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.

Openings

 

Life Support Systems Technician

                                 

The Aquarium Life Support Systems Technician is responsible for the safe operation of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium’s freshwater and seawater operations.  The Life Support Systems Technician is expected to perform high quality work in support of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium’s mission and is supervised by the Curator of Exhibits.

Duties will include, but are not limited to, daily operation and maintenance of ozone generators, compressors and associated peripheral equipment.  Other duties include pump repair, high rate sand filter operation and maintenance, as well as daily operation of water distribution systems, water chemistry testing and repair and maintenance of mechanical systems as necessary.  The Life Support Systems Technician will perform backwashing and/or water changes of Mote’s larger exhibits.

The Life Support Systems Technician will participate in the design, installation and maintenance of closed and open seawater systems, seawater heater/chiller equipment, ozone systems, filtrations systems, pumps and associated equipment.

The Life Support Systems Technician t must be able to work independently.  Excellent problem solving skills are required.

 Working Hours:

Normal hours are 8.00 am to 5.00 pm Friday to Tuesday with one unpaid hour for lunch and will include holiday shifts.  The Life Support Systems Technician may be requested to be available after hours and weekends to support emergency situations.

Minimum Requirements:

Education:  Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science or related field preferred technical degree or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.

Work Experience:  Minimum of 1 year in a Public Aquarium Life Support division or water treatment facility preferred.  Previous internships or volunteerism will be considered.   Knowledge of aquatic animal husbandry preferred. 

Knowledge and skills:

Computer knowledge (Excel, Word, Google)

Excellent verbal communication skills

Capable of performing routine tasks accurately and efficiently

Capable of repair and maintenance of mechanical systems

Experience in aquatic animal care is preferred. 

Ability to cooperatively work with staff, volunteers and contractors

Ability to make decisions and work independently

Ability to work with and tolerate PVC glues and primers

Ability to use basic hand and power tools

 

Physical:  

Tolerance working with wet hands, feet and clothes every day

Ability to spend the majority of the workday walking, standing, bending and lifting

Strength to operate valves and open pump baskets

Tolerance to work around noisy machinery and equipment

Tolerance for the smell of fish and animal feces

Ability to work outside in all Florida weather conditions

Ability to safely lift and carry 60 lbs

Ability to lift 25lbs overhead

Ability to work in tight spaces

Capable of climbing and working from ladders

                 

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 September 27, 2019 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. 

 

 

 

Education Specialist II – School Programs

 

Description

The Education Specialist II will assist with coordination, instruction and evaluation of educational programs at Mote Marine Laboratory or within the community. The Education Specialist II works closely with staff, volunteers, and interns in the Education Department and throughout the Lab and Aquarium to ensure that our mission and the needs of the audiences are being met.   

Expectations

Implement high energy, developmentally appropriate and non-discriminatory experiences, aligned with Mote’s mission (and standards as applicable).
Develop current/relevant education programs based on Mote’s expanding research programs
Provide an enhanced participant experience through positive interactions and engaging activities
Create a safe, inclusive and rewarding program for every participant
Implement an effective educational experience that is based on Mote’s research and local marine environments, enhances ocean literacy and incorporates consistent conservation messages.
Understand and adhere to Mote’s policies, safety procedures and animal safety protocols  
Demonstrate a working knowledge of Mote’s research, local marine habitats, and best practices in informal science education.
Prioritizes customer service and demonstrate a positive and welcoming demeanor in interactions with guests, participants, staff, interns and volunteers.
Possess knowledge and ability to work within Mote’s registration system and technology databases.

General Duties

Assist with program logistic arrangements, scheduling, materials procurement, curriculum development and updates, and any other duties to ensure successful programs
Implement engaging hands-on educational activities
Prepare and teach on-site classroom/lab/field programs, outreach programs, programs based at Mote field stations around Florida, evening events, and other education programs
Provide high quality group management to groups of participants of varying ages
Provide direction to Education Specialist Is, staff, interns and volunteers
Prepare, organize and maintain educational resources
Provide outstanding customer service to our guests
Other duties as assigned by a Program Manager or the Assistant Vice President of Education

Working Hours

Full time Education Specialist IIs will work 40 hours per week with a schedule mostly Mon-Fri. but determined by their supervisor. Schedules will vary and may include evening, weekend, and holiday hours, as determined by their supervisor.

