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

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

JET Program requirements:

  • Must be entering grades 10 - 12 in SY 2022-23 (14 - 18 years old)
  • Must be able to commit to 3 weeks of camp between June 5th - August 4th
  • Shifts are either 7:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m
  • Must have transportation to and from Mote
  • Must be positive, dedicated and hard working 
  • Be able to stand or sit in Florida sun/heat/rain for lengths of time
  • Must be comfortable swimming

Mandatory orientation date: Saturday, June 3rd, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 31st. Interviews will take place in April, and selected applicants will be notified in early May.

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.

Our 2023 Summer High School Volunteer Program (SHSVP) is currently accepting applications.  

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 attend the on-site orientation on June 3rd, 2023. The orientation is expected to begin in the morning and conclude with a tour of the aquarium in the mid-afternoon.
  • 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.    

Volunteers will be selected based on application, interview, and availability. For questions, contact Mote's Volunteer Coordinator at

  • WHEN: Our Summer High School Volunteer Program (SHSVP) will begin on Monday, June 5th and conclude on Sunday July 30th, for a total of 8 weeks..
  • APPLICATION: To apply for the 2023 SHSVP, click HERE.  
  • WHAT’S NEXT: Once your application has been processed, you will receive information on scheduling an in-person, on-site interview with one of our Volunteer Coordinators. Best of luck to you and we hope to see you this summer here at Mote!


Click here for additional High School Volunteer Opportunities!