Education volunteers are called Exhibit Interpreters, because they are helping our guests understand more about the ocean, which can be like a foreign language to many people.
We are looking for outgoing, smiling, talkative, ocean lovers who are excited to share their knowledge with the Aquarium guests.
Exhibit Interpreters are the primary source of animal and habitat information for our guests. The position is critical to the success of our mission to instill a sense of wonder, respect and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems.
- Exhibit Interpreters staff Discovery Touch Labs, Shark Lagoon, Ray Pool, Lorikeet Forest, Penguins, and biofact carts.
- They are stationed primarily at those places where guests may have interaction with our marine animals.
- Provide accurate information about the animals and their ecosystems to guests, while assuring the safety of both the animal and the guest during the interaction.
- Engage guests in informative dialogue in the Galleries and throughout the Aquarium.
- A passion for the oceans and their inhabitants
- An outgoing personality and eagerness to share accurate information
- Ability to speak in front of small and large groups of people of all ages and backgrounds
- Willingness to be a team player and to take direction and input from both volunteer and paid supervisors.
- Must be willing to speak on microphone.
- Children in the Education Volunteer program as Family Volunteers must be between 9-15 years old. Additionally to be eligible, they must be volunteering side-by-side with a parent or legal guardian.
Minimum commitment of 6 months volunteering at least 15 hours per month. Consistent attendance is required with a suggested schedule of one 5 hour shift on a set day each week, or one 9 hour shift twice per month. Education Volunteers should anticipate a minimum contribution of 100 hours.
Exhibit Interpreters are usually on their feet for extended periods; there is seating at some discovery labs. Some of the exhibit areas critical to this position are outside. Reasonable accommodations may be made on an individual basis.
In addition to the general orientation class Aquarium 101, Exhibit Interpreters attend 16 hours of Critter College training on our animals and habitats. New volunteers are then assigned to shadow seasoned volunteers until they demonstrate proficiency at each exhibit area. Additionally, daily update meetings are included as a part of the volunteer's shift to provide continuing learning in the role.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Education department at the Aquarium of the Pacific!