Minimum Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in education, science, or related field or equivalent experience
At least two years teaching experience in either a formal or informal education facility preferred
Reliable transportation and the ability to arrive at (off-site) locations at designated times and current valid driver’s license.
U.S. citizenship or foreign citizen’s U.S. work permit appropriate for the work
Certifications required: CPR/First Aid, Lifeguarding, Insect Sting Emergency Treatment Certification
Certifications preferred: SCUBA open water/beginner level

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
Not excessively prone to motion/sea sickness
Ability to carry/move heavy objects up to 40 lbs.

Supervision

The Education Specialist II is directly supervised by a Program Manager and indirectly by the Assistant Vice President for Education; however, the position will also be expected to work closely with and provide support for the other Program Managers, and Education Program Coordinators.  

                                                                                             

Supervisory Responsibilities

The Education Specialist II is responsible for supervising high school/college student interns and volunteers when they are teaching. 

Hiring Conditions

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

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 October 1, 2019 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. 

 

 

Coral Restoration Staff Scientist

Location: Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research and Restoration (IC2R3), Summerland Key, Florida

Primary Function:    The Coral Restoration Staff Scientist will primarily be responsible for overseeing the Coral Restoration Program’s day to day activities, including managing the implementation of coral propagation within our land-based nursery, outplanting, monitoring and reporting.

Primary Duties:

Assist in managing Mote’s coral restoration efforts, specifically focused on utilizing land-based nurseries and microfragmentation processes.
Be a leader in Mote’s coral restoration efforts by providing guidance, perspective and initiative for future cutting edge technologies and applications to keep Mote within the forefront of restoration science
Oversee Mote’s coral restoration initiatives funded by the State of Florida, NOAA Restoration Center, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation awards
Represent Mote’s Coral Restoration Program within workshops, partner meetings, and collaborative initiatives.
Oversee data management of the coral restoration outplanting deliverables and research projects within the scope of funded projects
Conduct data analyses, create quarterly reports, and publish peer-reviewed articles on coral restoration science
Oversee permit applications and permit reports associated with Mote’s Coral Restoration Program
Write grants for additional financial support that further Mote’s coral restoration efforts
Additional various operational and administrative duties related to the daily operation of a full service marine laboratory, and assist with outreach and education activities as needed.

 

Minimum Qualifications or Requirements:

Ph.D. degree in the marine or biological sciences from an accredited college or university OR a Master’s Degree and 5 years of equivalent experience in coral restoration.
Ability to obtain a valid Florida driver's license.
Ability to obtain AAUS dive certification
Ability to be an adaptable and collegial member of team, self-motivated and complete assigned tasks in a timely manner.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Experience with aquaculture systems.
Experience in stony coral husbandry.
Experience in conducting coral restoration research
Publication history appropriate for a Staff Scientist level position.
Experience operating vessels up to 25ft (USCG Captain’s License preferred).
Ability to identify Florida stony corals.
Ability to work outdoors, for long hours, in tropical climate.
Lift heavy objects or equipment up to 50 lbs required.
Normal hours are 8 hour work days M-F; however, weekend and evening hours may be required at times.

 

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 October 31, 2019 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. 

Expected Salary: $50,000 - $55,000 per year plus a generous fringe benefits package

Staff Scientist/Program Manager Ocean Technology Research Program

The Ocean Technology Research 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 sensor and instrumentation development and deployment for the marine environment. Experience in interdisciplinary research, biogeochemical measurements and instrumentation, optics, autonomous instrument platforms, robotics, and/or ocean observing systems with strong engineering background will be advantageous. The successful candidate must have demonstrated capability to conceive, design and implement instrumentation or devices intended for 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 ocean observing system activities such as SECOORA, GCOOS and IOOS, 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.

Mote is an independent, not-for-profit, 501 C(3) research and education institution. The position 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 publish findings in peer reviewed professional publications and participate in professional organizations and meetings. The position also affords the opportunity for interactions with national and international visiting scientists, along with over 35 PhD-level fulltime Mote researchers from multiple disciplines, oversight of graduate students, Mote college student interns and volunteers, and to serve as Courtesy Faculty for research and research and teaching at various colleges and universities.

