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 interested in becoming volunteers should visit our Summer High School Volunteer Program page

Current Volunteer Opportunities:

Aquarium Volunteer Activities

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

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 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!



  • 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