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.
Our employment openings are listed below. Recent doctoral students are also invited to apply for our Mote Postdoctoral Research Fellowships, with current opportunities focused on sharks and manatees.
Manager of Custodial Services
The Manager of Custodial Services will have the lead staff authority for final logistical organization and implementation of all custodial and janitorial services for Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium.
The Manager of Custodial Services:
- Is responsible for the cleanliness, appearance and working environment of almost 300,000 square feet of research, aquarium and educational space in Sarasota, FL over several buildings, as well as research vessels and fleet vehicles.
- Provides direct supervision staff, which includes hiring, training, evaluation and retention issues.
-Provides direct oversight and coordination of contracted janitorial companies if needed.
- Provides the leadership to subordinate supervisors in planning, establishing and maintaining the highest achievable custodial program.
- Regularly provides resources for the intra-campus movement of inventory, and support before, during and after all special events.
- Must work closely with laboratory staff and aquarium staff regarding cleaning and cleaning chemicals around research experiments, live animals and delicate scientific instruments.
Working hours will be dictated by the needs of the position, which by its nature will require a flexible schedule and may involve any hour of the day or night. Late night, early morning and weekend hours are common.
-High School graduate or equivalent.
-Minimum 5 years experience in event management/planning/directing custodial services and janitorial staff.
-Must have the use of personal transportation/vehicles to job sites.
-Preferred experience in medical, scientific and educational facilities.
-US citizenship or foreign citizen’s U.S. work permit appropriate for the work
-Valid Florida driver’s license or ability to obtain in one month
-Ability to work flexible schedule, including late nights and weekends
-Ability to lift/carry/move heavy objects (50+ pounds)
-Good leadership abilities
-Excellent verbal and written communication skills
-Work well with others as part of a team
-Must be creative and able to prioritize tasks and challenges
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 May 22, 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.
Florida Red Tide Initiative Postdoctoral Scientist Position
Mote Overview: Mote is celebrating over 64 years as one of the few remaining independent, non-profit international marine research laboratories. The Mote research enterprise has more than 20 diverse research programs, a diverse array of education/outreach programs, and an aquarium featuring working laboratories and more than 100 marine species. Mote currently has over 220 staff and 1700 volunteers that are located on its main campus in Sarasota, with others at five additional campuses/facilities including a state-of-the-art 200 acre marine and freshwater aquaculture research park, a new 19,000 square foot International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration in the Florida Keys and work is underway for the over 100,000 square foot Science Education Aquarium.
The Mote scientific expertise is considerable and diverse, and is augmented by approximately 150 non-resident scientists from over 100 different U.S. and international institutions who are involved in projects at Mote. In addition, more than 70 non-resident scientists from around the world have been appointed as Adjunct Mote Scientists due to their significant level of sustained collaboration with Mote scientists and regular use of Mote facilities to conduct their research.
Position: Mote Marine Laboratory seeks a postdoctoral scientist to oversee the red tide mitigation and control mesocosm facility that is being established as part of the Florida Red Tide Mitigation and Technology Development Initiative. A qualified candidate should have knowledge or experience with large experimental seawater facilities, water quality sampling, Florida red tide, and possess good communication skills. Experience with phytoplankton culture, nutrients, and husbandry are preferred but not required. This postdoctoral scientist will be responsible for assisting red tide mitigation and control studies with both Mote and partnering scientists, scheduling and guiding users of the mesocosm facility, assisting with oversight of staff, and grant writing. The facility is located at the Mote Aquaculture Park at 874 W.R. Mote Way, Sarasota, FL 34240.
This is a full time position, it is expected to begin July 1 2020, includes an annual salary of $50,000 with cost of living increase considerations, and continue for up to five years - with appropriate work performance. 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 scientist will participate in an NSF-compliant mentoring program, will organizationally report to the Red Tide Initiative Administrator, and work under the mentorship of Mote PhD scientists, and will receive office/laboratory space at the Mote Aquaculture Park.
