Memorials & Tributes
Honor a special occasion or the memory of a loved one.
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:
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.
Assist with the maintenance of our largest exhibits via various diving modes. Basic requirements include:
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.
THE NEXT RECRUITMENT EVENT WILL BE TAKING PLACE: TUESDAY JANUARY 7, 2020 AT 2:30PM OR 6:00PM IN MOTE'S BUCHANAN ROOM. RSVP NOT REQUIRED BUT APPRECIATED: RSVP LINK.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (941) 388-4441, ext. 852.
Mote Aquarium hours will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, closing at 1 p.m. due to anticipated traffic from Friday-evening road closures announced by the Town of Longboat Key.
(Normal hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., resume Saturday, Feb. 29.)