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Realize the good you can do by simply giving your time. You can be a part of something meaningful and help support one of the world's most important marine research organizations by becoming a Volunteer at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium.

Mote’s volunteer corps is over 1,000 strong and offers the opportunity to get involved with peers who share your love of the sea and its creatures. Take a look at our current volunteer opportunities below.

Mote Aquarium Opportunities

Aquarium Guide

Aquarium Guides engage guests throughout Mote Aquarium, interpreting exhibits, facilitating touch pool opportunities, teaching about marine life, conservation, and Mote research.


  • 15+ years of age 
  • Weekly 4 hour shift; minimum commitment of 100 hours per year 
  • Passion for marine science, animals, and ocean habitats
  • The ability to interact with aquarium visitors with patience and enthusiasm
  • Completion of online orientation and in-person training with an experienced Aquarium Guide


High School Volunteer Opportunities

  • Teen Volunteer Program (TVP)
  • Summer High School Volunteer Program (SHSVP)

Please visit our High School Volunteer Program page for more information.

Aquarium Volunteer Diver

Volunteer Divers assist with the maintenance of some of our most iconic habitats at the Mote Aquarium campus located on City Island.  Standard tasks include in-water cleaning via window wiping, scrubbing and vacuuming, identifying and observing animals, maintaining back-up areas and equipment, and speaking with visitors to educate them about the animals and their ecosystems.  As a bonus, Volunteer Divers in good standing have opportunities to participate in special event dives.

Requirements for eligibility:

  • 18+ years of age
  • Two 4-hour shifts/month for 12 consecutive months time commitment
  • Rescue diver certification or above
  • Current CPR with AED certification 
  • Current First Aid certification
  • Current Oxygen Administration certification
  • Current DAN Dive Accident insurance
  • Ability to pass confined water and dive skills evaluations
  • Ability to pass an AAUS dive physical

A full position description can be found here.

If interested, please complete the Mote Aquarium Volunteer Diver Interest Form, linked below. As positions become available we will reach out to provide further information and set up interviews.


Other Mote Aquarium Volunteer Opportunities

Occasionally, we have additional volunteer opportunities. Most require that interested individuals be a current Mote volunteer with at least 6 months of service completed as an Aquarium Guide. These opportunities may also require additional background screening and training.

  • Education Assistants: Aid staff in teaching pre-designed classroom & field programs for student groups from age two-adult.
  • Special Event Volunteers: Serve as a guide in the Aquarium during after-hours events (after 5:00 p.m.), such as wedding receptions and parties.
  • Husbandry Volunteer: Aid staff with various aspects of animal care, such as food prep, cleaning animal habitats, etc. 
  • Exhibit Volunteer: Assist staff with exhibit construction, painting, gardening, set-up/breakdown of special exhibits, etc. 
  • Research Volunteer: Varies based on assignment. May involve lab,  field, and/or remote work. 

Sea Turtle Patrol Volunteer

If you are interested in participating as a volunteer in Sea Turtle Patrol with our Sea Turtle & Conservation Research Program (STCRP), please send an email to the STCRP at and you will be provided with more information. Keep in mind that space is limited and there is usually a substantial waiting list for positions, so volunteer opportunities are not immediately available.

Volunteer at Mote’s Other Locations

Mote’s Education Outreach Center on Anna Maria City Pier

As a volunteer at Mote’s Educational Outreach Center on Anna Maria City Pier, you will engage visitors by teaching about local wildlife, marine science, conservation, and Mote research!


  • 18+ years of age
  • Weekly 4 hour shift; minimum commitment of 100 hours per year 
  • Passion for marine science, animals, and ocean habitats
  • The ability to interact with aquarium visitors with patience and enthusiasm
  • Completion of online orientation and marine science education, and in-person training with an experienced Aquarium Guide or Mote staff member


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where is Mote’s Educational Outreach Center located?
    • Mote’s Educational Outreach Center is located at the end of the Anna Maria City Pier, 100 N Bay Blvd, Anna Maria, FL 34216
  • Is there parking available?
    • Yes! There are reserved parking spaces for Mote staff and volunteers.
  • When will the Educational Outreach Center open?
    • The projected opening date for the Center is April 2023.
  • Will there be animals at Mote’s Educational Outreach Center?
    • Yes! There will be several exhibits focusing on local wildlife, species including a touch exhibit!

Volunteering in the Florida Keys

There are currently three Mote facilities located in the Florida Keys. Click on each link to learn more about volunteer opportunities in the Keys!




  • Mote membership privileges
  • Gift Shop & Deep Sea Diner discounts
  • Professional training
  • Social events & opportunities
  • A chance to learn something new every day

Please Note

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium does not currently offer:

  • Short-term, group, or corporate volunteer opportunities
  • Volunteer opportunities for kids under 15 years of age
  • Court-appointed community service opportunities 
  • Job shadowing. For college students and recent graduates, see our internship page here.


Have additional questions? Reach out to our Office of Volunteer Resources! The best way to get a hold of us is via email ( You can also call our office at (941) 388-4441, ext. 852. 

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