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.

Summer Camp Marine Science Educator 
(Ocean Technology Camp)

Teach on-site technology-based summer programs at Mote Marine Laboratory. The Summer Camp Marine Science Educator works closely with staff, volunteers, and interns in the Education Department and throughout the Lab and Aquarium to ensure that the needs of the audiences are being met.


  • Within a provided framework, implement high energy, cognitively appropriate and non-discriminatory experiences, aligned with Mote’s mission 
  • Have technological acumen and enthusiasm and an ability to work logically and independently to solve problems and assist campers with computer-based projects
  • Provide an enhanced camper experience through positive interactions with the campers and implementing teambuilding activities within the camp
  • Create a safe, wholesome and rewarding program for every camper
  • Implement an effective educational experience that is based on Mote’s research and local marine environments, enhances ocean literacy and incorporates consistent conservation messages.
  • Possess knowledge of Mote’s policies, camper safety procedures and animal safety protocols  
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of Mote’s research, local marine habitats, and best practices in nonformal science education
  • Consistently demonstrate a positive and welcoming demeanor in interactions with guests, camp participants, staff, interns and volunteers

General Duties

  • Translating and transferring the scientific research of Mote and general concepts to a variety of audiences
  • Implement engaging hands-on camp activities including field experiences, science activities, arts and crafts, animal encounters, songs, and games for youth camp participants
  • Use and maintain the SO-COOL computer lab, infrastructure and online assets (calendaring and photo-sharing).
  • Provide high quality group management to groups of participants of varying ages
  • Provide direction to interns and volunteers
  • Prepare, organize and maintain camp supplies
  • Provide outstanding customer service to camp participants, their families, Aquarium visitors, and others
  • Other duties as assigned by the Senior Coordinator of Educational Technology or Assistant Vice President of Education

Working Hours
Normal hours are >30 hours per week, weekdays between 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. with some occasional weekend and evening work required between June 4, 2018 and August 10, 2018. 

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in science (biology, education or computer science preferred)
  • At least one year teaching experience in either a formal or informal education facility 
  • Proficiency with Apple Macintosh computers and iWork software
  • Experience with the Snap! and Scratch programming languages preferred
  • Familiarity with LEGO robotics preferred
  • Reliable transportation and the ability to arrive at (off-site) locations at designated times
  • U.S. citizenship or foreign citizen’s U.S. work permit appropriate for the work
  • Certifications required: CPR/First Aid and Insect Sting Emergency Treatment Certification (Mote will provide both)
  • Excellent verbal/written communication skills
  • Stamina for working occasional long hours at outdoor locations in hot/cold weather, high humidity, intense sunlight, and wet weather while responsible for youth and adult participants 
  • Ability to carry/move heavy objects up to 40 lbs. 

Hiring Conditions
The hiring of a successful candidate for this position is conditional on a background check.

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, before 5pm May 23, 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.