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.

High school students who are interested in becoming volunteers should consider the Summer High School Volunteer Program. Information can be found here:


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.

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

If you are interested in any of the opportunities above, please complete the application form here.


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
  • Ability to pass a dive skills evaluation
  • Pass 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.  These events take place each January and July. Finalized dates are posted here approximately one month prior so be sure to check back.

*Please note, recruitment event attendance is not a guarantee for admittance into the Aquarium’s Volunteer Diver Program.

Other Opportuntities

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 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.


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

How You Can Help