How to Apply: Interested applicants should submit as a single electronic file containing: 1) Cover letter addressed to Kevin Claridge, 2) CV, 3) Names and contact information for three references to HumanResources@mote.org with the subject heading: Red Tide Initiative, Postdoctoral Scientist Application”. Alternatively, a single printed package of all requested elements may be submitted to Mote Marine Laboratory, Attn: Human Resources, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236.
Other media essential to your application may be submitted. The application period will remain open until filled but no later than June 26, 2020. 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. We are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States. However, we are not able to sponsor visas at this time. U.S. citizenship or foreign citizen’s U.S. work permit appropriate for the work is required. Questions regarding the application process may be directed to Kevin Claridge at email@example.com or 941-388-4441, ext 275.
Valid Driver’s License.
Ph.D. in marine science, biology, chemistry, or other environmental field required.
Knowledge of experimental systems.
Familiar with standard computer software, data handling applications such as R and database management.
The ability to work productively in a group setting, as you will work collaboratively with the PIs, other postdoctoral scientists, graduate students, interns, and other researchers on this interdisciplinary effort.
Knowledge of Karenia brevis (Florida Red Tide) preferred but not required.
Previous laboratory and experimental systems experience.
Familiar with marine organism experimental testing equipment (pH monitoring probes, temperature probes, tanks, pumps, filters, heaters, etc.).
Strong troubleshooting skills.
Ability to work autonomously.
Very organized with great attention to detail.
Good communication skills.
Staff Scientist/Program Manager, Ocean Technology Program
The Ocean Technology 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 instrumentation for the marine environment. Experience in interdisciplinary research, biogeochemical measurements and instrumentation, optics, autonomous instrument platforms, and/or ocean observing systems will be advantageous. The successful candidate must have a demonstrated capability to conceive, design and implement instrumentation or device intended for an 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 activities supporting the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System, 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.
The position also affords the opportunity for hosting of visiting scientists, interactions with scientists from multiple disciplines at Mote, oversight of student interns and volunteers, and to serve as Courtesy Faculty, teaching courses in the University of South Florida-Sarasota Manatee undergraduate degree program in partnership with Mote.
Mote is an independent, not-for-profit, 501 C(3) research and education institution. The hire 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 report findings in significant peer reviewed professional publications and participate in professional organizations and meetings.
Interested applicants should submit as 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. Applications will be reviewed immediately and will close when filled, or on 4/20/20, whichever comes first. 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. We are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States. However, we are not able to sponsor visas at this time. The starting salary will be approximately $75,000 per year, commensurate with experience, with a generous benefits package.
Aquarium Biologist III – Coral Specialist
We are seeking a motivated, outgoing aquarium biologist to operate Mote’s coral gene bank nursery located at our inland aquaculture park. This is an Aquarium Biologist III level position that requires demonstrated background in coral husbandry and propagation techniques. This position will serve as the primary care taker responsible for the overall health, appearance, maintenance and cleanliness of all corals located at this location. This position may also handle the supervision and training of coral husbandry interns or an assigned husbandry volunteer. This classification requires an applied knowledge of coral biology through years of experience working with coral in an aquarium setting and advanced organization skills. An Aquarium Biologist III is expected to be able to maintain all corals under his or her care, noting changes in health, and reporting these observations to their supervisor. In association with the coral gene bank, an Aquarium Biologist III is expected to contribute to communication and public outreach as needed.
Coral maintenance tasks may include, but are not limited to, preparation of food (including medicated and special diets), performing water quality tests and evaluation of these tests with corrective measures if necessary, coral fragging and gluing, raceway cleanings, preparation of chemicals, mixing synthetic seawater, cleaning of filters, performing water changes, and siphoning. Other tasks not directly related to coral care may include daily record keeping, tissue sample collection, packing and shipping corals, maintenance of life support equipment, set up and breakdown of raceways, participation in new holding systems, keeping work areas clean and equipment organized. This position may offer participation in continuing education which would involve travel to out of town locations.
