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Marine Science Educator II

Sarasota FL

Mote Marine Laboratory’s Education Division is currently seeking highly motivated and enthusiastic candidates to fill two Marine Science Educator II positions in our School and Public Programs. Mote's School Programs focus on visiting school group tours and programs, homeschool days, school outreaches, local school events and teacher professional development programs. Mote's Public Programs focus on special tours, guided nature & kayak tours, birthday parties, scout programs, overnight programs, camps, early childhood programs and community outreach events. Each position will have different focus areas with overlapping responsibilities. Educators will collaborate within the Division and work together to support Mote's mission.



Assist with coordination and teach both on-site and outreach programs at Mote Marine Laboratory or within the community. The Marine Science Educator II works closely with staff, volunteers, and interns in the Education Department and throughout the Lab and Aquarium to ensure that our mission and the needs of the audiences are being met.



Implement high energy, developmentally appropriate and non-discriminatory experiences, aligned with Mote’s mission (and standards as applicable).

Provide an enhanced participant experience through positive interactions and engaging activities

Create a safe, inclusive, and rewarding program for every participant

Implement an effective educational experience that is based on Mote’s research and local marine environments, enhances ocean literacy and incorporates consistent conservation messages.

Possess knowledge of Mote’s policies, safety procedures and animal safety protocols

Demonstrate a working knowledge of Mote’s research, local marine habitats, and best practices in informal science education.

Consistently demonstrate a positive and welcoming demeanor in interactions with guests, participants, staff, interns and volunteers.


General Duties

Assist with program logistic arrangements, scheduling, materials procurement, curriculum development and updates, and any other duties to ensure successful programs

Implement engaging hands-on educational activities

Prepare and teach on-site classroom/lab/field programs, outreach programs, programs based at Mote field stations around Florida, evening events, and other education programs

Provide high quality group management to groups of participants of varying ages

Provide direction to Marine Science Educatory I staff, interns and volunteers

Prepare, organize and maintain educational resources

Provide outstanding customer service to our guests

Other duties as assigned by a Senior Coordinator or the Assistant Vice President of Education


Working Hours

Full time MSE IIs will typically operate normal hours up to 40 hours per week. Part time MSE IIs will operate based on their schedule availability. Schedules will vary and may include evening, weekend, and holiday hours.


Minimum Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in education, science, or related field or equivalent experience

At least two years teaching experience in either a formal or informal education facility preferred

Reliable transportation and the ability to arrive at (off-site) locations at designated times

U.S. citizenship or foreign citizen’s U.S. work permit appropriate for the work

Certifications required: CPR/First Aid, Lifeguarding, Insect Sting Emergency Treatment Certification

Certifications preferred: SCUBA open water/beginner level

Excellent verbal/written communication skills

Stamina for working occasional long hours at outdoor locations in hot/cold weather, high humidity, intense sunlight, and wet weather while responsible for youth and adult participants

Not excessively prone to motion/sea sickness

Ability to carry/move heavy objects up to 40 lbs.


Hiring Conditions

The hiring of a successful candidate for this position is conditional on a background check.

Interested applicants should submit as a single electronic file, 1) a cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) the names and contact information for three references, before 5pm October 15, 2018 to HumanResources@mote.org. Alternatively, a single package of all requested elements may be submitted to Mote Marine Laboratory, Attn: Human Resources, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236.

Posted September 28, 2018

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