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

Coral Technician

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

Employment Status: full-time (included benefits).

Primary Function:  This position is primarily to support Mote’s coral restoration, monitoring and assessment programs including the in-situ coral nursery, the land based nursery and the outplanting to offshore nursery and restoration sites.                  

Primary Duties:

  • Extensive land and field nursery work and support services.
  • Extensive field work involving vessels operations and SCUBA diving
  • Underwater data collection and maintenance of underwater research structures.
  • Construction of nursery structures and maintenance of field equipment.

Additional duties will include assisting IC2R3 staff with various duties related to the daily operation of a full service marine laboratory, assist with field and lab support to visiting scientists, and conduct tours or assist with outreach and education activities as needed.

Minimum Qualifications or Requirements:

  • B.S. degree in the marine or biological sciences from an accredited college or university.
  • Meet and maintain AAUS Scientific Diver standards, including medical requirements.
  • Valid Florida driver's license.
  • 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:

  • Dive certifications at open water level required, with previous research diving experience and Rescue Diver certification preferred.
  • Knowledge of and ability to safely operate boats, trailers and related equipment required, with a USCG captain’s license preferred.
  • Participate in heavy physical exertion while swimming or diving or hauling gear required
  • Lift heavy objects or equipment up to 50 lbs required.
  • Working knowledge of computer software (Windows, Word, Excel) for entering data required.
  • Weekend and evening work may be required at times.                                                      

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 August 18, 2017 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.  

Post-doctoral Position Linking Marine Aquaculture and Fisheries Enhancement Research

Description: Funding is available for a post-doctoral researcher to work in Mote Marine Laboratory’s Directorate of Fisheries and Aquaculture, under the supervision of Dr. Kevan Main and Dr. Ken Leber. The position will be based in Sarasota, FL, at Mote Aquaculture Research Park, an aquaculture research and development facility that uses state-of-the-art sustainable recirculating technology.

The position is available to conduct aquaculture research that complements our studies of fisheries enhancement (stock enhancement and restocking research) for recreationally important marine and estuarine fishes, particularly snook. The post-doc will be part of ongoing research focused on snook aquaculture, development of rearing techniques, and the nutritional, behavioral, or physiological attributes that influence survival of early-life-history stages of snook in both hatchery and natural settings. Research will be coupled with the evaluation of fisheries enhancement strategies in Sarasota Bay by using hatchery-reared fish as ecological probes. The post-doc will work with our fisheries and aquaculture research team to help design and conduct laboratory research that improves marine fish culture techniques and promotes wild-type attributes in hatchery-reared fish.

The post-doc will work as part of our multi-disciplinary research team that has decades of experience in marine fish aquaculture, habitat ecology, and potential applications of marine stock enhancement as a fisheries management tool. Their research will contribute to ongoing aquaculture activities examining the effects of density, diet, and environmental conditions on rearing success, establishing techniques to improve nutrition, behavioral attributes, or physiological performance of juveniles, and developing hatchery-protocols that improve approaches to responsible stock-enhancement. Future research will expand current studies of snook aquaculture, comparisons of wild and hatchery fish, and pilot-scale release-recapture experiments to probe fundamental questions that link the fields of marine aquaculture and fisheries enhancement.  We are seeking a candidate with a strong background in marine fish aquaculture and experience with fish nutrition, behavior, or physiology during early-life-history stages. Grant writing and publication in peer reviewed literature are expected.

Qualifications: The candidate should hold a Ph.D. with specialization in aquaculture, marine science, or a closely related field.  Evidence of successful grant writing, publication of research in the peer-reviewed literature, and demonstrated teamwork ability will be major factors in selecting the successful candidate.

Application Information: The initial appointment is for two years with full benefits and a salary stipend; continued funding is available for an additional 2 year period, contingent upon satisfactory progress. 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. Salary is $45,000 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 (humanresources@mote.org). Please submit all application materials by November 15, 2017.

IC2R3 Biological Research Technician

Program: Coral Health and Disease Program

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

Employment Status: Regular full-time (included benefits)

Primary Function:  This position is primarily responsible for assisting scientists with ongoing research projects, often coral-reef related, conducted by Mote staff and visiting scientists. This position will also be responsible for maintaining equipment located within the Microbiology and Molecular Biology Dry Laboratory space at the Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research and Restoration (IC2R3), Summerland Key, Florida facility.                    

