This position supports the professional Sea Lion Center Naturalists through assisting in presentations, directing and orienting guests, and general monitoring of the Sea Lion Center area. Often times the Ambassadors are the first people who the public may interact with; as such, Ambassadors have a unique opportunity to deliver conservation messaging, provide a warm reception to visitors, and actively promote the mission of bay.org. Responsibilities to these volunteers include the following:
- Meet, greet, and guide Sea Lion Center visitors, helping them locate the Interpretive Naturalist and/or attend the daily schedule of presentations.
- Assist Interpretive Naturalists with presentation set up, breakdown, and material maintenance.
- Facilitate and interpret various "volunteer kits" that include items such as marine debris artifacts and/or hands on activities.
- Roving at K-dock to direct visitors to the Sea Lion Center and/or the K-dock cart.
- Promote bay.org’s mission, conservation actions, and community presence, and inform guests of how they can contribute.
- Follow Aquarium policies regarding attendance, uniform, drugs and alcohol, and other policies in the employee handbook and department specific manuals.
Must be interested in San Francisco Bay biology, be willing to learn about the sea lions, Sea Lion Center, and be eager to engage with people of all ages and from different backgrounds. A love for people, patience, excellent verbal communication skills, flexibility and a sense of humor are essential in this position. Second language skills are a plus.
Must be at least 18 years old, in good physical condition to stand for up to four to six hours at a time and lift at least 25 pounds. Comfortable in varying weather conditions for prolonged periods of time. Must be comfortable talking with the general public and in front of groups, and support the Aquarium of the Bay’s mission. Must have a willingness to learn and participate in mandatory training. Training will include information on:
- General pinniped biology, sea lions at Pier 39, impacts of marine debris and plastic, sustainable seafood practices, Sea Lion Center exhibits, and the Bay ecology
Ability to work a minimum of 8 hours per month for at least six months, on a regular schedule. Shifts will be 9:30-1:30 or 1:30-5:30.
- Public Speaking
- Environmental Education
- General Education
- Environmental Science
- Customer Service
Good Match For
Teens People 55+
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Orientation or Training