Stay tuned to this page for new programs and opportunities offered to high school students throughout the year. 

Youth Ocean Conservation Summit 2023 - Onsite in Sarasota & Online

The Youth Ocean Conservation Summit will unite young ocean conservation leaders at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, FL, and globally through an online experience, equipping participants with the knowledge, resources, and funding to launch solutions-oriented ocean conservation projects. Pre-Registration is required.


Registration for the onsite summit has closed. 


Location: Anywhere you are!
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST UTC−5:00

Participants attending the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit online will be able to virtually access the keynote presentation and opening youth presentations, and two interactive workshop sessions.

Additional Details:

  • Virtual Summit fee of $5.00
  • This is a virtual youth summit for participants in middle school through college, though younger students are welcome. Children under 18 should be monitored at home by their parent/guardian. The summit will be moderated by trained YOCS volunteers.
  • Participants do not need to be in attendance for the entire day and breaks for snacks, and stretches will be built into the schedule.


Junior Educators in Training (JET)

Looking for a way to gain hands-on education experience? Look no further! Mote’s Junior Educator in Training (JET) program is back for Summer Camp 2023. High school students will have the opportunity to work alongside Mote’s education team leading our interactive, marine-based science camp! 

Junior Educator’s will be responsible for assisting Mote educators during classroom programs, water activities, field experiences, and aquarium visits and providing a fun, safe and inclusive environment for Mote campers.

Mote’s JET Program will help Junior Educators:

  • Improve communication skills
  • Exhibit creativity
  • Strengthen teamwork
  • Practice group facilitation 
  • Develop problem solving skills
  • Strengthen leadership experience 
  • Gain experience in a professional work setting
  • Gain experience in informal/experiential learning

The application for JET Summer 2023 has closed.

Please contact the Program Coordinator at or 941-388-4441 ext. 164 for more information. 


Summer High School Volunteer Program (SHSVP)

Mote Marine Laboratory offers a competitive high school volunteer program for students who are interested in marine science and education. Students selected will have the opportunity to earn service hour credit required for high school graduation. Students will serve as Aquarium Guides and interpret exhibits to guests. Training will be provided.

Applications for the 2023 Summer High School Volunteer Program are now closed. If you are interested in volunteer opportunities for high school students at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium please complete the following interest form to be contacted when high school volunteer opportunities become available. Please note that this is not an application.


Eligibility Requirements

  • The SHSVP is for current high school students or students who will enter high school in the following school year.
  • High School graduates (and high school students who will graduate before July) are ineligible for the SHSVP, but may apply as a regular volunteer if they are able to serve for at least 6 months.
  • SHSVP volunteers must have transportation to and from Mote Marine Laboratory campus on Ken Thompson Parkway over the course of the program.
  • SHSVP volunteers must commit 32 service hours as an Aquarium Guide to complete the program.  One, 4-hour shift per week for a period of 8 weeks is the expectation, as the program’s duration is scheduled for 8 weeks.    

Click here for additional High School Volunteer Opportunities!