Primary Duties:

  • Conduct tank maintenance associated with ongoing marine research related projects at IC2R3
  • Undertake assays and process samples for various biological analyses for Mote staff and visiting scientists
  • Ensure the proper functioning of all microbiological and molecular equipment at IC2R3 and oversee the use of this equipment by visiting scientists
  • Conduct basic molecular biological applications including DNA extractions and PCR
  • Apply other laboratory assays using physiology equipment, microscopy, and microbial culture techniques

Additional duties will include assisting Mote staff with various duties related to the daily operation of a full service marine laboratory, supervising interns and volunteers, assisting with field and lab support to visiting scientists.

Minimum Qualifications or Requirements:

  • B.S. degree in the marine or biological sciences from an accredited college or university.
  • M.S. degree with experience in molecular biology preferred
  • Valid Florida driver's license.
  • Ability to be an adaptable and collegial member of team, self-motivated and complete assigned tasks in a timely manner.
  • Be a team leader and mentor undergraduate and high school interns

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Familiarity with basic molecular biological applications including DNA extractions, PCR, gel electrophoresis
  • Familiarity using microplate readers for various applications
  • Experience designing and implementing independent research projects
  • Working knowledge of computer software (Windows, Word, Excel) for entering data required.
  • Weekend and evening work may be required at times.

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 September 8, 2017 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. 

Anticipated start date October 1, 2017

IC2R3 Coral Resilience Technician

Program: Coral Health and Disease Program

Location: Mote Marine Laboratory’s Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research and Restoration (IC2R3), Summerland Key, Florida

Employment Status: Regular, full-time (included benefits).

Primary Function:  This position is primarily responsible for the implementation and management of several coral resilience experiments being conducted within the outdoor raceways at the  Mote Marine Laboratory’s Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research and Restoration (IC2R3), Summerland Key, Florida.             

Primary Duties:

  • Oversee and manage coral experiments including experimental set up, data collection, data analysis, and report writing
  • Maintain database of coral measurements assessing health state
  • Conduct tank maintenance associated with ongoing coral resilience related projects at IC2R3
  • Maintain equipment used to assess water quality and coral health state
  • Undertake assays and process samples for various biological analyses
  • Apply laboratory assays to assess coral holobiont health

Additional duties will include supervising interns and volunteers and conducting education and outreach activities as needed.

Minimum Qualifications or Requirements:

  • B.S. degree in the marine or biological sciences from an accredited college or university.
  • M.S. degree with experience in coral-reef related research is preferred
  • Valid Florida driver's license.
  • Ability to be an adaptable and collegial member of team, self-motivated and complete assigned tasks in a timely manner.
  • Be a team leader and mentor undergraduate interns
  • Comfortable working long hours at outdoor raceways
  • Capable of lifting ~50 lbs

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience working within wet lab environments and coral maintenance
  • Familiarity with PAM fluorometry, respiration chambers, and climate change and ocean acidification research is preferred
  • Experience designing and implementing independent research projects
  • Working knowledge of computer software (Windows, Word, Excel and R) for entering and analyzing data
  • Dive certifications at open water level with previous research diving experience and Rescue Diver certification preferred.
  • Weekend and evening work may be required frequently

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 8, 2017 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. 

Anticipated start date: as soon as possible but no later than October 1, 2017

Financial Assistant

The Financial Assistant will report directly to Director Grants, Contracts, and Sponsored Programs and work independently and as part of the Office of Sponsored Programs Team.   The Financial Assistant will be expected to process the grant administrator responsibilities for both pre and post grant awards.

Specific Duties Include:

  • Input project authorization and budget data into the financial system and populate the Fiscal Year Quarterly  report with funding  information from donations, federal, state, and other funding throughout the year.
  • Generate and distribute up to date budget verses actual financial reports as requested by scientific staff and prior to each pay period so that staff can charge the appropriate account and stay within budget.
  • Processes subcontract invoices and enters the information into a tracking spreadsheet using an Excel software program.

Provide administrative support to Research enterprise to include:

  • Logistical and administrative support for on and off sight meetings to include flights, taxi service, hotel room rental, and meetings with Mote staff.
  • Create Mote  Marine Laboratory informational folders for Program Managers, and senior staff to provide to collaborators
  • Create a database with the Access Software  from existing documents to list all proposals submitted by Mote scientist to include name of scientist, agency, start and end date, amount, and an electronic copy of the complete abstract of the proposal.
  • Assist with writing grant proposals by collecting necessary information from staff scientists, and the Communication department and then write a proposal.
  • Assist with submitting grant applications from scientific staff to include editing, approval process, and filling in online forms to complete the submission.
  • Populate missing fields in contract and subcontract template agreements with appropriate information and distribute to all parties involved in the project.

