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 or national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Openings

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Mote Marine Laboratory (Mote), an independent nonprofit institution established in 1955, has recently adopted a 2020 Vision & Strategic Plan that includes as one of Mote’s four core priorities, “Ensure the long-term prosperity of the research enterprise through focused staff recruitment and nurturing programs.”  In order to address this specific priority, a new Mote Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program began in 2011.

TWO FELLOWSHIPS ARE NOW AVAILABLE

Two Fellowships are presently available.  One is for two years, and applications are invited for any field of marine research in the natural sciences. Another is for three years, and applications are invited for research in marine microbiology, marine microbial ecology, and/or drug discovery from marine systems. These positions will remain open until filled in 2017 or early 2018. There are no application deadlines but early applications are encouraged. 

The Two-Year Fellowship

This Fellowship will be awarded in 2017, start in 2018, and last for two years assuming appropriate first-year progress. An earlier start date is possible. The full-time position includes an annual salary of $47,800.  Partially-subsidized health insurance is also provided for the Fellow, with family options available. Benefits include an opt-in retirement plan with employer matching, leaves for holidays, illness, and vacation, and other benefits. The Fellow will receive office/laboratory space and funds for startup, operations, publication costs, and travel.

Applications are invited for any field of marine research in the natural sciences. Competitive applications will focus on research programs that are relevant to conservation and the sustainable uses of marine biodiversity, healthy habitats, and natural resources; will bring or propose new multi-investigator/institutional collaborations to Mote, and will be cognizant of global issues.

The Three-Year Fellowship

This Fellowship will be awarded in 2017, start in 2018, and last for three years assuming appropriate annual progress. An earlier start date is possible. The full-time position includes an annual salary of $47,800.  Partially-subsidized health insurance is also provided for the Fellow, with family options available. Benefits include an opt-in retirement plan with employer matching, leaves for holidays, illness, and vacation, and other benefits. The Fellow will receive office/laboratory space and funds for startup, operations, publication costs, and travel.

Mote seeks a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow with strong skills in marine microbiology, marine microbial ecology, and/or drug discovery from marine systems, including metagenomic, metatranscriptomic, and metabolomics analyses, novel methods in host-microbe interactions, and/or novel methods in marine biotechnology and natural products screening. The new Fellow will work on a joint project with Mote collaborating scientists for the first year, followed by a two year period focused on the Fellow’s own independent research program at Mote.

Review of applications for both fellowships will begin in August and finalists will be announced soon thereafter. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. Mote is an E-Verify employer.

For a complete description of Mote's Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program and 2017-18 Fellowship application instructions, see Program Overview.

Senior Major Gifts Officer

Position Overview

The Senior Major Gifts Officer at Mote Marine Laboratory will report directly to the Chief Development Officer (CDO) and work independently and as part of the Development Team.  The Senior Major Gifts Officer will be responsible for securing significant revenue for Mote Marine Laboratory.  The Senior Major Gifts Officer will be expected to develop dynamic fundraising strategies focused on engaging, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding an assigned portfolio of prospects as well as developing new prospects focused on leadership level giving for the organization.

The Senior Major Gifts Officer will:

  • Working with Mote’s CDO, develop strategy for major giving institution-wide that focuses on engaging existing donors and qualifying, contacting, and engaging new prospects.
  • Establish personal relationships with major donors, identifying their interests and articulating programmatic aspects of Mote Marine Laboratory’s work that would appeal to them.
  • Leverage individual donor relationships to expand and deepen giving from connected individuals.
  • Identify new donor prospects and develop personalized strategies for cultivation and stewardship.
  • Personally solicit a specific portfolio of 100-200 prospects, with an emphasis on leadership level annual gifts as well as multi-year pledges.
  • Work with portfolio to deepen relationships and encourage Planned Giving opportunities.
  • Partner with Mote CDO in managing her donor relationships as needed.
  • Work with and support the Board of Trustees with cultivation and stewardship of particular donors.
  • Plan and execute introductory or cultivation events for donors and prospects as agreed upon with Mote CDO.
  • Develop strong funding proposals with Mote education, aquarium and research staff.
  • Draft and coordinate correspondence to donors, including gift agreements, letters, email updates, reports, etc.
  • Represent Mote at local fundraising events, business meetings and networking opportunities to establish and develop contacts in specified communities.
  • Track and manage the prospective donor pool to develop weekly update reports and monitor and evaluate program results.
  • Maintain strong records in Mote’s database, Raiser’s Edge.
  • The successful candidate will participate in strategy meetings with CDO to collaboratively develop plans to strengthen donor experience, grow philanthropic funding and expand Mote Marine Laboratory’s philanthropic reach throughout the national and international community.
  • Enhance the culture of philanthropy at Mote Marine Laboratory.
  • Become an expert on Mote Marine Laboratory, continually finding ways to increase personal knowledge.

