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 or national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Openings

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Mote Marine Laboratory (Mote), an independent nonprofit institution established in 1955, has recently adopted a 2020 Vision & Strategic Plan that includes as one of Mote’s four core priorities, “Ensure the long-term prosperity of the research enterprise through focused staff recruitment and nurturing programs.”  In order to address this specific priority, a new Mote Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program began in 2011.

A new Postdoctoral Research Fellowship is expected to begin in January, 2017 and last for two years assuming appropriate first-year progress. The full-time position includes an annual salary of $47,800.  Partially-subsidized health insurance is also provided for the Fellow, with family options available. Benefits include an opt-in retirement plan with employer matching, leaves for holidays, illness, and vacation, and other benefits. The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will also have an established Mote scientist assigned to serve as a dedicated mentor and will receive office/laboratory space and funds for startup, operations, and travel. The Research Fellow will also participate in Mote’s Postdoctoral Mentoring Program.

One fellowship will be awarded to support an eligible Ph.D. as an independent investigator. Applications are invited from recent (since January 1, 2014) Ph.D. graduates including those with firm expectation of graduation by December 31, 2016.  However, at time of appointment, the doctoral (or equivalent professional) degree must have been awarded.

Applications are invited for any natural science investigation in Florida Bay-Keys-Reef Tract areas; adjoining systems (Florida Current/Gulf Stream, Dry Tortugas), or the Caribbean Sea.  The new Postdoctoral Research Fellow will begin in January 2017 and will be based at Mote Marine Laboratory’s Tropical Research Laboratory (TRL) on Summerland Key in the Florida Keys, where a new TRL facility will open in the same month. The new Research Fellow is expected to reside in the Florida Keys on a full-time basis. In the event that the new Research Fellow intends to investigate benthic invertebrate ecology, especially the ecology of valued coastal shellfish species (mollusks; crustaceans) an option exists to base the research at the Laboratory’s headquarters in Sarasota, Florida, where full-time residency is expected.

Review of applications will begin August 31, 2016 and finalists will be announced in October. For a complete description of Mote's Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program and 2017-18 Fellowship application instructions, see Program Overview.

Senior Major Gifts Officer

Position Overview

The Senior Major Gifts Officer at Mote Marine Laboratory will report directly to the Chief Development Officer (CDO) and work independently and as part of the Development Team.  The Senior Major Gifts Officer will be responsible for securing significant revenue for Mote Marine Laboratory.  The Senior Major Gifts Officer will be expected to develop dynamic fundraising strategies focused on engaging, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding an assigned portfolio of prospects as well as developing new prospects focused on leadership level giving for the organization.

The Senior Major Gifts Officer will:

  • Working with Mote’s CDO, develop strategy for major giving institution-wide that focuses on engaging existing donors and qualifying, contacting, and engaging new prospects.
  • Establish personal relationships with major donors, identifying their interests and articulating programmatic aspects of Mote Marine Laboratory’s work that would appeal to them.
  • Leverage individual donor relationships to expand and deepen giving from connected individuals.
  • Identify new donor prospects and develop personalized strategies for cultivation and stewardship.
  • Personally solicit a specific portfolio of 100-200 prospects, with an emphasis on leadership level annual gifts as well as multi-year pledges.
  • Work with portfolio to deepen relationships and encourage Planned Giving opportunities.
  • Partner with Mote CDO in managing her donor relationships as needed.
  • Work with and support the Board of Trustees with cultivation and stewardship of particular donors.
  • Plan and execute introductory or cultivation events for donors and prospects as agreed upon with Mote CDO.
  • Develop strong funding proposals with Mote education, aquarium and research staff.
  • Draft and coordinate correspondence to donors, including gift agreements, letters, email updates, reports, etc.
  • Represent Mote at local fundraising events, business meetings and networking opportunities to establish and develop contacts in specified communities.
  • Track and manage the prospective donor pool to develop weekly update reports and monitor and evaluate program results.
  • Maintain strong records in Mote’s database, Raiser’s Edge.
  • The successful candidate will participate in strategy meetings with CDO to collaboratively develop plans to strengthen donor experience, grow philanthropic funding and expand Mote Marine Laboratory’s philanthropic reach throughout the national and international community.
  • Enhance the culture of philanthropy at Mote Marine Laboratory.
  • Become an expert on Mote Marine Laboratory, continually finding ways to increase personal knowledge.

