-year National Science Foundation funded project with the goal to help increase underrepresented minority participation in Marine STEM fields through research at the undergraduate level. 

 

Under the supervision of the Project Director, the Data and Information Manager will be responsible for the collection of data related to grant objectives, design and development of information storage and database, data and information security, assisting in interpretation and ensure adherence to MML procedures and grant requirements.  This position will define, manage and implement all data management processes, collection and storage of research project information. This includes working with sensitive and restricted information, transforming raw data into usable extracts for research analysis, and communicating with a diverse group of stakeholders to ensure that data products are appropriately prepared.

 

Responsibilities include:

Define and manage data collection protocols and database platforms

Assist in ensuring data content and platform functions are continually advancing to match the needs of the program

Development of design artifacts including logical entity relationship model, data dictionary, and data management protocols

Provide guidance to grant staff to resolve data collection issues

Identify new data points to improve and enhance analytics and reporting of the program

Lead team’s ability to manage data and adhere to data base management best practices

Assist in the preparation of reports and the compilation of periodic program statistics, data reports and grant reporting requirements

Assist in the training and implementation of other staff in the utilization of database systems

Assist in the designing and administration of assessment tools for data collection related to research

Assist with qualitative and quantitative data collection related to the MarSci-LACE research

Ethical handling of sensitive information and records related to human participants 

Effective communication with a variety of audiences, stakeholders, and grant staff 

 

Working Hours:

MarSci-LACE Data and Information Manager is a federal grant funded, half-time position up to 20 hours per week and is scheduled typically Mon-Fri but a flexible schedule would be considered.

 

Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience

At least 2 years experience in data collection, management and security

Expertise in database creation and management

Strong computer skills

U.S. citizenship or foreign citizen U.S. work permit appropriate for the work

 

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

The MarSci-LACE Data and Information Manager requires strong organizational skills; the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment and a proactive, solutions-based approach. Our ideal candidate is honest, caring, and professional with a tireless work ethic and a contagious, positive energy. S/he is a giving team member, a creative problem solver, and an enthusiastic collaborator who believes deeply in Mote and its mission. This candidate will possess outstanding communication skills, poise, and confidence, skilled in written and oral communication with the ability to represent Mote Marine Laboratory and this project to a variety of audiences. We expect the highest ethical standards, personal integrity, intelligence, good humor, resilience, energy, and spirit.

 

Hiring Conditions  

The hiring of a successful candidate for this position is conditional on a background check within 2 weeks of start date.

 

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 December 1, 2019.  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. 

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt; this position will remain open until filled.