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

Benefits

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

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
 

Request more information by filling out our form below or emailing volunteer@mote.org.

Volunteer Interest Form

Please complete this interest form if you would like to become a Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium volunteer. Once you complete the form, click the submit button at the bottom.

Contact Information

Demographics

You may optionally provide the following information. It is used only to help us get a better idea of the demographic make-up of our volunteers

Skills & Experience

In which of these areas do you feel you have moderate to excellent skill? Check all that apply.

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Availability

Please indicate the days and times you are usually available to volunteer

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Assignment Preferences

Most volunteer positions require a minimum 6 month commitment to the department of a weekly or bimonthly shift. The Docent Program and Stranding departments have seasonal classes for entry into those programs.

Please note your main area(s) of interest for future placement consideration (check all that apply):

Note: Not all positions have active openings.

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Age Requirements

The minimum Age for all aquarium volunteers is 15 years old.

Notes

Please feel free to share any pertinent information.

We like to keep volunteers informed of important news, schedules, and volunteer opportunities by email. You will be able to opt out of these mailings.

I Agree

I understand and agree that submitting this interest form does not automatically register me as a Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium volunteer, and that there may be certain qualifications I must meet, including the acceptance of established volunteer policies before I may begin volunteering.

I understand that background checks are conducted for all potential volunteers ages 18 and up and that results of these background checks will not necessarily disqualify me as a volunteer.

How You Can Help