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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.

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

Summer High School Volunteer Program

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.

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


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.

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.

Animal Husbandry Volunteer: Assist Mote staff Aquarium Biologists with the care of the animals and the maintenance of their exhibits.

Education Assistants: Aid staff in teaching pre-designed classroom & field programs for student groups from age two-adult.

Fisheries Assistants: Assemble fin-clipping kits, assist with fish maintenance, data entry and occasional field work as needed.


  • 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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