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Education Volunteer

We are looking for outgoing, smiling, talkative, ocean lovers who are excited to share their knowledge with the Aquarium guests

Young male volunteer smiling with a microphone

Application Closed

Education volunteers are known as Exhibit Interpreters. They are the primary source of animal and habitat exploration for our guests. They have a passion for the ocean and are excited to interact with 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.

Tasks

  • Staff touch pools, biofact carts, exhibit galleries, and more. They are stationed primarily in places where guests may have interactions with our marine animals or benefit from more information about exhibits and animals.
  • Speaks on microphone to engage guests in learning at Shark Lagoon and Ray Pool touch exhibits.
  • Provides accurate information about the animals and their ecosystems to guests.
  • Follows and maintains safety protocols for animals and guests.
  • Actively seeks opportunities to engage guests in exploration.
  • Stays updated on information on current guest and staff protocols.
  • For each volunteer shift, attend a 30-minute update to learn more about what’s happening around the aquarium and explore a specific topic of the week.

Time Commitment:

Exhibit Interpreter volunteers are expected to contribute at least 100 hours of service within a 6-month period volunteering once a week or a 3-month period if volunteering twice a week.

Shifts are available seven days a week and are set to five hours in duration.

We are currently looking for Weekday (all shifts) and Weekend (afternoon only).

  • 8:30 a.m – 1:30 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

If accepted into the program, volunteers will be assigned to a reoccurring shift day and time.

Skill Requirements

  • Must be willing to speak on microphone.
  • Ability to speak in front of small and large groups of all ages and backgrounds.
  • An eagerness to create engaging experiences while maintaining accuracy of information.
  • Willingness to be a team player and to take direction and input from both volunteer and paid supervisors.
  • Flexibility in testing new approaches to science communication, according to training or direction from supervisors.
  • Must be at least 16 years old.

Training

  • Aquarium 101 – this training will cover the Aquarium’s policies and procedures, and staff expectations.
  • Critter College Training – this training will cover basics about the animals at the Aquarium and how to engage in conversations with guests.
  • Training Day – after completing the training courses listed above, new volunteers are scheduled to shadow a fellow volunteer to practice engaging guests at touch pools, biofact carts, and more.

Additional learning opportunities are provided by the Aquarium through online courses, lectures, daily updates, and more.

Supervision:

Exhibit Interpreters are under the supervision of the Education Volunteer Coordinator. Volunteers are supported by volunteer leads and paid staff.

Working Conditions

Exhibit Interpreters are moving throughout the outdoor exhibits on both floors of the Aquarium on a regular rotation during their five-hour shift. Stools for resting are provided alongside cart and touch pool stations. Some of the exhibit areas critical to this position are outside. Reasonable accommodation may be made on an individual basis.

Benefits:

Recognition for hours of service; opportunities to attend lectures, events, and workshops when available; and all other benefits as described in the AOP Volunteer Handbook.

Application

Thank you for your interest but this application is currently closed.

Volunteering at the Aquarium

The Aquarium owes much of its success to our dedicated and committed volunteer staff. You can be part of that story by joining our team in one of the many volunteer or intern programs that we offer throughout the Aquarium.