Interested applicants should submit 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. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled or December 31, 2019. Expected starting salary will be approximately $75,000 per year, with a generous fringe benefits package. US citizen status is required for this position.

Development Associate/Executive Assistant

Mote Marine Laboratory (Mote) is an independent marine research institution dedicated to the advancement of marine science through research, education and public outreach leading to new discoveries and the revitalization and sustainability of our oceans.

The Development Officer/Executive Assistant provides administrative support for the leadership of the development department. The position also provides stewardship support for Mote’s major gift program and plays an active role in donor engagement.  The ideal candidate is a skilled generalist, possessing excellent communication and organizational skills with exceptional attention to detail.  The position reports directly to the Director of Development and the and is an integral part of the Mote Development Team including the Campaign Director for the Mote Science Education Aquarium. The Development Associate/Executive Assistant will assist in maintaining a structured fundraising program growing significant philanthropic support for Mote Marine Laboratory.

Bachelors degree or equivalent required. 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. Deadline 10/11/19. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

 

Deputy Chief Financial Officer (DCFO)

Mote Marine Laboratory seeks a Deputy Chief Financial Officer (DCFO) to support operations at their Sarasota headquarters. Mote Marine has an annual operating budget of more than $23 million with 218 staff members.

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 October 25, 2019 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. 

Job Goal

The DCFO will support the CFO, assisting in all oversight areas of Mote’s business, accounting, finances, audits, internal controls, human resources, and administration, and serves on behalf of the CFO when CFO is not available. The position plays a key role in the development of financial budgeting and planning systems. In addition, the position provides a facilitating interface between the finance/business office, and senior management of various Mote departments. The DCFO provides senior leadership and direction to ensure the development of relevant financial information, and timely financial budgeting and planning and financial reporting for Mote’s President & CEO and the Board. The DCFO will assist CFO in managing and controlling the organization’s financial processes, making the necessary changes to upgrade and improve processes, policies or procedures, and develop his/her team. The DCFO will ensure alignment with the mission, core values, partnership policies and strategic planning of Mote, and he/she will ensure accountability and compliance with applicable legal, governmental and regulatory requirements.
 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Provide leadership to the finance department which includes the areas of accounting, cash management, accounts receivable, accounts payable, human resources, payroll, subawards management, audit and compliance.
Ensure compliance of financial systems with Mote policies and procedures, donor’s rules and regulation, and award requirements.
Develop, analyze and monitor program budgets; monitor and track obligations and expenditures against budgets.
Advise senior leadership regularly on financial and agreement-related matters.
Direct and review all month end closing activities including general ledger maintenance and balance sheet reconciliation.
Prepare annual audited financial statements and cooperate with external audits as deemed necessary.
Responsible for filing federal and state tax returns on a timely basis.
Maintain records and required documentation for fleet of vehicles and vessels.
Ensure that all necessary insurance protection for the laboratory is kept in force.
Responsible for supervision of the human resource department and for ensuring that all payroll activity is promptly and accurately performed.
Ensure that accurate property records are maintained.
Oversee, review, and approve the preparation of monthly financial reports.

 

Minimum Requirements

Education, Training & Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree or higher in accounting, finance, business administration or related field
7+ years of relevant experience in administrative and financial management, including overseeing the finance and operations of equally large and complex projects.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Familiarity with rules and regulations for grants and contracts.
Government awards management experience.
Knowledge in generally-accepted accounting, budgeting and fiscal control principles.
Demonstrated experience and skills in developing and managing multi-year budgets.
Relevant skills in automated accounting software systems and database spreadsheets.
Strong accounting analysis.
Demonstrated leadership qualities, depth and breadth of financial management expertise.
Strong interpersonal, writing and oral presentation skills.
Ability to work independently and manage a high-volume workflow.
Relevant computer software skills and familiarity with accounting software (including, at a minimum, the standard applications in MS Office);
Highly organized, detail oriented, creative thinker, able to problem solve and ability to multi-task/prioritize and meet deadlines.
Ability to work both independently and as part of an integrated team in a fast-paced environment.
Excellent organizational, written and oral communication skills.
Excellent Analytical skills.
Meticulous Attention to detail.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred experience working for a non-profit organization, with preference for experience with scientific research and education.
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation.

