Volunteer for the Riverhead Foundation and Long Island Aquarium


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


467 Main StreetRiverhead, NY 11901

Our volunteers transporting a seal during a seal release


Learn. Contribute. Grow.

Volunteers play a vital role in the operation of the Riverhead Foundation. We simply could not do without them!

As a volunteer, there are plenty of support teams to choose from. Take part in fundraising projects, greet aquarium visitors at our Rescue Center, and spread awareness at fairs. Train to join our rescue team and support our talented biologists with rescuing and rehabilitating marine life. Whichever you choose, you will be making a significant difference. Join our team today!

Fairs and Festivals

Spend time this summer and fall at the local country fairs and festivals as you work at a booth for the Riverhead Foundation/ Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center. Answering questions and inform the public about who we are and what to do when they see a marine mammal or sea turtle in New York waters.

Atlantis Explorer Tour Boat

Assist with our seasonal educational boat rides providing hands-on experiences. Venture down the Peconic River and into Flanders Bay while promoting environmental awareness and educating guests about the Peconic Estuary.

Education Team

Assist the staff with public and school-based educational programs. Outreach programs include beach clean ups, mock strandings and lectures.

Education Docent

Interact with visitors and enhance their experience by augmenting the exhibit with additional information about displays and inhabitants.

Seal Cruises

Join our naturalists on wintertime cruises out of Freeport and Southampton to observe seals in their natural environment. Help educate the public about these northern visitors as well as record data for current abundance surveys.

Office Volunteer

For those of you who would like to help in other ways by donating your talent, the office staff always appreciates helping hands with the adoption program, fundraising, data entry, and all other aspects of a not for profit business. This is a perfect resume builder for someone looking to advance in the business field or retired office staff.

Rescue Team

Those who are interested in hands on experience with marine mammals and sea turtles can assist with the rehabilitation process. Rescue Team members assist in all aspects of rescue and care of animals including feeding, cleaning, and paperwork. A weekly commitment will be required of volunteers accepted into the program. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, have contributed a minimum of 50 hours

There are some perks to becoming a volunteer in addition to the ability to participate in challenging and rewarding life experiences which offer personal enrichment. By donating a minimum of 8 hours of service per month you can receive the following benefits:

  • Receive a Riverhead Foundation Bronze membership package
  • Two free guest passes to the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center after first 6 months of service
  • 30% discount in the cafĂ©, gift shop, and "Scoops" ice cream shop upon completion of training
  • One free meal on day of volunteer activity with a minimum of 4 hours of volunteer service
  • A membership to the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center after 50 hours of service, renewable on anniversary date
  • Annual recognition event/awards ceremony
  • Unlimited learning opportunities offering the ability to acquire new skills and knowledge


  • Public Speaking
  • Research
  • Fundraising
  • Community Outreach
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Habitat Restoration

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 12
  • Orientation or Training
  • 8 hours a month to be considered active
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