Assist as needed with:

  • Tracking purchase order by an excel spreadsheet and processing, manuscripts, and technical reports.
  • Create and update grant / contract files for the Office of Sponsored Programs with latest grant awards, contracts, and amendments to previously awarded projects.
  • Distribute purchase orders, and grant and contract award letters or proposals to ensure Mote Marine Laboratory leadership sign the documents.
  • Fact sheets for new awards to provide necessary information to investigators to be in compliance with federal, state, and local requirements.

Assist in all research grants, contracts, and Sponsored Program support functions as needed and necessary to facilitate Mote Research Division objectives and Deliverables.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Strong Organizational skills and ability to juggle multiple priorities and tasks simultaneously.
  • Creative and detailed oriented.
  • Capable of working with little or no daily supervision.
  • Able to work in a busy administrative environment with frequent questions from scientific staff and disruptions to work flow
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the abilities to simplify complex topics for a general audience.
  • Ability to work with staff from various backgrounds from senior executives to entry-level staff.
  • Administrative skills and proficiency with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access database.
  • Degree preferred in a business field or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Requires a Professional Demeanor along with being Courteous, Trustworthy, Discreet, and a Team Player.

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 November 11, 2017 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.  

Veterinarian

Mote Marine Laboratory seeks a full time veterinarian to provide exceptional care and oversight for Mote's collection of over 2,500 fish and invertebrates, reptiles (sea turtles, crocodilians, terrapins, etc.), and mammals (manatees and otters).  The range of species that require veterinary oversight is actually larger than is typical for an Aquarium the size of Mote due to the number of species being maintained at various Mote campuses for aquaculture, stock enhancement, conservation, rehabilitation and reintroduction, and scientific research. 

Candidates must demonstrate the following attributes to be competitive:

  • A strong background in aquatic animal veterinary medicine.  Evidence of such strength could include 2+ years’ work as an aquatic animal veterinarian at an AZA-certified facility or a full time residency as an aquatic animal veterinarian at an AZA-certified facility plus a year working independently in such a position.  One or more short-term internships would not demonstrate the level of competency we seek.
  • A demonstrated passion for and commitment to animal care and veterinary medicine.
  • Demonstrated high level of productivity and a significant work ethic
  • Leadership skills with regard to developing and maintaining health standards (and AZA-required records) for Mote's collection of display, research, and other animals.   Such leadership in medical criteria will need to be balanced by interacting productively and congenially as a team member with individuals charged with oversight for Mote's marine mammal and sea turtle rehabilitation programs, Mote's stranding program, and Mote Aquarium’s Curators and Aquarium Biologists, and veterinary technicians who share responsibility with the veterinarian for the well-being of Mote's collection.    An explicit role that the successful candidate will play is serving as a member of the Mote IACUC.
  • Excellent communication skills and an ability to be a consummate team player.  The Mote veterinarian will be expected, among other things, to communicate effectively and comfortably with the media, the Mote administration and Board, and Mote's education and scientific research staff.  This is in addition to the very close relationship the candidate will develop (as noted above) with aquarium biologists and veterinary technician staff.
  • Willingness to represent Mote at professional conferences and on working groups.
  • Knowledge of AZA and other regulations and guidelines (pursuant to federal and/or state statutes and regulations), and a willingness to serve as Mote's lead on ensuring compliance with AZA and other requirements for animal care.
  • Aside from these primary duties, the successful candidate will be expected to catalyze, facilitate, and as time allows, to even conduct research at Mote.

For up to 2 years after being hired, the new veterinarian will be mentored by a regional consulting veterinarian.  The duration of the mentoring process will depend largely on the background of the successful candidate, inasmuch as agencies responsible for captive care of certain species (e.g., manatees) require certain experience levels for veterinarians before they can legally work on those species independently.    In addition, treatment of certain medical conditions commonly encountered in our hospitals but not more generally (e.g., papilloma viruses on sea turtles) may warrant mentoring by an experienced veterinarian. 

Candidates should provide an up-to-date CV, a statement of their professional goals and interests, and three letters of reference that discuss the candidate with regard to the attributes specified above before 5pm October 27, 2017 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.