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, age, protected veteran status or other protected category. Mote Marine Laboratory participates in E-Verify.

Our current employment openings are listed below. We will post links to our Mote Postdoctoral Research Fellowships here as they become available.

Life Support Systems Operator, Summerland Key, FL

Staff Biologist Phytoplankton Ecology

Custodial Service Workers

Project Coordinator MarSci-LACE

 

 

Life Support Systems Operator, Summerland Key

Primary Function: Responsible for the construction, operation, and maintenance of both open and closed seawater systems and their associated equipment. Assist in operation and maintenance of the Climate Ocean Acidification System.

 

Primary Duties:

  • Follow preventative maintenance program for all equipment
  • Piping system installation and repair
  • Operate all seawater systems including heater/chiller, pumps, ozone & nitrogen generation
  • Assist CAOS technician with its operation and maintenance
  • Respond to system alarms and perform corrective actions as needed
  • Additional duties as needed to support other Mote research/restoration projects, assist visiting scientists, maintenance and repair of building and facility, and other tasks related to the daily operation of a full service marine laboratory.

 

Minimum Qualifications or Requirements:

  • Ability to work outside in all weather conditions as well as in tight quarters is required
  • Valid Florida driver's license.

 

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to troubleshoot life support systems
  • Capable of performing repair and maintenance to mechanical systems
  • Ability to work with PVC up to 4”
  • Ability to safely use hand and power tools
  • Ability to adapt to a changing environment, work independently on certain tasks with minimal direct supervision, and good practical problem-solving abilities.
  • Normal hours are 8:00 – 5:00 Monday - Friday; however, occasional weekend and evening hours may be required.

 

To Apply:

Interested applicants should apply on line by choosing 2021 Life Support Systems Operator, Summerland Key at https://mote.smapply.org/prog/job_applicants or mail a single package including cover letter, resume or c.v. and the contact information for three references to Mote Marine Laboratory, Attn: Human Resources, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236 before 5pm November 12, 2021.

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. Mote participates in E-Verify

 

 

Staff Biologist Phytoplankton Ecology

Position Overview:

The Phytoplankton Ecology Research Program at Mote Marine Laboratory seeks a Staff Biologist to assist with a variety of tasks and activities in the Program, with emphasis on conducting phytoplankton culture, laboratory analysis of samples, participation in field efforts, and other duties as required. The position will be located at the primary Mote campus in Sarasota on City Island at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway. 

Essential Job Functions

Primary duties will include:

  • Participation in the set-up and execution of laboratory experimental assays including sample collection and processing, data recording and electronic data entry
  • Participation in field work (potentially including multi-day research cruises) including sample processing, recording of data and other information, collection of water samples and specimens for experiments or analysis and operation of scientific equipment
  • Training on and operation of a variety of laboratory and field instruments, including regular maintenance and calibration
  • Maintenance of phytoplankton cultures

Additional activities may include:

  • Occasional assistance to other Laboratory Programs
  • Assistance and participation in Laboratory special events
  • Providing training and assist with supervision of undergraduate and graduate interns
  • Other duties and activities as assigned

To execute the above duties and activities, the employee will be responsible for:

  • Maintaining proper laboratory techniques for the handling, storage and analysis of cultures, samples and other laboratory materials
  • Preparation, maintenance and calibration of instrumentation
  • Cleaning of laboratory glassware and equipment and general laboratory maintenance. 

 

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Baccalaureate degree (BS) in biology, aquatic ecology, marine science, or a related field
  • At least 6 months related experience with basic laboratory skills and equipment (microscope, balance, pipettes, etc.)
  • Familiarity with standard computer software (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
  • Ability to work individually and in a group setting with scientists, staff, students and interns
  • Ability to occasionally work longer hours in the field or laboratory when needed.
  • Candidate should have good communication skills and be able to maintain a high level of work quality and accuracy.

Desired Skills:

Preference may be given to candidates with working knowledge and experience with any of the following: Flow Cam, PAM fluorometry, phytoplankton culture, CTD deployment and/or data processing, data processing and graphing programs (ex. Excel, Surfer, R, Origin, etc.) 

Working Conditions:  

This is a regular, full-time, and is expected to begin on or after October 1, 2021. Daily hours may vary based on need and can be modified with prior supervisor approval.  Occasionally, longer hours may be required due to field work, underway experiments, and other research-related efforts. Work may be conducted in the laboratory or in the field, as described above, depending on need.

Salary range starts at $33,000/yr, with pay commensurate with level of experience. Annual merit and cost of living increases will be considered with appropriate work performance. Partially-subsidized health insurance is provided, with family options available. Benefits include an opt-in retirement plan with employer matching, leave for holidays, illness, and vacation, and other benefits. The Staff Biologist will be part of the Mote Phytoplankton Ecology Research Program and will organizationally report to the Phytoplankton Ecology Research Program Manager.