Normal hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with one hour for lunch and will include weekend and holiday shifts. Occasional longer daily hours or evening hours may be required to complete specific tasks.
Valid Florida Driver’s License or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire
First Aid and CPR certification or the ability to attain it in 6 months
Advanced Open Water SCUBA certification or the ability to attain it in 6 months
Rescue Diver SCUBA certification or the ability to attain it in 6 months
Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
A minimum of three years working in a public aquarium, zoo, or related institution with demonstrated proficiency in coral husbandry
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 June 26, 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.
Environmental and Occupational Safety Officer
In collaboration with key personnel, reviews, manages and communicates best practices, conditions and compliance in relation to:
-Staff safety, safe practice of job duties;
-Buildings, equipment and grounds safety and security for staff and public at all Mote campuses, laboratories, aquarium, shops, offices, vessels, vehicles and operations;
-Patents and product liability;
-Volunteer safety and liability;
-Event safety, security and liability;
-Boat safety, vessel and captain legal and licensure requirements, preventative and ongoing maintenance;
-Vehicle safety, legal and licensure requirements, preventative and ongoing maintenance, driver record requirements, use of personal vehicles conducting Mote business;
-Independent contractor requirements and compliance;
Develops and implements annual workers comp safety goals. Coordinating with HR Manager, manages
workers’ compensation and incident reporting. Develops and communicates processes to address loss events.
Develops and maintains up-to-date Environmental Health and Safety policy information section of MML Employee Manual pertaining to regulatory applicability and general safety and health compliance.
Oversees compliance with federal, state, local and insurance industry regulations, guidelines and prudent practices related to life, fire, and environmental safety and health. Develops professional relationships in the industry and with local law enforcement and emergency services.
Maintains safety, health, environmental and waste program-related records, and maintains library of government health and safety regulations and other reference materials.
Performs annual assessment, update and implementation of Emergency Preparedness Plans and Emergency
Oversees employee personal protective equipment protocols and provides guidance in designing and
implementing ergonomically safe working environments.
Works closely with key personnel to identify and address areas of risk with proposed ventures, buildings, events and other major activities.
Collaborates with Business Office in annual insurance policy renewals including data preparation, loss histories, review and negotiations, documentation maintenance. Evaluates and provides recommendations regarding selection of policies, including but not limited to: Property, Casualty, General Liability, Umbrella and Excess, Workers’ Compensation, Directors and Officers, and Cyber-risk.
Gathers and maintains Mote's property loss data, works with outside insurers, FEMA and other entities in resolving claims.
Seeks opportunities and facilitates delivery of training programs including the generation, accumulation, disposal of chemical waste, biomedical and blood-borne pathogens, radiological waste, laboratory hygiene, emergency procedures, first aid, CPR, AED, scientific diving, 02 administration, zootoxins, fire prevention and other programs to educate staff and volunteers in various safety topics.
Point of contact for staff to report unusual or suspicious activity.
Must possess a valid Florida Driver’s License by job start date.
Bachelor’s Degree with focus in Environmental and/or Occupational Health and Safety preferred;
commensurate advanced experience may be accepted in lieu of degree specific focus.
Minimum three years’ experience in Environmental and/or Occupational Health and Safety or related field in an environment with multiple occupational or public health and safety hazards.
Working knowledge of typical business insurance coverages.
Ability to communicate clearly verbally, in writing and in computer communications.
Experience with word processing and spreadsheets.
Working knowledge of Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety regulations and issues.
Ability to multi-task and problem solve with ease.
Ability to climb stairs and ladders
Ability to lift 25 pounds
Must be able to tolerate environments with chemicals, biologicals and radiologicals
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 July 10, 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.
