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.

We offer a variety of volunteer positions that enable you to utilize your current skills to support a good cause. You can also train to become a guide in The Aquarium and help educate our visitors about our marine environment.

Our Volunteer corps is 1,600-strong and offer the opportunity to get involved with peers who share your love of the sea and its creatures.

Volunteer Opportunities


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

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Current Volunteer Opportunities:

Aquarium Volunteer Activities

Cashiers: Greet arrivals, collect admission and set visitors on the path to a pleasant tour.
Greeters:  Welcome visitors, give directions and collect tickets.
Membership Specialists:  Encourage visitors to support research and gain other benefits by becoming members.
Gift Shops:  Display & sell merchandise in our ever-popular gift shops.
Guides:  Help visitors explore the marine scene in each exhibit and explain how the exhibits relate to Mote research.
Mote Mobile Exhibit:  Travel with Mote's "Aquarium on wheels" to explain marine life and Mote's research programs to the public (on call basis/usually weekends).
Sarasota Bay Explorer Tour Guides:  Assist marine biologists with educational boat tours by gathering and explaining local flora and fauna.

Laboratory and Education Volunteer Activities

Education Assistants: Aid staff in teaching pre-designed classroom & field programs for student groups from age two-adult.
Fisheries AssistantsAssemble fin-clipping kits, assist with fish maintenance, data entry and occasional field work as needed.
Office Assistants:  Assist with clerical duties such as mailings and data entry. Help develop presentations (PowerPoint), database (Access) and web materials.
CommunicationsAssist with data entry, marketing, surveys, web support and photographic database. Help track news about Mote in local and national media.

Our Volunteer Board

Bob Cameron, Volunteer Board President 
Angela Bruguglio, Vice President
Ralph Corse, Secretary
Tom Norton, Treasurer

How You Can Help