Requirements:

The Senior Major Gifts Officer is an energetic, goal-driven, customer service-oriented team member reporting directly to the CDO.

  • The successful candidate should possess a broad knowledge of the principles of fundraising, moves management and the ability to participate in all aspects of the gift cycle.
  • Candidate must also possess a proven track record in individual gift fundraising, managing a large portfolio including experience closing gifts of $100,000+. 
  • The Senior Major Gifts Officer must possess an understanding of the principles and vehicles of Planned Giving.
  • Experience in corporate fundraising highly desirable.
  • Candidate must have at least five years of professional Major Gift experience. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated qualitative success in working with member-based organizations and volunteers.
  • Must demonstrate strong listening skills, strong oral and written communication skills, sophisticated interpersonal and relationship-building skills, and be literate in standard office software.
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge.
  • Attention to detail and excellent organizational skills.
  • Experience with capital campaigns is a plus.
  • Bachelor degree or equivalent experience is required.
  • Other duties as assigned.

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. 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.                               

Gift Shop Associate

In this position in Mote’s Aquarium Stores you will be performing duties relating to retail sales, merchandising, and customer service in Mote’s gift shops. Primary duties include customer service, merchandising, stocking, ticketing, cash register operation, general housekeeping, as well as interacting in a professional, friendly and courteous manner with Mote’s visitors and associates. Typical hours are 8:30am to 5:30pm. Weekend, Holiday and occasional evening duty may be required. The position is full time, with benefits.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Eligible to work in the United States
  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Some retail experience preferred

Physical:

  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs
  • Prolonged standing, bending, lifting and walking. Ability to climb ladders
  • Tolerant of Aquarium odors and Florida climate in outdoor venues.

Interested applicants should submit 1) a cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) the names and contact information for three references, before 5pm January 13, 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. 

Postdoctoral Associate

Mote Marine Laboratory is currently looking to fill a Postdoctoral Associate position in Molecular Toxicology to examine the effects of organic contaminant exposures by identifying patterns of toxicant-induced biological response in order to characterize toxicity/disease pathways.  Research will include characterizing molecular interactions and cellular, organism and population level responses to organic contaminants for the development of markers designed to define mechanisms of toxicity either directly on nucleic acids or indirectly through non-genotoxic mechanisms for developing predictive toxicity assessments and establishing adverse outcome pathways from contaminant exposure.  The candidate should have a Ph.D. degree in molecular biology, toxicology or related field granted within the past 5 years. 

This position includes laboratory-based work (at the bench) as well as supervision and training of technical staff as necessary.  The research to be carried out will utilize a combination of molecular biology and bioinformatics approaches to characterize the consequence of toxicant exposure.  The postdoctoral associate will participate in the design and execution of studies in laboratory and field settings within the Mote Environmental Laboratory for Forensics; assist in the development of research grant applications and the planning of field and/or laboratory work and perform critical analyses of literature relevant to research undertaken. 

Research duties include but are not limited to, development of analytical methods, designing, performing, documenting and reporting the results of a variety of molecular biological procedures including PCR and real-time PCR assays, ELISAs, DNA, RNA and protein extraction, gel electrophoresis, analysis of DNA methylation, interpretation of gene expression (RNAseq) datasets, performing molecular diagnostic procedures on a variety wildlife samples both field collected and from controlled exposure studies.  The postdoctoral associate will process, analyze and interpret research data and communicate results to the Principal Investigator and research group; write research progress reports and assist with the preparation of research manuscripts for publication and presentation at conferences and workshops; maintain quality lab environment including cleanup and organization.  The postdoctoral candidate will be expected to write research grants for potential future funding.