Senior Research Scientist in either Shark or Manatee Biology, Behavior and Conservation
Mote Marine Laboratory announces the availability of a Senior Research Scientist position concerning either elasmobranchs with an emphasis on sharks, or sirenians with an emphasis on manatees. Both positions would require candidates who are currently: 1) a senior scientist of international reputation and esteem, 2) a demonstrated leader in marine conservation, 3) an active participant in contemporary, professional scientific research with a strong history of successful grantsmanship and experience in managing research programs and staffs, and 4) a commitment to the public understanding of the biology, behavior, and conservation of sharks or manatees. This Senior Research Scientist position would be expect to secure and maintain significant external grant funding each year but would be provided a guaranteed Mote base of 100% annual salary and fringe benefits for the initial three years, followed by 75% guarantee for three years and an additional three year commitment at 50%.
SHARKS. Mote’s leadership in shark research traces continuously back to the Laboratory’s founding in 1955, as the Cape Haze Marine Laboratory under Dr. Eugenie Clark. In 1991, the U.S. Congress named Mote as the site of the Center for Shark Research, the nation’s only such-designated research center for sharks and their relatives. Memoranda of Understanding between Mote and several organizations including NOAA help to guide the course of the Laboratory’s shark research. Mote’s Sharks and Rays Conservation Research Program, the unit under which current elasmobranch research is conducted, reflects a priority on studies that contribute to the conservation and rebuilding of depleted elasmobranch populations. This research spans laboratory- and field-based studies from southwest Florida to locations around the world. Facilities for conducting elasmobranch research at Mote include offices and laboratories, an extensive wet lab and animal care facility, and a fleet of research vessels.
This Senior Research Scientist position is expected to lead Mote’s elasmobranch research into the coming decades. It is anticipated that the successful candidate may qualify to receive the Perry W. Gilbert Chair in Shark Research, an endowed chair established in 2001, to support the work of a distinguished, internationally recognized shark biologist in residence at the Laboratory.
MANATEES. The study of wild manatees began at Mote Marine Laboratory in the 1980s with aerial surveys of the coastal waters of Manatee and Sarasota counties. The Manatee Research Program (MRP) was formally founded in 1993, and with the addition of Dr. John Reynolds, III, (Nov. 8, 1952 - Dec. 23, 2017) as program manager in 2000, the MRP grew to become a cornerstone of scientific understanding and protection of these unique mammals in Florida and the Caribbean. The Manatee Research Program continues at Mote, and Reynolds' legacy continues to benefit marine science, conservation, and education around the globe.
The MRP conducts year-round studies of manatee behavioral ecology, distribution, habitat use, genetics, and population status in Florida. The MRP also advises manatee conservation and research actions throughout Florida and the wider Caribbean, and further advises conservation projects for sirenians (manatees and dugongs) globally. Mote’s MRP is one of three organizations (along with U.S. Geological Survey’s Sirenia Project and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission) participating via formal Memoranda of Understanding in organizing and maintaining the statewide Manatee Individual Photo-identification System (MIPS) database. Long term aerial and photo-identification surveys throughout the year have proven valuable to coastal community efforts to manage manatees in order to balance human activities with the sustainability of manatees and their habitat. MRP research at Mote is ongoing and also involves collaborators including corresponding and visiting faculty and graduate students, agency and NGO investigators, postdoctoral associates, interns, and volunteers.
A complete application will be a single pdf file containing:
1. Cover Letter addressed to Dr. Michael P. Crosby, Ph.D., FLS, President & CEO; to include confidentiality terms and availability timeline.
2. Curriculum vitae including links to representative publications.
3. Narrative account of experience and accomplishments.
4. Thought piece on your vision for Mote’s future growth and leadership in shark or manatee research.
5. Other Considerations.
6. Names, titles, and contact information (telephone; email) of three references.
Qualified, interested applicants are required to send a complete application to Mote’s Human Resources Office at HumanResources@mote.org with the subject line: “Senior Scientist Application/ Sharks” or “Senior Scientist Application/ Manatees.” 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.
Other media essential to your application may be submitted. The application period will remain open until filled. 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. We are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States. However, we are not able to sponsor visas at this time. Questions regarding the application process may be directed to Ernest D. Estevez, Ph.D., Senior Scientist Emeritus and Search Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.