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Mote Florida Keys Volunteer Coordinator

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
Sarasota, United States Posted: October 31, 2023

The Keys Volunteer Coordinator will work with the Volunteer and Intern Office staff, under the Director of Volunteer and Intern Resources and Associate Vice President for Education to support new and existing Mote volunteers at Mote facilities throughout the Keys. However, the incumbent will focus most of their time in the upper Keys on a daily basis with office space in Key Largo. Therefore, it is highly desirable for the successful candidate to reside in the Upper Keys or Homestead area in order to be nearby their primary duty station in Key Largo.  Job duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing outstanding support and resources for Mote volunteers and interns
  • Assisting with managing the volunteer and intern database, record-keeping, communication, and other support activities in coordination with the Volunteer and Intern Office in Sarasota
  • Leading field- and land-based coral restoration activities, including dive trips with citizen scientists
  • Fielding phone calls, electronic communications and visits to answer questions about volunteer opportunities
  • Development, planning, execution and evaluation of volunteer training and volunteer performance
  • Liaising with Mote science staff to place, train and evaluate new volunteers
  • Assisting with communication of volunteer opportunities internally and throughout the community to recruit new volunteers
  • Developing and maintaining productive, positive relationships with the FL Keys staff, volunteers and interns
Knowledge, Skills, and other Characteristics
  • This candidate will possess outstanding communication skills, poise, and confidence, skilled in written and oral communication with the ability to represent Mote Marine Laboratory to a variety of audiences, and to train others to do so.
  • They should have a strong commitment to customer service, sound judgment, an understanding of the challenges and opportunities of organizations with extensive volunteer engagement, and the determination to work towards a common purpose with skill in facilitating change.
  • Experience working with, recruiting, scheduling and managing volunteers
  • Experience in leading dive trips for participants with a range of experience levels in a variety of conditions
  • Preparation and electronic distribution of communications to a variety of audiences
  • Our ideal candidate is honest, caring, and professional with a strong work ethic and a contagious, positive energy.
  • They are a giving team member, a creative and proactive problem solver, and an enthusiastic collaborator who believes deeply in Mote and its mission. 
  • Normal hours are 8:30-5:00 with 30-minute lunch break: Tuesday-Saturday; however, regularly flexible weekend and modified weekday hours will be required during a 40 hour work week.
Experience Required
Minimum Requirements 
  • College degree in biology, marine science, or related field 
  • Experience working with volunteers ot college interns 
  • Excellent verbal/written communication skills 
  • SCUBA Divemaster Certification (or willingness and ability to obtain within 4 months of hire at own expense) and ability to SCUBA dive on a regular basis 
  • AAUS Scientific Diver certification (or willingness and ability to obtain within 4 months of hire at own expense) 
  • Strong computer skills including MS Access, Word, Excel, PowerPoint 
  • Strong customer service experience 
  • Florida driver’s license (or eligibility to obtain one upon arrival) and the ability to drive Mote service vehicles including pickup trucks 
  • U.S. citizenship or foreign citizen U.S. work permit appropriate for the work 
  • Stamina for working occasional long hours at outdoor locations in hot/cold weather, high humidity, intense sunlight and wet weather while responsible for interns and volunteers

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