HIGHEST NEED: Weekday Availability. Volunteers are required to be able to commit to a fixed schedule of the same, consistent day each week for no less than six months.
Our volunteer positions are 1 day (4 hours) a week for a minimum of 6 months. We are looking for immediate help on weekdays but applications are being accepted for any day of the week.
Aquarium Guides are ambassadors, representing the New England Aquarium by engaging visitors of all ages and backgrounds in one on one conversations and small or large group presentations. Don't know a lot about marine science or how to talk to visitors? Don't worry! A special training course is offered to prepare volunteers with all the fun facts, information and teaching tips needed to become an Aquarium Guide.
Responsibilities: Answer questions from the public, initiate conversations with visitors, work with fun biofacts, and demonstrate appropriate animal handling of our live touch tank animals. Hands will be in and out of cold water for up to 30 minutes per touch tank shift.
Qualifications: Must have enthusiasm, and interest in meeting and working with a high volume of aquarium visitors daily. Willingness to learn about Aquarium exhibits and marine science. Must be able to communicate effectively in noisy and crowded conditions.
Age Requirements: at least 16 years old.
Please note: applicants under the age of 18 are required to provide a letter of recommendation from a teacher, employer, or community leader.
Special Instructions: Shifts begin at 9am or 1pm and are available seven days per week. Volunteers are required to follow the uniform code and other policies and procedures of the New England Aquarium. Successful completion of Aquarium Guide Training (AGT) is required. AGT is available free of charge to volunteers and include topics such as marine science, addressing different environmental issues such as climate change and over fishing, natural history, public speaking skills, and communicating effectively with different age groups.
To Apply: Visit serve.neaq.org and create a volunteer account. Once registered you can search and apply for available opportunities.