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. Mote Marine Laboratory participates in E-Verify.

Our current employment openings are listed below. We will post links to our Mote Postdoctoral Research Fellowships here as they become available.

Philanthropy Officer

Aquarium Services Associate, Part Time

Project Manager MarSci-LACE

Volunteer Programs Coordinator

Water Quality/Life Support Systems Technician

Philanthropy Officer

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.

Under the general supervision of the Chief Development Officer, the Philanthropy Officer at Mote Marine Laboratory will be responsible for securing significant revenue for Mote. S/he will be expected to develop dynamic fundraising strategies focused on engaging, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding an assigned portfolio of major donors as well as developing new prospects focused on leadership level giving for the organization. A skilled communicator with strong attention to detail, s/he will manage the full solicitation process from identification to the development of compelling oral and written proposals.

Interested applicants should apply on line at https://mote.smapply.org/prog/job_applicants or mail a single package including cover letter, resume or c.v. and the contact information for three references to Mote Marine Laboratory, Attn: Human Resources, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236 before August 6th, 2021. Select candidates will generate writing samples as part of the interview process. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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.

 

Aquarium Services Associate, Part Time

The Aquarium Services Associate serves as the first point of contact for Mote Aquarium guests.  This position is responsible for facilitating ticket and membership sales, greeting and assisting guests with entry, cashiering and assisting guests at our Fossil Creek area, cashiering and assisting guests at our virtual reality experience, and providing other services to give our guests a great experience during their visit.  Qualified applicants will have basic computer skills, cashier experience, and enjoy working with the public.

Job Responsibilities

Greet every guest in a friendly manner
Accurately conduct transactions using cash, credit cards, checks, coupons, and vouchers
Work with the point of sale system to sell and renew memberships and update membership information
Connect with our guests to provide the best possible experience by suggesting exhibits, providing safety information and helping to resolve any issues that may occur.
Assist guests at our virtual reality experience by informing them how to sit, put on their headset, and setting up the experience
Assist guests at our Fossil Creek area by informing them how to sift through the sand and identify the fossils, as well as sell pond fish food
Maintain a clean and orderly work space
Perform assigned opening and closing duties
Preparing and stocking Fossil Creek materials and merchandise
Other duties as assigned

Working Hours:

Normal working hours are 9 am to 5 pm. Must be available to work weekends and holidays.  

Experience:

Previous cash handling and guest service experience preferred.

To Apply:

Interested applicants should apply on line at https://mote.smapply.org/prog/job_applicants or mail a single package including cover letter, resume or c.v. and the contact information for three references to Mote Marine Laboratory, Attn: Human Resources, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236 before 5pm August 13, 2021.

 

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 participates in E-Verify.

 

Project Manager MarSci-LACE

Mote is hiring a Project Manager 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 hands-on research experiences at the undergraduate level. 

Under the supervision of the Project Director, the Project Manager will oversee project operations to successfully meet MARSCI-LACE’s stated objectives and outcomes.  The Project Manager will also assist with research and data collection, grant tracking, purchasing, meeting planning, travel logistics, and ensure adherence to Mote Marine Laboratory (MML) procedures and grant requirements.

 

Responsibilities include:

Maintain communication between grant partners, stakeholders, students, scientist mentors and other staff

Oversee the administration of data collection efforts including ethical handling of participant information and records

Qualitative and quantitative data collection activities related to the research under the direction of Project Director

Assist with data analysis and reporting

Work with other project staff on strategic planning for future grant activities

Assist with website content and updates

Develop promotional and reporting materials such as newsletters, brochures, and reports

Coordinate planning and logistics of annual conference and meetings

Work in collaboration with Project Coordinator to facilitate professional development opportunities, including virtual training events, for science mentors, faculty and students

Oversee the administrative aspects of the MarSci-LACE Project including maintenance of calendars, preparation of correspondence, planning of events, meeting minutes, and other administrative functions

Oversee tracking of project progress and maintenance of timeline

Respond to inquiries received from collaborators, stakeholders, NSF and LSAMP networks and social media in a timely and courteous manner

Seek out and contribute to complimentary and synergistic opportunities and activities

Other grant-related duties as assigned

 

Working Hours:

MarSci-LACE Project Manager is a federal grant funded, full time position and is scheduled typically Mon-Fri with occasional evenings and weekends.

 

Minimum Requirements

Bachelor’s degree; graduate degree preferred

2 or more years in a project management, research or coordination role preferred

Experience with federally funded projects preferred

Experience working with diverse audiences

Extensive experience with MS Office; Qualtrics experience preferred

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 Manager requires a deep and unwavering belief in the goals of this project and an established commitment to improving access and equality in our community. The candidate must have exceptional 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. They are a giving team member, a creative problem solver, and an enthusiastic collaborator. 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 apply on line at https://mote.smapply.org/prog/job_applicants or mail a single package including cover letter, resume or c.v. and the contact information for three references to Mote Marine Laboratory, Attn: Human Resources, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236 before 5pm August 13, 2021.

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 participates in E-Verify.