The position will be based at Mote Marine Laboratory, Environmental Laboratory for Forensics Program, Sarasota, FL. The position offers competitive salary and benefits.  The appointment is for 18 months, pending satisfactory performance.  Exemplary postdoctoral associates may be invited to join Mote as Staff Scientists upon completion of their initial 18 month appointment with successful grant writing.  The position is available immediately.  To apply, send a cover letter, CV, and a list of 3 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.  

 

Gift Shop - Fossil Creek

The primary duty of this member of Mote’s gift shop team is to provide great customer service while interacting with guests at the Fossil Creek exhibit to ensure guests receive a quality experience. Fossil Creek is located in the Courtyard of Mote Aquarium and is an interactive exhibit where guests can play paleontologist while they sift through sand to uncover hidden fossils. The associate will be also be responsible for Creek setup, maintenance, filling and moving sand pails, selling sand pails and general housekeeping of the Creek area. Other duties may include additional gift shop related tasks such as sales, computer operations, merchandising, packaging and shipping orders and stocking shelves.

The successful candidate must be able to lift, fill and move fossil sand pails in an open air environment. Must be able to tolerate working in warm or cold, humid weather in the covered courtyard of Mote Aquarium. Candidates must interact in a professional, friendly manner with guests as well as Mote associates. Prior knowledge of fossils or a willingness to learn about them would be beneficial in providing a superior guest experience.

Hours for this are typically 9:00am to 5:30pm with half an hour for lunch. Working hours will include holidays and weekends.

Interested applicants should submit 1) a cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) the names and contact information for three references, before 5pm January 13, 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.  

Financial Assistant

General Description

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 to family foundations by collecting necessary information from staff scientists, and the Communication department and  then write a proposal.
  • 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 January 9, 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. 

Staff Chemist – Ocean Acidification

The Ocean Acidification Program at Mote Marine Laboratory seeks a staff chemist with a minimum 2 years experience with experimental seawater ocean acidification facilities. This position will be located in Summerland Key, Florida at the Mote Tropical Research Laboratory (Mote TRL). General duties to be performed include working with OAFTERU (Ocean Acidification Flow Thru Experimental Raceway Units) at Mote TRL. This includes maintaining the water system, keeping track of and ordering all supplies and materials, running alkalinity, dissolved inorganic carbon, and other water quality parameters, maintaining the dry ocean acidification (OA) laboratory, keeping all OA-related work organized, data entry, sample collection, and some field work.  This position has the possibility for proposal and publication writing.  The staff chemist will also be responsible for mentoring student interns year round. This position might require longer days and some weekend work.  Travel to the main lab in Sarasota, Florida is possible.  Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs. and must be able to work in a hot/outdoor environment. Open water SCUBA required, AAUS SCUBA preferred.

Requirements:

  • B.S required, M.S preferred. Preferably with a chemistry or ocean acidification background.
  • Knowledge of coral reef ecosystems.
  • Facility with standard computer software, data handling applications such as R and database management.
  • U.S. citizenship or foreign citizen’s U.S. work permit appropriate for the work is required.

Special Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of ocean acidification, CO2Sys software, monitoring equipment.
  • Previous laboratory and experimental systems experience, especially with carbonate chemistry instruments
  • Familiar with marine organism experimental testing equipment (tanks, pumps, filters, heaters, etc.)
  • Familiar with organism life support for ocean acidification testing
  • Ability to move, live and work in a remote location (Florida Keys)
  • Organized.
  • Willing to work with groups from other institutions
  • Open water SCUBA required, AAUS Scuba preferred
  • Boat handling skills preferred

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 January 10, 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. 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.