Grant Project Coordinator (MarSci-LACE) - Part Time

 Mote 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 research at the undergraduate level. 

Under the supervision of the Project Director, the Coordinator will manage day-to-day operations to successfully meet MARSCI-LACE’s stated objectives and outcomes.  The Project Coordinator will also assist with grant tracking, purchasing, meeting planning, travel logistics, and ensure adherence to MML procedures and grant requirements.

Responsibilities include:

Establishing and maintaining communication between grant partners and stakeholders
Assist in the design and administration of assessment tools for data collection related to research
Assist with qualitative and quantitative data collection related to the FL-C LSRCE research.
Assist with data analysis and reporting
Ethical handling of participant information and records
Assisting with website content and updates
Developing promotional and reporting materials such as newsletters, brochures, and reports
Coordinating planning and logistics of annual conference and meetings
Arranging professional development opportunities, including virtual training events, for science mentors, faculty and students
Provide administrative support to the MarSci-LACE Project Director including the maintenance of calendars, preparation of correspondence, and other administrative functions
Tracking project progress and maintaining timeline
Responding to inquiries received from collaborators, stakeholders, NSF and LSAMP networks and social media in a timely and courteous manner.
Other general administrative duties as assigned

 

Working Hours:

Part time position up to 30 hours per week and is scheduled typically Mon-Fri with occasional evenings and weekends.

 

Minimum Requirements

High School Diploma; Bachelors degree preferred
At least 3 years in an administration role
Extensive experience with MS Office, internet
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

 

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

The MarSci-LACE Project Coordinator requires strong 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 a contagious, positive energy. S/he is a giving team member, a creative problem solver, and an enthusiastic collaborator who believes deeply in Mote and its mission. 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.

 

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 submit as a single electronic file, 1) a cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) the names and contact information for three references, before 5pm October 25, 2019 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. 

Grant Project Data and Information Manager (MarSci-LACE)

 

Mote is hiring a Data and Information Manager (DIM) 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 research at the undergraduate level. 

 

Under the supervision of the Project Director, the Data and Information Manager will be responsible for the collection of data related to grant objectives, design and development of information storage and database, data and information security, assisting in interpretation and ensure adherence to MML procedures and grant requirements.  This position will define, manage and implement all data management processes, collection and storage of research project information. This includes working with sensitive and restricted information, transforming raw data into usable extracts for research analysis, and communicating with a diverse group of stakeholders to ensure that data products are appropriately prepared.

 

Responsibilities include:

Define and manage data collection protocols and database platforms
Assist in ensuring data content and platform functions are continually advancing to match the needs of the program
Development of design artifacts including logical entity relationship model, data dictionary, and data management protocols
Provide guidance to grant staff to resolve data collection issues
Identify new data points to improve and enhance analytics and reporting of the program
Lead team’s ability to manage data and adhere to data base management best practices
Prepare reports and the compilation of periodic program statistics, data reports and grant reporting requirements
Assist in the training and implementation of other staff in the utilization of database systems
Participates in leadership meetings sharing programmatic updates and resources
Assist in the designing and administration of assessment tools for data collection related to research
Assist with qualitative and quantitative data collection related to the MarSci-LACE research
Ethical handling of sensitive information and records related to human participants 
Assisting with website content and updates
Effective communication with a variety of audiences, stakeholders, and grant staff 

 

Working Hours:

Full time position up to 40 hours per week and is scheduled typically Mon-Fri with occasional evenings and weekends.

 

Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor's degree
At least 2 years experience in data collection, management and security
Expertise in database creation and management
Strong computer skills
U.S. citizenship or foreign citizen U.S. work permit appropriate for the work

 

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

The MarSci-LACE Data and Information Manager requires strong 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 a contagious, positive energy. S/he is a giving team member, a creative problem solver, and an enthusiastic collaborator who believes deeply in Mote and its mission. 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.

 

 

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 submit as a single electronic file, 1) a cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) the names and contact information for three references, before 5pm October 25, 2019 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.