 

Volunteer Programs Coordinator

Responsibilities

The Volunteer Programs Coordinator will work with the Volunteer Program Manager and Associate Vice President for Education to support new and existing Mote volunteers. Job duties will include, but are not limited to:

 

Providing outstanding on-site support and resources for Mote volunteers

Managing volunteer database, record-keeping, communication, and other support activities in the Volunteer office

Fielding phone calls, electronic communications and visits to answer questions about volunteer opportunities

Development, planning, execution and evaluation of volunteer functions including: training classes, shift briefings, meetings, orientations, social gatherings, and other events

Liaising with Volunteer Team Leaders to place, train and follow-up with new volunteers

Assisting with communication of volunteer opportunities internally and throughout the community

Developing and maintaining productive, positive relationships with the volunteers

Working with Mote staff and departments to meet their volunteer needs

Visiting community events and meetings to promote the volunteer program

 

Knowledge, Skills, and other Characteristics

This candidate will possess outstanding communication skills, poise, and confidence, skilled in written and oral communication with the ability to represent Mote Marine Laboratory to a variety of audiences, and to train others to do so. They should have a strong commitment to customer service, sound judgment, an understanding of the challenges and opportunities of organizations with extensive volunteer engagement, and the determination to work towards a common purpose with skill in facilitating change.

Experience working with, recruiting, scheduling and managing volunteers

Preparation and electronic distribution of monthly volunteer newsletter

Strong Microsoft Office experience (Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint)

Knowledge of and experience with cloud-based database systems, preferably Volgistics

 

Our ideal candidate is honest, caring, and professional with a strong work ethic and a contagious, positive energy. S/he is a giving team member, a creative and proactive problem solver, and an enthusiastic collaborator who believes deeply in Mote and its mission.

 

Laboratory Category:  Normal hours 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday; with a one-hour lunch break.

Occasional evening, weekend and holiday work will be required.

 

Minimum Requirements

College degree or comparable work experience

Experience working with volunteers

Excellent verbal/written communication skills

Strong computer skills including MS Access, Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Database management experience

Strong customer service experience

Florida driver’s license (or eligibility to obtain one upon arrival)

U.S. citizenship or foreign citizen’s U.S. work permit appropriate for the work

Stamina for working occasional long hours at outdoor locations in hot/cold weather, high humidity, intense sunlight and wet weather while responsible for interns and volunteers

 

Supervision

The Volunteer Programs Coordinator is supervised directly by the Associate Vice President for Education.

 

Supervisory Responsibilities

There are no staff supervisory responsibilities associated with this position. This position does assist in the supervision of the many volunteers throughout the organization.

 

Hiring Conditions  

The hiring of a successful candidate for this position is conditional on a background check within one month of start date.

 

To Apply

Interested applicants should apply on line at https://mote.smapply.org/prog/job_applicants or mail a single package including cover letter, resume or c.v. and the contact information for three references to Mote Marine Laboratory, Attn: Human Resources, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236 before 5pm July 30, 2021.

 

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 participates in E-Verify

 

Water Quality/Life Support Systems Technician

The Water Quality/Life Support Systems Technician should have an interest in pursuing a career in Life Support Systems operations at a zoo or public aquarium. This position will be responsible for performing water quality analysis on all exhibits, quarantine and holding systems and seawater processing systems associated with the Aquarium and maintaining accurate and up-to-date records of all data collected. This position will also be responsible for the safe operation of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium’s freshwater and seawater operations. 

General Duties:

Perform daily water analysis of exhibits, holding systems, quarantine systems, and water processing and storage systems
Maintenance and purchasing of water analysis equipment and supplies
Data entry
Operation and maintenance of ozone generators, compressors and associated peripheral equipment. 
Pump repair
PVC plumbing
High rate sand filter operation and maintenance
Operation of water distribution systems
Repair and maintenance of mechanical systems 
Participation in the design, installation and maintenance of closed and open filtration systems, heater/chiller systems, and ozone systems

Monitor and maintain desired water quality parameters and ensure proper dosing of chemicals such as sodium bicarbonate, soda ash, chlorine, aluminum sulfate, sodium thiosulfate and lanthanum chloride when necessary.

Participation in continuing education, including travel to out of town locations, may be 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.  Occasional longer daily hours may be required to complete specific tasks. 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.

Licenses and Certifications:

Valid Florida Driver’s License or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire

Work Experience:  Minimum of 1 year in a zoo or 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)
Ability to navigate and utilize ZIMS for record keeping
Able to work well with others and be a team player
Communicate clearly both verbally and in writing
Knowledge of aquarium biological processes
Established time management and organizational skills
Capable of performing routine tasks accurately and efficiently
Capable of repair and maintenance of mechanical systems
Experience in aquatic animal care is preferred but not required. 
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
Visual acuity is required including the ability to distinguish color variations
 

Interested applicants should apply on line at https://mote.smapply.org/prog/job_applicants or mail a single package including cover letter, resume or c.v. and the contact information for three references to Mote Marine Laboratory, Attn: Human Resources, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236 before 5pm August 13, 2021.

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 participates in E-Verify