Requirements:

The Senior Major Gifts Officer is an energetic, goal-driven, customer service-oriented team member reporting directly to the CDO.

  • The successful candidate should possess a broad knowledge of the principles of fundraising, moves management and the ability to participate in all aspects of the gift cycle.
  • Candidate must also possess a proven track record in individual gift fundraising, managing a large portfolio including experience closing gifts of $100,000+. 
  • The Senior Major Gifts Officer must possess an understanding of the principles and vehicles of Planned Giving.
  • Experience in corporate fundraising highly desirable.
  • Candidate must have at least five years of professional Major Gift experience. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated qualitative success in working with member-based organizations and volunteers.
  • Must demonstrate strong listening skills, strong oral and written communication skills, sophisticated interpersonal and relationship-building skills, and be literate in standard office software.
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge.
  • Attention to detail and excellent organizational skills.
  • Experience with capital campaigns is a plus.
  • Bachelor degree or equivalent experience is required.
  • Other duties as assigned.

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 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. 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.                               

Postdoctoral Associate Molecular Toxicology

Mote Marine Laboratory is currently looking to fill a Postdoctoral Associate position in Molecular Toxicology to examine the effects of organic contaminant exposures by identifying patterns of toxicant-induced biological response in order to characterize toxicity/disease pathways.  Research will include characterizing molecular interactions and cellular, organism and population level responses to organic contaminants for the development of markers designed to define mechanisms of toxicity either directly on nucleic acids or indirectly through non-genotoxic mechanisms for developing predictive toxicity assessments and establishing adverse outcome pathways from contaminant exposure.  The candidate should have a Ph.D. degree in molecular biology, toxicology or related field granted within the past 5 years. 

This position includes laboratory-based work (at the bench) as well as supervision and training of technical staff as necessary.  The research to be carried out will utilize a combination of molecular biology and bioinformatics approaches to characterize the consequence of toxicant exposure. The postdoctoral associate will participate in the design and execution of studies in laboratory and field settings within the Mote Environmental Laboratory for Forensics; assist in the development of research grant applications and the planning of field and/or laboratory work and perform critical analyses of literature relevant to research undertaken. 

Research duties include but are not limited to, development of analytical methods, designing, performing, documenting and reporting the results of a variety of molecular biological procedures including PCR and real-time PCR assays, ELISAs, DNA, RNA and protein extraction, gel electrophoresis, analysis of DNA methylation, interpretation of gene expression (RNAseq) datasets, performing molecular diagnostic procedures on a variety wildlife samples both field collected and from controlled exposure studies.  The postdoctoral associate will process, analyze and interpret research data and communicate results to the Principal Investigator and research group; write research progress reports and assist with the preparation of research manuscripts for publication and presentation at conferences and workshops; maintain quality lab environment including cleanup and organization.  The postdoctoral candidate will be expected to write research grants for potential future funding.

The position will be based at Mote Marine Laboratory, Environmental Laboratory for Forensics Program, Sarasota, FL.  The position offers competitive salary and benefits.  The appointment is for 18 months, pending satisfactory performance.  Exemplary postdoctoral associates may be invited to join Mote as Staff Scientists upon completion of their initial 18 month appointment with successful grant writing.  The position is available immediately.  To apply, send a cover letter, CV, and a list of 3 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.  

