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.



Mote Marine Laboratory announces two new two-year positions beginning sometime between October 2018 and January 2019, to support independent investigators based in Sarasota, Florida USA. Applications are invited from recent (since December 2015) Ph.D. graduates, including those with firm expectation of graduation by December 2018. However, at time of appointment, a doctoral degree must have been awarded. Proposals for any field of marine research are invited; the following fields are especially encouraged:

Marine Ecotoxicology: Source, fate and effects of toxic chemicals in the coastal marine environment, including analysis of harmful algal toxins, pesticides and other endocrine disrupting compounds, focusing on synergistic effects from exposure to multiple stressors, and identifying biomarkers of sublethal effects manifested in subsequent generations.

Sirenian biology and conservation: Anatomy, morphology and physiology, reproduction and mating strategies, sensory biology, cognition and behavior, behavioral ecology, habitat use, spatial ecology, and genetics of Florida manatees.

Competitive applications will focus on research programs that are relevant to conservation and 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. A salary of $49,000 and funding for research start-up and expenses are provided. The deadline for applications is August 31, 2018 and finalists will be announced in October. Go here for program details and application instructions.

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 is an E-Verify employer.

Research Technician for Fisheries Enhancement and Habitat Research

Description: Funding is available for a research technician to work in Mote Marine Laboratory’s Directorate of Fisheries and Aquaculture, under the supervision of Dr. Ryan Schloesser and Dr. Nate Brennan. The position will be based in Sarasota, FL, between Mote’s City Island campus and Mote Aquaculture Research Park.

The technician will work as part of our multi-disciplinary research team that has decades of experience in habitat ecology. The position is available to identify high quality nursery habitat for mullet and examine habitat overlap with key predators, notably juvenile common snook. The technician will conduct fishery independent sampling for juvenile mullet, building on historical efforts to quantify and compare catch per unit effort. Mullet will also be tagged with passive integrated transponder tags to examine site-specific habitat use, and contribute to activities examining the effects of habitat and environmental conditions on survival and growth of juvenile mullet. The PIT tags communicate with habitat monitoring systems employed to evaluate fisheries enhancement research using hatchery-reared snook as ecological probes, coupling these efforts. Therefore, the technician will also be a part of ongoing research focused on snook aquaculture and stock enhancement, and will contribute to additional activities including: fish husbandry, general laboratory activities, and maintenance of deployed equipment. Future research may include pilot-scale release-recapture experiments to probe fundamental questions about predator-prey interactions among habitat types.  

This research will require the technician to plan and conduct field sampling excursions to capture juvenile fishes with seine or cast nets. The field sampling trips may require long hours in difficult working conditions. The successful candidate will also comb historical datasets for habitat occupancy by mullet and their predators. Data entry, assisting with report development, and participation in outreach activities will be required. 

Qualifications: The candidate should hold a minimum of a high school degree, but a B.S. with specialization in marine science, biology, or a closely related field is preferred. Must be experienced in operating and trailering small boats, and therefore hold a valid driver’s license and be knowledgeable about boating regulations. Knowledge and experience with marine fisheries sampling and fish handling is beneficial. The technician should also have or be willing to develop fisheries-related skills such as fish identification, fish husbandry, and sample processing. Candidates should be competent using database spreadsheets (Access, Excel) and word processors (MS Word), but database management skills, good writing ability, and oral communication skills are ideal. Demonstrated teamwork ability, organizational skills, and problem solving will be major factors in selecting the successful candidate.

Application Information: The initial appointment is for three years with full benefits and a salary stipend. Review of applications will begin immediately and we are hoping to fill the position by the Spring of 2018, or as soon as an appropriate candidate is identified. Wages will be $10-$12/hour  in year 1, with annual increases based on performance.

Please send a CV, brief statement of research interests, and contact information for 3 people who can provide references to the Human Resources Department ( Please submit all application materials by March 9, 2018.

Mote Aquarium Biologist at Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Eco-Discovery Center

An Aquarium Biologist at Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary's Eco-Discovery Center (part-time) should have an interest in pursuing a career in animal husbandry in a public aquarium.  An Aquarium Biologist serves as an animal care taker responsible for the health, appearance, maintenance and cleanliness of aquariums and their animals, and may handle the supervision and training of interns or assigned volunteers.  Working under current husbandry staff, an Aquarium Biologist helps in maintaining the living collections of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary's Eco-Discovery Center located in Key West, FL.  This classification requires a practical knowledge of animal behavior through education or commensurate experience and minimal management skills.  An Aquarium Biologist at the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary's Eco-Discovery Center is expected to be able to maintain all animals under his or her care, noting unusual behavior and health, and reporting these observations to their supervisor. In addition to animal care an Aquarium Biologist will possess the ability to trouble-shoot life support system problems, and assist in the design and development phases of life support system installations.  As a minimum, an Aquarium Biologist must demonstrate people handling skills as well as animal care skills.

An Aquarium Biologist at Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary's Eco-Discovery Center will also be required to interact with the public while performing aquarium maintenance. This position also requires excellent time management skills, and the ability to work and make decisions independently without direct supervision.

Interested applicants should submit as a single electronic file, 1) a cover letter, 2) resume or CV, and 3) the names and contact information for three references, before 5pm April 6, 2018 to  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.