Interested applicants should apply on line by choosing 2021 Staff Biologist Phytoplankton Ecology at https://mote.smapply.org/prog/job_applicants or mail a single package including cover letter, resume or c.v. and the contact information for three references to Mote Marine Laboratory, Attn: Human Resources, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236 before 5pm October 15, 2021.

 

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. Mote participates in E-Verify

 

Custodial Service Workers

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium is seeking full-time and part-time, day and evening shift, custodial staff who are responsible for maintaining an exceptionally clean venue, laboratory and offices for all visitors and staff, always following Mote policies and procedures while having great attention to detail with integrity and pride.

Our ideal Day Porter will have some experience in the customer service or janitorial industry and is comfortable interacting with both staff and visitors while enjoying everything Mote has to offer. They will have a great attendance record and will have a demonstrated record of good communication skills with customers and supervisors. A good eye for detail and the ability to work independently is a must.

Evening Shift custodial staff will perform various cleaning tasks on a scheduled basis and as needed. Areas of accountability include, but are not limited to bathrooms, carpets & floors, trash, mirrors & windows, counters & shelves, elevators, employee office & break rooms and restrooms, stairwells, specific areas of exhibits, such as the outside of tanks & viewing windows, ceilings, special event rooms, and other assigned areas.

Skills:

  • Perform routine tasks accurately and efficiently
  • Able to work independently with limited supervision
  • 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 custodial issues

Physical:

  • Ability to work in both inside or outside in hot/humid Florida weather conditions
  • Ability to spend the majority of the workday walking, standing, bending and lifting.
  • Tolerance to work around noisy machinery & equipment
  • Ability to work in confined spaces
  • Ability to lift and carry cleaning equipment and supplies
  • Ability to clean overhead and within upward reach
  • Capable of working around chlorine and other sanitizing chemicals

Interested applicants should apply on line at https://mote.smapply.org/prog/job_applicants or mail a single package including cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae, and the contact information for three references to Mote Marine Laboratory, Attn: Human Resources, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236 before 5pm November 12, 2021.

 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. Mote participates in E-Verify and this position is subject to a criminal history background check.

 

 

Project Coordinator MarSci-LACE

Mote Marine Laboratory is hiring a 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 hands-on research experiences at the undergraduate level. 

Under the supervision of the Project Director, the Project Coordinator will oversee project and research operations to successfully meet MARSCI-LACE’s stated objectives and outcomes.  The Project Coordinator will also assist with grant related communication, grant tracking, purchasing, meeting planning, travel logistics, and ensure adherence to Mote Marine Laboratory (MML) procedures and grant requirements.

Responsibilities include:

  • Maintain communication between grant partners, stakeholders, students, scientist mentors and other staff
  • Oversee the administration of data collection efforts including ethical handling of participant information and records
  • Qualitative and quantitative data collection activities related to the research under the direction of Project Director
  • Assist with data analysis and reporting
  • Work with other project staff on strategic planning for future grant activities
  • Assist with website content and updates, including MarSci-LACE Resource Center
  • Develop promotional and reporting materials such as newsletters, brochures, and reports
  • Coordinate planning and logistics of annual conference and meetings
  • Work in collaboration with other grant staff to facilitate professional development opportunities, including virtual training events, for science mentors, faculty and students
  • Oversee the administrative aspects of the MarSci-LACE Project including maintenance of calendars, preparation of correspondence, planning of events, meeting minutes, and other administrative functions
  • Oversee tracking of project progress and maintenance of timeline
  • Respond to inquiries received from collaborators, stakeholders, NSF and LSAMP networks and social media in a timely and courteous manner
  • Seek out and contribute to complimentary and synergistic opportunities and activities
  • Other grant-related duties as assigned

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

The MarSci-LACE Project Coordinator requires a deep and unwavering belief in the goals of this project and an established commitment to improving access and equality in the science community. We are seeking a candidate who has lived experience that directly relates to underrepresented minority undergraduate students that this position will work with through this grant.

The candidate must have exceptional 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 positive energy. They are a giving team member, a creative problem solver, and an enthusiastic collaborator. 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.

 

Working Hours:

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

 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 2 or more years in a project coordination, research, education, communication role preferred
  • Experience working with diverse audiences
  • Experience with MS Office; Qualtrics experience preferred
  • 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

 

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 apply on line before November 12, 2021 by selecting 2021 Project Coordinator MarSci-LACE at  https://mote.smapply.org/prog/job_applicants or mail a single package including cover letter, resume or c.v. and the contact information for three references 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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or other protected category. Mote participates in E-Verify.