Part-Time Maintenance and Security Technician

Monitor and ensure the continued operation and upkeep of mechanical systems and equipment. related to sea-water distribution, including (but not limited to) pumps, motors, tanks, valves, and piping; Provide after-hours access to campus and facilities, as necessary, to fire / police / utility personnel; Make periodic rounds of the campus facilities to determine systems operation and security of buildings / equipment; Provide after-hours access to MML campus and facilities by MML vessels, vehicles, staff, and public; Other duties as assigned.

Working Hours:

Shift work; holidays / weekends / evenings; Occasional longer daily hours not to total over 40 hours per pay week (Wed. through Tues.) without approval of supervisor; This position calls for working normal shifts on holidays; Rescheduled holidays will be afforded to those technicians who have worked on scheduled holidays; Part-time technicians will fill-in shifts of co-workers who are out on vacation leave, sick-leave, or re-scheduled holidays.

Minimum Requirements:

Must possess a valid Florida Driver’s License; Must demonstrate ability to consistently and punctually report for assigned work schedule; Must be able to accomplish after-hours tasks with minimum supervision; Must be able to use and / or read pressure gauges and metering equipment;. Must possess a combination of skills, education, and / or experience which enable completion of assigned tasks. While some specialty equipment, tools, and / or parts are available for the use of maintenance personnel, the technician must possess basic hand tools which enable repair / replacement of pumps, motors, valves, piping, components, if necessary.

Education:

High school diploma or GED certificate desirable. Trade school or technical school courses preferred. OJT trade courses or apprenticeship / journeyman training acceptable.

Physical:

Must interact courteously and tactfully with public, co-workers, managers, contractors & vendors.

Good written communications skills for logs / notes / instructions to other shifts; Ability to move / carry heavy objects; Stamina for working occasional long hours at outdoor locations, during both day and night hours, which may include working in tropical to temperate climate conditions. (Hot or cold, humid, intense sunlight, rainy weather, etc.)

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 April 7, 2017 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. 

Manatee Photo-Identification Technician

A Manatee Photo-identification Technician should have a proven interest in pursuing a career in manatee or marine mammal research and a working knowledge of Florida manatee biology and behavior.  This position requires considerable prior experience with photo-identification (preferably of manatees) and demonstration that he/she is meticulous and careful with data entry and analyses. This position also requires that he/she is able to conduct field work, via land or boat, to acquire new data and be responsible for the maintenance of research equipment. The Manatee Photo-identification Technician will also oversee the supervision of interns in the Manatee Research Program.  Some field sites require interacting with and providing outreach to the public. As a minimum, the Manatee Photo-identification Technician must demonstrate excellent people skills, the ability to work well as part of a team, as well as being self-motivated, independent, and having problem solving skills.

General Duties

Manatee photo-identification tasks include, but are not limited to, photographing wild Florida manatees; data collection and recording; processing images; creating and/or proofing scar sketches; entering, processing, and quality control/quality assurance of photo-identification and associated ancillary data.  Additional tasks include routine and required maintenance and troubleshooting of field equipment and gear (environmental meters, trailers, boats, etc.), upkeep of necessary supplies, and miscellaneous office tasks. The Manatee Photo-identification Technician will be responsible for instructing interns on how to perform the above mentioned tasks and participation in the daily supervision of the interns. This position requires proper boat handling and safe operation and trailering; thus the applicant must either be able to successfully demonstrate these skills or be able to complete training to show competence within 60 days of being hired.  Additionally, this position requires traveling to field sites (usually 1-2 hours from the main campus), primarily late fall through early spring.

Education:

Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Marine Science, or related field

Experience:

A minimum of 3 months experience with photo-identification data collection, processing, and matching.

Skills

  • Perform routine tasks accurately and efficiently
  • Communicate clearly both verbally and in writing
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Patience and time management skills
  • Knowledge of manatee biology, ecology, and behavior
  • Ability to operate digital SLR cameras
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Access, and Word

Physical requirements:

  • Ability to work outside in hot/humid Florida weather conditions
  • Ability to spend the majority of the workday standing on a boat or shoreline
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs
  • Visual acuity is required, including the ability to spot manatees in the wild and distinguish between individuals both in the field and in images

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 March 3, 2017 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.