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

 

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, 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.

Philanthropy 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.

Under the general supervision of the Director of Development, the Philanthropy Officer at Mote Marine Laboratory will be responsible for securing significant revenue for Mote. S/he will be expected to develop dynamic fundraising strategies focused on engaging, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding an assigned portfolio of major donors as well as developing new prospects focused on leadership level giving for the organization. A skilled communicator with strong attention to detail, s/he will manage the full solicitation process from identification to the development of compelling oral and written proposals.

Bachelors degree or equivalent and at least three years of fundraising or similar experience required. 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 by February 14, 2020. 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. Select candidates will generate writing samples as part of the interview process. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

 

Philanthropy Officer – Planned Gifts

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.

Under the general supervision of the Director of Development, the Philanthropy Officer – Planned Gifts at Mote Marine Laboratory will cultivate and solicit planned gifts from individual Mote donors, members and volunteers. S/he will also be expected to develop dynamic fundraising strategies focused on engaging, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding an assigned portfolio of major donors. A skilled communicator with strong attention to detail, s/he will manage the full solicitation process from identification to the development of compelling oral and written proposals.

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and a minimum of five years in major gift or gift planning fundraising with successful cultivating and soliciting experience is preferred. Experienced candidates from the financial, estate and/or philanthropic planning, law, and trust administration fields are encouraged 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 to HumanResources@mote.org by February 14, 2020. 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. Select candidates will generate writing samples as part of the interview process. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

 

Maintenance Manager

The Maintenance Manager is responsible for the safe maintenance and repair and improvement of the Mote Marine Laboratory Main Campus equipment and facilities.  

 

General Duties:

The Maintenance Manager is responsible for the maintenance and repair of building and facility equipment as directed.  Duties shall include supervision and performance of the construction of apparatus, laboratories and support facilities, piping system installation and repair, machinery and pump repair and improvement as needed.  Will follow a preventive maintenance program for all equipment to minimize unscheduled downtime.  Schedule project and maintenance work in cooperation with the Research Division and Departments to support research programs.

The Maintenance Manager is responsible for operation of the facility according to approved budgets and monthly review of the budget reports for the facility accounts.

The Maintenance Manager is responsible for safe operation of the department vehicle and mobile equipment.  Major repairs and maintenance shall be coordinated with Fleet Coordinator.  Responsible for understanding any potential hazards and special requirements for work tasks based on the relevant MSDS.    The Maintenance Manager must follow safe work practices and procedures for all tasks.  Work as required on Facilities projects to support Laboratory and Aquarium operations.   Provide other support for Laboratory activities as required by the Director of  Facilities. 

 

Working Hours:

Normal hours are 8.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday through Friday, with one hour for lunch. Occasional longer daily hours may be required to complete specific tasks. The Maintenance Manager will be available after hours to support emergency situations.

 

 

Minimum Requirements:

Education: Minimum of High School or equivalent.

Immigration Status: Ability to work legally in the United States.

Valid Florida Driver’s License:  Required.

Skills and Abilities:  Safe vehicle operation

                              Mechanical knowledge and ability

                              Ability to safely lift 70 lbs

                              Good verbal communication skills

                              Able to safely work on ladders and elevated platforms.

 

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 February 21, 2020 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. 

 

Facility Administrative Assistant

The Facility Administrative Assistant performs a variety of administrative and clerical duties in support of all Mote facilities.

General Duties:

                Assist the Facilities Office Manager with MSDS files

                Input crib charges, data entry and analysis of inventory items for correct cost allocation

                Facilities records filing and cataloging for reliable records

                Record, log and analyze work requests

                Assists the Facilities Office Manager with special projects and in all matters as assigned.

                Assist Facilities Office Manager with supervision of the janitorial and cleaning services.

 

Working Hours:

This is a full time position with hours generally from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday through Friday, one hour for lunch.

 

Minimum Requirements:

Education: Minimum of High School or equivalent.

Immigration Status: Ability to work legally in the United States.

Valid Florida Driver's License: Safe vehicle operation

Knowledge of Microsoft applications

 Good verbal communication skills

Accurate data entry

Excellent telephone and organizational skills require

 

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 February 21, 2020 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. 

Assistant Aquarium Biologist Temporary, Part Time– Mammals and Reptiles

An Assistant Aquarium Biologist Temporary – Mammals and Reptiles should have a proven interest in pursuing a career in animal husbandry in a public aquarium and will serve as an animal care specialist assisting in the overall health, care, training, and enrichment of the mammal and reptile collection.  The animals under the care of this position include but are not limited to North American river otters, Florida manatees, and various species of crocodilians and sea turtles. In addition, an Assistant Aquarium Biologist may handle the supervision of trained interns and/or volunteers.  He/she is expected to assist in exhibit and life support systems maintenance. An Assistant Aquarium Biologist is expected to assist maintaining all mammals and reptiles, noting unusual behavior and health, and reporting these observations to their supervisor.  At a minimum, an Assistant Aquarium Biologist must have basic people handling skills and animal husbandry skills.

This position will require a willingness to work with and assist in capture and restraint procedures with potentially dangerous animals in the event it is necessary.  This temporary position will require a tuberculosis test, but will not require rabies vaccination- which will result in limited interactions with Mote’s river otters. 

 

General Duties

This position will serve to assist in all aspects of mammal and reptile care within the Aquarium.  Animal maintenance tasks may include, but are not limited to; preparation of food (including medicated and special diets), cleaning of staff and animal areas, performing water quality tests and evaluation of these tests with corrective measures if necessary, exhibit maintenance and cleaning, conducting training sessions, and narrating public training sessions.  Other tasks not directly related to animal care may include daily record keeping, maintenance of life support equipment, participation in the program development process, keeping work areas clean and equipment organized, and other duties as assigned.

 

Working Hours:  

Normal working hours may vary for accommodating shifts between 7:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. with one hour for lunch, and work week will include weekends and holiday shifts.  

 

Minimum Requirements:  

Driver’s License

Valid Florida Driver’s License, or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire.

 

Education: 

Bachelor’s degree in a Science or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

 

Experience: 

Employment or internships at a zoo, aquarium, or related institution is required. Experience working with species in our Mammal and Reptile collection preferred. Candidate must have experience and knowledge of animal husbandry and positive reinforcement training techniques.

 

Skills

Perform routine tasks accurately and efficiently
Able to work well with others and be a team player
Communicate clearly both verbally and in writing 
Possess time management and organizational skills
Adaptable and flexible in a changing work environment- growth mindset
Utilize independent judgment to address basic husbandry issues
Ability to navigate and utilize ZIMS for record keeping      
Capable of working with PVC pipe, fittings, solvent cement, epoxy and resins
Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and Google.
Ability to recognize basic life support system issues
Working knowledge of animal husbandry, training and enrichment techniques and practices
Comfortable performing public narrations 

 

Physical

Ability to work outside in hot/humid Florida weather conditions
Ability to spend the majority of the workday walking, standing, bending and lifting.
Capable of climbing and working from ladders
Tolerance to work around noisy machinery & equipment
Ability to work in confined spaces
Tolerance for the smell of fish and animal feces
Ability to lift and carry 60 lbs 
Ability to lift 25lbs overhead
Capable of working around chlorine and other sanitizing chemicals
Tolerance working with wet hands, feet and clothes every day
Ability to capture and restrain animals

 

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 February 21, 2020 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.