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Interested in Volunteering?

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.

Current Volunteer Opportunities:

2021 Summer High School Volunteer Program (SHSVP)

Aquarium Volunteer Activities

  • Guides: Help visitors explore the marine scene in each exhibit and explain how the exhibits relate to Mote research.

Aquarium Maintenance Diver

Assist with the maintenance of our largest exhibits via various diving modes. Basic requirements include:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • ​Rescue diver certification or above
  • Current CPR with AED, First Aid, and Oxygen Administration certifications
  • Current DAN insurance
  • Ability to pass: a swim test, dive skills evaluation, and a dive physical
  • Yearly time commitment

If interested, the first step is attending one of our twice annual recruitment events*. There, you will be provided more details on the requirements and expectations, meet some of the current staff and volunteers, and take a tour of the dive-related exhibit areas.
*Please note, recruitment event attendance is not a guarantee for admittance into the Aquarium’s Volunteer Diver Program.

THE NEXT RECRUITMENT EVENT WILL BE TAKING PLACE: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 2:30PM OR 6:00PM (only attend one timeslot). RSVP NOT REQUIRED BUT APPRECIATED: RSVP HERE.

Other Opportunities

Occasionally, we have additional volunteer opportunities listed below for which our current volunteers may apply. Note that most of these positions require volunteers to work for 6 months as a guide and/or require additional background screening and training. For more information, contact volcoordinator@mote.org or call (941) 388-4441, ext. 852.

  • 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.
  • Aquarium Maintenance Diver: Assist with the maintenance of our largest exhibits via various diving modes. We hold two annual recruitment events and post the dates here a month in advance. Be sure to check back to RSVP!

VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM

Benefits

  • 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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