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 Fellowship

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.

The next Postdoctoral Research 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 Postdoctoral Research Fellow will have an established Mote scientist assigned to serve as a dedicated mentor, and both will participate in Mote’s Postdoctoral Mentoring Program. The Fellow will receive office/laboratory space and funds for startup, operations, publication costs, and travel.

One fellowship will be awarded to support an eligible Ph.D. as an independent investigator. Applications are invited from recent (since January 1, 2015) Ph.D. graduates including those with firm expectation of graduation by December 31, 2017.  However, at time of appointment, the doctoral (or equivalent professional) degree must have been awarded.

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.

Review of applications 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.                               

Foundation Relations Officer

Position Overview

The Foundation Relations Officer at Mote Marine Laboratory will report directly to the Director of Foundation Relations and work with a great deal of independence and as part of the broader Development Team.  The Foundation Relations Officer will be responsible for contributing to the implementation of a structured foundation relations program in an effort to secure significant philanthropic revenue for Mote Marine Laboratory.  The Foundation Relations Officer will be expected to assist the Director of Foundation Relations and Mote’s Chief Development Officer (CDO) in executing dynamic fundraising strategies focused on independent, family and corporate foundation donors with specific emphasis on developing materials and prospect identification.

Working with Mote’s Director of Foundation Relations and CDO, the Foundation Relations Officer will:

  • Assist with the implementation of strategy for foundation relations institution-wide that focuses on engaging existing donors and qualifying, contacting, and engaging new and existing prospects and donors, including family, corporate and other foundation types.
  • Develop or assist with proposal writing based on donor priorities and areas of need at Mote.
  • Assist Research, Aquarium and Education staff with proposal development as requested and approved by Director of Foundation Relations and CDO.
  • Draft and coordinate correspondence to foundation donors and prospects, including gift agreements, email updates, letters of inquiry, grant proposals and grant reports.
  • Track and manage the prospective donor pool to develop weekly update reports and monitor and evaluate program results.
  • Research, identify and prioritize new foundation prospects and assist the Director of Foundation Relations in developing personalized strategies for cultivation and stewardship.
  • Develop strong relationships with select mid-level foundation contacts, identifying their interests and articulating programmatic aspects of Mote Marine Laboratory’s work that would appeal to them. 
  • Working with the Director of Foundation Relations, grow giving from existing corporate and foundation donors by strengthening communications and tailoring messaging to their priorities.
  • Maintain strong records in Mote’s database, Raiser’s Edge.
  • Enhance the culture of philanthropy at Mote Marine Laboratory.
  • Become immersed in understanding the mission, programs and impact of Mote Marine Laboratory, continually finding ways to increase personal knowledge.

Requirements

  • The Foundation Relations Officer is a goal-driven, customer service-oriented team member reporting directly to the Director of Foundation Relations.
  • The successful candidate should possess a broad knowledge of the principles of fundraising, grant writing and moves management.
  • Candidate must possess a proven track record in foundation fundraising, ideally with three to five years of experience, including particular emphasis on grant writing and reporting.
  • Must demonstrate excellent listening, oral and written communication skills including drafting, editing and proofing narrative and financial documents.
  • Sophisticated interpersonal and relationship-building skills.
  • Literacy in standard office software.
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge.
  • Attention to detail and excellent organizational skills.
  • Experience with scientific organizations 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, before 5pm March 1, 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.